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"If I ran the Muppets" thread. Post YOUR good ideas HERE!

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by spcglider, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    Okay everybody!

    This is the place. Here is YOUR opportunity to post YOUR great ideas about what should be done with the Muppets franchise. First, a few basic guidelines:

    1) Concentrate on the POSITIVE. This is NOT a "Bash Disney/MHC" thread. Offer up things that could be helpful. Construcive criticism IS helpful as long as you suggest remedy or solution.

    2) This concerns ONLY the CLASSIC MUPPETS. Not Fraggles, not Sesame Muppets, not JHC characters or movies like Dark Crystal, etc.

    3) REACH. Don't just think outside the box... think OFF of the table that the box is sitting on and out the door to the room that the table is in. It doesn't matter how broad or miniscule the plan is... if you think, even for a microsecond that it's a GOOD plan, post it!

    Alright then... have at it! :)

    -Gordon
     
  2. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gordon. I'm looking forward to hearing everybody's ideas of how they would run the Muppets! Maybe Disney will take some of MC's ideas and run with them. Who knows?
     
  3. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    Okay...since nobody here has decided to speak up, I will.

    My wife had a GREAT idea. How many movies does Disney release every year? A dozen or so? Well, PIXAR has had tremendous success with making animated shorts to put at the beginning of their movies.

    So the idea is this: Let the Muppets make some 8 minute shorts to go in front of major Disney family releases. They could be modelled on the classic Warner cartoons, but in the Muppet "idiom".

    What does this accompish? 1) It allows the Muppets exposure that they aren't getting now and plays on their strength (short, intense comedy), 2) Each short won't cost as much as a major project and can be tailored to small budgets, 3) They can produce multiple shorts at one time if necessary, and 4) If they bomb, the program can be cut without too much permanent investment.

    If Disney is SERIOUS about their rhetoric of "re-introducing" the Muppets to a wide audience, this would be a terrific and cost-effective way to do it. Not only could the shorts be distributed on the front of film releases, they'd be included in the DVD releases of the films AND could eventually be compiled into a DVD collection of their own (ala the Warner Bros. animated shorts).

    Aesthetically, it plays on the strengths of the Muppets, and nostalgically it resurrects the tradition of the Disney Studios production of short films.

    Imagine a short... something like Gonzo and Rizzo start a baby-sitting service. That in itself is a receipe for gut-busting hilarity. Imagine Kermit, Fozzie, Pepe, and Rowlf running a repair shop or a "Muppet Anything Agency: No job too weird!" scenario.

    I'm tellin' ya... it would work. :)

    -Gordon
     
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I have been thinking about the idea of there being theatrically-released Muppet shorts. Maybe they can be released alongside every Disney release, and at the end of every year, a DVD with all those shorts can be made available. Maybe there can be two Pigs in Space shorts, a Statler and Waldorf short, two or three Electric Mayhem shorts, three or four Kermit and Miss Piggy shorts, three or four Kermit and Fozzie shorts, four Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo shorts, a Kermit and Robin short, a Swedish Chef short, two or three Gonzo and Rizzo shorts, a Rizzo and Pepe short, and so on.

    Though I'd rather have the Muppets remain as puppets, maybe it would be good to have a computer animated Muppet movie, animated by Pixar. If done by Pixar, then it pretty much guarantees at least one celebrity voice (John Ratzenberger), and maybe t would be good if tests are done, where the main performers perform their characters, and the movements get reproduced in animation, so that they move like the puppets do, albeit with legs added.

    I would also have there be a few new Mupet television specials. I'd re-approve of Kermit's Christmas Capers, and I'd re-approve of the Kermit roast special (though it wouldn't be for an anniversary). I'd also approve of some additional holiday specials, like a St. Patricks Day special and a halloween special.
     
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here are some merchandising ideas:

    I would approve of a collection of Muppet Comic Books. They would be formatted like The Simpsons comic books, with a main 10-15 page comic story featuring the main cast, and a shorter, 5-6 page story either based on a recurring sketch (Pigs in Space, Veterinarian's Hospital) or with a limited number of characters (Gonzo and Rizzo, The Electric Mayhem, etc). There would also be funny one-two page advertisements, both before the main story and between the two stories (or maybe a funny interview, in script format). Such advertisements could be for stuff like "Rowlf's Piano Trainning", "The Swedish Chef's Pizza Parlor", or "Crazy Harry's Dynamite Shop".

    I would also approve of a collection of Muppet PVCs, similar to the Tyco PVCs of Sesame Street that was released during the shows 30th anniversary.

    The sets could include:

    The Muppet Show 30 character box set #1:
    *Kermit the Frog
    *Miss Piggy holding Foo-Foo
    *The Great Gonzo (in purple tuxedo)
    *Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
    *Beaker (in screamming pose)
    *Fozzie Bear (holding hat in his left hand)
    *Dr. Teeth
    *Floyd
    *Animal (holding drum sticks)
    *Janice
    *Zoot (holding saxaphone)
    *Lips (holding trumpet)
    *Scooter (holding clipboard)
    *J.P. Grosse
    *Muppy
    *a Snerf
    *a Crocodile
    *Boppity
    *Droop
    *Pops
    *Sweetums (holding club)
    *Nigel
    *Mildred
    *Hilda
    *Beauregard
    *Annie Sue Pig
    *Uncle Deadley
    *Mean Mama
    *Fletcherbird
    *Crazy Harry (holding plunger)

    The Muppet Show 30 character set #2:
    *Kermit holding Robin's hand
    *Fozzie Bear (operating Chuckie)
    *First Mate Miss Piggy
    *Captain Link Hogthrob (holding a silver vanity mirror)
    *Dr. Strangepork (holding dissolvitron)
    *Sam the Eagle
    *Wayne
    *Wanda
    *Timmy Monster
    *Rizzo and a few rats on each others backs
    *Camillia
    *Gonzo in daredevil attire, holding a cannonball (though his arm won't be very long)
    *Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (holding up his glasses)
    *Beaker (with head halfway in body)
    *T.R. Rooster
    *Rowlf
    *Baskerville
    *Statler
    *Waldorf
    *Marvin Suggs (with a few Muppaphones on his body, showcasing their revenge)
    *The Swedish Chef
    *Gladys
    *The Eel
    *Lobbock Lou
    *Jerry
    *Gramps
    *Zeke
    *Bubba
    *Lou
    *Trumpet Girl

    The Muppet Show 30 character set #3:
    *Kermit (in tuxedo)
    *Patrol Bear
    *Patrol Link
    *Nurse Piggy
    *Dr. Bob
    *Nurse Janice
    *The Newsman
    *Louis Kazagger
    *Fleet Scribbler
    *Thog
    *George the Janitor
    *Angus McGonacle
    *Gloat
    *A viking pig
    *A tuxedoed pig
    *a hawian pig
    *Zelda Rose
    *The Houses
    *A Gawky Bird
    *Statler in vaudvile attire
    *Waldorf in vaudvile attire
    *Koozebanian Phoob
    *Scooter (in his outfit from Six String Orchestra and with guitar)
    *A group of penguisn (one on top with wings spread out, and two more on top, one on each wing)
    *A plate of Muppet food (featuring a tomadoe, lettuce, artichoke, and a banana)
    *Chopped-Liver Monster
    *A frog (sitting on a lilly pad)
    *the Walrus
    *Catgut (holding Gaffer)
    *Lew Zeland (holding fish)

    There would also be seperate box sets of three figures each, for those who can't afford the whole box sets.
     
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here are a few more PVC set ideas:

    The Muppet Movie:
    *Kermit (on log with banjo)
    *Fozzie Bear (with two ice cream cones)
    *Miss Piggy (with suitcase)
    *Gonzo (with balloons)
    *Scooter (with fingers in clapboard)
    *Sweetums (with suitcase)

    The Great Muppet Caper:
    *Kermit (in reporter attire)
    *Fozzie (with "press" card in hat)
    *Gonzo (in photographer attire with camera)
    *Miss Piggy (on motorcycle)
    *Floyd (in red jacket)
    *Zoot (in zoot suit)

    The Muppets Take Manhattan (set 1):
    *Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Gonzo (with arm around Camilla), Rowlf, and Scooter in their "Togetehr Again" attire

    The Muppets Take Manhattan (set 2):
    *The same characters in their attire from "Right Where We Belong"

    The Muppets Take Manhattan (set 3):
    *Kermit (in tuxedo)
    *Miss Piggy (in wedding dress)
    *Janice (in MTM attire)
    *Dr. Teeth (in black leather vest)
    *Rizzo (with food tray)
    *Masterson (wearing butter as skates)

    The Muppets Take Manhattan (set 4)
    :Kermit (in his "hip" attire, holding script)
    *Miss Piggy (on rollerskates)
    *Chester
    *Yolanda
    *Tattooey
    *Animal (in I Love New York shirt)

    The Jim Henson Hour:
    *Kermit (in directors chair)
    *Digit (with remote)
    *Bean Bunny (with satelite)
    *Leon (with hammer)
    *Gonzo (in white shirt and gray vest)
    *Vicki (with clipboard)

    Muppets Tonight (set 1):
    *Kermit (with coffee mug)
    *Clifford
    *Seymour holding Pepe on his shoulder (both in elevador operador attire)
    *Johnny Fiama (holding microphone)
    *Sal
    *Zippety Zap
    *Mr. Poodlepants
    *Dr. Phil van Neuter
    *Mulch

    Muppets Tonight (set 2):
    *Bobo the Bear
    *Dr. Fozzie
    *Dr. Pain
    *Seymour and Pepe in cookin attire (Seymour would be holdign a tray that Pepe lays on, for some reason)
    *Nigel
    *Rizzo (holding clipboard)
    *Bill the Bubble Guy
    *Andy and Randy Pig (with arms around each other)

    Muppets Tonight (set 3)
    *Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine Miss Piggy
    *Captain Pighead
    *Craniac
    *Snorty
    Spamela Hamderson
    *David Hogsohog
    *Andy and Randy as Donnie and Art C. Shell (holding arms around each other)
    *Gary Chuenga
    *Gonzo (in Muppets Tonight attire)
     
  7. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    Good stuff folks... keep it coming!

    -G
     
  8. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Muppet Shorts

    Hey, Gordon-I like your baby sitting or repair shop ideas.Great to see some original storyline ideas rather than Muppet versions of established stories.:)
     
  9. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    Well, honestly, I thought aboutsome of the great situations that I'd seen some of the Looney Toons in. And they're pretty universal. And I thought to myself, Gonzo and Rizzo make a good pair, so what would be the WORST possible business they could start? The answer was obvious!

    The repair shop concept comes from an old Mickey Mouse cartoon I saw some layouts from where Mickey, Goofy and Donald were auto mechanics. But I thought that it would be crazy fun to see them running a repair shop that was a tremendous Rube Goldberg contraption... an automated repair shop that can fix anything, but then they get sucked into the works of the machine and mayhem (Electric Mayhem?) ensues.

    Simple concepts that are funny at their base and then embroidered to fit the characters. Can't you see Kermit sitting at a little window in a vest and a magnifying visor accepting items to be repaired? Fozzie wearing a coverall and big rubber gloves? Rowlf in a smudged baseball cap and rolled up shirtsleeves? I sure can!

    -Gordon
     
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here's what I would do concerning DVDs...

    If I was in charge now, I would check on the progress of clearing music rights for The Muppet Show: Season 2, and also check on features and the restoration process. If at least 95 percent of the music rights are cleared, then I would set a specific date for it's release right now. If less is cleared, then I'd wait a few more months before deciding on when to release it.

    I would also tell The Muppet Studios people to get to work on clearing any rights for Muppet Babies DVD releases. Special features (for various seasons) would include editons of The Muppet Babies Video Storybook, Kermit and Robin's introductions from the "Yes I Can..." series of videos, episodes of Little Muppet Monsters (in production order, with a few episodes per set), the Muppets, Babies, and Monsters opening, and episodes (if you want to call them that) of Muppet Time (again, in production order).

    I would also start approving some video games. I mentioned some of my ideas in a thread about Mupet video game ideas a long time ago, so you might want to find that thread to see what I posted. I mentioned one idea in which the Muppets get locked in a cursed theater, and Kermit must rescue everybody. But here are some more ideas...

    Muppet Racemania II: A sequel to Muppet Racemania. I don't know if the distribution rights are actualy owned by Disney or the company that distributed the game for Playstation. But this one would have more characters to race as. If Disney has the rights to Muppet Racemania, then I would have that game rereleased on the same day (though I guess the game would have to be altered, unless I can get permission from Henson for a Doozer to be included and for a Fraggle Rock world to be unlocked, and permisison from Sony to have clips from The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets From Space to be included... but then again, the company that produced this game got permission from Disney for use of clips from The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure island). If not, then it wouldn't be called Muppet Racemania II. I'll post ideas on what racing levels and playable characters will be included later.

    Another idea would be for a sequel to Muppet Party Cruise. Regardless of whetehr Disney owns the rights to Muppet Party Cruise, this game will not be titled Muppet Party Cruise, and the word "cruise" won't even be used. Instead of taking place on a cruise ship, it will take place (or places) somewhere else, and more characters will be involved, not just playable, but also in the context of the game (outside of introducing mini-games). Instead of Muppetisms being unlocked, there will be unlockable clips from The Mupet Show, and maybe also from The Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Tonight, From the Balcony, The Muppets at Walt Disney World, The Mupets Celebrate Jim Henson, A Muppet Family Christmas, and The Muppets Go to the Movies.

    Some titles that could be used: Muppet Party, Muppet Party Adventure, Mupet Party Mania, Muppet Party Mayhem, Muppet Party Land, Party with the Muppets, Party at the Muppet Boarding House, and Party at the Muppet Theater.

    Another great idea... Muppet Party at Walt Disney World (or Disneyland., or California Adventure). This version of the game would take place at one of the Disney theme parks (if Disney World, then players can choose to play at either The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM Studios, or Animal Kingdom). Maybe more Disney characters (non-Mupet Disney characters, like Mickey Mouse, Darkwing Duck, and the cast of The Rescuers) could make appearances (though as long as the game still includes as many Mupets as possible). It seems like it would be hard to think up good mini-games based on rides and attractions (I don't think the theme park even has games). But after scoring a certain amount of points, players could unlock... Muppet Vison 3D! Yes, unlocking it would allow the film to be available for home audiences. All individual screens would be shown for the pre-show in an illusttrated room (with Disney characters watching) on monitors so the pre-show can be seen like it is at Walt Disney World and California Adventure (and the interraction between screens would still be coherent), and hopefully I could find a way for the film to have the same effect as watching it in 3D, with a computer-animated theater (plus computer-animated versions of Sweetums and the animationics, maybe). And after more points, fans can unlock Here Come the Muppets and Days o Swine and Roses. I don't know if Disney's archives have any official video tapped footage of these live shows, but if not, the vocal tracks would be reused and the characters would be computer animated (images on the picturephone in Here Come the Muppets would be the same clips). Hopefully Disney still has all of that in it's archives.

    Video games based on the movies would also be nice.

    And for a listing of special Mupet Christmas Carol PVC sets:

    Set 1:
    Bob Cratchet with Tiny Tim (similar to the Palisades PVC... sorry, folks)
    Emily Cratchet
    Belinda and Betina (with arms around each other)
    Peter Cratchet
    Charles Dickens holding Rizzo on shoulder
    Bean Bunny (holding christmas turkey)

    Set 2:
    Fozziwig
    Mrs. Fozziwig
    Ghost of Christmas Past
    Ghost of Christmas Present
    Ghost of Christmas Future
    ice-skating Penguins

    Set 3:
    Jacop Marley
    Robert Marley
    Bunsen
    Beaker
    Bookkeepers
    Sam the Eagle
     
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    And now for soem Muppet Treasure Island PVCs:

    Set 1:
    Captain Smollet
    Benjamina Gunn (petting Flubere)
    Gonzo
    Rizzo
    Mad Monty
    Clueless Morgan

    Set 2:
    Squire Trelawny
    Polly Lobster
    Dr. Livesey
    Beaker
    Blind Pew
    Samuel Arrow

    Set 3:
    Kermit (in white shirt)
    Tour Rats
    Sweetums
    Old Tom
    Real Old Tom
    Dead Tom
     
  12. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    Having worked with a video game company, I came up with several Muppet-based ideas for video games. The publishers balked because they thought the licensing rights would have been too expensive. But the ideas I had were things very much in line with what you suggested. My take on the haunted theatre idea was "Escape From Muppet Labs!" wherein a robotic version of Beaker goes berzerk just before a slumber party at Muppet Labs. When Kermit shows up lat for the party, he discovers the door open and nobody around. He has to follow clues to find the rest of the Muppets who are being held or trapped elsewhere in the Muppet Labs. In order to free them, he must accomplish a,b,c task. Very much like the old Lucasarts game "Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis" in game-play. Examine your environment, figure out what you can affect, get the proper sequence, and move on to the next play screen.

    I also wrote up a treatment for "Mad Muppet Racer" wherein you could choose a character from the stock of characters (with their particular car) and trick it out. Then you'd be racing on a track that randomly changes shape (thanks to Dr. Bunsen's track randmizer) every so often jut so it doesn't get too boring. You could drive Kermit's Leapfrog Lamborghini, or Rowlf's Rhapsody Racer, Fozzie's Funky Flivver, etc. Each car would have a function like Kermit's car could hop over other cars. Animal would drive by and take bites out of your car. Fozzie could lay down banana "oil slicks". And the list goes on....

    -Gordon
     
  13. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    You see? There ARE people here with ideas.

    MORE!! MORE!!!

    -G
     
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know, back in 1994, there was some kind of contest at McDonald's regarding Sega Genesis. I forget the whole terms of the contest, but I believe that fans could fill out a form, suggesting an idea for a video game, and I think that idea would be made. So I filled a form, titling my game Escape from Muppet Theater. At the time I didn't realise that video game companies wouldn't take suggestions based on copyrighted characters (in case the copyright owners turned down the idea). My idea back then would be for players to play as either Kermit or Fozzie, and escape from the Muppet Theater, which would have been haunted. I think I was going to have the other characters be hypnotized and therefore be evil (like in the Tiny Toons game for Sega Genesis).

    Here is another idea for Muppet shorts: Each short could begin with Kermit appearing in front of a red curtain, introducing the short (other characters cna occassionally introduce it instead). The curtain could raise, revealing a title card (and maybe also credit the Mupepts who star in the film). And either before or after the ending credits, Statler and Waldorf can appear in their balcony to comment on the short.

    Here is an idea for Muppets From Space PVC sets:

    Set 1:
    Kermit (in pajamas)
    Gonzo (in tinfoil)
    Rizzo (excersizing on mouse trap)
    Pepe (in ballerina attire)
    Miss Piggy (with microphone and mind mist)
    Invisible Fozzie with rubber duckie

    Set 2:
    Ubergonzo
    Kermit (in painters clothes)
    Animal
    Pepe
    Bubba the Rat
    Gonzo (in pajamas)

    I would also schedule a two-hour Muppet block on either The Disney Channel or ABC Family. It would be broadcast from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays. This would be the average schedule:

    Monday-Friday:
    5pm: The Muppet Show
    5:30pm: Muppet Babies

    Mondays:
    6pm: a Muppet music video show, hosted by Dr. Teeth, and featuring music video-style numbers featuring th Muppets, and occassionally with celebrities. Interviews with Muppets and celebrities alike would also be featured. Sometimes Dr. Teeth would give the interview, but other characters would also give interviews, including Pepe, Floyd, Janice, Rowlf, Scooter, and Clifford.
    6:30pm: Muppets Tonight

    Tuesdays:
    6pm: a movie parodies show, featuring a variety of different Muppets in different parodies.
    6:30pm: Muppets Tonight

    Wednesdays:
    6:pm: a Muppet special

    Thursday:
    6pm: a do-it-yourself show starring Scooter, who teaches viewers how to do things. The show would also include regular appearances by Rowlf, Beauregard, Bobo, Robin, and Bean Bunny. Other characters would make occassional appearances.
    6:30pm: Muppets Tonight

    Friday:
    6pm: a Miss Piggy detective show, based on the unproduced books that were planned in 1990. Miss Piggy would be a detective, accompanied by her dog, Foo-Foo. Additoonal cast members would include Fozzie Bear as Patrol Bear, Link Hogthrob as patrol cheif, Bean Bunny as a newspaper boy (I don't know how to describe this job, but a stereotypical kids role from 1930s-era gangster filsm, with the kid on a street corner holding out papers, saying "Extra! Extra!"), and Andy and Randy Pig, who often ruin Miss Piggy's plans with their stupidity. Various Muppets appear in the roles of villians (villians include Uncle Deadley, Sweetums, Lew Zeland, Crazy Harry, and even The Electric Mayhem).
    6:30pm: The Jim Henson Hour (MuppeTelevision segments)

    Every other Saturday night would be a broadcast of a Muppet movie.
     
  15. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    Wow. That's agressive programming. Though not unappreciated! :)

    -G
     
  16. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    If I were Disney and I ran the Muppets, I would throw the rulebook out the window and have a big convention; with the Muppets, Sesame Street, AND Fraggle Rock (and other Henson products). I mean, if FARSCAPE has conventions with lots of people, so can we.

    As the Disney person in charge, I would agree to work with these companies and put together a big huge convention with performers, another Muppet Show Live (because I would love to see that), panels, whatever they do at conventions. It would be really unexpected (Disney didn't even let Henson keep the 5-odd minutes of Kermit in Emmet Otter, for crying out loud) and fans would really appreciate it.
     
  17. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    This thread proves that Muppet Central has quite the collection of incredibly talented individuals. Hope Disney is paying attention. ;)
     
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Oh, yeah... If I ran the Muppets, I would give The Jim Henson Company to continue distributing anything that it has with the Muppets that are owned by Disney. I believe that Sesame Workshop already has this privledge.
     
  19. Elchippo

    Elchippo Member

    I had been thinking about this sort of topic recently! Glad to see there is a thread for it.....
    .....Okay, since Disney has control of the Muppets, it is probably best and most realistic to think from that perspective.....

    The key to pushing any product is marketing and overall exposure. The random guest appearances on TV shows and commercials that they still sometimes do would be the best first step, but even more than they are doing now. Commercials and TV guest spots is largely how the Muppets gained their initial success and is a perfect way to launch their renaissance. And not always just Kermit,Piggy or Pepe. People spend a lot of time in front of the TV and they need something on there to remind them of the Muppets at least once every day.

    Next, bring back Muppet Show re-runs on television! The DVDs did well and nostalgia sells. Broadcast at a time when it is convenient to watch and doesn't face a lot of competition-Weekends on Disney Channel or even latenight ABC might work...

    The next step: new TV specials. Smaller, low budget, half hour or hour ones, not feature length TV movies, because TV movies will always have that stigma of being not good enough for theatres and are too costly anyways. Specials like they used to do- think Hey Cindrella, Frog Prince or Family Christmas type of things. Could air initially on ABC and then numerous repeat airings on Disney Channel to follow. (Or does Disney Channel just play all their lame original shows on a continuous loop? Cuz thats what it seems like.) The reason all those lame Disney shows do well is because they play constantly and almost control kids. Whatever Disney dictatesto them to watch is what they'll watch.

    Merchandise. Play the vintage/nostalgia angle. Stores like Hot Topic make a killing off of selling retro merchandise to young kids who don't even remember the characters they're wearing (Goonies, etc.). Don't sell "Collectors Item" type products-most Muppet fans don't have that kind of money (I should know). The Palisades figures, Sideshow busts, PhotoKermit, etc. All that stuff is impractical. Sell T-shirts, stuffed animals-more accessible, fun merchandise, not just nice expensive stuff that sits on a shelf. And the more Muppet DVDs that get released, the better.

    Theme parks-Keep pushing the Muppets to the forefront. Don't let Pixar hog the spotlight. The automatic Bunsen/Beaker puppet they've got tooling around now is a good start. Muppets 3-d still packs them in. Might also consider finding a quiet little area in MGM and play Muppet Show episodes on a continuous loop (like the old Main sT. Cinema). People would enjoy visiting that on hot, crowded days.

    Movies-okay, if all that works, it may be safe to consider another feature. I really like the thought of the shorts that some people suggested......if they do want to try a feature, they need a director along the lines of Frank Oz or John Landis-and it needs to be true and honest. An original story probably, rooted in modern sensibilities but not too cynical. Perhaps a Blues Brothers "getting the group back together" type of story.....sort of The Muppet Movie, 30 years later. They are older, some are retired, and don't want to get back into it again, and it takes Kermit to convince them to get together one last time or something. I think I suggested a similar idea in an older thread. And it needs the Disney marketing bonanza behind it. Although the Muppets have never really been gone, throw in a lot of "They're back!" type of statements into the advertising-make it seem like an event not to be missed! Put in celebrity cameos,but GOOD celebrity cameos, not David Arquette yet again. Look at the stars they had in The Muppet Movie-which were all prominently featured on the posters! And have Paul Williams write the music.

    Okay, those are my ideas. Whaddaya think?
     
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I have had this idea months ago... Release shirts with stills from The Muppet Show and movies, along with memorable quotes. Like a shirt with the Muppets on top of the Mallory Gallery, saying "We've gotta catch those thieves red-handed", and below that, "What color are their hands now?" Or have a picture of Fozzie, witht he caption "A bear in his natural habitat... A studebaker!"

    One good idea: Have The Muppet Show air three times a day for two or three weeks. One showing would be in the mornign (during pre-school hours), another would be in the afternoon/ evening, and the other would be around midnight. Then review the ratings, and drop two of the showings and just show it during the tme that it gets the best ratings!
     

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