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Your dream 2011 Muppet Promotions

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by dwmckim, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    We've heard the buzz about how Disney's pulling out the big marketing muscle promotional blitz for the Muppets next year with Toy Story 3 levels of getting them all over the place. This thread is a big collective brainstorm of stuff you'd love to see happen during this time - you can get as realistic or wild as you like..."fan fictions" of appearances, lists of merchandise, special events. Have fun!

    I'd love to see a station do a Muppet Show marathon of episodes just before the movie opens.

    A talk show appearance where Hason Segel is the scheduled guest. When the host introduces him, instead out comes a Muppet Seagull singing ("And I flew..into the sky so blu-oo-oo"). Segel of course interupts asking who he is and after arguing about who's supposed to be there, they agree that Segel and Muppets work well together so they sing a duet.

    Other late night appearances where they perform updated classic skits like Magna Mahna and Visual Thinking.

    "A Muppet Freak's Guide to the Muppets" - a network special detailing the Muppets' history and best moments.

    Around Halloween, have all the ABC/Disney shows have its characters in Muppet costumes.

    Have Kermit reprise his April 1st tradition of guest hosting for Larry King (or someone else if no longer on the air) and/or a new episode of Muppets taking over Nightline (including The Newsman and Fleet Scribbler)

    Have Fleet Scribbler make occassional appearances on one of the Hollywood gossip shows like Entertainment Tonight or one of those other ones i can't think of the name of chiming in with Muppet Gossip.

    Have a night (or week) where all the primetime ABC shows end with a closing critique/comment by Statler & Waldorf.
  2. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I LOVE the idea of the shows ending with S&W! I can totally see that happening!
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I just wanna see more Virmups and more of the comic books. Anything else will be just icing. Maybe a production vlog for the movie or something on their official YT channel.

    Oh, and by all means get that Halloween special produced after a nice break after filming the movie.
  4. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Yeah i would agree some kind of TV special is a must in order to get the Muppets "over" with the kiddies and just people in general again.

    I'd like to see the Muppets on Letterman, but apparently he hates puppets so maybe not, and it's a shame Larry King won't be around as i always enjoyed the Muppets on that at Christmas time. So maybe Leno or Ferguson i guess.

    Generally just seeing the Muppets all over TV would be superb
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I read that there will be a set of Muppet plush resembling the actual puppets to be released when the movie does. I assume they'll be different from the Master Replicas. But still, I'd like there to be a big McDonald's happy meal promotion. Perhaps something as big as the 1996 happy meal promotion for 101 Dalmations, or the big kids meal promotions Burger King had with Pokemon. That way there could be over a hundred characters released (though I don't expect 100 Muppets to have notable parts in the film), and if it's a happy meal/kids meal thing, kids wouldn't be picking out the toys they get (so no need to worry about whether the customers know the characters). An action figure or PVC set representing the movie would also be cool (I'd expect Walter to be included).

    And I want some Muppet DVDs to be released. If nothing else The Muppet Show: Season Four (though I want that to come out sooner). It would be great if Disney would release the first-ever UNCUT DVD of A Muppet Family Christmas, remastered/restored from the original master tapes (just like what is supposedly being done for The Muppet Show DVDs), or The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. Maybe the time of the release would be a good time to release better special editions of the movies, especially in blu-ray.

    And I'd like some DVD releases of Muppet appearances, outside of what Disney owns (seems a few such appearances have been released lately). Maybe a compilation of Rowlf's appearances on The Jimmy Dean Show, Kermit's 1979 hosting gig on The Tonight Show, an official Sam and Friends DVD, and best of all, a 1 or 2-disc collection of Kermit's Sesame Street appearances. It would especially be great if Disney would allow for Sesame Workshop to use Kermit in special introductions for such a collection. In fact during the week of the new movie it'd be great if sesamestreet.org adds several Kermit clips to the site (though I don't want sesame workshop to hold off on adding kermit clips until then.... and I want some more classic clips added period).

    I'd like for new Muppet comic books to be out in some way, rather they be new "Muppet Show Comic Book" issues done by different people, new "Muppet Classics", or comics with the characters as themselves outside the theater.

    And I'd like for some new Muppet video games. Maybe something along the lines of Epic Mickey (would "Epic Muppets" or "Epic Kermit" be too much?). And some new viral videos. And I'd like ABC Family to have a special Muppet month or week (I read that ABC Family is about to have a Pixar week despite it being "25 Days of Christmas" and the fact that hardly any Pixar movies invovle Christmas).

    And we need a Muppet book. Something like the Sesame Street 40th anniversary book. But representing the Muppet Studios' Muppets.
  6. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Deep breath...

    First off, merchandise:
    • Re-releases of the Muppet movies Disney owns. It would also be a perfect chance to release the four movies on Blu-ray. By nixing widescreen, even if the people who worked on the movie don't have time to work on new material for the discs, they still have tons of stuff they could put on the discs. The Muppet Movie could have The Muppets Go Hollywood, Jim Frawley's original camera tests, the extended scenes from the UK video release, the theatrical trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE6i23QHSqk), TV spot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7XF2aBQaYE&NR=1) and Kermit singing "Rainbow Connection" at the '80 Oscars PLUS the Pepe Profile from the original DVD. MCC and MTI can have all their original DVD extras re-instated. It could work out great and cost-effective for the Mouse.
    • Seasons 4 and 5 have to come out. Just so long as we get one of them before the movie, I'll be happy.
    • The Art of "The Muppets". All the Pixar, WDFA and a handful of live-action Disney releases have "art-of" books, this one should be no exception. Perhaps this one would have to be more like Of Muppets and Men (a re-publishing of it wouldn't be a bad idea though :)) but focused on the movie but it's definitely something that Disney should look into.
    • Like minormuppetz said, yes, a DVD release of Muppet Family Christmas even with just some of the cut songs re-instated would make for a great release. Furthermore, Disney should make every effort to get that special broadcast on a network that December alongside Letters to Santa and The Muppet Christmas Carol and perhaps even Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree.
    • Oh, and re-releases of at least the first Muppet Show album, Muppet Beach Party and Kermit Unpigged. It'd be a good way to unearth the old music videos, too.
    As for everything else...
    • Get TMS re-runs on TV somewhere. The Hub perhaps?
    • A good "Muppets-take-over-a-talk-show" is in order. Maybe Jimmy Kimmel can pull some strings with that since he's on ABC.
    • And again on ABC, have Muppets show up during commercial breaks wishing viewers "Happy holidays!"
    • Macy's Parade comeback is in order. A "hastily-put together" float "by" the Muppets would be awesome. Kermit can sing "I Believe," we all know the drill by now.
    I need a break, I'll be back with more later. :p
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I'm a little confused by this line. Are you saying that they could put more material by nixing widescreen? I don't think including it in either widescreen or full frame would affect the amount of disc space for bonus features. Unless you meant to only include one option and prefer widescreen to be nixed (I think that would be a bad idea. Considering many TVs are in widescreen these days, I'd say it's more practical to include the widescreen version and nix the full frame version).

    I wonder if Disney has access to the UK print of TMM, with additional scenes. It would be great if that version were remastered. Or if not, maybe if Disney can locate the 1980s UK VHS release they can include those extra scenes as bonus features (maybe even call them "deleted scenes", which they sort of are).
  8. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Whoops! I meant nixing the full screen versions. Ultimate typo. :o
  9. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    I want to encourage everyone to keep these suggestions and ideas coming. There are multiple people from Disney and Muppets Studio reading this discussion to see how your ideas line up with what they are planning for 2011.
  10. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    I'd love something like that.

    My dream video game (would need to be on a high-end console or a PC or something):

    Depending on how the movie plays out, I'd like to see some elements of the movie as the overall plot. Instead of Walter looking for the Muppets, though, you could have a choice to play him or as your own created whatnot (using existing and thought-about Muppet Workshop options). You hear that the Muppet Studios are under attack by the evil oil guy (seriously, how dated can this be when oil disasters happen in the news like every other month? *edit* and Disney and Henson both worked on Dinosaurs -- it'd be a major sin in my book if an oil magnate is your bad guy and Wesayso is NEVER referenced at all, LOL) and you need to bring everyone together because it was distressing to hear that everyone broke up. You reminisce by playing levels based on the various movies and shows. They could be narrative levels or mini-games. You would choose one of three Muppets to play as, such as Kermit, Gonzo, Piggy, Floyd, Animal, whoever. Who you pick would influence the details in the level (both the nostalgic levels and the current plot ones) as well as who congratulates you for bringing everyone together in the ending, though the other characters you didn't pick will decide to come if the one you picked decides to join you (based, perhaps, on objectives met or numerical score).

    If you "die" or otherwise lose, the Game Over screen is S&W mocking your performance.

    I would like to see trophies/achievements that encourage Muppety mayhem, such as baiting Crazy Harry into blowing stuff up or monsters eating characters/stuff, etc.

    Why play levels based on earlier stuff? Well, Walter/your character is obsessed with the Muppets. The character knows very well that some of the Muppets' strongest works are about pulling together for a common good. By reliving these times, your character can plead more passionately with the character you chose to locate in that level.

    I want multiple endings, depending if you got all three of those characters to sign on (at the least) or just a couple or maybe even none of the above (but you managed to get others, so it's not like you HAVE to have a bad ending where the Studios get bulldozed, although it's possible).
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Something that used to happen a lot but just doesn't anymore was the Muppets (particularly Miss Piggy) appearing in top gossip magazines. I remember Piggy doing an amazing glossy photo-interview when she died her hair black for MWOO. I'd love to see them featured in some of the best/worst dressed pages or have their twitter accounts (do they even HAVE twitter accounts?) included along with regular celebrities in these kinds of magazines -- but taken seriously (with comedy, obviously, but in a serious way...you know what I'm saying).

    If the Muppet's don't have twitter accounts (I know I've seen Pepe twitter before from that Kitchen show) but they should all get some!
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A Muppet video game would be a tricky thing. They only had like one or two actual good ones. Something vaugley RPG ish might work... or maybe one of those ones where you have to pick up everything that's not nailed down and use it somewhere else. You know, like Sam and Max or Maniac Mansion?
  13. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    ...well in that case...

    A television special about what makes the Muppets cool and Great Moments in Muppet History hosted by Muppet Freak blogger and Henson Historian d.w. mckim.

    (Hey, i said it was a "dream" list!)
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    In that case, in addition to what I've already asked for, I'd like the MuppeTelevision segments from The Jim Henson Hour to be released, either on television or DVD. But I'd really like for Disney and Henson (and Sony and Lionsgate, if neccessary) to work together to get an uncut Jim Henson Hour DVD release.

    And I'd like a multi-disc colection of Muppet music, both released and unreleased.

    To sef: Man, there goes my april fools joke for the year...:rolleyes:
  15. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Oh yes! That's a great idea! I think a 3-disc collection consisting of The Muppet Show, The Muppet Show 2 and Muppet Show Music Album is an idea that would be easy to bring to stores and a great collector's item.

    Oh, and a new Christmas album would be nice. I remember years ago back when Green and Red Christmas was supposed to come out in 2005 with Kermit's Christmas Capers, minor muppetz wrote a track listing for a Muppet Christmas compilation consisting of songs from the various Muppet Christmas productions. Putting all those on a CD, plus the tracks from Letters to Santa, maybe the "I Believe" single with Tiffany Thorton, you got yourself a new Christmas CD! :)
  16. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Well, there have already been a lot of great ideas here, so I will just chime in for a little bit here. I definitely agree with talk show appearances for the Muppets- it would be especially great for them to take over the Today show or a late night show or both.
    I would also love to see The Muppet Show Seasons 4 and 5 come to DVD soon. It would be incredible if they could feature cool bonus things like "The Muppets Go to the Movies" and "Of Muppets and Men" - those specials definitely need to be included.
    A DVD release for "Muppets Tonight" and "The Jim Henson Hour" would also certainly be welcomed. Many of the specials from "The Jim Henson Hour" have been released- now if we could just see the MuppetTelevision segments.
    I would be up for a Muppet video game- I like the idea RedPiggy shared earlier.
    And I really love minormuppetz idea for Sesame Street. I would love to see an all-inclusive Best of Kermit on Sesame Street DVD with his many songs and skits and any Street scenes. It would also be really great if Kermit showed up on Sesame Street with the rest of "The Muppet Show" gang for a crossover appearance! That would certainly get today's kids introduced to the stars of the Muppets movies- though I'm fairly certain they would at least know Kermit.:):wisdom::D
  17. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    Honestly, just about anything. We've been mostly devoid of Muppets, well, for the majority of the time since Jim died, with new productions coming out sporadically, but even moreso (surprisingly) since Disney bought the crew. I thought the whole point was to use their power and resources to push them back into the limelight and revitalize them in a major way. Heck, maybe that will happen now, with the movie, but already Frank and Jerry are done, and it would have been nice to have gotten this going a few years back. Still excited, though.

    Anyways, for suggestions, how about starting with The Muppet Show Season 4 on DVD, like we were supposed to get by the end of this year? What happened, there? I only hope it's delayed in order to ensure it will be complete, and hopefully with some good extras. Commentaries would be wonderful, but at the very least, those pop-up facts like in Season One would be nice, too.

    Additionally, just about ANY unreleased stuff from their long and wonderful history, mainly from when Jim was alive, would be great. Think about all of the potential, with all of the stuff that comes out on DVD of varying quality. Especially when something new or remade comes out in theaters, it's the perfect time for some corporate synergy. I am still baffled that it wasn't immediately released after the Disney deal, so why not finally put out "The Muppets At Walt Disney World"?

    Kermit and Mickey together! What could be more perfect. It was also the final hurrah of that era of The Muppets, with all major performers and characters present/alive and working. Sure, it's up on YouTube, from what I saw, but who wants to watch it in that quality, and in bits and pieces? Same thing for the Muppet Television segments of The Jim Henson Hour. Have a disclaimer at the beginning or something pointing out that the Storyteller segments referred to in the intros are not included, but don't edit Jim's intros out, PLEASE!

    Maybe continuing the Palisades action figure line under a new company, with the style and scale established by them, getting out some new versions of the core characters, as well as ones we were sadly never able to get, once that company no longer existed. There's so much potential to use the movie as a tool for greater things, whether it, on its own, lives up to expectations or not. Keep the suggestions coming, everyone. Let your voices be heard!

  18. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    I would love to see more mens clothing. Shirts, hoodies, hats. Maybe from New Era like the Sesame Street ones, but with better availability. The plush sound like a great idea.

    Season Four is a must before the film comes out.

    I would also like to see them around the theme parks more. I don't have a pass like I used to, but just knowing they were around more would be enough to try to convince my family to move back to California.;)

    More appearances on the Disney Channel and Hub.

    I could go on and on about more merchandise, as I am a collector. Books, video games, figures etc.
  19. kbrooks73

    kbrooks73 New Member

    I think a Muppet flash mob would be FANTASTIC!:halo:
  20. Quesal

    Quesal Well-Known Member

    Wow these suggestions are all great ideas!

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