LeMuppetShow-Season2-01

Le Muppet Show title card for seasons 2-5 during the show's original airings

LeMuppetShow-Season2-03

Le Muppet Show title card for seasons 2-5 during the show's original airings

LeMuppetShow-Season2-02

Le Muppet Show title card as it appeared during the show's original airings at the end of the opening credits of season 2

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Left to right: Pierre Tornade, Roger Carel, Micheline Dax, Francis Lax and Gérard Hernandez.

Le Muppet Show is the French dub of The Muppet Show. The dub debuted in 1977 on Antenne 2. The show also aired in Canada on TQS. A small troupe of veteran French voice actors performed nearly all of the roles, with the prolific Roger Carel (the French equivalent of Mel Blanc) as Kermit. Unlike the German or Italian dubs, the Swedish Chef remained untranslated, speaking his native mock-Swedish.

During the show's original airings, the opening sequence used a Le Muppet Show sign, and occasional new footage of Kermit, filmed to better match the French dialog. In subsequent airings and on DVD, the episodes used the original opening sequences with the English title cards.

The success of the dub inspired the 1983 French puppet series Le Bébête Show, which combined the Muppet characters with the political satire of Spitting Image, resulting in "Kermitterand," a combination of Kermit and French President Francois Mitterand, and equally political versions of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle and Statler and Waldorf.

In 2005, a pilot, also titled Le Muppet Show, aired, for a series combining new live Muppet footage with French guest stars. The series was later retitled Muppets TV.

Voices

  • Dub Director: André Clergeat
  • Writers: Pierre Tisserand (songs), Michel Salva (dialogues)

DVD Releases

LCJ Editions released two boxed sets of the series between 2002 and 2003. Each set included 26 episodes on 5 discs, with the first four discs containing five episodes and the fifth one including six. The first set included a majority of episodes from the first two seasons (with two episodes from the third season), while the second set included a mix of episodes from the last three seasons. The episodes on these sets also ended with the Zoot ending shot from the Sax and Violence number, but for some reason, had their UK Spots omitted (despite having been dubbed during the original run). Bonus features included profiles of the French voice actors, character biographies.

On September 2003, Sony Music Video released a two-disc "Best-Of" compilation DVD with ten selected episodes from the previously-released sets (with one of them being included as a bonus feature).

Eventually, the show's first season was released to DVD in France on August 2009 (despite the 2005 UK release previously including the French dubs as a secondary audio option), with the second season being released the following November of the same year. Like Italy, the third season has not yet received a DVD release in France, with the last two seasons having yet to see any release at all.


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