There was once a time when a film starring a frog, a bear, a pig, and a…whatever could not only be released around the country, but could make hundreds of millions of dollars. Such was the case with The Muppet Movie, the first film starring the Muppet characters created by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and others. When it was released 40 years ago this week, it was a massive hit and proved the Muppets could survive as much on the big screen as they did in their weekly TV variety show.
Over the last four decades, there have been eight Muppet features — not including side projects from Henson or Oz like The Dark Crystal — so let’s dive into the highs and the lows.
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Raised By Rainbows is a new art show by Luke Flowers at Gallery 1988 that takes some of your favorite movies and cartoons and gives them a makeover that would make your inner child smile with glee.
With a series of prints that feel lifted from children’s books, you can watch characters from Star Wars, The Karate Kid, and Jim Henson play arcade games. Maybe you’d like an illustrated timeline of the first Back to the Future movie. Or perhaps you’d like to learn the alphabet from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Check out prints like that and much more from the Luke Flowers Raised by Rainbows art show below. Read More »
Right now, Disney is sitting on the rights to some of the most famous puppets in history: Jim Henson’s The Muppets. However, they haven’t been able to figure out what to do with them for years now (even Frank Oz agrees with that), and it feels like they’re just collecting dust. But that might be changing in 2019 according to a tease from Kermit the Frog himself.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Watch an Imagine Dragons music video created for Ralph Breaks the Internet
- An update to the Monarch website has some news about Godzilla‘s activity
- Get some new details on the possibility of a Willow sequel
- See a new clip from Johnny English Strikes Again
- Find out which Muppets characters will be popping up in Wreck-It Ralph 2
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Out of all the big TV news that came out of network upfronts, the official pick up of a new Muppets TV show was certainly among the top stories. The fact we’re going to get a primetime Muppets show with slightly more adult themes that explores the backstory of the characters is interesting; the show has the potential to hit a lot of perfect notes. The first trailer definitely showed that promise. Now, adding to the trailer, the official Disney blog posted 12 new photos from the show that reveal some more minor characters and fun situations we’ll see when the new Muppets TV show airs this fall. Read More »
If The Muppets make the transition back to TV, it’ll be in a way we’ve never seen them before. New details have surfaced about the upcoming ABC pilot starring Jim Henson‘s famous characters and it seems this version will have a more adult feel. It’ll be shot as a mock-documentary, like The Office, centered on the behind-the-scenes antics of making a new TV show. Through that, the show will delve into the personal lives of the characters for the first time ever. Read more about the new Muppets TV show below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Following their triumphant return to the big screen, the Muppets are ready to return to their home turf: television. ABC is developing a reboot of The Muppet Show, with the pilot presentation expected to shoot this month. Get all the details on the Muppet Show reboot after the jump. Read More »
Since 1977, fans have dreamt of visiting the world of Star Wars, of setting foot on the sands of Tatooine, the snow of Hoth or swamps of Dagobah. 99.9% of fans never get that chance, as production on the movies is so secretive. But a select few get to visit the set during filming. And for the shoot of The Empire Strikes Back, The Muppets made the trip. We know this because photos were taken. Photos that recently were posted on the Internet, finally becoming accessible to the entire world.
You get a hint above, but see the rest of the Muppets Empire Strikes Back photos below. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Muppets Most Wanted will whisk Kermit and his pals off to Europe next month, but first it’s making a pit stop in the U.S. for Super Bowl Sunday. The new TV spot has everything you could ask for: the whole gang, plus glimpses of human stars Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, cameos from Danny Trejo and Tom Hiddleston, and emoticon-filled tweets from people who’ve seen some of the other trailers for the movie.
Check it out, along with a cute Toyota spot featuring Terry Crews, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
When Kermit and company hit the big screen in 2011’s The Muppets, it had been over a decade since their last cinematic outing in 1999’s Muppets From Space. Thankfully, the wait for their next film won’t be quite so long. The Muppets… Again is on track to open just over a year from now, and Disney is already getting the hype machine started with a plot synopsis and a couple of first look images — including one of human star Ricky Gervais. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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