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The "It's A Great Time To Be A Muppet Fan" Thread - No Pessimism Allowed!

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by frogboy4, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Fan forums are natural places for nit-picking, fanatical rants and critiques, but I'm tired of MC turning into a mostly-gripe fest in light of all the frognabbit fantastic Muppet news! That's why I created this area. If this thread flourishes I will continue to visit the forum often. If not then I'm thinking of moving on.

    Today Vulture Magazine announced the early stages for a new Muppet movie! That's today's fantastic news and I couldn't be more pleased. I have no idea where the story's gonna go or when it will be released, but I have high hopes.

    If you have any great Muppet fan news or thoughtful comments on this or any other posts then by all means comment! If not then please steer clear of this thread. This is the good news thread. The Walter thread, if you will.
  2. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    At first I thought it said "no permission allowed!"

    Yeah, this is a good time to be a fan. Two other good times to be fans that I can think of include the 1993-1996 period (when Buena Vista was releasing Muppet videos and Nickelodeon was frequently rerunning Muppet Babies, The Muppet Show, and Muppet specials) and 2002-2004 (when Palisades released Muppet figures, it was common to find loads of Muppet merchandise in addition to the action figures, and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie came out).

    I've only read a little of the next movie news. Hopefully it'll be just as good. I wonder if the team behind The Muppets ever thought up ideas for more Muppet projects, or if they'll make a movie based on an existing idea (like The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made or that long-postponed halloween special as a movie) or if they'll have to come up with something completely original.
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  3. theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    LOVE this thread. I'm in the same boat as Jamie... sick of pessimism and ready to drop out of here if it comes to that. But this is such a great thread and I'm hopeful that it takes off.

    AMAZING movie news withstanding... SCOOTER just presented SOLO at the TED Conference. If that isn't something to shout from the rooftops about, I don't know what is. Go Muppets!!
  4. zoebell Active Member

    i wonder what the new story will be too.
  5. Borples Active Member

    I've loved the Muppets since I was just a little kid. All my life, I've heralded new Muppet stuff with glee. It never took much to make me happy. I remember thinking that the viral vids and Muppets.com stuff were amazing gifts to Muppet fans--as they were! But now. NOW! Since last summer or so, there has been a parade of appearances, promotions, music videos, trailers. Come November, it turned into a deluge of interview after interview after appearance after interview (thanks to Steve and Eric, especially, for all of that hard work!). And, AND, this time it was all on the internet! No more need to cry over forgetting a Tonight Show appearance, no more (well...not much) whining about appearances in other countries that were out of our reach. There was so much new Muppet stuff on the internet that it was almost impossible to keep up with it all and still maintain other, you know, important things in life. (Er....sorry, kids.)

    And THEN we got a new feature film, which had so long seemed like it was never going to happen. And, even more amazingly, it was good! Really good! And then there were more appearances and promotions. And then the Muppets won an Oscar, for crying out loud! And now we have the blu-ray to look forward to, with what promises to be awesome bonus content. And now there are already murmurings about another movie!!

    I can't imagine a better time to be a Muppet fan. I can't imagine how this time could be any better. Well, I could, but it would involve the Muppets being on my television with a new show every week. And at this point, it wouldn't even surprise me if that happened. THE WORLD HAS GONE MUPPETY AND I AM REVELING IN IT!

    Great thread, frogboy! :)
  6. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Since it seems like they're doing a sequel for sure, what do you all think that Disney will do to keep the Muppets in the public eye until the release of the movie? It probably won't be until like 2014, so do you think they'll do a couple of TV specials in the interim?
  7. Borples Active Member

    Hope so! Is it silly, though, that I want more viral vids more than I want TV specials? Must have more Muppet content on Youtube!!
  8. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Either one is great! I don't see why they can't do both, actually.
  9. zoebell Active Member

    well, it seems like now there's an average of two years btw movies and the sequels, so it might even come out in late 2013. but i guess 2014 is more likely

    i hope they do some kind of specials btw now and then. i really think they should do a Halloween one and a Valentine's Day one at some point. holiday specials have the potential to become staples, and i guarantee the ratings would be good if it was on ABC or something
  10. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I think it would be fun to revisit the eletion special idea...but keep it light on real politics
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  11. redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Thank you for this thread Jamie!!! I was so excited to hear the news about the sequel yesterday! And I am counting the days until I get to own my own copy of The Muppets on DVD!
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  12. Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Me too! 18 More days!
  13. Alvin Active Member

    I have heard that all the past movies are going to be released on Bluray and DVD...not sure when, but that's good news enough for me. Now if we can just get Season 1-3 of the Muppet Show on Bluray.....OH YES...I would so buy them!! :)
  14. Cindy Moderator

    For me what defines the "it's a great time to be a Muppet fan" moment is when the general population begins to talk about the Muppets. Of course that's in response to the Muppets getting more media exposure.

    I love it when I'm having a casual conversation with someone who doesn't know I'm a Muppet lover and they make a comment about how much they love the Muppets. I've heard some of my mommy friends talk about how their kids listen to the Muppets soundtrack on their phone, or how much they enjoyed the movie. That usually then leads to the topic of how much they loved the Muppets as a kid.

    I truly believe that 99% of the population is a Muppet fan, it's just that without consistent exposure they just forget. And thanks to the new movie and the proposed sequel perhaps they'll never forget. :)
    (And that 1%? Well I hope that I never run into one of them!)
  15. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I'm so excited by this thread! Thank you for creating it, James! The new Muppet movie will be AWESOME. It really IS a great time to be a Muppet fan.
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  16. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    im so excited i cant wait....i want it now!!!
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  17. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    It's the little things that really make me know the Muppets are back. Recently, I ran into one of my old high school teachers and we were talking about things. Knowing I was a huge Henson fan, he had asked me if I had seen The Muppets yet. We talked some more and I found out that this movie was very special for him. He was born in 1976 and therefore grew up on a Muppet heavy diet, his mother is a retired puppeteer (not for Henson though) so I guess it was inevitable. It was his two-year old son's first movie in a theater and one of his six-year old daughter's first exposures to the Classic Muppets. He told me that his kids adore the Muppets now. They ended up buying all the other Muppet movies after seeing it and now supposedly have a Muppet plush in every room of the house. It's things like that, not a box office total, that's truly the measure of success. Yeah, other movies made more money this year (including the C and S words I won't name here) but in the long run the Muppets are the real winners. Just search on eBay, people are battling for the older Muppet goods they missed out on. The bits of Muppet merchandise we have are flying off the shelves. An Oscar win. These are all more important in the long run. This is the highest point the Muppets have had since 1990 and I hope they are here to stay.
  18. Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Or a least Seasons 4 +5 to DVD, and I can't wait to get my copy of the Muppets! Disney Store has a good deal that gives you pictures of Kermit playing the banjo, and Walter, but only with Bluray. Ah fiddlestick!
  19. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    You also get a $10 coupon and I hear they are restocking Pepe so I'm excited. It was 24 bucks but considering all I got with it I'm excited (and the dvd comes with it to boot). the 20th can't come soon enough.
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  20. Hubert Well-Known Member

    No, we can't let one of our fellow forum members think of moving on!

    Now MC members, it's time to make this thread flourish! Make Jamie stick around! Thread Killers, stay off of this thread, we can't let it die! :)

    Now anyway, it is a great time to be a Muppet fan! The one thing that defines this for me the most is that Uncle Deadly, Behemoth, the Mutations, Thog, Beautiful Day Monster, Afghan Hound, and countless others were REBUILT to make an appearance in 2011. REBUILT! REBUILT! They went to all the trouble to REBUILD Muppets just for us. REBUILT!

    In completely unrelated news, Scooter just appeared BY HIMSELF!

    Scooter was not REBUILT, but I'll say it again anyway: REBUILT! and BY HIMSELF!

    REBUILT!

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