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Anyone else sick of this?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by JackMonster, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. LouisTheOtter

    LouisTheOtter Well-Known Member

    The only time I heard anybody say "Sheldon was the best part of the movie" or some such thing was when my 11-year-old niece posted on FB that it was one of her favourite parts and several of her friends came on board to agree...why a bunch of sixth-graders are watching The Big Bang Theory (a brilliant but still racy show) is another story, but I digress...

    I don't mind people getting excited about the Jim Parsons cameo. I think it was a brilliant bit of casting, partly because Jim already had some Muppet street cred from his Sesame Street guest spot ("The spider's still chasing me!") and his presence matched up perfectly with the movie as a whole and this scene in particular. If you're familiar with TBBT and its celebration of the neo-geek/fanboy subculture, it works like a charm on that level, and even if not, Parson's appearance and how he was handled in the scene both line up perfectly with Walter and his "Man or Muppet" conundrum.

    While the scene still works even if you've already seen it and/or know Parsons is in it, I feel bad for Drtooth because one of the reasons my wife and I screamed with laughter (not an exaggeration) at that portion of The Muppets is because we didn't see the human-Walter joke coming. I think Disney did the right thing by keeping that key scene and cameo under wraps, and I'm surprised that they were able to do it given the insane amount of preview material that was released in the run-up to the North American release. (I accidentally viewed the "Montage" sequence thinking it would just be a random selection of clips with no real connection. I still enjoyed it in the theatres, but wished I hadn't watched it beforehand.)

    I actually had to beat myself away from this forum over the movie's first few days of release to avoid seeing more spoilers - I knew I'd have to avoid it after reading a couple of people's comments about the Sweetums/Mad Man Mooney & Sons scene (although that was still funny).
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  2. Fraggline

    Fraggline Active Member

    Yeah, I fell for the Montage trap, too. And there were a lot of movie pieces released online, and I saw them all with my sister (we couldn't resist!). I definitely agree, though, that comments on YouTube about surprises like the Jim Parsons cameo should be blocked--I mean, the surprise comprises half the fun!
    But I do have to say that I think the material released online was a good decision. I had almost begun to lose interest in the movie (save the fact that we had a calendar counting down to it) until I saw these clips. I laughed out loud at the "Idea" one!! It made me want to see the rest of the jokes in the movie--and let me say that there were still lots of jokes left.
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  3. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm actually really surprised I had never read about it until I actually saw the movie. It definitely made the scene more effective. It gives me some hope that surprises are still possible even in the Internet era, lol. ;)
  4. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I didn't know about this cameo until I saw the movie either, and while I found it amusing, it was by far NOT the best part of the movie. My sister is a Big Bang Theory fan, and went hysterical, but if we're talking better/funnier cameos in the film, for me it was definitely Dave Grohl as Animal in "The Moopets"' lounge act.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Here's my experience in spoilerdom.

    I was at Muppet Wiki... there was some link in some page referring to human Walter, and not even by clicking it, I moved the mouse over, and the status bar says "Jim Parsons." and I just banged my head on the desk very VERY hard for doing something that completely idiotic for ruining a great surprise.

    We leaked WAAAAAAAAY too much of this film out before it happened... in cases years before it was even produced. The Mahnah Mahnah ending was no surprise for me. That was in the leaked script that was leaked back in 2009. We found out about the Moopets from a cast and crew give-a-way T-shirt. There were so many spoilers around prior to the film, I'm surprised there were ANY surprises left. it's our internet culture... EVERYTHING gets leaked.

    EVERYTHING...

    This test footage from a Roger Rabbit movie that never got made over 14 years ago, f'rinstance.



    Casually leaked. Just leaked out like that.

    And still we can't find evidence of the R-rated language Dexter's Lab episode. or an episode of Toonsylvania that wasn't already on that one VHS tape.
  6. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Lol yeah, and ultimately the only way to really avoid that is to make a conscious effort to restrict your Internet and other media viewership. It is possible. I managed to go into Return of the King virtually blind as far as spoilers, lol.
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  7. Yuna Leonhart

    Yuna Leonhart Well-Known Member

    No one I know thinks Jim Parson's cameo was the best part. Then again, I don't know anyone in my area who has seen The Muppets, except my father. But he doesn't watch TV at all. And I don't think it airs at a time someone in my age group could watch The Big Bang Theory. Truth to be told, when I first saw human Walter I was like "oookay... and who's human Walter?"
    Nah, the best of the movie for me was Rainbow Connection, hands down.
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  8. Fraggline

    Fraggline Active Member

    Wait--an episode of Dexter's Laboratory had r-rated language? I loved that show as a kid!
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  9. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    That's people who have no Muppet spirit! I could've cared less about the celebrities I was there for The Muppets! To go back to my childhood.
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  10. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    Pardon me for asking but what is this Big Bang Theory that people are mentioning?:confused: Is it a show of some sort?
  11. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

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  12. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Beware! A Netflixed disc of the Big Bang Theory can consume the whole evening! It's one of those shows that manage to be both sweet and funny and it celebrates the individual! I love that show so much.
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  14. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    I know right, I watched the film with my friends and when I askede them what the best part was, they said, SHELDON!!!!!!!!! SICK OF IT!!!
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  15. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I'm sick of seeing casual fans write they didn't like MMW cause Kermit and Piggy's voices sounded weird.
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Well you yourself said you were concerned that Jim Henson not be forgotten. I think the fact that fans notice that Kermit's voice is different proves Jim is still very much on people's minds. :)
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  17. TheWeirdoGirl

    TheWeirdoGirl Well-Known Member

    I'm tired of people saying they don't like Kermit and Piggy's "new" voices. Steve's been doig Kermit for 24 years now and Eric's been doing Piggy for 12. They aren't new anymore!
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  18. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Again, with all credit to the new(er) performers), I'd say that fan reaction is a testament to how much fans still appreciate Jim (and Frank). It means his work hasn't been forgotten. That's not a bad thing, guys, lol.

    I guess I'm used to this reaction as a Soap Opera fan. Characters change actors all the time, and sometimes you like the new actors and sometimes you don't.
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yet no Mr. Peabody sounds weird? I actually like how the Happy Meal commercial is an impersonation of Ty Burrel's impersonation of Bill Scott and it somehow comes out sounding like a BAD Morgan Freeman. Double Other Darrin...

    Characters are usually recast when someone dies or leaves. That said, Eric's Piggy has never sounded more like Frank's than this film. Obviously these casual fans only watched like the first 3 films at one point and haven't touched the franchise since. UGH! No wonder why it's underperforming. Freaking casuals...
  20. TheWeirdoGirl

    TheWeirdoGirl Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I get that. I'm glad that people remember and love Jim and Frank. But I also think that Steve and Eric are both doing great jobs and probably deserve more appreciation from casual fans than they get.
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