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MTI commentary

Audio commentary menu screen from the 2002 Muppet Treasure Island DVD.

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Muppet Treasure Island commentary introduction

Gonzo and Rizzo introduce the commentary on the 2002 Muppet Treasure Island DVD.

MFS commentary subpicture

Silhouettes of Rizzo, Tim Hill and Gonzo on the Muppets From Space DVD.

Audio commentaries are located on separate audio tracks on a laserdisc, DVD, or Blu-ray. A single DVD can have several separate audio tracks that can be selected by the viewer from the main menu of the DVD or by pressing a designated button on the remote. Several Muppet DVDs contain optional audio commentary tracks on the film or feature.

The bonus track consists of comments or insights by one or more speakers, who talk about the movie as it progresses. Depending on the nature of the feature, and the speaker, the track can provide the listener with an added wealth of behind the scenes informative, production insights or just added entertainment.

Audio commentaries were parodied in the Muppet viral video, "Bohemian Rhapsody [Kermit's Commentary]."

Muppets From Space

Director Tim Hill, Kermit, Gonzo and Rizzo gave full length video commentary on the initial DVD release of the film. Through the use of the subtitle track the commentators can be seen in silhouette at the bottom of the frame commenting on the film (similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000). Many of the Muppets' comments throughout the track were written by Jim Lewis.

Kermit's Swamp Years

Kermit and Horace D' Fly provided scene specific audio commentary on the film for the DVD release, popping in occasionally with a short quip or comment.

Muppet Treasure Island

Hidden Treasure commentary with Brian Henson (director), Gonzo and Rizzo was featured on the 2002 DVD release of Muppet Treasure Island. Occasionally the film stops to play hidden video clips of behind the scenes material. The audio was recorded in 2001. Clips of Gonzo (Dave Goelz) and Rizzo (Steve Whitmire) were recorded and inserted to the track separate from Brian's recording to transition to the "Hidden Treasure" video clips, fill Brian's silences, or make jokes. The commentary track also starts with a bonus video introduction by Gonzo and Rizzo commenting on how they are about to talk through the film.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Recorded in 2001 for the DVD release of The Muppet Christmas Carol. Director Brian Henson gave a full-length audio commentary on the film. The commentary from the 2001 DVD was reused on the 2005 re-release 50th anniversary edition (but available on the full-screen extended version only).

Dinosaurs

The Dinosaurs: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons DVD set includes audio commentaries on two select episodes - "Nature Calls" and "Into the Woods". Commentators that participated in the tracks are Brian Henson, Kirk Thatcher, Kevin Clash and Bill Barretta.

The Dark Crystal

In February 2007, Brian Froud recorded full-length audio commentary for inclusion on the 25th anniversary 2-disc DVD of the film The Dark Crystal which was released on August 14, 2007.

Labyrinth

In February 2007, Brian Froud recorded full-length audio commentary for inclusion on the anniversary 2-disc DVD of the film Labyrinth which was released on August 14, 2007.

The Muppets

An audio commentary track featuring James Bobin, Jason Segel, and Nick Stoller is available on the Blu-ray releases of The Muppets.

Sesame Street

Sonia Manzano recorded a commentary track for the season 11 premiere episode for Old School: Volume 3.

See also

  • Muppet Morsels, on-screen text commentary for The Muppet Show season one.

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