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Your dream 2011 Muppet Promotions

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

  1. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I'd say yes to both of those. I saw one Muppet based Calendar this year but it was only Kermit and the theme was "It's Easy Bein' Green," and was about being eco-friendly.
    As for the Scene it thing I thought they already had one :o That's be great to see one. And neither of those seems too hard to do.
  2. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I'm still really hoping for that Muppets Revisited album we were promised, with artists like My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird and Weezer doing Muppet songs (it was unclear if they were doing them WITH the Muppets or just doing covers - either way I still want it!). Not sure how eager I am to hear the Fray's version of Mahna Mahna, but hey.
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    A few people seem to have pointed out that there hasn't been any news of any new Muppet viral videos in awhile. I wonder if Disney is holding off on viral videos so we can whet our appetite for the new movie. It seems appropriate that we don't know of any new viral videos, since the movie is about the Muppets being seperated and getting back together. Then again, the virals usually only have a small number of characters (and usually supporting characters at that). So I don't think that would affect the plot much.

    Though it would be cool if they made viral videos of the Muppets doing what they do after going their seperate ways... Maybe a video of Fozzie doing what he'll do before being reunited, and Animal in his therapy, and Gonzo being a plumbing magnet... Those would be good preparation.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The problem with the virals is that, well, I'm sure they could have taken some time to do them during the movie (much like how Jason was still doing HIMYM at the same time), but I think its best they didn't. Now that the movie's over, I'm sure the puppeteers deserve a rest. After that... that's when to strike and make a bunch of new ones. Even short stuff... even if they just take stuff from XD or Muppets.com or whatever and put them up to show that they're still doing stuff.

    Sigh... I wish they had a vlog of Behind the scenes stuff.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know, as far as virals go, maybe after the movie comes out they could produce a series of videos hosted by Walter, in which he makes his own video blog. That would be cool... He could announce news regarding the Muppets, spotlight certain characters, talk about his favorite moments, and so on.

    It would also be cool if they did a web series or a series of television insertials of Walter interracting with real Muppet fans, similar to the "Breakfast with Bear" concept. Though I feel that idea would be better done with hardcore fans; Casual fans might not be aware of the difference in character ownership, so if by chance Walter asked something like what a fans favorite character is, I'm sure Disney wouldn't want them naming somebody from Sesame Street or Fraggle Rock.
  6. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Seriously. The Diz really needs to run loose with the whole meta-viral-tiein to the movie and get some buzz going. There's not ONE teaser, poster, or anything and this thing comes out in only 9 months. Most Diz films we see a teaser over a year(sometimes two) in advance.

    Hopefully they really go the distance with the whole Walter viral muppet online thing.

    But this film has a few fail safes to ensure at least it has a good opening weekend:

    1. It's Disney
    2. It's a Disney fall tentpole film, usually reserved for Pixar or other films
    3. It'll have a Toy Story short

    I'd love to say the fact it's Muppets alone, but the Muppets so far are total unknowns to most kids sadly.

    When does the hype machine begin?
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Maybe the guy who contributes to The Muppet Mindset's "?" series of articles (I can't remember his name off-hand right now) should do an article asking that question. Pretty much all questions spotlighted in those articles ended up getting definate answers (though reportedly he did not expect to get an exact answer to his first question article).
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's what I wanna know. The last 2 years it was set out a little, bring it back, set out a little bring it back. There's a difference between being careful, and being Wembley. And this is real Wembling right here.

    Releasing a few small, bean bag sized plush will not derail the train. Some new T-shirts that feature characters besides Kermit and Animal will not hurt. Even if they just did a couple simple virals here and there.

    So far ending the Boom comics license to NOT have Marvel publish them doesn't seem very much like a big push. Not even sending anything out in Toy Fair because they want to pimp out Cars 2 (it can stand on it's own 4 wheels) doesn't look good. They want this movie to do well, we ALL want this movie to do well. A LOT is riding on this film doing well.
  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I'm also very disappointed and concern with how much Disney's dropped the ball as of late. They really seemed to have a great overall gameplan slowly building the Muppet hype and love and putting them out in general public's consciousness...then things slowed down - to where everything really came to a grinding halt. Some insiders have hinted that they wanted to do some things closer to the movie so the viral videos stopped, the dvd releases stopped, major merchandise stopped.

    Now there's a difference between being careful and holding back to be careless and putting the brakes on the momentum. And let's face it, Disney's done the latter. So when the hype machine is turned on again, they'll have to work all the more harder because they've "lost too many turns" and "taken too many steps backwards".

    Disney's really gained my trust and admiration with their handling of the Muppets overall but they've really lost some of it recently though. They better have some impressive all-scale multi-pronged p.r. going into effect soon.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's exactly how we're all feeling. They've been doing a good job until recently... Sure, the film was busy filming, and I'm sure the Puppeteers need rest. But HEY, why not make 2 or 3 more virals between now and the movie. Those things dried up last year because they weren't exactly sure when the movie was starting up. Even if they were to take some Muppets.com stuff and post it on their YT page in the mean time.

    I know that the movie is a matter of months, but it'll be here before you know it. Dropping SOME Kermits and Piggys in the Disney Store will not overexpose anything. Maybe some new shirts... I know DVD's are a problem if that stuff about music rights is true, but why not re-release the movies in some sort of set. Really, do SOMETHING already. Put them on that Blu-Ray gizmo... add some special features and movie preview stuff.

    Again, taking away the Boom license was just... unbelievably stupid. Marvel is NOT going to publish a monthly. Best we can hope for is a crappy magazine reprint that will have one issue.
  11. askurow

    askurow Member

    Okay, here's my wishlist to you Disney executives out there reading this:

    First and foremost, we need the Muppet Show Seasons 4 and 5 as soon as possible. It's an absolute MUST! We've been waiting and waiting. Yes, we know DVD sales are rapidly declining, but don't wait, we promise to buy them!

    Second, the Muppet Movie needs to be truly remastered. Everyone has discussed the extended scenes, etc. and I'm in absolute agreement. But someone needs to find the negatives or at least a much better print. If Disney can make Snow White from 1939 look like it was made yesterday, they can do the same with TMM. All DVD versions of this film look horrible, and a hundred years old. Even the audio needs an improvement. Seriously, the way it exists now is embarrassing.

    Third, how bout a documentary, book, or tribute to Frank Oz? Frank gave so much to the Muppets, and as much as I love and worship Jim Henson, Frank was #2 and has been horribly overlooked. When I had the good fortune to meet Frank, I asked him if he'd write a book, but he said he wasn't interested. If he's not going to do it, someone needs to do it, or at least do a detailed interview with him while he's still with us. Piggy, Fozzy, Yoda, Grover, Cookie and Bert would agree.

    Fourth, while we're on documentaries, let's do the definitive Muppet Documentary. And when it comes out, do releases on The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, and the Muppets Anniversary Special.

    Fifth: Digital Downloads! Sesame Workshop recently issued all of the Sesame Street albums digitally on iTunes and Amazon. Now, it's time to do the same with the Muppet albums!

    Sixth: Could Disney and the Henson family and issue the COMPLETE version of Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas? It's time!

    Seventh If you're screening the rushes of the upcoming film, and if it lacks funny, please add more. The mistakes I find with the "newer" Muppet pieces compared to the older Muppet pieces, is that they lack zany and funny. The Muppets were out of control crazy, and that's what we love about them. If you tame the Muppets, it doesn't work. Bring in a few Muppet Fans for a top secret screening, and we'll let you know.

    Thank you!
  12. Bugglebee

    Bugglebee New Member

    Create a line of Muppets Baby Nursery Items

    Crib / Toddler Bedding
    Switch Plate Covers
    Wallpaper - Wall Decorations
    Diaper Bags
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    For Sesame Street's 40th anniversary, there was a book called "Sesame Street Treasures", which included many Sesame Street books published throughout the show's 40-year history. Wouldn't it be cool if Disney released a similar book for the Muppets, reprinting various Muppet storybooks released throughout the years? Of course I don't know if Disney has the rights to get those books republished, but if rights aren't an issue, it'd be great to see such a book.

    I don't know if they could/should include The Muppet Comic Show (or whatever that book was called), especially if there isn't an english-language version (and I don't know whether there is). Ditto with Muppets at Sea. But it would be cool to have those in a collection. It'd also be cool if they could include It's the Muppet Show (without the vinyl included). I don't think The Muppet Show Book should be included in such a release (it's a lot bigger than most Muppet books).

    But some books I think would be good for inclusion would be The Phantom of the Muppet Theater, Two for the Show, The Case of the Missing Mother, Muppet Manners, Gonzo and the Giant Chicken, Kermit: Save the Swamp, and Fozzie's Book of Side-Splitting Jokes.
  14. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I think it's well about time The Muppet Show Book actually got re-published! Just in time for the movie of course. It'd be a great way to re-introduce the show to people willing to buy it. :)
  15. ElmoLovesMe

    ElmoLovesMe New Member

  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Could the promotions be starting now? I recently heard of some good quality Muppet plush called "Disney Dreams" (though I don't know when they started making those), and series 2 of the Muppets "Vinylmation" sold at Disney theme park gift shops has been announced (not sure when they'll be released). If the vinylmation gets a series 3 around the time the new movie comes out I think they should include Walter in that assortment (though that would also be a good time to make vinylmation toys based on The Muppet Christmas Carol).
  17. TSSD

    TSSD Well-Known Member

    They're being released April 15th.:D
  18. frogtownhollow

    frogtownhollow Well-Known Member

    I just want Seasons 4 & 5 of the Muppet Show on DVD....

  19. panmanthe2nd

    panmanthe2nd Well-Known Member

    Me too!

  20. Fraggline

    Fraggline Well-Known Member

    "That would be neat!"
    ---:concern: in The Great Muppet Caper

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