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Another Stupid movie to Overreact to...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drtooth, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    This was found by Oscarfan in another thread.

    Where to begin? Where to begin?

    The 1990's called. They want their cheaply produced in someone's basement Barney the Dinosaur knockoff that's in the 1 dollar VHS bin back.

    This one one of the few times where I'd RATHER see CGI.

    No, seriously... there is NOTHING more dated than cheap full body suits that look like they came from those places you get sort of Elmo looking red monster and Sort of Spider-Man looking super hero for poor kid's birthday parties. I think I'm selling sort of Elmo looking red monster short.


    Are they trying to make this a brand? I swear I saw these hideous things doing PSA's for Haiti like 2 years ago when Haiti happened that are still on today. And if they are, I'm sure the kids that have been accustomed to the relative wit, sophistication, and quality of Dora the Explorer will only scoff at this one.

    Talking goldfish?

    I got your talking goldfish right here...


    Insert overused Futurama meme, while we're at it...


    From the marketing genius behind Teletubbies...

    Isn't that the religious guy who said stuff about Tinky Winky so that people actually paid attention to that crap?

    Oh wait no... the genius marketer behind Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine, and something else...

    OH! I got it. Some guy who used to work for HIT until he was fired! AH! Makes sense.

    If no one wanted to see Elmo in Grouchland or Barney's Big Adventure in theaters, what makes them think anyone's going to let their 2 year old kid drag them to this...

    and uh...

    I think I lost 20 I.Q. points and 3 years of my life watching that....

    (Out of breath panting)..

    I'm done... you?
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    No, no, no. Not "Marketing genius", "Marketing VISIONARY"

    And apparently, the characters actually existed before this movie:

    (Uploaded in 2009 that video) I thought these were just things made for this movie. Who the heck even heard of these characters then? What made them popular enough to warrant their own picture?
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  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Can be answered with another overused meme...

    Joking aside, these things were created for some reason, whatever it is, and were used in a series of crappy PSA's. This is what happened when I tired looking these horrid things up...


    However, I found THIS article about the whole thing...


    it adds a whole extra level of terrible to the film.
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  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And the band played on.
  5. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Makes the Banana Splits look better all the time.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but the Banana Splits were awesome....
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  7. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Yes, indeed they were, it's too bad since then they've never come up with anything quite so good.
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The Banana Splits were like the SST of classic Saturday Morning in a sense... after all, we know that even though SST isn't a Henson show, Jim did contribute to it by creating Muppet characters specifically for the show; similarly, even though the Banana Splits were a Hanna-Barbera show, it was really Sid & Marty Krofft who designed and built the characters and the sets and everything.

    But I digress.
  9. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I saw the trailer for this couple of times. My gosh, does this look bad. Not even the 'comic relief' fish looks entertaining. Oh, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, how much did they pay you to say that dialogue? I'll double it if you find a way to get your scenes cut!

    But hey, who knows? Maybe it won't be that bad after all...
    Who am I kidding? This is worse than Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (okay, maybe not that bad).

    Well, this movie is supposed to encourage kids to scream their heads off in a movie theater. Well, I'm sure young first-time movie-goers who see this won't spend their childhood thinking that the movies is a place to be noisy.
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  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I guess Cloris Leachman and Christopher Lloyd owed money to somebody, which is why they had to do this... maybe, I don't know.
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Cloris is a cast regular on Raising Hope.

    Christopher Lloyd however, doesn't get his due. The last major thing he was in was Cyberchase, and that appears to be over... which SUCKS, since they had a very interesting bunch of concepts before they stopped making episodes. He was also in that Frog awful fly movie. He deserves better than this thing.
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  12. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Why couldn't they have just released it on dvd and skip the theater altogether? Kids can get loud, and I feel really bad for anyone who is in the next room over
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I like the whole fact that the concept came to him after seeing black people talk during a Tyler Perry movie. I have a great joke about Kenn using other stereotypes to market his ideas that I don't want to repeat here. But I will say, it's a stereotype that isn't completely untrue. There was a talkative bunch when I saw that meh Last Airbender movie.

    But I'm agreeing with the guy who wrote the posted article...

    I'm not recounting my Bolt story again. You know it well by now. But this is EXACTLY what's wrong with kid's entertainment. Forcing everything to be "interactive." Now, it's not that I find it completely terrible. Sesame Street always asked for audience participation, and get up and dance moments. Heck, many of us DID scream when Pee Wee revealed the word of the day. But that was at home. In a theater, it's COMPLETELY idiotic to encourage bad, loud, rude behavior in movie theaters. This guy's loose understanding of Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings shouldn't be the basis of a film.

    Yeah, DTV is what this thing should have been. Or better yet, don't let the visionaries behind the WORST kid's program of all time be able to live amongst normal members of society, let alone make another project.
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  14. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Gosh, I definitely see some Oscars in the future for this one.

    And just because someone is behind the marketing for a project, that doesn't mean they should be confused with being part of the creative team. Eloise was a series of children's books from the 1950s and Thomas the Tank Engine goes back all the way to the 1940s, it just wasn't until the 1980s that it got adapted for television. Marketing does not equal plot or artistic achievement, and this guy clearly thinks that.
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  15. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    So we've had trouble getting a Fraggle Rock movie...even had trouble getting The Muppets...but this got a greenlight?

  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I wonder to what extent he marketed Thomas. I mean, look what happened to Thomas now. He's all CGI, it's just terrible... they added a bunch of very flat characters to fill out some vague requirements for ethnicity and gender... and more for just the sake of more toys. It's not the same fun little Thomas we all knew and loved anymore. But it's still better than those HORRID clones like Jay Jay the Jet Plane.

    I'd love to point the blame on him for that, but it's not the case.

    But the whole point is slapping famous name brands on something new for the sake of familiarity. It's no different than saying "From the Producer of..." In fact, it's essentially the same thing. Producer doesn't always equal creator, the producer produces money. So every time you hear "From the Producer of" such and such, it just means someone who gave money to some show/movie gave money to that.

    On that subject...

    Look really hard at that movie preview and you'll find the answer.

    The budget of this project is insanely low. Like, crappy weekly TV series low. I'm sure Japanese Sentai shows with those rubber suits cost more to make per episode than this. This movie has NO major financial backing, and looks to be funded by their own small production company. A Fraggle Rock movie would eat through a budget on JUST the puppet building alone. Just the other major 3 Fraggles (we have a Red, Wembely and an Uncle Matt) would cost a small fortune. Not to mention Gorgs, all those little Doozers, incidental Fraggles, and Sprocket... and additional puppets for the 6 major Fraggles.

    If Henson could fund the Fraggle Movie all themselves, we'd've seen it by now. They need a business partner, and that's been THE reason why we haven't seen it yet.

    This is all that marketing firm that created these dreadful things. It's only been made because it's easier than getting a TV series out there (like I said, it's DATED as heck), and this guy is desperate to choke the market with another ugly kiddy show. This is the big product launch project... it's not going to find an audience and if it does, I'd be horrified.
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  17. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I found his IMDB listing and he appeared to only work on the show from 1991 to 1995, which was far before the show flatlined. They were starting to run out of stories at that point, but it was nothing like it is now.

    Thomas was the first thing I ever really became a fan of, when I was around three years old. I still have boxes of stuffed animals and books and trains in my basement that I collected over the years. To see how it has changed over the years is a little sad. Not that everything should be expected to stay the same, but the live action models were just a lot more fun to look at.
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  18. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    I can't help but notice this abomination bears a striking resemblence to another tv show...
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, then I can't logically say he was fired from Hit.

    But yeah. Thomas (or rather Shining Time Station) came out just when I was supposed to be growing out of that stuff at age 7... but I liked it anyway. No doubt due to Ringo Starr's wonderful narration. It really misses something in not having a warm story voice over.
  20. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I blame Thomas for my fear of things with unnatural faces...that show traumatized me as a kid
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