1 The Muppet Mindset: Muppets Most Wanted Theatrical Trailer Breakdown

Nov 21, 2013

Muppets Most Wanted Theatrical Trailer Breakdown

Ryan Dosier - A recent trend of ours since 2011 has been doing shot-by-shot breakdowns of new trailers for Muppet movies. The trailers for Muppets Most Wanted will be no different! Yesterday three trailers were released, two pretty similar and one vastly different. It's going to take two separate posts to get through them all. Today we breakdown the domestic trailer and the slightly different Australian trailer! Enjoy!
Ooh, security camera footage, a dark prison, and... a kung fu frog?! The puppetry in this shot is amazing--nay, the pupetry in this movie is amazing!
Our first chance to hear Constantine's voice! He's performed by Matt Vogel! His voice is outstanding! "It's not easy being mean." How can you not love this?!
This gag with Fozzie and Walter is fantastic. Also, read the headlines on this newspaper, including "Leprechaun missing since he got lost."
"Whoa!! What'd you do with Kermit?!"
"Kermit, you must join the Dark Side."
I really, really love this shot. Plus, that's a clip of Jim Henson's Kermit in a clip that I believe is from The Muppets Valentine Show. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
Constantine is already hysterical. His face movements when he's trying to emulate Kermit here are fantastic.
Is this the Muppet Theater again? Or just some random theater abroad? My guess is the second. It's also nice to see Watler in his blue suit!
Foo-Foo!!
Matt Vogel's impression of Constantine impersonating Kermit. Mind blowing.
I have a lot of favorite shots in this trailer... but this might be my number one. Just look at it! Lips! Marvin Suggs! Thog! Animal hanging upside down and playing the drums! Magnificent.
I adore Gonzo's red stunt outfit here. And how appropriate that it's red for his Indoor Running of the Bulls stunt--which I can only assume he performs in Spain.
The aforementioned Indoor Running of the Bulls...
And the lovely Salma Hayek being tormented by something. Based on her outfit (similar to Gonzo's) and the chicken behind her, I assume she's the guest star for the Muppets' show in Spain and is unwittingly part of Gonzo's act.
Poor Scooter. But also note Link Hogthrob in the background wearing a sombrero.
I adore this shot too! Notice Pepe and Rizzo mixed in with the whole gang again--finally. Also Behemoth! And Piggy's hair is wonderful.
If you haven't already, click on this picture to make it bigger and call this number and go to this website. You won't be disappointed!
Explosions?! This is going to be the most action-heavy Muppet movie yet. It's clearly a parody of international spy thrillers and I love, love, love that.
Let's play spot the cameos! We've got Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, and WWE's Hornswoggle (great friend of the blog). Plus, do I spy Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement in there somewhere?
Beaker what are you doing?! A metal containment case? An explosive cupcake? Awesome.
Love. LOVE.
Rizzo and Pepe and 80s Robot front and center!
One: Piggy's hair and outfit. The pig is stylish all throughout this thing! Two: I love Rizzo just chilling back there!
Well this scene looks outstanding! Piggy and Constantine dancing on some elaborate set in period costumes? Sold.
And Rizzo gets a line in the trailer!! That's already one more line than he had in The Muppets! This movie is giving us everything!
I'm going to go ahead and guess that this shot is from Ricky and Constantine's duet "I'm Number One, You're Number Two." But look at how Constantine is holding on to Ricky. No sign of puppeteer whatsoever. Amazing!
Ty Burrell's tiny car is probably going to be the biggest star to come from this movie.
Yes, that's Celine Dion singing with Miss Piggy. In black and white.
If you're on Tumblr then you already know this is Tom Hiddleston. What you might not know is that he's playing a character called The Great Escapo. The signage behind him reads "Annual Revue Show (Don't Riot)." Does this mean The Great Escapo is in the Gulag prison with Kermit?
That's Stanley Tucci! Noted character actor seen in The Hunger Games, The Lovely Bones, Easy A, and countless other films.
WHAT?! It's the return of Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe, the scene stealer from The Muppets! Hugely exciting.
Christoph Waltz, two-time Academy Award winning actor in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. He seems to really love Sweetums!
That's Ray Liotta, best known for his role in Muppets From Space!
 Always great to see Statler and Waldorf hanging around.
Good ol' Danny Trejo is already in two different shots in this trailer... so hopefully he won't get cut this time. His "Wocka wocka" bit in the trailer had me cracking up.
Look at this!! Astounding. What they can't do these days...
And now comes a sequence of shots of my favorite scene from the trailer. This hugely epic helicopter scene is bound to be a major, major highlight of the movie. I spy Lew Zealand, Janice, Floyd, Rowlf, and many others.
Honestly, this movie just looks so immensely cinematic. Where else but a major motion picture will you see something like this? Major, major props to director James Bobin for realizing this already incredible scene.
Remember what I said about cinematic? Holy Henson!!!
This shot was only in the Australian trailer, but we see Kermit and Fozzie stealing the Interpol car in what I can only describe as "Flintstoning."
 Run, Muppets, run! Also I see Wanda in the back there.
"Use the Force, Walter." Yes, that's two Star Wars references in one post. I just love this shot!
 The best. I love when Kermit's face gets squished. Or is this Constantine??
Ah, the eternal struggle of international relations. When Ty Burrell rips his shirt open to show off his badge I couldn't stop laughing.

Well there you have it, Muppet fans! You can watch the entire trailer again below.









The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, muppetmindset@gmail.com

13 comments:

  1. I guess I'll be the corrector. The clip Constantine is watching is actually a vintage Sesame Street News Flash (with Little Miss Muffet). Here's a video link for comparison (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnkaW4oU3lQ). -- JB
    (reposting here after accidentally posting on wrong article)

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  2. Just to give one tidbit away, that is Constantine with his face squashed on the window! Absolutely hysterical/epic part of the film. This movie is going to be awesome!!

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  3. I love how they used the KISS font for the Electric Mayhem!

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  4. The clip on the TV is actually from a Sesame News Flash, not the Valentine show

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  5. i hope we see some old muppets tonight characters like johnny fiama and sal minella and clifford and many others

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  6. Speaking of Clifford, I'm still a bit upset that Chase Beecher lied to us all about Clifford in the 2011 movie.

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  7. I think Kermit with a hood makes him look like Boober.

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  8. There is something I noticed in the trailer that I hope is actually carried into the film and other films going forward.

    Walter and Fozzie. It would seem that while the Muppets excepted Walter as one of their own, he and Fozzie are depicted as fairly close friends. Maybe I am reading too much into it but in a number of scenes here you see the two of them together, often in conversation or relating to a gag between them.

    It seemed Fozzie was the first to really pal around with Walter in the first film too. I like this a lot.

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  9. Is that JB Smoove in the gulag prison with Liotta, Trejo, Clement, Hornswoggle, and Fey?

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  10. I guess we should expect the next movie after this to be about The Muppets putting on a big Broadway-style show in Las Vegas but things are complicated when Walter loses his memory. That would be about as original as this one seems to be.

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    1. Yes because The Great Muppet Caper featured a world tour show, a Kermit doppleganger, a Russian prison, a French Interpol agent, and a helicopter scene. It's basically the same movie.

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    2. Honestly, there are some similarities but yet at the same time it's also has differences. And other than having a London heist, the plot does not resemble "The Great Muppet Caper" at all, Bruce.

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