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Disney Takes Muppet Script Through Pixar

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by theprawncracker, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member


    HUGE news, as it looks like Disney is actually wanting to focus on the story and the character of the script, not just putting out a movie with Kermit and Piggy and Jason Segel in it. This can mean nothing but great things for the script and the movie at large! :D
  2. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    You see, they are going in the right direction, this makes my heart flutter. Oh hi Ryan!
  3. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Amen to that, my friend! They know exactly what they're doing and I couldn't be more thrilled.

    Hi there Barry! Long time no see man! :D
  4. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Long as they don't turn it into a full CGI movie :)

    But something that has substance with a good story and some heart, I'm all for it.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If it was a Pixar CGI film, I couldn't really complain.

    This is a ...well... weird good step in the right direction. I'm sure they'll ad some great input to the film. After all, this is another step closer to it being made. But on the other hand, I hope the input is very minor so we don't have major rewrites here and there so this thing can go into production on their schedule. And I really have to admit... it's weird taking it to the animation department, since it is a live action movie. I don't like this odd new logic that Puppetry = animation if that's the case.

    I wish Pixar was in charge of more that goes on with Disney... maybe we'd actually have a new series of TV cartoons or something. At least more theatrical shorts featuring the old characters.
  6. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    The preproduction process is very similair. Everything about a Muppet movie has to planned out, the same as with animation. Everything has to be storyboarded.

    But it's very exciting to hear that Pixar's story people are taking a gander at this. Very, very cool.
  7. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    This is great news! It's nice to see the Pixar guys helping out with the Muppet movie. This increases my faith in the movie by another 100%.
  8. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    Actually in a way they are.

    John Lasseter is the chief creative officer at Disney Animation as well as Pixar.

    He is the executive producer of every recent animated film by Disney Animation. Such as BOLT and The Princess and the Frog. The quality of Disney animated films has been much better since he took the job.

    Theatrical shorts are something that they really need to get the ball rolling on though.

    I loved the new Goofy short "How to Hook Up Your Home Theater" (John Lasseter was the executive producer on that.)

    I think that is is very cool news, I have faith in every project that John Lasseter is associated with.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually... ANY movie has to be planned out like that. Be it puppetry, animation, people in large rubber suits... even plain old ordinary movies just about people. Even indies. All need storyboards.

    They clearly aren't messing around with this film. Pixar films never tanks. Sure, there are ones that do disappointingly, but they never tank. They've put too much into the preproduction of this film to leave anything to chance. They can always try to turn rides and Fantasia segments into the next Pirates of the Caribbean (why more than half of them bomb), but they really don't have all that leg room with the Muppets

    This is great... though it raises the "one too many chefs" concern. I'm sure they won't fiddle with it in a negative way, though.
  10. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    Judging from what was said in the article, most of the guys over at Pixar are muppet fans already and I believe will do them justice.
    They even threw Statler and Waldorf in the background of their short "Presto". As seen here. This was well before Segel and Stoller had written a script for a new movie, let alone Pixar being approached to revise it.
    Again, I think we're in good hands.
  11. brkndwnbus

    brkndwnbus Well-Known Member

    I'm all for Pixar taking a look at the script. This is great. I can't wait for the movie. As others have said, this is keeping my faith that the movie will be great.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I agree the film's in good hands. I wish the Fraggle film got this kind of input. It probably would get made if they passed the script to various Fraggle writers and actors like that. I'm not concerned at all, and I know that they've been called specifically to punch up things here and there. After all, THEY know how to make a movie.

    Though I do wonder what Bolt would have been like if it was made as it. But they did totally salvage the Tinkerbelle movies, I hear.
  13. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    Its hard to say.
    But I'm positive that any creative changes made to the original idea were done for the good of the story. John Lasseter feels that story is the most important thing. He doesn't mess around.
    Clearly it was determined that the early story was not going in the right direction, so changes had to be made.

    This isn't the first time that this kind of creative/director change has happened. It also happened early on with Pixar's Ratatouille.

    In the end, BOLT was a good movie and that's all that matters.
    I'm very glad that John Lasseter was the executive producer on the film.

    As for the Tinker Bell movie. Its true. The movie was very close to being a disaster, as evident by the deleted story reels on the DVD.
    One deleted idea had Tinker Bell drowning her sorrows by stuffing her face with basket after basket of muffins.
  14. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    Well, if this is the case, I'm just hoping that this doesn't mean it will be CGI. Don't get me wrong, I loved Toy Story 3, but it would just be hard to watch a Muppet movie without the puppetry.
  15. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    Oh come on now, don't be silly. :)

    The Muppets film will NOT be CGI. End of story.
  16. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I really have faith in this movie!
  17. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member


    CGI will never replace puppetry! But what are your feelings about Henson's Digital Puppetry from Sid The Science Kid?

    Anyway, I'm sure they'll make a great movie with The Muppets! ;)
  18. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    Got that right! I've only seen Sid the Science Kid once, although did anybody see the Henson episode of Science of the Movies on The Science Channel? The process of it is so amazing!
  19. Nick22

    Nick22 Well-Known Member

    the new muppet movie will be AMAZING! pixar is AMAZING! im so excited!
  20. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Just to clear the waters... there is NO chance of the new Muppet movie being CGI. Any and all rumors or quandaries of that should be immediately dispelled. Pixar is ONLY helping with the story element of the script, nothing else. Fear not!

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