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Video: "The Muppets" Official ABC Trailer

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, May 12, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's the official trailer from ABC...

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  2. RealWonderman

    RealWonderman Well-Known Member

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  3. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I feel like l should know this, but who's the guy that Kermit doesn't recognize?
  4. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Chip from JHH, my favorite obscure character.
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  5. goldenstate5

    goldenstate5 Well-Known Member

    Surprised they didn't just title it "Muppets" but okay.

    The pilot looks funny and there are strong possibilities here of where it can go (although I think a straightforward single-cam would be better instead of mockumentary... think Muppets-meets-Community), but I'm totally uncertain of how audiences will react. All of the excited buzz was that ABC was "bringing back 'The Muppet Show'", and let's not act as if people are stupid and are just confusing "The Muppet Show" with the characters... we know they thought of the variety format, and I'm certain some of them are going to have the, "Oh. That's uh... not what I imagined."

    I'm not upset that it's not a variety show... I think that would absolutely tank unless it was on cable. People want story, not variety (unless you're SNL, which is just an everlasting staple)... but I still am a little befuddled by the mockumentary format. Sure you can poke and prod at it a lot in the pilot, but beyond that you are STUCK in that format. I mentioned "Community" above which is a show that can squash and stretch to be whatever it wants to be (and three times have indeed gone to the mockumentary format), heck, their characters have broken out into song multiple times.

    If you've seen "Modern Family", you'll know outside of the ending montages set to some random song, the show is extremely quiet. As it's meant to be, just like "The Office" was and most of the time "Parks and Recreation" was. I hope it's more "Parks and Rec" than "Modern Family" in that they don't let the realism ground themselves too much. Sure, Fozzie has a human girlfriend and Kermit deals with real-life issues, but let's hope Crazy Harry is still blowing up dynamite and Zealand is throwing his boomerang fish just for the heck of it. And while these are all certain possibilites, the pang of the characters not be able to go wherever they want to be and stuck in a realm of realism feels limiting. They can't break out into song. They're in real life.

    And that's the real test for Kushell and Prady, how to break past that initial overall disappointment and make us go, "It's so good that doesn't even matter." After all, all we've gotten to see is two-and-a-half minutes of the pilot episode and it's funny. So that's always a great start. And shows quite often skyrocket from their pilot. Fingers crossed!
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Quite enjoying what it could be so far. Seems pretty good and a nice way to get the characters back without making a pointless retread of the original series. From certain reports, however, it sounds like they could very well have some skits and songs shown in the context of the making of the show, so I wouldn't say they've abandoned that entirely. So best of both worlds there.

    I do like the Fozzie having a human girlfriend bit. That's not out of character for the series at all, as Piggy constantly hit on male human guest stars (even in parody form, "Me and Iron Pants are just getting acquainted"). It'll be fun to see how it plays out on an unexpected character.

    I especially like the lampshade hanging about how they have the camera interviews.
  7. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Seriously, this is going to be the perfect fit for The Muppets. I was laughing throughout the entire trailer. And the Chip cameo...priceless. Favorite part, was Gonzo talking about his hatred of cutaways. I think this series is going to be great!
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  8. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I could see the human girlfriend storyline being played for some light social satire, like how appalled the parents were and Fozzie's objection to the bathroom question. The sort of questions closed-minded people have when their kid dates outside their religion/race/whatever. Not saying they'll go All In The Family on everyone, but it should be a source of social humor.
  9. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Sorry for double post, but why is Fozzie wearing a different type of tie in some shots?
    Wonder if it was a gag that he was "dressing up for the date".
  10. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    omg chip is in this ! and fozzie's girlfriend is a human instead of a annoying clingy look a like ? yes !
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  11. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Man, that Chip puppet has seen better days. He looks like he's the oldest puppet they have, at least in those clips.
  12. LouisTheOtter

    LouisTheOtter Well-Known Member

    I almost fell off the couch laughing when Chip said, "I think I was in a holiday special or something..." And Gonzo insisting, "We were in, like, six movies together and three TV series!" to earn Piggy's reply: "Um...Gary???"

    This is EXTREMELY promising from where I sit. There's enough self-referential humour to draw in longtime Muppet fans but also some bonafide laughs and a few surprises (I did NOT see Kermit's subplot coming, and ESPECIALLY not his edgy last line).

    I know some people will be ticked that it's not a flat-out variety show but, as others have mentioned, I suspect there will be enough show-within-a-show silliness to infuse just enough of that classic TMS vibe while keeping it fresh. If the writing and overall direction is strong enough, I suspect this may come off as TMS-without-the-laugh-track more often than we might realize.

    Lots to get excited about here, gang. Even the time slot. ABC is bullish enough about The Muppets to make it a weeknight lead-off instead of shuffling it off to Friday or Sunday. I really, really, REALLY like where this is all going.
  13. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    I love it I love it I love it!!! I don't really mind the show having a mockumentary style to it! There were so many parts I enjoyed: Rowlf wearing a cone, Kermit being stuck in traffic, Fozzie and his girlfriend and her parents, the interview shots, and the references to past Muppet productions!XD

    Again, I seriously can't wait!!
  14. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    Really liking the look of this so far, Chip cameo (I reckon that puppets probably seen better days ;)), Rowlf and his cone, Fozzie and his girlfriend bit, Gonzo... or wait is it Gary hahaha. I can't wait for this now all I need is a UK network to show it :)
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  15. SpookyMania

    SpookyMania Well-Known Member

    Personally, I can't wait. The humor lands that fine balance between being great for adults while still being able to be enjoyed by kids. The mockumentary style doesn't bother me one bit; as long as we get behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Muppets trying to put on a show, that'll be good enough for me.
    All that being said, I was a little unhappy with the "bacon-wrapped **** on earth line." It just seems out of character for Kermit. I mean, I know he has to put up with Piggy all the time, but I always felt that, at the end of the day, he genuinely did have feelings for her, and just rolled with the punches (or karate chops) so to speak. I guess I'll have to wait and see how this develops on the show itself, but it just didn't sit right with me.
    Also, please God, get them to change that title.
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  16. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Another joke that I didn't catch the first time...
    "The band. They are always happy...legally now..."
  17. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    This will be awesome! I don't know about you, but I liked Kermit's **** on Earth line. This is really gonna show people that the Muppets aren't just for kids.
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  18. LaRanaRene

    LaRanaRene Well-Known Member

    Any thoughts on Kermit dating Spamela?
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  19. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's intended to be Spamela, they're just reusing the puppet.
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  20. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Well Kermit says in the trailer "Guess I cant help it Gonzo, im attracted to pigs" then cuts to Spamela.

    But anyway throughout the whole thing I was laughing! I can't wait fall can't come soon enough
    Last edited: May 12, 2015
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