Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Okay, the headline of this post may be a tad misleading. Only one of the two videos we have is an actual ad for The Muppets movie; the other’s just a delightful commercial for Wonderful Pistachios featuring a Muppet. But both fit the characters to a T. Miss Piggy takes on the glamorous job of working the Emmy red carpet, Statler and Waldorf get sassy about the film they’re in, and Kermit snacks on some bright green pistachios. And the TV spot for the movie actually contains some interesting new footage. Watch both videos after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
A few lucky movie fans were surprised yesterday with an 8-minute extended trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but sadly, the video has yet to be released for the general public. On the bright side, the rest of us can now make do with “The Girl with the Froggy Tattoo” — yup, another amusing parody teaser for The Muppets. Watch Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang get gritty and tough after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Now that we have a pretty good idea of who and what will be in The Muppets, we have some disappointing news about who won’t be: Steve Carell. The actor was originally lined up for a cameo, but has since had to pull out due to scheduling issues. More details, including a description of what Carell would’ve been doing, after the jump.
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It has been fun to watch Disney remind audiences about The Muppets as it prepares to release a new feature starring Jim Henson’s classic characters. There have been some creative, playful trailers and a poster that was a little bit unusual as Muppet depictions tend to go — Muppets with legs! But this new international poster is a pure and simple old-school look at the crew, with no humans allowed. You’ll probably love it. Read More »
In January, I had the awesome opportunity to visit the set of The Muppets. Over the course of the week, I’ll be posting some of the round table interviews we conducted on set with the cast and crew. We’ve posted interviews with Jason Segel, Amy Adams, co-writer Nicholas Stoller and now we bring you director James Bobin (Ali G, The Flight of the Conchords). Here is a short excerpted quote:
The joy of puppetry is that it is very simple and low-fi, which I love. I never want to make a movie which is going to be CG filled, cold, and computerized. It Is what I like about it. Especially with this beautiful RED camera that we have, you can see Kermit’s felt and Fozzy’s fur. You can almost touch it. That is what I absolutely love about it. It is just guys doing this [does puppeteering motions] and it just feels so organic, natural, and real. So you treat them as any actor because they are doing the mouth at the same time they are doing the hands. That is the great thing and you can do that rather than having voice over or having it animated. It is very different.
After the jump you can read the entire interview. Enjoy!
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Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Between the “Green with Envy” and “The Fuzzy Pack” teasers, Disney’s obviously been having a lot of fun with their marketing of the upcoming The Muppets movie. A just-released trailer continues that trend with an adorable and timely Green Lantern parody. I wasn’t expecting to see the Muppets take on Hal Jordan, but in retrospect, all that “green” makes it a totally obvious combination, doesn’t it? Check it out after the jump.
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If you liked the Green With Envy trailer that premiered in theaters last week, you’re probably also going to dig this spot for The Fuzzy Pack. That’s because it is also a thinly-disguised ad for The Muppets — in this case, it looks like The Fuzzy Pack might have been a movie that was made at Muppet Theater, the outfit seen in decrepit state during the beginning of this teaser. (And it is definitely funnier than The Hangover Part II, which this teaser riffs on.)
The Fuzzy Pack isn’t quite as good as Green With Envy was, but it does boast one of the film’s many cameos. And it is remarkable that just a brief bit of new footage with Muppets can still earn a big, goofy grin. Finally, this seems like an implicit promise that we’re going to see a lot more ads like this for the new Muppet movie. Glad to see Disney is having some fun marketing this, and trying to draw new audiences to The Muppets in the process. Read More »
Walt Disney Pictures released a teaser trailer for The Muppets attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The trailer wasn’t released online until after opening weekend, because I’m told Disney execs believe the trailer plays better in large audiences on the big screen. And yes, watching it online, you miss the gasps and response that comes from the big reveal that it is a new Muppet movie. The trailer was even uploaded to YouTube under the faux title “Green With Envy” to help preserve the surprise. We could have posted it under that title, but none of you would’ve watched it.
Its hard to judge the movie based on this teaser trailer alone, as the opening is edited together to feel like a generic romantic comedy. We see some wacky antics, fourth-wall breaking jokes, dancing and are left with the promise of a fun reunion from the puppet friends of our childhood. Watch the trailer for yourself embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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