The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see how the storyboards for a sequence from Pixar’s latest movie Soul compare to the final cut in the film. Plus, take a look back at the making of the pilot for The Office back in 2004, and let Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear help usher in the New Year with a familiar tune that will have you movin’ right along into 2021.
First up, now that you’ve had a chance to see Pixar’s new movie Soul on Disney+, see how the original storyboards for one of the film’s early sequences compared to the final cut. You’ll see that some of Joe’s features didn’t completely translate from the early storyboards, including the shape of his glasses and what he’s wearing, and the soul version of him isn’t quite as defined either. It’s all part of Pixar’s important development processes that makes them one of the best animation studios around.
Next, now that The Office is available on Peacock, the streaming service has provided some bonus treats for longtime fans. In addition to releasing a never-before-seen cold open over the weekend, they also provided a featurette about the making of the show’s pilot from all the way back in 2004. Enjoy how young everyone looks and how enthusiastic they all are despite having an uncertain future during the time of production.
Finally, Disney offered up a warm welcome into 2021, courtesy of a couple of our favorite Muppets. Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear do a virtual rendition of “Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Movie to ring in the New Year. Kermit plays the banjo while Fozzie hops in the car to actually move right along. Now if only we could get some of that Muppet magic back on Disney+ in a more satisfying way.
In the old days of Hollywood, movie props weren’t cherished or saved. Once a production was finished shooting, a lot of props were either thrown out, repurposed, or lost somewhere along the way. As time went on, people began to hold items from their favorite movies in high regard, and movie props became treasured artifacts. Today, movie props are some of the most expensive collector’s items out there, often selling for hundreds to thousands of dollars at auction.
That brings us to a new Disney+ documentary series called Prop Culture, which follows film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan as he tracks down movie props from some of Disney’s most iconic films over the years. Like a kid in a candy store, Lanigan travels around the United States, meeting filmmakers, actors, production crew members, and fellow collectors so he can either see a rare item from Disney’s film history, or show one off for a sentimental reunion and fascinating conversation about movies ranging from Mary Poppins to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read More »
Over more than 40 years, Dave Goelz has portrayed one of the cornerstone Muppet characters, the loopy Great Gonzo. On The Muppet Show, Gonzo was primarily a daredevil in the style of Evel Knievel, but over the course of a handful of films, he’s been everything from an alien to a pirate to Charles Dickens. The first of those films, the superlative The Muppet Movie, celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this summer; in commemoration of the milestone, The Muppet Movie is playing in theaters around the country on July 25 and July 30.
Via phone interview, Slashfilm sat down with Goelz, the longest-tenured Muppet performer, about making his first movie, working with Jim Henson, the next Muppet project, and more.
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.
You’ll have another chance to find the rainbow connection with the upcoming theatrical rerelease of the beloved The Muppet Movie. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Jim Henson’s first Muppets feature film, The Muppet Movie is returning to theaters across America for a limited time this summer.
One of the first things I purchased on preview night of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con was a limited edition signed version of Drew Struzan‘s new book Drew Struzan: Oeuvre. It is one of the best purchases I’ve made this year, and a must have for any film fanatic.
Drew Struzan has created some of the most iconic movie posters of the last 30 years, from Harry Potter to Hellboy, Raiders of the Lost Ark to Back to the Future. This extravagant hardcover edition of DREW STRUZAN: OEUVRE, with a Foreword by George Lucas, film producer, screen-writer, director and founder/chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., features over 250 pieces of art, including all of Drew’s most iconic movie images, as well as other career highlights, from record album, book, and comic book covers, to stamps, trading cards, promotional artwork and very personal original works. —This right-up-to-date collection of Struzan’s work includes recent and never-before-published pieces including Star Wars: Episode III poster art; Indiana Jones 4 poster art; Walking Dead poster art; Hellboy 2 poster art; Pan’s Labyrinth poster art; Lord of the Rings trading cards; and never before published personal works.
Titan Books has given us a bunch of exclusive images from the book, full sized poster artwork without the logos and text. I can’t tell you how awesome these images look on the large full pages of this coffee table book. The book will be released on October 4th 2011. Preorder it now on Amazon for $31.33, 37% off the $50 cover price. Read More »
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.
First up, the two items in the headline are not related, though with Bret McKenzie is working with Jason Segel on songs for The Muppets Movie, and with his Flight of the Concords director James Bobin directing the Muppet film, don’t be surprised to see him end up in the film.
So hit the break to find out about the musical cameo, and to get a bit more info about Bret Mackenzie’s work on the movie. Read More »
Dutch Southern has a new t-shirt called “Product Placement”, a design created by Josh Eacret.
It’s a tribute to the fake products and companies found in movies, and to the filmmakers who didn’t want to sell out or get sued by real corporations. Each logo is accurately recreated in painstakingly detail by Josh Eacret’s hand.
After the jump you can find a complete listing of the fictional companies listed, and which movies they appeared in.