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Hypothetical: The Muppets Are For Sale

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pjtoadie, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    They're as much a foundation of my life as the Muppets.
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  2. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member


    Okay, well, the first two. Chipwrecked was ehhhh.

    (Also, the Big Leblewski for the win).
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017
  3. Teheheman

    Teheheman Well-Known Member

    I dunno about that because the Muppets are so recognizable anyways that dubbing their voices with "more recognizable names seems pointless. They're already recognizable. You can't put another voice as Kermit because more people know who that person is. Besides, the Muppets movies and TV shows have always been able to get recognizable names anyways. You don't need to dub Ray Romano as Rowlf because he's Ray Romano.

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  4. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    I don't know who I would want to buy them . . . but I know who I WOULDN"T want to buy them.

    Tex Richman
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  5. pjtoadie

    pjtoadie Well-Known Member

    Nicely played!
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the characters are recognizable, but the people performing them aren't, which is what my point was. This is why Twentieth Century Fox brought in bigger-named celebrities to voice the Chipmunks in those movies because, so they'd market better.
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  7. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    And it's an utterly pointless anyway as their voices become unrecognizable when pitched up. Just a waste of money all around.

    Then again, Fox didn't learn their lesson 6 years earlier getting John Turturro to voice the title character in the beautiful-looking but utterly forgettable Henry Selick film Monkeybone, whose voice is also pitched up.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Totally makes sense from your standpoint, but not theirs, because again, they need a draw, and recognizable names like Justin Long are going to bring people to the theaters over an unknown name like Ross Bagdasarian. This is also why they brought in Jason Lee to play Dave: his career was really booming at that point, what with MY NAME IS EARL and stuff . . . even though not only was he horribly miscast, you can tell he isn't even enjoying making those movies anyway.
  9. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I definitely think Warner Bros would be the best option, but i'm also kind of mixed on it. I mean, if Warner bought them at least we'd know there would probably be more merchandise; just look at their Funko figures for extremely obscure Hanna Barbera characters like Ricochet Rabbit. And they're probably not as likely to change the Muppets out with CGI or give them celebrity voices. However, in terms of actual productions it's a much more mixed bag. Most DC movies have been poorly received, and when was the last time they cared to promote a Looney Tunes or Scooby Doo show?
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  10. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Warner movies nowadays haven't been all that great with a few good ones here and there.

    I dunno, I just hope they don't force the Muppets into some like cheesey predictable drama series god forbid they DO buy them....
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  11. Teheheman

    Teheheman Well-Known Member

    Their voices are recognizable too. I believe they can do what they have always done with the Muppets and that's putting them in movies with recognizable names as opposed to recognizable names voicing them.

  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I actually didn't think about that, but yeah, the Muppet movies already have celebrities in them. :p
    I don't think Disney should sale, I agree with what Steve said about letting the Muppeteers be more involved in the creative process like they used to. Let them oversee scripts, let them decide as a group what projects should or shouldn't get made; heck, they could even write something. I mean, they're all funny guys who know their characters extremely well, the worse that could happen is it could fall flat on it's face and they can just go back to doing what they've been doing the past year. Oh well, at least you tried. Jim was all about moving forward and experimenting.
  13. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

    What I would like to see is someone buy the Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock so they can be owned by the same company so we can have "The Muppet Family Christmas" on DVD uncut!
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  14. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I'd love for them to make some kind of deal so that can be released, but for the time being I think their respective companies are doing a good job with them. What I want to see is The Jim Henson Company buy Bear in the Big Blue House, then we might finally get some DVD or streaming releases.
  15. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    That's more of an issue of music licensing deals if anything.

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