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Statler & Waldorf on movies.com

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by jgriffee, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. jgriffee

    jgriffee New Member

    More Disney synergy at work... I just ran across this on movies.com:

    Statler & Waldorf's From the Balcony: http://movies.go.com/moviesdynamic/muppets/index

    The video is available in various formats and sizes, and features movie reviews from Statler & Waldorf, plus info about new DVD releases from Pepe.

    (Hope everyone doesn't know about this already, but I didn't see it in the recent threads, so -- enjoy. ;)

    - j
  2. zoinkks1

    zoinkks1 Member

    who is doing the voices?

    Hey, I enjoyed this new segment they are doing for movies.com, but I was wondering if anyone knew who was performing statler and waldorf. My guess is waldorf is eric jacobsen and statler is bill barretta, but I still couldn't tell. Even Pepe didn't sound like Bill Barretta.
    Glad they aiming towards a more adult audience.
  3. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oooh, I like this. Seeing stuff like this gives me a glimmer of hope.
    Let's see, in this clip we have; we got stark sexual inuendo, swearing,
    messed up humor, oh yeah!

    See, this is how I like seeing the muppets in the modern era...good to see they can escape the oppressive sterility of Disney now and then. If this is a weekly thing, this will be a good thing.
  4. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Disney's synergy can be a good thing. Now the Disney owned Muppets have a gig on the Disney owned Movies.com - brilliant!

    It is cool to see the Muppet back with a weekly gig. Let's hope they keep up the quality and great work for some time. I was impressed by the clip. Although I don't think it is Dave, Steve, and Bill doing the voices, whoever it was not bad at all (the voices were a bit off but I doubt they would have 3 of the top Muppeteers working on a free weekly feature for a website.) But atleast the Muppet name and characters are getting out there.

    I was surprised by how much more "mature" the comedy seemed (I mean Paris Hilton and viagra jokes, saying "H-E-double-L", and Pepé's need for a cold shower), but I actually liked to see that Disney was not babying down the characters and making them "just for children".

    Over all I think it is a great move for the Muppet and a great new thing for us Muppet fans to enjoy. I have to hand it to Disney for this one (I'm still laughing at some of the comments Statler and Waldorf made). On a scale from one to ten, I give this an "A". Can't wait to check it out next week!

    :sleep: :boo:
  5. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    I liked the Statler and Waldorf bit too. That was halarious. It was also great to see these guys actually use more mature words than just trying to use more appropriate language for children.

    And yes, the voices were a bit off but it can be overlooked by the 'older" humor Statler, Waldorf, and Pepe use.

  6. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Yes it does not sound like Dave Golez (Waldorf), Steve Whitmire (Statler), and Bill Barretta (Pepé). They are currently the three main Muppeteers and probally have more important things to do than a weekly free feature for a website. But whoever is doing the characters does a pretty good just, the change is not that distracting or ackward. I do wonder who is behind the characters in the segments, probally just some of the other Muppeteers.

    Also as another note you may notice the "Muppet Studios" logo at the end of the segment - this is probally the mark that will be used at the end to brand other Muppet productions from now on (since it will no longer be the Jim Henson Company, and the Walt Disney Pictures probally won't be used either for productions from The Muppet Holding Co.)
  7. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    Sounds good. :D
  8. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    It doesn't work for me. I hate theses things. Everyone else gets to see it but me. I hate my computer when it doesn't have what it takes to watch stuff like this. Can someone download it to windows and send it to me. I would love to see it.
  9. Mklonstage

    Mklonstage Active Member

    I agreethat this is all fun , but i really didn't like the new pepe, his personality didn't seem right. But Statler and Waldorf were funny. Waldorf sounded pretty close to normal and i didn't mind the change in statler. I wish it could have been the real voices but i''m happy to see these great characters geting utilized
  10. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Statler and Waldorf have no signature performers, and are always changing...so I have no problem with that. But...that wasn't Bill Baretta? Seemed like the Pepe we've known for 9 years to me.

    Now pepe is 100% signature to bill Baretta...if Disney somehow got someone to do this amazing incarnation of Baretta's Pepe...hmmm. The real test is live, or during a late night talk show. Only Baretta could pull off Pepe's little quirks and all. Best line "sounds like two hot womens, I am liking this o'kai. The movie is about...two guys...shackled together...in a dirty...bathroom...Unbelievable!"

    Anyways, I didn't notice this is part of the go network, Disney's site. Still, it shows that Disney doesnt need to pull punches with all of Muppet's work.

    I'm not digging that Muppet Studios or The Muppets logo. I would be willing to make a kick butt logo for them to harken back to the nifty ones we saw a couple years ago, for free! Doesnt anyone have photoshop skills there?:)
  11. Harvey Towers

    Harvey Towers Well-Known Member

    Good to here "Hey a Movie" playing in at hte end - but it makes you realise how much times have changed
  12. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I checked it out. Actually, I can't believe it wasn't Dave and Steve as Waldorf and Statler there. I thought it sounded like them. I thought Pepe sounded a little different, but I guess it was still Bill. I guess only the Muppateers would know for sure.
  13. DanDanStrawberry

    DanDanStrawberry Well-Known Member

    I think it's all fabulous! Statler and Waldorf are two of my favourite characters and it's just awesome! Although now all I can imagine is Statler and Paris Hilton!! I think the best bit is

    Statler: And Rachel Weiss plays the cop who is dragged into the affair after her sister dies
    Waldorf: Do ho ho ho ho ho-- wait that's not funny at all!
  14. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member


    It was cool seeing a new Muppets segment, as always. :boo: :sleep: Statler and Waldorf were there and it was cool to see :rolleyes: Pepe too. However, I didn't care for the foul language and the sexual innuendos. That was just wrong. It's not adult or mature to talk that way. Any kid can do that, but it doesn't make it right. Anyway, I realize the Muppets still had some perversity snuck through even on The Muppet Show, but generally they have always had good clean humor and I'd hope that they would stay that way.
  15. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    I liked it, but the voices confused me. Sometimes I was pretty sure that Dave Goelz was doing Waldorf, but sometimes I was not sure. And Pepe didn't sound like Bill Barretta to me, but maybe that's just my ears. Not bad, but a little "unbelievable." Anyway, I like that they are getting some unusual exposure like this.

    :sleep: :boo: :rolleyes:
  16. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    It was suggested by someone else on another message board (I think it was the palasides forums) that that it may have just been the audio transfer and recording that made the characters seem off. I'm not sure if this is true, but it could have just been when compressing the audio for the video files it distorted the voices. If ound when listening to the video in both the low and the high formats the sound was differant, but still not enough to convince me that it was still Steve, Dave, and Bill. I e-mailed the movies.com customer service asking for the "credits" for the web-show, no responce yet.
  17. LadyHyde

    LadyHyde Well-Known Member

    "Next week, we'll be reviewing 'Sahara'...or, an excuse for 2 hours of looking at Penelope Cruz." :)

    I can't wait to see more...
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    I like the voices and the performances, I also don't recall so much dialogue for S&W ever before now. This is super cool!

    Way to go, Disney! MORE! MORE!!
  19. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Sounded wrong, bad puppetry (what's with the jutty-chin on Waldorf?), way overly-overt sexual inuendo, (I mean, whoah!), why did Stad and Wal keep laughin gat things that wern't funny even when it wasn't funn that they were laughing at things that wern't funny, Whoever the writer is of this stuff is seriously 'off' in the world of the Muppets.

    Just my thoughts.

    Feel free to dissagree.
  20. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    It sounded like Bruce Lanoil was playing Pepe. And I'm pretty sure that Dave didn't perform Waldorf (who kept using his right arm, so the puppeteer might've been left-handed).

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