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C'mon Hollywood #201

03.24.2009

... get going with the new Muppet movie already!
by Sturdy

A few years ago, I did a Muppet movie marathon where I watched the several Muppet movies (I skipped the Christmas movie) and it reminded me of how great the Muppets are. It also raised the question; where did the Muppets go? With all the crap that’s getting remade and re-imagined, how is it that we’ve gone four (if the MUPPETS’ WIZARD OF OZ even counts) years since we saw a Muppet movie? Or, maybe the question should be; how is it that we’ve gone 25 years since we saw a great Muppet movie?

Luckily, one of the most popular, talented and young comedic actor/writers around right now has taken on the responsibility of making the next Muppet movie a reality. An early draft of Jason Segel’s GREATEST MUPPET MOVIE EVER MADE has gotten some early and mixed reviews, but at least it seems he’s on the right path. I don’t know if that’s exactly the direction I would take with it, but everything is different when it’s said by a Muppet. Plus, you throw in a couple of “wacka-wacka’s” and I’m going to laugh no matter what.


It’s been too long since we’ve seen the Muppets.

Even though it looks like Segel is doing things right, there are a few of things I’d really like to see in a new Muppet movie. First, we have to have the song “Movin’ Right Along”. There are not many people over the age of 20 that can hear that song and not instantly be transported back to their childhood days. Plus, it’s a catchy song. But don’t ruin it with some American Idol reject singing it. It has to be sung by the Muppets! Next, I’d like to see Statler and Waldorf make an appearance at some point. They don't have to have a lot of screen time, but if used in quick doses, they can be hilarious. Oh, and we have to have Steve Martin involved somehow. I don’t know why, but I always associate Steve Martin with the Muppets and not having him appear in the film just wouldn’t seem right.

But the key for a Muppet movie is to ground it in reality. We need to avoid MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND and MUPPETS FROM SPACE. Although, I didn’t think MUPPETS FROM SPACE was that bad. But we have to get back to the “Muppet world” where Muppets are famous and interact with real people and celebrities and no one cares. This is something Segel has said from the beginning he wants to do and another reason he’s perfect for the gig. The subtle comedy with realistic events and a couple of musical numbers is what made the Muppets what they are. It’s a Muppet movie, so there will be a push to fill the movie with a ton of cameos, but if the cameos are actors actually acting and not playing themselves, I think we’ll be okay. Judging by the early review, Segel’s script might suffer from “over-cameo” syndrome, which is never a good thing.


Steve Martin and the Muppets go together.

I’m glad there’s already a new Muppet movie in the works, but I’m eager for it to get going. After FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, I have full faith in Jason Segel’s writing ability, but the Muppets are a favorite franchise of mine and I really want him to hit a home run with the next movie. I’d like to bring the Muppets back to mainstream America and hopefully the film will be good enough to spawn a few sequels.

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8:16AM on 03/24/2009
Out of all Muppets movies, there's one that I really like when I was a kid - the one that sets in NYC (can't remember the exact title). Personally, I'd love to see Judd Apatow and his gangs take on the Muppets. That would be awesome.
Out of all Muppets movies, there's one that I really like when I was a kid - the one that sets in NYC (can't remember the exact title). Personally, I'd love to see Judd Apatow and his gangs take on the Muppets. That would be awesome.
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8:45AM on 03/24/2009
You're thinking of Muppets Take Manhattan, which, of the original three (The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and Manhattan), is my personal favorite.

I just hope that they bring back the original voices. I know Jim Henson is dead, but Brian Henson doesn't even do the voice of Kermit anymore. And Frank Oz doesn't do Miss Piggy! The people they use for the voices now are just plain awful. When a cast member on Family Guy can do a better Kermit than the current guy doing Kermit, it
You're thinking of Muppets Take Manhattan, which, of the original three (The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and Manhattan), is my personal favorite.

I just hope that they bring back the original voices. I know Jim Henson is dead, but Brian Henson doesn't even do the voice of Kermit anymore. And Frank Oz doesn't do Miss Piggy! The people they use for the voices now are just plain awful. When a cast member on Family Guy can do a better Kermit than the current guy doing Kermit, it says something. So yeah, that's MY main desire for this movie.
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9:19AM on 03/24/2009
There's SUPPOSED to be another "Dark Crystal" movie coming out at some point, but I imagine I'll be a grandmother before it happens.
There's SUPPOSED to be another "Dark Crystal" movie coming out at some point, but I imagine I'll be a grandmother before it happens.
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9:36AM on 03/24/2009
Yeah, if they did another like the first three, which the_jer named, I'd be interested again. It's been a long time since I cared about a Muppet movie; anything recent, it just seems to me, couldn't possibly have half the heart of those first three! They are great, classic fun.

So yeah, I'd like to see another one done right, with voice talent that sounds like the characters are supposed to sound! And DEFINITELY with Steve Martin! Yes! He's a must have.

Man, this has got me wanting
Yeah, if they did another like the first three, which the_jer named, I'd be interested again. It's been a long time since I cared about a Muppet movie; anything recent, it just seems to me, couldn't possibly have half the heart of those first three! They are great, classic fun.

So yeah, I'd like to see another one done right, with voice talent that sounds like the characters are supposed to sound! And DEFINITELY with Steve Martin! Yes! He's a must have.

Man, this has got me wanting to get hold of those three again! lol.
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10:22AM on 03/24/2009
Rainbow Connection is the one that takes me back.
Rainbow Connection is the one that takes me back.
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10:40AM on 03/24/2009

Odd

I thought people generally liked Muppet Treasure Island. I do. That's ok, I can agree the reality based ones WERE better. And seriously, I've been craving more muppets for years.
I thought people generally liked Muppet Treasure Island. I do. That's ok, I can agree the reality based ones WERE better. And seriously, I've been craving more muppets for years.
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11:52AM on 03/24/2009

ABOUT DANG TIME

This is honestly the sort of comeback I didn't know I wanted. But absolutely. I'm no scholar of the muppet movies, but Jim Henson most definitely left a lasting impression on me as a kid. And if Segel can maintain the integrity of the franchise, they're great for kids and grown-ups. And I have faith with his background that he'll be able to do just that.

And one last thing, Frank Oz needs to be there. I'm sure it's just about a given, but I feel it needs saying.
This is honestly the sort of comeback I didn't know I wanted. But absolutely. I'm no scholar of the muppet movies, but Jim Henson most definitely left a lasting impression on me as a kid. And if Segel can maintain the integrity of the franchise, they're great for kids and grown-ups. And I have faith with his background that he'll be able to do just that.

And one last thing, Frank Oz needs to be there. I'm sure it's just about a given, but I feel it needs saying.
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12:30PM on 03/24/2009
And what ever happened to the Fraggle Rock movie they were making? Where they all head into the real world to look for his uncle.
And what ever happened to the Fraggle Rock movie they were making? Where they all head into the real world to look for his uncle.
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2:06PM on 03/24/2009
I agree - been too long since there has been a good Muppet movie, Muppets from Space was a lot of fun, true to a lot of the characters.
If you watch the recent Muppet stuff, the issue isn't just the writing, it is the performances of the Muppets. They are characteratures of these characters. The performers don't embody these classic characters like the original performers did. And they have nowhere near the chemistry. So if they get even half of both of those two things back, we can all
I agree - been too long since there has been a good Muppet movie, Muppets from Space was a lot of fun, true to a lot of the characters.
If you watch the recent Muppet stuff, the issue isn't just the writing, it is the performances of the Muppets. They are characteratures of these characters. The performers don't embody these classic characters like the original performers did. And they have nowhere near the chemistry. So if they get even half of both of those two things back, we can all expect some fun stuff.
I always give the Muppets a chance, hoping that they get it right that time. I am hoping they get it right with this Segal project. I truly do.
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4:11PM on 03/24/2009
Classic Muppet lines to hold you over in the meantime:

"Dear frogs and bears and chickens and things..."

GIRL: Look, Dad, it's a bear!
DAD: No sweetheart, that's a frog. Bears wear hats.

MURRAY: What's all that noise out there?
RECEPTIONIST: Just a frog with a musical act.

Classic.
Classic Muppet lines to hold you over in the meantime:

"Dear frogs and bears and chickens and things..."

GIRL: Look, Dad, it's a bear!
DAD: No sweetheart, that's a frog. Bears wear hats.

MURRAY: What's all that noise out there?
RECEPTIONIST: Just a frog with a musical act.

Classic.
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5:56PM on 03/24/2009

Aww...

I love Muppet Christmas Carol, why does everybody bash the Muppet movies that came out when I was alive? I'm ok with people bashing everything they've done after Muppet Treasure Island. But I mean c'mon MCC & MTI were awesome.
I love Muppet Christmas Carol, why does everybody bash the Muppet movies that came out when I was alive? I'm ok with people bashing everything they've done after Muppet Treasure Island. But I mean c'mon MCC & MTI were awesome.
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6:20PM on 03/24/2009
BojacRedleif,
I agree with you, I enjoyed the Muppet Christmas Carol as much as the original 3 muppet movies, but didn't care for muppets in space. I haven't seen any of the tv specials either. I'm all for a new muppet movie, but first and foremost we need a good story. Not just a muppet movie for the sake of a muppet movie.
BojacRedleif,
I agree with you, I enjoyed the Muppet Christmas Carol as much as the original 3 muppet movies, but didn't care for muppets in space. I haven't seen any of the tv specials either. I'm all for a new muppet movie, but first and foremost we need a good story. Not just a muppet movie for the sake of a muppet movie.
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2:26PM on 03/25/2009

Forgetting Miss Piggy

Home run Sturdy! It's nice to see a return to form here with this article. I'd love to see a new Muppets movie. And Jason Segel is the man for the job. As for Steve Martin... I'd love to see him in a great film again. It's been years. And to "HoyleHaw", I agree! Frank Oz has to be part of this.
Home run Sturdy! It's nice to see a return to form here with this article. I'd love to see a new Muppets movie. And Jason Segel is the man for the job. As for Steve Martin... I'd love to see him in a great film again. It's been years. And to "HoyleHaw", I agree! Frank Oz has to be part of this.
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5:48AM on 03/26/2009
For once, I agree with a "C'mon Hollywood" article 100%.
For once, I agree with a "C'mon Hollywood" article 100%.
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