Q: What do you think the sustaining magic is of the Muppets?
A: People who are longtime fans of the Muppets are really fans of Jim Henson, Frank Oz [and other founding artists]. Newer [followers] are really fans of those guys plus a new generation of Muppet performers, and that’s incredibly flattering. Although it’s our job to be invisible, it’s what [we] bring to these characters that makes them so amazing. Otherwise, they’re just dolls.
The Muppets … remind us of the best parts of ourselves. Their humor is never mean-spirited. And they are really funny! They can exist in our world: You can imagine being friends or hanging out with Kermit. You can’t do that with a computer-animated character like Shrek.