Lucas Ervin - Hey everyone, Happy Holidays! I'm sure you all are ready for the Muppet sequel to get under way next month. With filming starting in January, and Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell signed on as the human leads, I'm sure a lot of you have your own thoughts on how this movie should go, and how they can improve from the first. What I'd like to do is to share some of my thoughts on how they can make the second movie even better. Without further ado, here's my list on how the upcoming sequel can be an even stronger film than its predecessor!
1. Human actors shouldn't sing! In the first three films, hardly any of the human leads ever sang a song. And the one person who did--Charles Grodin--didn't even use his real singing voice: it was an opera singer, and it was done in a silly fashion. We really don't need another movie with songs like "Me Party" or "Let's Talk About Me." Part of the magic of the Muppets is that they can take something that wouldn't be as funny if a person had done it, and not only make it acceptable, they make it enjoyable. If you don't believe me, how about the scene in The Muppets where they took what is one of the worst songs of the 1980s, "We Built This City," and made it one of the most memorable scenes in the film.
2. Animal is NOT a main character! We all love Animal. Who doesn't? But as Frank Oz once stated, he's monosyllabic, and his only thoughts are food, women, pain, sleep, and drums. He's a one-dimensional character who is strictly there for laughs. We now live in a world where new, outstanding Muppeteers can take up old favorites like Scooter and Rowlf who used to be the leads, and when Animal has more lines than they do, it's unfitting to the Muppet world. He's the mascot of the Muppets, and when does a coach ever ask the mascot to suit up for the big varsity game? I would love to see him eating furniture, yelling "WOMAN!" or with the band doing a number.
3. The Electric Mayhem should sing! Now is the perfect time to bring them back to do another number together. The Electric Mayhem is an integral part of any Muppet film, and they are definitely due a new song. I'm not talking about just Dr. Teeth or Floyd doing a song; I mean all six members--yes, including Lips--do a number together. Bret McKenzie did a phenomenal job with "Man Or Muppet" as evidence of his Oscar, so let's see what else he's got!
4. Put some danger into it! There was once a time where the Muppets were puppet versions of Monty Pythons, but endearing, honest, and loveable. Nowadays, loveable-ness outweighs the anarchy the Muppets were once so famous for. At this point, we've seen the Muppets broke, homeless, hit by cars, blown up, thrown from a plane, kidnapped, held at gunpoint, and even put in the electric chair. And all of these scenarios were done in an entertaining fashion. When it comes to the potential of this upcoming Muppet film, it could be every bit as epic as any great Pixar movie if they just trust their gut and know that these characters are unlike any other.
5. We don't need new characters! Walter was a good addition to the Muppet family, but the Moopets will most likely be lost in the annals of Characters Forgotten. Do we really need more one-note Muppets? Characters like these aren't always terrible, but they are one-dimensional, and never seem to last past the movie they were in, which is a shame. I think that Uncle Deadly stating that he's a Muppet and not a Moopet was a subtle way of stating that the Muppets are best when they're all on the same team.
6. Don't call this sequel The Muppets 2! While the first movie was simply called The Muppets it worked, because some would find it odd calling it The Muppet Show Movie. The new one should definitely have the word Muppet in it, but to just have the number 2 beside it seems lazy. And calling it The Great Muppet Caper 2 is just as bad. Don't think too hard about it, just give it a nice title so that it stands out on its own.