How Did ‘The Muppets’ Originally End?

Over its first five days, The Muppets pulled in over $40 million, making it a bona-fide success for Disney. That’s in large part to the simple fact that the movie is just plain good.

Angie gave The Muppets a great review on the site and it’s still kicking at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. But the film wasn’t always a rainbow connection. The film had several problems before, during and after production, ranging from original puppeteers not wanting to be a part of the project; current puppeteers not agreeing with character choices; and major changes to the script at almost every stage. Nowhere is that flux better illustrated than the film’s ending. In fact, the ending you now see in theaters is not how the movie originally ended.

After the jump, we’ll reveal the original ending which – of course – will force us to spoil the current ending. If you haven’t seen The Muppets yet, go do that, then come on back. Read More »

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Here’s a bit of sweet to savor until The Muppets comes out. A new video has dropped of Kermit singing the opening tune from the film with its composer, Bret McKenzie. We’ve already been treated to glimpse of the actual sequence as it’s seen in the movie, in a clip that was posted earlier this month; while you won’t see more sweet moves by Jason Segel, Amy Adams, or Walter in this video, you will get to hear the rest of the song. Spoiler alert: It’s adorable! Watch it after the jump.

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This is a pretty effortlessly charming little piece of film that helps sell The Muppets as a film that still has at least one foot firmly planted in the classic musical storytelling style that always made the show a small wonder. I think you’ll like it. Read More »

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Check it out below. Read More »

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