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We Have a Picture of Walter AND MORE NEWS!

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by TheMonsterAteMe, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think Prince of Persia was a May or June film. I clearly remember it being before July. But really, used to be June and July were the busiest months for movies... now they like move everything to April. Though, I'm sure they were expecting a LOT of 1990's gamers to actually REMEMBER Prince of Persia. Seriously, how about a movie based off of Out of this World, or Panic Restaurant, or Uforia while we're at it. As long as it's not someone people actually KNOW. Airbender... well, that's a movie that goes to show that M. Night Shabbadoo should NEVER EVER EVER be near a camera again. Even to take family photos. He'd manage to make that suck too....

    A Muppet movie would have to compete in the overflowing bulbous gut of Summer blockbusters. I've seen huge budget superfilms fall to even bigger budget superDUPER films that were released on the same weekend, poorly timed. December is quiet enough for them not to have some Marvel comics character people only remember because there's a movie on their tail, but busy enough to get the Christmas vacation, too cold to go anywhere else, we're sick of going to the mall crowd. Anytime between that (except maybe Thanksgiving weekend) would be dangerous for this film.

    Which brings me to this... remember last year when the movies weren't as plentiful due to the writer's strike years earlier? We didn't have 8 big budget bombs in one month, and movies that could get an audience thrived. All too often movies that sort of have an audience are released the same 2 week period as a movie everyone's going to see, and loses whatever potential audience it has.

    That said, the last live action Asterix movie in Europe was successful, but it had reviews so horrible, it actually won the European version of the Razzie.
  2. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    From the looks of it, the film may well just be called "The Muppets". If you look at the scripts in the publicity shot thats been doing the rounds thats all it says on the front, in the old Jim Henson era Muppet logo style. Could be wrong though:o
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I think you're right. I love that classic logo. This new cartoony one has always made my eyes hurt. It's hard to reinvent such a classic brand look so they shouldn't try. Just polish it up and make it shiny again!

    Calling the film "The Muppets" works for me. I understand the apprehension of others, but I think it would be a good thing if this film turns out like we hope it will. That's a big if these days, but the Muppets have experimented enough these past few years and seen what works and what doesn't.

    This, in a way, is alomst a reboot. What a dreaded term, but it's a rebirth that honors the original history and takes that into account. I guess it's more of a series brand recognition reboot. After titling a film "The Muppets" they can then tack things onto the title for the sequels.
  4. Nick22

    Nick22 Well-Known Member

    i kinda like the idea of it being called simply "the muppets" too. that way, a new generation of people will know exactly who they are. and, as you said, it would be great for adding things on the to title for sequals.
  5. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I have noticed a trend. Notice ALL of the sequels and remakes that have come out:

    Rocky Balboa, Rambo, The Thing(comes out next year, but is a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing from 1982), etc. Though I am disappointed with the title "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"(that's not even proper grammar!) and "The Dark Knight Rises"(why not call it simply "Gotham"?)

    So I can see why they'd want to go with something as tidy and minimalist as "The Muppets". Given there's no continuity in any Muppet film, its hard to see this as a reboot or a sequel, or a remake or prequel...simply, a relaunch of the brand to the public eye with a serious effort, perhaps.
  6. The 11th UrRu

    The 11th UrRu Well-Known Member

  7. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    Cool! :)
  8. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Whoah! Awesome! This is the first I'd heard that Paul Rudd is playing the voice (and it looks like he might be the right hand of) Walter, wasn't it rumored to have been Michael Cera?

    In any case, this is so cool! Man, I wish I could see the Henson Studio renamed as Muppets Studios in real life! I wonder if they'll keep that sign up for a while to promote the new movie?
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The next Winnie the Pooh movie will be just called Winnie the Pooh. Yeah... I DON'T LIKE IT! You know, maybe it needs a satirical title, mocking the old films that have sequel after sequel after sequel..."The Revenge of the Muppet Movie" has a fun ring to it.
  10. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    If anyone has to be a "celebrity voice" for a Muppet, bring on Paul Rudd! I love that man! He's never not funny, at least to me. He and Jason Segel had such terrific chemistry in "I Love You, Man," that I think this is a great choice. :) Great pics, too, by the way.
  11. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    i really hope Pepe is in it

    walter looks kinda bland but ill wait to see him in action
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm sure Muppet Studios goaded them into using Pepe to some extent. It would be a shame if he wasn't in it at all, especially since... let's face it... he pretty much saved the Muppet movies he was in.

    But on the PLUS side, even if he's not featured that much, we're pretty much guaranteed Rowlf and Scooter in probably major roles. And Uncle Deadly. Was he even in a Muppet movie?
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    We know Bill Barretta will very much be a part of the film with Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth and other classic Muppets, but I really want to see some Pepe.

    It appears that Segel's preference for only classic Muppet Show characters has translated into the recent photo shoots. We get greats like Scooter and Rowlf, but Pepe's out. I really wonder how much he will be featured. I love the little prawn, but wouldn't mind our old favorites giving more screen time than him. Pepe's been propping up the Muppet brand for a while. He deserves both recognition and rest.
  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Very unexpected news! Im surprised noone has commented on this yet. That is a pretty interesting spoiler though. I honestly didn't think the JHC company would be so involved in this production, least not to that level.

    I like the idea of the Muppets as "has beens", perhaps a nod to the pop culture notion that the Muppets are old nostalgia. Again, from these pictures its really putting the meta spin on things.

    Anyone else seen these pics and have a take on em?
    The idea of Walter helping bring the Muppets back from obscurity is pretty intriguing. It's a shame tho, that if Sesame street is legally "Muppets"(tm), and Disney is using the JHC studios as "the Muppets Studio", that Fraggle Rock couldnt have been bought by Disney. Or that we wont see Sesame or Fraggle cameos.
  15. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    I commented on this earlier, I said it was cool. :cool: :)

    I think that its for the the best that there are no Sesame Street cameos. Again, it would just confuse things and blur the line too much.

    Too many people already assume that The Muppet Show characters are just supposed to be cute and cuddly and solely for kids.
    There needs to be a distinction between the two sets of characters.
  16. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh I just meant comments on its significance or relation to the whole concept of the Muppets as "has beens". You're right, that is a particularly irksome situation, not being able to shake the perception of being kiddy fodder, or old nostalgia. I'm curious to see how far they go with the "has been" idea, as well as how long of a leash Disney gives the normally R rated Segal.
  17. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming that the film will be rated G or perhaps PG.

    I actually think its an interesting idea to have the "Muppet Studios" down on its luck.

    The set dressing looks great!
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    PG, definitely. But they did somehow get a G rating for the rest of the theatrical films, but I think Disney want to shoot for a PG to attract more young adults.
  19. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Well, G is different than it used to be, too. Especially with the advent of PG-13. The "scary moments" and some of the guns / shooting in the earlier movies would probably have them flirting with a PG too.
  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    That nose mechanism's not new - it's been part of previous Gonzos (including the one Beaker loves which is the one Dave had with him when he was in AZ) just a gag that's used sparingly.

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