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The Muppets strut their stuff in the first teaser poster

May. 17, 2011by:

Usually when you see The Muppets on-screen they're either sitting or you see them from the waist up. There were the rare occasions in the movies when you'd see a full-bodied Muppet like when Kermit rides his bicycle in THE MUPPET MOVIE (a trick achieved using a marionette version of Kermit). But you can expect more of these type of moments in this November's THE MUPPETS, a fact Disney is introducing with the first teaser poster.

Jason Segel told USA Today, "Technology has changed. We're able to show them doing stuff they hadn't been able to do before. We're pretty proud of that." I can only hope that Segel isn't talking about CGI because if there are moments of CGI Muppets - and Segel is promising that the first time you see Kermit in the movie, he walks into frame - there will be an internet shit fit, I can promise you that.

This new poster, with a few Muppets walking towards the camera, freaks me out a little bit. Animal looks sort of normal for some reason but something about it seems weird. I think I need to see it in motion first. What do you think?

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Source: USA Today

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11:40PM on 05/17/2011

It just can't be CGI

They are puppets called the Muppets,cgi will take away from the whole concept,digitally erasing the marionette cables will be just fine but I can't see Segel not staying true to the way the Muppets have always been done,I'm almost not even worried about it ALMOST.
They are puppets called the Muppets,cgi will take away from the whole concept,digitally erasing the marionette cables will be just fine but I can't see Segel not staying true to the way the Muppets have always been done,I'm almost not even worried about it ALMOST.
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4:49PM on 05/17/2011

I love the Muppets...

in fact, my friends make fun of me because I own them all. I can't wait for this movie to come out, but if they CGI them, they will be ruining everything the Muppets are about and why people love these movies. I can't see Segal doing that to this franchise or to its fans, hopefully I'm right.
in fact, my friends make fun of me because I own them all. I can't wait for this movie to come out, but if they CGI them, they will be ruining everything the Muppets are about and why people love these movies. I can't see Segal doing that to this franchise or to its fans, hopefully I'm right.
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3:59PM on 05/17/2011

muppets rock

this poster is creepy, but just the sight of it makes me ultra happy. the muppets are fantastic and I can't wait for this movie.
this poster is creepy, but just the sight of it makes me ultra happy. the muppets are fantastic and I can't wait for this movie.
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3:01PM on 05/17/2011
Looks like Kirstie Alley got a new acting gig.
Looks like Kirstie Alley got a new acting gig.
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2:21PM on 05/17/2011
Why do they look like giants? Why does Fozzie have the body of Mike Huckabee?
Why do they look like giants? Why does Fozzie have the body of Mike Huckabee?
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1:44PM on 05/17/2011

I like the way they styled the M.

That's all.
That's all.
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11:28AM on 05/17/2011

I think

Jason is referring to technology making the marionette strings more seemless and being able to use computers to erase the puppeteers, rods, and strings but there's no way they would do CGI. That defeats the whole art of puppets and I know Jason is a true fan.
Jason is referring to technology making the marionette strings more seemless and being able to use computers to erase the puppeteers, rods, and strings but there's no way they would do CGI. That defeats the whole art of puppets and I know Jason is a true fan.
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12:55PM on 05/17/2011
I'm sure this is the case. As with C-3PO in Episode One or Teddy in A.I. (which works stunningly IMO) - It does sting me a little since I see hiding the puppeteer and/or rods as part of the artistry. None the less, I'm in favor of anything that gets The Muppets on screen and attention for puppetry in general.
I'm sure this is the case. As with C-3PO in Episode One or Teddy in A.I. (which works stunningly IMO) - It does sting me a little since I see hiding the puppeteer and/or rods as part of the artistry. None the less, I'm in favor of anything that gets The Muppets on screen and attention for puppetry in general.
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10:34AM on 05/17/2011
Please, no CGI. I'm fine with using computers to erase rods etc, but that's the limit I think...
Please, no CGI. I'm fine with using computers to erase rods etc, but that's the limit I think...
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10:18AM on 05/17/2011
Isn't waist-up by majority kind of a signature? The poster just kind of confuses me....
Isn't waist-up by majority kind of a signature? The poster just kind of confuses me....
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10:17AM on 05/17/2011
wait a minute, i was under the impression that the movie would use real dolls like the original ones in the series back in the day, and if thats the case, what does "technology has changed" means???? does it mean that this will be cgi all the way???

please, say it aint so :S
wait a minute, i was under the impression that the movie would use real dolls like the original ones in the series back in the day, and if thats the case, what does "technology has changed" means???? does it mean that this will be cgi all the way???

please, say it aint so :S
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9:34AM on 05/17/2011
looks like they are being basked in heavens warm glow.

shout out to Jim henson


still creepy, though....
looks like they are being basked in heavens warm glow.

shout out to Jim henson


still creepy, though....
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9:27AM on 05/17/2011
This creeps me out. It looks like Kermit has a camel toe.
This creeps me out. It looks like Kermit has a camel toe.
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10:02AM on 05/17/2011
Hahahaha.
Hahahaha.
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