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If Werner Herzog Narrated The Muppets

Director Werner Herzog and the Muppets.
The one thing the new Muppets reboot is missing: Werner Herzog.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images and ABC

The new documentary-style reboot of The Muppets premieres on ABC on Tuesday night, and so far it’s getting lukewarm reviews, including from Slate’s own TV critic Willa Paskin. But if there’s anything that could have helped the show warm the hearts of the likes of even Statler & Waldorf, it would have been adding the voice-over narration of the greatest documentary film narrator of all time: Werner Herzog.

And, for fellow Herzog fans, we have the clips to prove it. It makes a certain sense: The German auteur has long shown an interest in fuzzy animals (not just Klaus Kinski), and he’s also a fan of Jim Henson’s felt creations. After all, as the Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo director once cheerily told Esquire, for a feature on movie stars’ favorite Muppets, “I do not know Jim Henson and I do not know the Muppets.”

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