3 items from 2009
We’re in what most fans like to call a “Muppet Lull” right now. Hard to believe, but The Muppets haven’t been in theaters since 1999, when Muppets in Space was panned by critics. Sure, we’ve been given a few TV movies to snack on in the past few years, but they barely hold a candle to the originality of The Great Muppet Caper or Muppets Take Manhattan.
Then, suddenly about six months ago, a few Muppet viral videos started popping up on YouTube, in which the famed Waldorf and Statler would comment on certain “new” and “hip” Internet fads. Those videos became instant hits, and Muppet Studios started putting out more and more.
As of late, on of their more popular videos surfaced in the mainstream, in the form of a “Bohemian Rhapsody” spoof. The video tallied over 20 million views, and the faith in the Muppet generation was immediately revitalized. »
- Matt Raub
Disney Chairman Dick Cook made a big announcement at the Disney D23 Fan Convention and I haven’t been the same since. Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) will provide the script, and word from our friends over at /Film is that The Muppets must reunite to save The Muppet Theater from a greedy oil tycoon who wants it for the reserves discovered in the soil beneath. The name of this moving picture? The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made. No details yet on when it will go into production, let alone when it’ll be released.
Segel, who wrote (and starred in) Forgetting Sarah Marshall, also appeared in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and got his major break starring in Apatow’s 1999 TV series, Freaks And Geeks. Good luck coming up with zingers for Statler and Waldorf that can match up to the high standard of Muppet hilarity…
- Scott Miller
The Muppets for the month of May. We are truly blessed here in Portland. Thank you, Northwest Film Center. And now to make sure this is in your head the rest of the day …
It’s time to play the music
It’s time to light the lights
It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.
It’s time to put on makeup
It’s time to dress up right
It’s time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight.
Why do we always come here
I guess we’ll never know
It’s like a kind of torture
To have to watch the show
And now let’s get things started
Why don’t you get things started
It’s time to get things started
On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational
This is what we call the Muppet Show
The Northwest Film »
- Jeff Bayer
3 items from 2009
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