The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new caper "Muppets Most Wanted," creating the musical mayhem that's made them fan favorites for almost four decades. With songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for the original song "Man or Muppet" in 2011's "The Muppets," and a score by Christophe Beck, who's behind the scores of Disney's Oscar-winning short "Paperman" and the Golden Globe®-winning, Oscar-nominated hit "Frozen," the soundtrack features all-star vocalists, including Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine and Celine Dion. Walt Disney Records will release the "Muppets Most Wanted" soundtrack March 24th.
"The 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack is some of the best music by a frog, pig, bear, chickens, penguins and a-uh, whatever-ever recorded," said Kermit the Frog. "It's like going on tour with the Muppets, but without the messy cleanup afterwards."
According to McKenzie, who wrote songs for the Muppets' last big-screen adventure, the songs are true to the Muppets' musical reputation: they're packed with puns, punch lines and Muppets mayhem. "All of the songs are quite story specific," he said. "They're very character driven.
"'I'm Number One' is about the bad frog Constantine being the number one criminal and his sidekick Dominic, played by Ricky Gervais, being number two," McKenzie continued. "It's a power struggle, a classic rivalry song in a style that could be performed in a cabaret venue. A lot of the old Muppets songs are like that-show pieces."
The soundtrack features a host of show pieces, including the fully orchestrated "We're Doing a Sequel," with special appearances by Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett, along with the whole Muppets gang, and "Something So Right," a ballad written for Miss Piggy and celebrated performer Celine Dion. "Miss Piggy is wonderful," said Dion. "She's so charming and sensitive and filled with passion. She has a big heart and it was wonderful to sing with her."
"I was magnifique," added Miss Piggy, "With a little help from moi, I think Celine may have a big future in singing."
The soundtrack also includes "Interrogation Song," featuring Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle and the Muppets. It's what McKenzie calls "a conversation put to music," and actually started out as dialogue from the film. Additionally, Tina Fey, who plays feisty prison guard Nadya, takes center stage-complete with Russian accent-with the renowned Josh Groban in "The Big House."
The "Muppets Most Wanted" soundtrack features 20 tracks-including 12 new recordings-plus five bonus tracks. Also featured is score by Beck, who incorporated styles from around the world in a nod to the international locales the Muppets visit in the film. "This score was incredibly fun to write," said Beck. "With characters spread across the world, there was opportunity after opportunity to explore many musical styles and settings."
Beck introduced several character themes-Constantine has a Slavic theme, for example, and Kermit and Miss Piggy are accompanied by a love theme (of course) that is an extension of music from "The Muppets." An 80-piece orchestra was sprinkled with unique instruments, including a banjo, Spanish guitar and a Russian Balalaika. "The real fun was the 20-person Russian male chorus, which is heavily featured," said Beck.
Following is the final track list for Walt Disney Record's "Muppets Most Wanted" soundtrack. Preorder is now available at both iTunes and Amazon.
1. "They've Ordered a Sequel"* Walter, Statler and Waldorf
2. We're Doing a Sequel The Muppets with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
3. "My Name First_ _ _ Your Name"* Constantine and Ricky Gervais
4. "I'm Number One" Constantine and Ricky Gervais
5. "The Casa Grande"* Kermit, Tina Fey, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo and Ray Liotta
6. "The Big House Tina Fey with Josh Groban
7. "Stick with Me"* Constantine and Miss Piggy
8. "I'll Get You What You Want" (Cockatoo in Malibu) Constantine
9. "The Muppet Show Theme" Los Muppets
10. "Answer Some Questions"* Ty Burrell
11. Interrogation Song Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle and The Muppets
12. "Oh Foo Foo, It's Always Been a Fight"* Miss Piggy and Foo Foo
13. "Something So Right" Miss Piggy, Kermit, Celine Dion and The Muppets
14. "We're Goin' Underground"* Kermit
15. "Working in the Coal Mine" Jemaine Clement
16. "The Gulag Finale"* Kermit
17. "Together Again" The Muppets with Josh Groban
18. "Moves Like Jagger" Scooter and the Penguins featuring Pepé the King Prawn
19. "Macarena" (Bayside Boys Remix) Miss Piggy and The Flamingos
20. "Muppets Most Wanted Score Suite" Christophe Beck
"We're Doing a Sequel" Demo Bret McKenzie
"The Big House" Demo Bret McKenzie
"What You Want" Outtake Bret McKenzie
"I'll Get You What You Want" (Cockatoo in Malibu) Demo Bret McKenzie
"Something So Right" Demo Bret McKenzie
* Dialog Track