Given how music-intensive Flight of the Conchords was, it should come as no surprise that the group's co-founder Bret McKenzie (an APRA member who licenses his music through ASCAP in the US) would excel at writing music for film. But we were still shocked at the awesomeness of McKenzie's music for Disney's critically-hailed film The Muppets. And apparently, so is the film industry: two of his songs from The Muppets were nominated for Critics Choice Awards, and the movie's showstopping centerpiece "Man or Muppet" was also nominated for an Oscar.
McKenzie spoke with us about his experience working on The Muppets, his lifelong affection for the work of ASCAP president Paul Williams, and how his toughest critic - his daughter - reacted to his work. Watch the video above to see how it all went down!
The Muppets on the web: disney.go.com/muppets
Bret McKenzie at the Internet Movie Database: www.imdb.com/name/nm1235366