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The Muppets head for Oz

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Mar 16, 2004.


What do you think of the Muppet Wizard of Oz script?

Poll closed Jun 14, 2004.
  1. I like that it will be based on the book

    49 vote(s)
  2. I wish it was based on the movie

    11 vote(s)
  3. I wish they would do something original

    54 vote(s)

  1. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I've heard that another difference about the Oz book and the movie is when the four of them went to see the Wizard, they only got to see him one at a time. And when they each saw the Wizard, he took on a different form. When Dorothy saw him, he was a huge scary head like in the movie. When the Scarecrow saw him, he was a beautiful fairy girl. The Tin Man saw him as a huge growling beast, and the lion saw him as a big ball of fire. And when they defeated the witch and they all went to see him. He turned out to be invisible. But Toto managed to drag him out of his hiding place. And the Wizard ended up showing them how he operated those four monsters by machinery. I think it would be neat if the Muppet Wizard of Oz featured all that.
  2. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    Well done on your Oz research! You're right, it would be very neat to have the different forms of the Wizard shown to each of the main characters, like in the book. The Henson company could do a lot with it, and it would certainly help seperate this production from the 1939 film, as well as every other interpretation done thus far.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    There were a TON of differences between the book and the movie. If you haven't read the book, I suggest everyone do so.
  4. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    I was just thinking that for this news Muppet Wizard of Oz film, it would be neat if, rather than just putting the Muppets in representative costuming (see The Alice in Wonderland/Brooke Shields episode of The Muppet Show for an example) if the Muppet designers and builders actually made the characters look like what they're supposed to be made of. In other words, rather than just having good ol' Kermit in a ratty shirt with straw popping out of the collar, they could build a new Kermit to look as if he were constructed of burlap, with noticable stitching a patches all over his face and body.
    Gonzo could similarly be made out of tin (or material to represent tin) rather than just putting him some sort of armor. I don't know, the Henson people have probably already considered this, but it was one of my concerns when I heard they were making this film. In my eyes, it would definitely be one of the determining factors as to whether this new Muppet movie would be wonderful or cheezy. Either way, I'd watch it with anticipation.
  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    So, is this thing being made? Any more news? Anything? Worried...
  6. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    To the best of my knowledge, the Muppet Wizard of Oz movie is being made. Disney seems like they're all gung ho to start a Muppet marketing campaign, what with the Nick and Jessica special and the Pizza Hut commercials, so it seems inevitable that this movie is going to happen. The only thing I could imagine which might stymie the project is that the movie had begun, if only on paper and in meetings, before the Disney buyout. So perhaps the legal stuff of the purchase has slowed down the production. But I still feel confident that it will get made.
  7. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    No, I want the Muppets to look like Muppets. If they want a character to look like a Scarecrow, build a scarecrow puppet. I want Kermit to look like Kermit.
  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yes indeed. K MUST look like K.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Any new updates? Like did they actually write this thing yet?
  10. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Last I heard the filming was scheduled for July-August. This was several weeks ago so things could still be in flux.
  11. KGJC

    KGJC Well-Known Member

    I can't wait to see it. :) :p
  12. muppetmaniac

    muppetmaniac Member

    i think that i am happy if they do anything with the muppets, i miss them...
  13. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    I agree, hopefully it is a good movie. :)
  14. Statler

    Statler Member

    Is it gunna be a TV or Theater movie?
  15. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

  16. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    It is scheduled to be a tv movie airing on ABC here in the U.S.
  17. mb22

    mb22 Member

    Jim Hill article

    According to jimhillmedia.com

    ""But what about the 'Muppet Wizard of Oz"?," you ask. "Wasn't that TV movie that supposed to go into production this summer, and then pop up on ABC as a special to air during November sweeps?" Well ... It's looking like it could take a little while longer for Kermit & Co. to head "Over the Rainbow." Though this project is still said to be a "Go," it's now looking less and less likely that the "Muppet Wizard of Oz" will wind up going before the cameras before the fall. In fact, according to some of the folks I've spoken with, this two-hour ABC special (Which is still tentatively slated to air as an episode of "The Wonderful World of Disney") may not actually begin shooting 'til late November / early December. With this special then not airing 'til May of 2005.

    And -- once again -- the economies kick in. Supposedly, Henson's Muppeteers have been told that they'll probably going to have to do some traveling in order to shoot "Oz." In one scenario, the cast & crew is just heading over the US border to Vancouver in order to shoot the show. In another, more bizarre scenario, Disney's accountants allegedly proposed sending the "Muppet Wizard of Oz" project to South Africa. Where (I'm told) the Mouse reportedly thinks that it can get a lot more bang for its buck."
  18. Muppet Crypts

    Muppet Crypts Well-Known Member

  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    So, it's cheaper to send the production to be filmed overseas? The mouse is nuts.
  20. Gusworld

    Gusworld Active Member

    If Disney did send the production overseas, they'd hardly be the first company to ever do so. To quote the most obvious example, Farscape was filmed in Australia because it's much cheaper than the US. This kind of offshore production happens all the time, especially for TV where budgets are tighter -- though Canada is a more frequent target than South Africa, as far as I can see.

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