12/5/11

Of Muppets and Porn

This story has been floating around the interwebs lately.  According to reports, the Mahna Mahna song from the Muppets came from an old school, softcore Swedish porno.  But this isn't entirely true.

The song came from a sauna scene from the 1968 film Sweden: Heaven and Hell, and while the movie does show a lot of Scandinavian skin, it's not porn.  It's a mondo.  For those who don't spend their free time watching poorly produced films of antiquity, a mondo is an exploitation film subgenre where the movie is presented as a documentary or pseudo-documentary about controversial subject matter like sex or drugs or violence. The educational aspect of the film is really not important and the "documentary" angle is just an excuse to showcase sex or drugs or violence and get asses in the theatre seats, or in the 1980s, to get people to buy videos.  The Faces of Death Collection is perhaps the most famous example of mondo films.  I didn't watch those to be educated.  I watched them for the gore. 

Sweden: Heaven and Hell is supposed to highlight the seedy underbelly of 1960s Sweden by showcasing contraception and teen pregnancy, biker gangs, wife swapping, lesbians, etc., but really it's just an excuse to show busty Swedish blondes frolicking in the snow.  And there's nothing wrong with that.

Anyway, back to the Muppets.  It is true that Jim Henson "borrowed" the Mahna Mahna song from a raunchy Swedish movie, but the movie is an exploitation film and not porn....  Bork!  Bork!  Bork!

Here's the song in Sweden: Heaven and Hell.


And here's the Muppet version.



If you want to see some puppet boobies, look here...

The Puppet Monster Massacre

Or here...

Meet the Feebles

20 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Henson was a git for this but also applauded for improving on it!

Electric Addict said...

catchy little tune, now i can assign a name to it haha

D4 said...

Thanks for clearing that up. I won't be telling lies now. Also, I'm just glad Jim Henson liked boobies.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

That song does not go with the original movie at all haha.

G said...

oddly i still prefer the muppet version

Melanie said...

That is just awesome...and I still like the muppet version the best too!

Bersercules said...

First video was better! (song wise and visual wise!) I'm gonna track down that movie now!

meandmythinkingcap said...

I liked the ladies version.anyone both are so close.nice find

Interwebs Fails said...

Downloading that movie. ;D Facebook Twitter

My 2 Pesos said...

I like the first one. :D

poopstm said...

Sweden is so cool :o

Film Geek Bastard said...

I knew that "Mahna Mahna" song had R-rated origins.

R said...

I love the Muppets so much, nice video.

T. Roger Thomas said...

They do sounds similar but I think it's important I watch the whole movie to make sure.

A Beer for the Shower said...

Why the hell did I watch all those Faces of Death videos when I could've been watching Swedish exploitation films? A wasted youth.

Kingmush said...

Interesting combination.

DWei said...

That's a fairly faithful rendition. :P

Wonder why Henson was watching the original in the first place though.

heddin said...

Are those...muppet Birdo twins?

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season !

Deon Murphy said...

I'm going to go watch that movie now.

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