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Jul 22, 2010

Disney Puts Muppet Script Through Pixar

Our good friends at ToughPigs have delivered some promising news from the front of the new Muppet movie: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney requested and received a table read of the script for The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made with director James Bobin, actor/writer Jason Segel, and producers with the "Brain Trust" from uber-successful filmmakers and storytellers, Pixar.

The article reports that the players for both sides were excited at the opportunity to work together. "There are a lot of Muppet fans up there at Pixar. Both sides were excited and curious," one Disney insider said. "I wouldn't read too much into it. Pixar is acting more as a friend of the court." This is immensely exciting considering Pixar's 11-0 track record of great films. Certainly having their touch on the new Muppet movie will only help the project and most likely make it more of a character-driven piece.

Batting for the Muppets side in the table read, according to the article, were director James Bobin, writer and star Jason Segel, and producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. For Pixar, huge names like John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars), Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatoullie), Andrew Stanton (Wall-E), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo, Up), and president Ed Catmull were at the table read to provide insight and feedback and perhaps add in a few of their magic touches as well.

While it's still unclear how much input the Pixarians had in the script, it's extremely likely that they've helped it become more of a character-driven, heart-warming script just like their films. After seeing Toy Story 3, I spoke to a Muppet person who was very hopeful that Disney would indeed put the script through Pixar, an idea which I hoped for as well, and it looks like the Mouse House headed the call.

This is a perfect sign that Disney is heading in the right direction with this film and I for one cannot wait to see this film finally start shooting and become more than just a table read!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

Jun 8, 2010

Muppets do NOT negotiate with pirates (except Rizzo)

Ahh-ha me hearties! If ye thought I be done with my notorious acts of blatant piracy and senseless reporting, ye be wrong...and I be...speaking in a farmer/pirate accent? Anyway, accent aside, I am still here and you are still reading from me, The British Correspondent. The way I see it, when Ryan gets back and finds some simply splendid deeply thought-out pieces of deep journalistic writing on his blog he'll be BOUND to hire me again.

I'll leave you with that thought...

Muppets do NOT negotiate with pirates (except Rizzo)

Throughout their long and lustrous (?) careers, the Muppets have found themselves on more than one occasion having to deal with relentless marauders, the scourge of the high-seas, the sea-devils of the waves, the smuggling sasquatch, the rum-drinking shanty-stomping high-diving synchronised-swimming pirates of this world. There are a number of things which connect (and disconnect) these appearances of pirates within the Muppetverse and it may prove rewarding to take a brief glance at them.


Most appearances of pirates in the Muppetverse also include at least one appearance of a cannon…and often a human cannonball. A few sketches before John Cleese appears as a pirate on the Swinetrek with a nagging pirate-parrot in episode 223 of the Muppet Show, Gonzo can be seen onstage catching a cannonball with his bare hands (and surviving!)! Muppet Treasure Island features Beaker exploding from a cannon, as well as Bunsen and Beaker saving Fozzie from Angel Marie with some fancy cannon action. Comic book, The Treasure of Pegleg Wilson, features a pirate named Pegleg Wilson (go figure), who claims that “I took to the stage, and was fired from a gun/Every day, twice on Sundays, at quarter to one.” Similarly, Gonzo’s comic-book character of Captain Hook has a dream of entertaining by being shot from a cannon in a high-seas show.

Parrots (or Penguins…or Lobsters)

Parrots come in many forms, as the Muppets have proven. John Cleese’s bird companion appeared with all the charisma of a nagging wife, while Glenda Jackson (episode 507) was accompanied by Eric the Parrot, disguised as a penguin. Long John Silver found the idea of a talking parrot as inconceivable as a singing dancing mouse with its own amusement park and had a talking lobster named Bad Poly instead.


Putting the rat in pirate, Rizzo is often on hand when pirates abound, especially within the Muppet comic books where he forms an alliance with Kismet the Toad to excavate the Muppet Theatre and in Muppet Peter Pan were he appears as Mr Smee. Rizzo also sold tickets to the ‘pirate’ cruise in Muppet Treasure Island and was tempted to ‘negotiate strenuously’ when facing the sword beside Jim, Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie and Mr Bimbo the man who…lives…in Fozzie’s finger?...No, I still don’t get it.


Where there be pirates, there be singing! From Glenda Jackson and her pirate gang singing ‘Sailing Sailing!’ which then erupts into a medley sing-off at sea, to ‘Sailing for Adventure’ and ‘Professional Pirate’ in Muppet Treasure Island, pirate appearances are often accompanied by a ruckus of melodious Muppets in tune (and occasionally out of tune).

What does this MEAN!?

Now, this has been a fun list to write (and I’m sure that my readers -- or Ryan’s readers that I have personally pirated for the week -- will be able to think of other connecting factors between pirate appearances in the Mupetverse) but unless the list can be applied, there is little point in making one.

All these factors discussed – Cannons, Parrots, Rats and Singing – are related to the bonus moments that make the Muppets the Muppets.

Explosions, for example, are a signature of the Muppets and should always be seen…whether it be Crazy Harry playing with electricity or random booms sending the guest stars into the rafters.

Random appearances of new and crazy Muppets, such as the unique twists taken in relation to the parrots, should always be there, proving that the Muppetverse is wider and more extensive then we imagine…There’s always room for new Muppets!

Rats, chickens, penguins and monsters are vital ingredients of successful Muppet moments, providing a note of seriousness to otherwise ridiculous moments (or the other way around?).

Musical numbers and singing should be paramount to Muppet success (feel free to note that Muppets From Space which did not include the Muppets singing new songs did not exactly land on its feet).

These four factors are things that I would love to see in the next Muppet movie: explosions, random Muppets, rats, chickens and things and some fantastic new musical numbers.

Stay tuned this week for a Weak Muppet Wednesday and a Strong Muppet Interview with a completly unexpected (but utterly delightful) lady with an equally surprising, but similarly delightful connection to the Muppetverse!!!


Jun 3, 2010

Charles Grodin Will NOT Be in The New Muppet Movie

As you surely remember (because this blog is totally all you think about), on Tuesday we confirmed that Uncle Deadly will be making an appearance in The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time. Well, unfortunately, today we have to confirm some rather disappointing news: Charles Grodin, who brilliantly portrayed Nicky Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper, will not be appearing in the new film.

Multiple sources are confirming the news and it appears to be mostly due to Mr. Grodin's desire to continue his heavy volunteering lifestyle, helping many who desperately need it. The quote about turning down the Muppet movie is basically this in all sources,

“I just turned down the new Muppet movie,” Grodin told me Tuesday. “I was in The Great Muppet Caper and I think they are bringing back those of us still alive for a reprise. Jim Henson was dear to me but I’m not flying 6000 miles to Los Angeles to work one day."

So while Mr. Grodin's reasons for not wanting to make a cameo are completely understandable, it is a little disappointing that he won't be returning for The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time. Thankfully, though, I doubt the movie will suffer too much from his absence, considering he would have most likely only been in the film for a few seconds (no offense, C.G.).

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

Jun 1, 2010

Uncle Deadly Will be in the New Muppet Movie!

Uncle Deadly, the semi-obscure Phantom of The Muppet Show (see the Twiggy episode of The Muppet Show) has been a fan-favorite character for years, even receiving his own action figure in he Palisades Toys line. Well, he's also a favorite of The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time director James Bobin, who, Nicholas Stoller confirmed, injected Uncle Deadly into a scene in the upcoming film. Don't believe me? See for yourself in this clip from an interview with Nicholas Stoller from Moviefone Minute.

I love how the interviewer pretends to know who Uncle Deadly is... but we Muppet fans know, and we should be super excited! It looks like this film is in extremely capable hands!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

May 21, 2010

News Update: May 21, 2010

NEWS UPDATE: May 21, 2010
  • Exciting news out of The Muppets Studio this week, as it was confirmed by Nicholas Stoller on more than one occasion that The Muppets and the Muppeteers and presumably most people who will be involved, had a table read for The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time. This is extremely exciting news, as it basically nails the fact that this movie is indeed getting made. The following sources have varying information about the table read and the upcoming filming:
  • The Muppets appeared on LOST Slapdown again this week, this time auditioning for the role of the Smoke Monster on the series.
    • Muppet Snow White #1 came out this Wednesday from BOOM! Studios. Our good friends at ToughPigs have a preview and a review. It's a super-awesome comic already (what else did you expect from BOOM!) and you can expect The Muppet Mindset's review on Monday!
    • Finally, Muppet Wiki now has its own Facebook page! Become a fan (or Like it, or whatever) and get all the goodness of Muppet Wiki while you procrastinate!

    The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

    May 19, 2010

    The Muppets Are Making a Movie!

    Muppet fans... it's really happening.

    The Muppets are officially making a movie! The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time has officially moved from an idea on paper to physical movements towards production. CHUD.com reports that this past weekend, the Muppets had a table read for the new film written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and to be directed by James Bobin. Here's a transcript of the article:


    The table read is a vital part of the filmmaking process. At a table read all the actors with speaking roles gather (around a big table, as the name suggests) and go through the script, reading out loud their parts. It's often the first time everybody in a movie gets together, and it's when the actors and the director start truly zeroing in on the characters in a way that isn't just theoretical.

    It turns out that when you do a table read for a Muppet movie, you have to have the Muppets on hand. Talking to Nick Stoller, director of Get Him to the Greek and co-writer (with Jason Segel) of the upcoming humbly named The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made, I learned that the Muppets themselves just did a table read.

    'They had the table read Saturday with all of the puppets, and it went quite well,' he told me. When I asked for clarification - were the actual Muppets there - he confirmed it. 'They had the puppets do the table read. You have to have The Muppets there! They filmed it for the DVD.'

    I wonder if the puppeteers kept the Muppets going in character during script discussions or during breaks. I kind of hope they just include the entire table read on the DVD.

    Stoller is, understandably, psyched to be working on the Muppets' return to the cultural mainstream. 'Just to be able to play with those characters is incredibly exciting,' he said. 'The first time I wrote Kermit as a character in Final Draft I was like, 'Oh my God.''

    This film is going to be true to the original The Muppet Movie, which means it's going to be very modern feeling. 'If you watch The Muppet Movie now it's amazing how much they break the fourth wall and how Simpsons-esque it is, but obviously before The Simpsons. It's very self-aware and kind of amazing. I call The Muppets the gateway drug for all comedy nerds - it's what you see that makes you want to do comedy for the rest of your life.'

    So, there you have it. The Muppets have officially moved forward with their new film, the Muppeteers were on-hand (pun totally intended), it was filmed for the DVD, and gosh darn it, The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time is HAPPENING!

    Come, Muppet fans, join me in blasting Mahna Mahna from the rooftops and dancing the dance of our people: The Kermambo! Everybody now!

    The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

    May 7, 2010

    News Update: May 7, 2010

    NEWS UPDATE: May 7, 2010
    • Big news from The Jim Henson Company this week as they released an official Press Release discussing the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated sequel to Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal entitled Power of the Dark Crystal. The press release doesn't mention too many important details aside from Omnilab Media being tapped to work with the Hensons to produce it and the fact that it will most likely be in 3D. It also mentions that Brian Froud is on board to do some of the designs for the film, so that's a very good sign.
    • On The Muppets Studio side of the news, general manager of The Muppets Studio, Lylle Breier, was interviewed by the MTV Movies Blog. She discussed all things Muppety, including the Webby Awards nominations (and subsequent wins), "Bohemian Rhapsody," and more. The stuff she mentioned that we didn't already know include the next viral Muppet video, "American Woman," being released Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-31), and that the new Muppet movie is indeed Jason Segel's The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time, and not The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Breier stated that Cheapest had  been shelved for the time being... Whatever that means!
    • Speaking of the (four) Webby Awards that the Muppets won this week, The 14th Annual Webby Awards Ceremony (hosted by The Office's B.J. Novak) will be held on June 14th. I've been informed that the Muppets will be on hand (pun sort of intended) in some fashion to accept their awards and make their five-word acceptance speech.
    • Yesterday, as Lylle Breier predicted, the Muppets appeared in a brand new online video with LOST's Carlton Cruse and Damon Lindelof, writers of the show. Rizzo and Bobo appear in LOST Slapdown, an online exclusive web series. In the video, the two Muppets lead a tour of fans through the LOST studio. Yes, it is as hilarious as it sounds. (Muppet fans outside the US watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYc0oLXy9Vg.) The video is labeled "The Muppets 1" so that can only mean more are on the way! We know for sure that Kermit and the Swedish Chef have recorded something as well, so be on the lookout for that!
    • In comic book news, an exclusive scoop by MTV News (which we then stole) states that Muppet Sherlock Holmes will be the next Muppet Classics comic book adaptation after Muppet Snow White finishes this summer. The series will be written by Patrick Storck (Muppet King Arthur) and illustrated by friend of the blog Amy Mebberson (Muppet Peter Pan, The Muppet Show Comic Book - Family Reunion). Gonzo will play the famed sleuth and Fozzie will be his right hand man, Dr. Watson. I'll be sure to keep you updated as more information about this exciting new series becomes available!
    • And, finally, it's our turn for an exclusive scoop. In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine (#1102 - May 14, 2010) there is a brief article about the newly announced Muppet movie. The page features a fantastic picture of Kermit as well. The following are some excerpts from the article that mention some exciting news that you may or may not be aware of as of yet!
    New Disney Boss Digs Muppets and Wizards
    "As Rich Ross shakes things up at Disney after taking over as studio president last fall, he’s turning to some Hollywood stars who haven’t been on the big screen in more than a decade: Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear. An untitled Muppet movie is likely to become one of Ross’ first greenlit projects (after Pirates of the Caribbean 4, of course), and it says a lot about where the studio is headed.

    When Ross grabbed the reins last October, he killed a lot of movies in the development pipeline, including a sequel to 2007’s John Travolta-Tim Allen-Martin Lawrence comedy “Wild Hogs” and a big-budget remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that McG was slated to direct. Instead, he fast-tracked a Muppet movie written by Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, whose 2008 hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall made puppets cool again. The duo’s plot is being kept under wraps, but sources say Segel (How I Met Your Mother) will star as the best friend of a new Muppet named Walter who will join a quest to save the famed Muppet studio. James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) is on board to direct, and Amy Adams has been mentioned as a possible costar. Mandeville Films (The Proposal) is among the producers. Next up is a table read with the Muppets and their puppeteers, and since merchandising opportunities are apparently limitless with such an adored property, sources predict production could begin as early as this fall. ~ Nicole Sperling"

    Amy Adams? Filming this fall? Merchandise? Excitement, thy name is Muppets!

    The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

    Feb 12, 2010

    News Update: February 12, 2010

    NEWS UPDATE: February 12, 2010
    Kermit and Sweetums played a big part in Walt Disney World's "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" presentation at EPCOT yesterday. Kermit joked around with Tom Staggs, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, about cans of peas and other volunteering puns. Jim Hill has news and pictures available. Just gotta love that frog!

    Also in the news, The Playlist blog has a "new" review of the new Muppet movie script--this time claiming that the title has once again been changed back to "The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time." There's still no official word yet on whether it has truthfully been changed (again), but this blog post does add some interesting elements considering their script draft was dated October 2009, a month after the announcement of "The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made" at D23.

    A week ago, The MuppetCast posted an hour-long interview with Muppeteer Steve Whitmire. The hour-long listening time may seem daunting, but I promise that it is more than worth the time spent. Steve discusses character development, "Bohemian Rhapsody," upcoming projects, America's Got Talent, and more! Be sure to check it out!

    The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier