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Your dream 2011 Muppet Promotions

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

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    1. An official Muppet fan weekend at Disneyland. Kind of like what they used to do for Star Wars fans(the SW Celebration Weekends at parks) I'd almost say we should start a petition to let Disney know how awesome such a thing would be.
    Again, would be perfect not just because the performers/Muppets are already in southern California and it'd be part of the great 2011 Muppet comeback year...but also 2011 is ten years since Muppetfest.

    Imagine if they did for the Muppets what they are doing for TRON? (elecTRONica nights at California Adventure) Maybe they could, even if temporary, add some Muppetyness to parts of Calif Adv or Disneyland.

    And I say, IF Disney doesn't do an official Muppet fan weekend, we should plan an unofficial Muppetfest for D23 2011 in Anaheim.

    2. A line of 3 3/4" - 4" action figures, that like the Hasbro Star Wars figures, would try and include as many known and obscure characters as possible

    3. Finally a release of Muppets @ WDW and Muppets Tonight on dvd

    4. Major tie-ins and cross promotions with as many restaurants, hotel chains/resorts, gas stations, retail mall/big box stores/dept stores, Kohl's $5 charity plushes, etc as possible. Everything from "win a vacation" cardboard standees and toy premiums to commemorative cups and such

    5. An official Muppet magazine, even if it's a one-off collector's issue.

    6. Little Muppet "takeovers" and impromptu specials(like 2008's The Muppets Take Over Today Show") Maybe have the Muppets or a few Muppets spend the day at MTV, Tonight Show, or even SNL.

    7. Market to the big Disney tween/teen girl infrastructure by FINALLY CREATING SKEETER as a teenage girl puppet. We hardcore fans won't mind if you give her Elmo like ubiquity...we've been waiting years for her debut in the proper Muppet world, and if she was like her Muppet comic self, it'd be a HUGE hit. Skeeter lines at Hot Topic, Skeeter appearances on tv, Skeeter guesting on various live action Disney interstitials, you name it!
  2. MattGallo

    MattGallo New Member

    I have to echo a lot of people here on two major points, and a couple people on the third:

    1.) Release the 4th Season of the Muppet Show, and do it right :)
    2.) PLEASE Put out the movies on Blu-Ray, all fancied up.
    3.) Release a real version, of the full, UNCUT, (remastered?) Muppet Family Christmas. Please, I beg of you Disney, The Muppets, anyone... These terrible shortened versions are just so disappointing. And who wants cruddy illegal copies?

    Beyond that, I feel that almost All Muppet immersion in media & pop culture is a good idea, and loved the suggestions put forth so far. The only thing I would add is, keep a mind for the classic, irreverant. somewhat anarchic style and comedy of the Muppets from when Henson was still with us.
  3. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Ooh good list! A "Sesame Unpaved" type of Muppet book would indeed be wonderful. We WERE suppose to get such a thing for Fraggle Rock, but it got canceled. If youve ever seen that amazingly illustrated 1978 Muppet Show book, it'd be nice if they reprinted that or made a new one.

    I think that would literally be my #1 dream come true, if a fast food place made a big Muppet meal premium on par with the Disney celebration one at Mcdonalds in the 90's, or the 101 Dalmation or Pokemon ones. Even just one on par with the 2003 Jack in the Box line would be a dream come true.
    Unfortunatley...I dont think Mcdonalds does Disney anymore.

    And an "Epic Kermit" game would be amazing, tho sadly I worry any new Muppet game may be more like the Party Cruise game or something more limited. I'd love a full on adventure game for the wii, 360 and ds. I think it'd be amazing and I know I'd buy it.

    I agree, the Muppet comics NEED to continue no matter what.
    And I agree, a best of Rowlf on the Jimmy Dean show would rock! Im grateful for the Best of Muppets on Ed Sullivan show

    Oh come on, you gotta think big! BIG! Comics and Youtube videos are just the standard. I agree though we need a steady stream of new content.

    Also, I notice that since 2002 every year fan's keep begging for this "Halloween" special. Is there anything about this that is of particular interest? I understand the demand for Season 4 finally, and it's odd it has not been released.
  4. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Like that "I Love The Muppets" Dutch special from a few years back? I do think a "Why We Love The Muppets/Behind The Scenes/Retrospective/Kermit interviewing random people on the street on why they love the Muppets" special would be PERFECT.

    Seriously, I wear my furry animal, fozzie or kermit hat and everywhere I go people really have this strong positive reaction to it, like it just brings out this immense joy in ways that wearing other franchises might not

    That sounds like some serious Muppet meta-verse shenanigans, I love it! I totally love that idea of being able to create your own character, and going back through acknowledged films and specials(ala Muppet Mayhem racing) and having to do this or that in a big epic quest. The S&W thing would be classic. Darn good idea!

    That'd be AMAZING if there was just one Wesayso or BP Richfield sight gag or reference in the film. Maybe Chris Cooper rattles off a list of the competition and mentions Wesayo. Or we see a Wesayo logo somewhere.
  5. Bubbadog

    Bubbadog Member

    I haven't read all of these responses but I agree with them. All the same (at the risk of repeating some of them) here is my wish list:

    -finish releasing the final muppet show seasons (2 years is a long time)
    -release the muppets tonight series
    -release the vintage muppet media (sam and friends, rowlfs jimmy dean show appearances, more commercials, tonight show appearances through the years from carson to present) to appease the masses (namely me, I'm a tall guy and could pass as a mass)
    -release other specials like the muppets go to disney world and such
    -a dvd release of the muppetvision 3d movie would be great
    -a complete uncut release of a muppet family christmas
    -drop the price on "letters to santa" as I refuse to pay 20 bucks for a 45 min special
    -guest appearances on TV in general, just let us know when to watch
    -release that terrific documentary from the 90's "the world of jim henson", its lack of distribution is a tragedy for us fans and those we want to teach about th imaginitive wonder surrounding hensons brilliant works
    -a new tv show? (Hint hint)
    -bring back the action figures, I like the action figures
    -release more "guy friendly" clothing. I would like to see more tshirts with animal, pepe, sal the monkey, or bobo even. Why do girls get most of these, make them parodies if you have to
    -give the swedish chef a primetime cooking show (I may be stretching a bit, lol)
    -more muppet daily household items (coffee mugs, glassware, dishrag holders)
    -wait to release the muppet show seasons on bluray until the dvds are released (I don't want to rebuy due to an uneven set, that's just annoying)
    -muppet seat covers
    -an electric mayhem band album, or guest appearance on late night tv
    -new videogames
    -more movies
    - bring back muppet magazine?
    -free downloadable short material online, come on, we buy your stuff give us some free internet candy to keep, please
    -muppet wallpapers that aren't hastily made character photos in a fake frame. Sorry but even a hand drawn group picture is more exciting
    -cereal (unless its generic stuff with a fancy box, then no thank you)
    -watches and other accessories
    -muppet babies anyone?
    -a tv mini series?
    -statler and waldorf brand prunes!
    -more ipod apps or handheld games for ds
    -RELEASE THE JIM HENSON HOUR! PLEEEEASE! There was only one season, we will buy it, believe me
    -a memorial dvd with the news items and life celebration of jim henson surrounding his unfortunate death (I watched every channel that day and cried for months, it meant that much to me)
    -maybe a rerelease of the life magazine (again, grasping) or other periodicals from that same unfortunate time
    -vote quimby (sorry I couldn't help myself)
    -muppet toothbrushes (I miss my animal toothbrush) for adults of course lol
    -exploding socks (gonzo would approve)
    -happy meal toys
    -tv specials
    -if you can find it, release the muppet bit from a US/Russia special from the 80s, they had a great cultural bit followed by a kid friendly robin williams stand up act. I only have part of this on a tape from when it originally aired, I believe it was on abc possibly 1988
    -basically give me anything I can put my grubby little hands on, make it affordable, and I will buy

    That is my list. Thanks. Sorry that I haven't posted in a while, I still visit the site religiously. :)
  6. marshallarts101

    marshallarts101 New Member

    • Muppet yourself on Facebook. Change your profile pic to a muppet that looks exactly like you. Put it up for Muppet Day (or the release of the movie).
    • Create a replica ‘The Muppet Show’ set where you screen the movie. Win tickets.
    •Release a parody of’ Double rainbow’ only this time it’s the ‘Double Rainbow connection’.
    • Do a promotion with various TV shows where the hosts are replaced with muppet replicas for a few minutes. Then switch them back without any explanation
    • Meet the muppets competition.
    • Run an actual muppet telethon to raise money for a good cause.
    • Get Miss Piggy to appear on the cover of Vogue during the month the movie is released (or at least make sure she features in an interview).
    • Create fake ads for the muppets new jobs – Gonzo’s plumbing business, Fozzie’s show in Reno.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, it's more like Disney doesn't do McDonalds anymore. I don't wanna go into that whole mess, but this whole fear that they're going to be likened to Joe Camel because they have toys (that can be purchased separately) with the stuff is the most idiotic rubbish I've ever heard. Though... they DID have a Marvel comics promotion a few months back...

    But it would be terrible if both were to vanish. A steady stream of new content is exactly what we need... and the comics and Virmups are the most accessible. Heck, just reissue some MuppetsXD stuff on youtube.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, Phillip said that people at Disney/Muppet Studios are reading this. I wonder if they'd be most likely to consider the things that pop up the most on these wishlists. That would help show what most fans are interested in.

    I was going to suggest that as well. Allow Kermit to make a few new Sesame Street appearances (maybe even put Kermit in "The Word of the Day"... he'd be considered a celebrity guest, but to us it'd be like a "Word of the Street" with no celebrity guests). And I was going to suggest an episode featuring the first-ever Sesame Street appearances by Kermit's non-Sesame friends, like Fozzie, Gonzo, and Robin (I don't know how well Piggy or Pepe would do on Sesame Street; In thinking about this I realised that Piggy's only interaction with a Sesame Street character besides Kermit was her meetign with Big Bird on The Muppet Show). In addition to this, as far as television appearances go, I'd like to see the Muppets appear in animated form, voiced by their official performers, on The Simpsons (or they could bring back The Simpsons pupets from "The Fight Before Christmas" and have the Muppets interact) or Family Guy.I'm not suggesting they take up the entire show, but putting them on a television set or in a cutaway gag in a non-parody sense would be nice.
  9. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Was it in the final season of the Muppet Show where Kermit ends up showing clips from the newest muppet movie or was it from one of the speicals?

    That would be cool to see that happen even it if is from one of the speicals or whatever they do.

    Edit: Has anyone mention about maybe they need to re-package the Action Figures? All with new packaging and then the ones who missed out on the first sell of these would be able to buy them again. Or maybe they could do an action figure of Walter. That would be cool.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's been since 2002. I believe the halloween special was first announced in 2009. As far as I know it's still being planned, though Disney is currently focusing on the movie now.

    I wonder how feasible that would be. I know that after series 2 Palisades switched to a new factory, but no longer had the tooled sculpts for series 1 and 2 (meaning they would have had to retool sculpt from the first two series in order to rerelease or reuse). Since Palisades is no longer in buisness I wonder if they still have the sculpts for the figures.

    But still, it would be cool for a first rereleased series to include Walter and some of the main characters (Kermit, Piggy, and either Fozzie, Gonzo, or Pepe, assuming Pepe is in the movie). And then for series 2 rerelease Johnny Fiama and FINALLY release Sal.

    In all years of thinking of Muppet game ideas, I never thought about having an unfamilair character be the star. Though if not Walter, perhaps it could be an up-to-four-player-game, like The New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and all four players coudl design a Muppet whatnot to play as. And once you've found other Muppets, you can choose to switch and play as them. It would be cool if it had references to other Henson universes, at least the ones owned by Disney (Dinosaurs and Bear in the Big Blue House). I wonder if it'd be much trouble to include a fraggle hole in the background somewhere. I don't suppose they could include a can of Purina Dog Chow, box of La Choy Chow Mein, or a jar of Wilkins Coffee in the background.
  11. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Love the Statler and Wladorf idea. Going a long with the muppet costume, or if they were able to insert muppet cameos or guest appearances of some kind (I'm thinking in terms of the fictional shows).

    I know this might be hard to arrange in a year but what about a convention of some kind?


    My dream for 2011 Kermit and his gang can make their own voices of the Muppets Cars just like movie hit of Disney/Pixar Cars!
  13. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    That would be neat. They could do a "Mater's Tall Tales" short with them.
  14. Cocolde

    Cocolde New Member


    I think they should meet with fans in person to discuss ideas.:concern: :)
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Regarding that Muppet video game plot somebody else mentioned, in which Walter or a fan-created whatnot locates the Muppets, it would be a real fan dream if the player were to locate Kermit at Sesame Street. I doubt Sesame Workshop would license the characters for a Muppet video game, but if character licensing wasn't an issue, the level/world could invovle Walter searching the streets of New York, asking passer-bys if they can tell him how to get to Sesame Street, fighting off dangerous city people and obstacles, before finally making it to Sesame Street and finding Kermit.

    Of course it would be more logical for Kermit to return to the swamp, but it would be a real dream to include Sesame Street characters in a non-Sesame Street game (have there ever been any video games based on a francise that included appearances by characters from another franchise owned by a different company altogether?).
  16. TSSD

    TSSD Active Member

    Definitly, that would be a great way to make sure that the die hard Muppet fans are happy with what the Muppets are doing.
  17. Super Leviathan

    Super Leviathan New Member

    The Fourth and Fifth seasons of The Muppet how are a given. It's criminal that we didn't get Season 4 this year, considering what Disney said at D23 lat year.

    Also, if anybody at Disney or MHC is reading this, license Muppet Babies to somebody.... ANYBODY. License it out to Shout Factory. They do great work with shows that require superhuman amounts of legal footwork (Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The Larry Sanders Show, SCTV, Mystery Science Theater 3000)
  18. ktbear

    ktbear New Member

    Season 4. Season 4. Season 4. Season 4. John Denver and the Muppets Christmas together, Hey Cinderella! Et al, the commercials, Season 4, Muppets tonight! Season 4. the Ed Sullivan appearances, Sam and Friends.....
    I know some of these are still the property of HP, but it wou,d be nice to introduce the next generation to everything Henson.
    Oh, and did I mention, Season 4?
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Actually, none of those are owned by Henson, except maybe Sam and Friends (I've read that Universal owns the distribution rights to S&F through it's ownership of NBC). The Ed Sullivan Show appearances would be owned by SOFA Entertainment (or whoever owns The Ed Sullivan Show). The commercials would be owned by whatever companies the commercials were for (though Disney was able to include the Purina commercials in the season 3 set). John Denver's production company owns the distribution rights to the John Denver and the Muppets specials.

    Oh, and I don't think I saw TMS season 4 listed. Shameful... ;)
  20. Dr. Bombay

    Dr. Bombay Member

    So here's my buffalo nickel's worth on this awesome subject!

    • Release Season Four during the Spring 2011 and then Season Five Fall 2011 just in time for the movie.
    • Muppets Tonight definitely needs a DVD/Blu-ray release.
    • I LOVED :flirt::flirt: the suggestion of another company picking up the Palisades line and even re-releasing some of what was had before, especially the backstage playset.
    • Definitely, and most emphatically, a fast food restaurant promotion.
    • I also loved the idea about a TV special about the history of the Muppets. I think it should include interviews with celebrities and Joe Schmo fans.
    • Toys, toys and more toys!
    • A big book like unto the 40th Anniversary Sesame Street book about the history of the Muppets.

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