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Video: "The Muppets" Official ABC Pitch Reel

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by rowlfy662, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. LouisTheOtter

    LouisTheOtter Well-Known Member

    I nearly keeled over at the Newsman's exit line (he usually doesn't get great lines and has to rely on something falling on top of him to generate a laugh). That was one of three or four times I laughed out loud while watching this - apart from the chuckles I was already getting from the "trailer" bits I've now seen several times - and that has me feeling even better about the new show than I already was.
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  2. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I'm so Happy that they uploaded the Pilot Presentation for us all to see since we all found out that it's not the 1st episode of the series!

    I love the 10 Minute Pilot, it's absolutely Hilarious!!!

    I love the running gag with Chip "Hey Guys, was I in MTI?", Fozzie mentioning his cousin and who knew Uncle Deadly had a nephew!

    I am now even More excited about the new series! I just can't wait to see the premiere!!!

    :o :) :mad: :concern:
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if each episode of the series will list what characters are performed by which Muppet performer (and if it'll be as detailed as the credits here). The previous shows only listed the performers, no characters (not counting the "monitor credits" on The Jim Henson Hour, in addition to "Power" having a "Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear" credit in the closing credits). Usually it was just the movies that listed who performed who (the Lady Gaga special also did this).

    Also interesting how it does that for some of the most obscure characters with no dialogue at all, but doesn't credit Juliane Brescher as Denise. She's got to be the most major character with nothing to do here (does that make sense?). The credits also don't say that Matt Vogel performed Uncle Deadley, who gets a line.

    It seems like it's also been a trend in recent productions to supply the fans with as much "who performed who" info for the credits of productions. The Muppets (the 2011 film) and Muppets Most Wanted also listed many characters who showed up, even if they're mainly in the background and have one line or less. The credits in the older movies mainly stuck to listing characters with major or fairly major roles, sometimes listing well-known characters who just get a scene (and even then, The Muppet Movie didn't list Jerry Nelson as Camilla, who had a big presence in the film; of other note, TMM and MTI didn't list who performed The Swedish Chef, GMC didn't list who performed The Newsman or Louis Kazagger, MTM didn't credit any of the Sesame Street characters who had lines (of course there's also TMS characters in the same scene with just as much dialogue and aren't listed in the credits, yet that doesn't seem like as big a deal), and so on). Of course there had been times longer ago where really minor characters were credited and got me going "really?", like the credits for Kermit's Swamp Years listing Chico, who wasn't mentioned by name and didn't do much (I had assumed he was the Spanish-accented frog, and then I saw the outtakes where he was addressed by name), or a parrot in Elmo in Grouchland, who is pretty much just a background character (and both these characters were performed by Steve Whitmire).

    If Santay is indeed the Cynthia Rose character, then I wonder if she was intended for something else, dropped, and then they used that puppet when they needed a character. I guess it's similar to how Mo Frackle was built for no particular production, was named Skankin Frackle by his puppet builder, and then was called Mo Frackle on-screen. Or the monster who has been called such names as Pokey and Mr. Easy Peasy, who is labled Anthony on the tag inside the puppet.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Or that his nephew is apparently Jewish (I wonder if Deadly is).

    So we finally know that Uncle Deadly really is an uncle
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  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    There's one flaw everyone's overlooking: THEY BROKE THE 180 RULE!

    GUH. When Piggy talks to Gonzo, she's right looking left and his shots are also right looking left! JEEZ! Did this "director" even go to film school???????

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  6. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Overall, I liked it. I'm really anxious how it will turn out! I'm not really used to Kermit saying things like "We're screwed, Gary" or "My life is a bacon filled H-E-double hockey sticks on earth", as long as that doesn't get farther than that, I'll be fine with it.

    I'm sure that kind of thing happens in the out takes anyway.
  7. Ladywarrior

    Ladywarrior Well-Known Member

    Hmmm... now this is interesting.
  8. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Kermit: What can I say? I'm attracted to pigs.

    Gonzo:....Yeah..... *quietly* Me too....

    This pilot was both hysterical and exactly what I was hoping for. Like I've said in the past, this show has the potential to be 'clever funny' and that is precisely how I'd sum this presentation.

    Gonzo absolutely won the pilot. If any character is going to thrive in this format, it's going to be him. That being said, hopefully all the characters prove to be just as colourful!

    I have never looked forward to something as much as I have this show. I'm now comfortable enough to admit that my hopes are running extremely high. Bring it on!!!
  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ha ha Poor Chip thought he was in Muppet Treasure Island!

    I loved watching this little video, and can really see why it got a standing ovation when it was shown to ABC.
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  10. Iscah

    Iscah Well-Known Member

    I seriously don't get the fuss over Kermit saying "****" in this context. He's not using it as a swear word, he's using it as a description. (It's not even like "**** on Earth" is a phrase he made up.) Is this a much bigger deal in America or something?
    (EDIT: Okay so apparently it's a big enough deal that the word has to be auto-censored here. I don't think I've seen anywhere else that does that.)

    Also "we're screwed, Gary" is one of the best lines in the whole thing.
  11. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I absolutely love the Edginess in the pitch!
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I really can't wait to see how Fozzie his girlfriend and her family grow. I also love the fact that after not being in the last two movies very much Gonzo is making some what of a comeback.
  13. ConstantineFan

    ConstantineFan Active Member

    Wondering what celebrities are we going to get, will they reuse celebrities from the 2 recent Muppet movies, Muppets Most Wanted and The Muppets (2011), or will they use random Disney celebrities like Ross Lynch, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Chris Evans, and Ty Simpkins.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Just saw this and can't even process it because of all the excitement and greatness packed into 10 minutes. Went by like a flash. To say the obvious I was excited about the show before, but now I'm hopping up and down and frantically hoping the rest of the summer zips the heck by so it's September just to see this thing. That's saying something. I hate fall... gets colder, darker, those allergies.... I can't even pick out a part to praise. It's just all... ooh!

    They actually made a show edgy the right way. May not age really well, but certainly no worse than VMX. Seems they've done it more carefully here anyway. I'd say it's like someone took the concept of Greg the Bunny and made it actually work. I really hope that they can keep up the tone and style of the pilot. Maybe even punch it up and make the jokes spread out to character development with longer stories.

    I never understood how that's always a cuss word, especially when it's used as a Biblical allegory. Janice said that the Happiness Hotel was going to it. On the other hand, seems the characters aren't going hard core PG-13 language either, so there's nothing to worry about there. Seems they're walking an early Simpsons line.

    Besides, Daffy Duck had the immortal "We're getting screwed" line in Space Jam and that was (if you don't want to feel old, finish the sentence here, I'm shuddering to type it) almost 20 years before this.
  15. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Now that was a great pilot presentation, no wonder it was picked up, I mean the writers finally didn't make Fozzie, we can finally see Fozzie from TMS and the first three movies again, and Gonzo getting a large role was good, and I'm sorry all you Walter fans, but I was kind of glad he was not a main character, because well I want to see more of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo, and I am glad this new series will center on them. While viewing the pilot I did cringe at the TMZ and selfie stuff, probably my only complaint though, otherwise, I can not wait for the first episode of the show.
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  16. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    OK, fortunately I'm a minority here but I really didn't like or dislike the pitch - it was a huge "meh" for me, with a huge dollop of Deja-vous.

    Now before you all linch me (and please don't), I think I know what the problem is. Firstly, I'm really tired of the Piggy won't do the show schtick, it's gotten really, really tired and done to death. Can't the writers give her more depth and interesting things to do?? I'm also really bored with the Muppets not knowing each others names - again, it's past it's sell-by date. Who exactly is this amusing to??

    This show feels like a re-re-introduction to the Muppets yet also seems aimed at the fans, so as the fans we are having to see the same stuff again for people to catch up, which is surely not necessary for a property that has been around for 35 years! Go back and look at the back catalogue people!!

    Also, when did Statler and Waldorf stop being funny?? As time goes on, everyone's favourite "old men from the balcony" don't seem to have the biting wit they once had and, dare I say it, just make lame, non-funny comments all the time. For years I have found myself waiting to laugh at what they say and left disappointed.

    I'm also slightly concerned with the über-contemporaryness(??) of it all. With all the cultural references crammed into this short clip I sincerely doubt this will be as timeless as The Muppet Show (though the actual guests date that as there are fewer and fewer still with us - watch out Sly!) and I want the Muppets to finally stay in the spotlight which they deserve.

    Finally, and coming solely from my creative side, I HATE the font usage. It' lazy, lazy, lazy, lazy, LAZY!!! This could have been a great opportunity to get away from that bløødy awful logo created for "The Muppets", but I feel it's somehow worse!!! It's just a blatant ripoff of The Office...not "homage", rip of...and LAZY!! The Muppets deserve more.

    Anyhoot, I am far from writing this show off and from the looks of everyone else's comments it seems like its found it's audience. I just feel that there is a whole lot of nostalgic love for the Muppets and the media in general seem to be constantly poised to welcome the Muppets back into the limelight and all I want to see is everyones patience rewarded with the best possible post-Jim Muppets material there is. I think MMW was one of the most enjoyable Muppet productions to date since the world lost Jim Henson and I'd like to see more of the irreverent humour, more anarchic wit and way more absurdity!! Not re-hash material that the fans have seen before, not re-heated jokes, just brand new awesome Muppet material. With the characters they have, the writers already have gold to be mined!!

    Hopefully, come September, these trivial concerns will be laid to rest.
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  17. Ladywarrior

    Ladywarrior Well-Known Member

    I'm just glad we'll get to see more of uncle deadly and the band! I so miss the band not having bigger roles. I just hope the band isn't reduced to drug addiction jokes and weird stuff like that. Yeah we get it, they probably smoke weed. Ha ha... find some new material.
  18. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I liked Uncle Deadly saying that he got Katy Perry to sing at his nephew's bar mitzvah.
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  19. LaRanaRene

    LaRanaRene Well-Known Member

    They can't not bring back Emily Bear in the show. I bet there'll be an episode where Emily meets Becky (Fozzie's girlfriend) and embarasses Fozzie.
    cahuenga likes this.
  20. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I love it when the Muppet Newsman appears out of nowhere, and states exactly what Kermit had just said, and then adds "In another related story, my shoes are filled with caviar!!!!!!" (newsman then walks offscreen to the left, and you hear some weird squishy sound) LOVED IT!!!!!!

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