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Your Thoughts: The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by Phillip, May 20, 2005.


What did you think of The Muppets' Wizard of Oz?

  1. Oz was great

    57 vote(s)
  2. Oz was good

    92 vote(s)
  3. Oz was disappointing

    64 vote(s)
  4. Oz was awful

    35 vote(s)

  1. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    I LOVED "call the Munchkins, let's do lunchkins."
    And Sweetums.
    In the castle of the Witch of the West, there were two parodies of parodies: Piggy had already parodied Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and da Vinci's "Mona Lisa, but this showed the Witsch of the West Piggy as these paintings. I loved it.
    And the penguins.
    Gonzo and Fozzie were gorgeous.
    I loved the Frank Oz line, I squealed!
    And did you see they used the hunchback from the Debbie Harry episode of TMS?
    The Swedish Chef was an awesome suprise!
    But since Sweetums turned out to be a good guy in MTI, I thought it was weak to have himg and the flying monkeys- MTI villans for the most part- turn out to be OK in this film as well.

    FROGLUVR Member

    :) I have to say I really loved it, but then I like anything with Kermit. I want to know where I can get a Kermit the Frog Scarecrow plush!
  3. wolfgrau

    wolfgrau New Member


    I was disapointed in it personally.

    The muppets of course had good acting.
    But overall I wasn't impressed with a number of things.

    1) Ashante had no energy at all. We were watching it as a family here and family members lost intrest very quickly. The comment was a lack of energy. Also Ashante wasn't that good of an actor.

    2) The director i think shot the movie wrong. Their were too many times where the shots were framed that drew your eyes towards the massive amount of headroom he left. Though i can understand it's difficult do to the size diffrence between the muppets and Ashante, but still.

    Now their were a couple of good things.

    I think the script was good. Their were some *great* lines.
    As I said the muppets gave a great performance.
  4. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    hey gang,

    I taped it and what can I say? it was GREAT from start to the end. and I don't care what any one else says, it was great and if any one says any diffrent isnt a ture Muppets fan, I support it 100% :D.


    Pepe saying "Its a Small World" a Disney park thing lol.

    Gonzo and the Nipples thing, that was funny and :confused: lol

    The EM band playing even tho Dr. Teeth only sayed a line, but I loved it.

    Statler & Waldorf, dressed up as goats? funny stuff, goats right? lol

    Kermit asking the Wiz if he was related to Mr. Frank Oz

    The crow pecking Kermit and then his eye balls pop out, haha...

    lets see ahhh... Oh yeah, Eisner with Kermit, Pepe, Piggy, Gonzo and some :zany: was shocking, well Eisner showing up was! but it was good, got it on tape!

    and at the end almost when Pepe says "What freekyland is she in ok, Tommarowland, canada" and I THINK he sayed adventureland? lol hahah get it the Disney Park stuff? lol

    Crazy Harry talked, a little...

    The ONLY part of the movie I felt bad at, is when the "monkeys" ripped Kermits arms off and made poor ol Gonzos head spin off *sniff* But i'd know they's be alright.

    Over all I can't wait to buy the DVD and it gets an A+ from here!

    And was it just me or was Sam TALL???!!
  5. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    WOW 170 people on this thred wow people must have really watched the movie im glad it was a great movie loved every minite of it. :) :o :
    concern: Oh yea Fozzie and Gonzo are back as being friends thery kind of werent talking to each other mush i thought that was sweet to see.

    and i know the guys over in SWHUB or how ever you spell it the clue that look at steve's ya know. would love what piggy did to kermit lol i loved it. lol the sound was off but i loved it.
  6. turlem

    turlem Well-Known Member

    It was good, not great, but good. I'll do a full review

    The Good:

    It brought back music, MFS had no muppety music, VMMCM had only one song, but it was an effort. This finally brought back Music, even if it had some music by ashanti, who i don't paticularly like, the good part about her was it brought back the music, even if oi'm not a huge fan of her music. The best song was definately the one with all 3 of the main muppets with Ashanti. The opening line had me in tears when Kermit said "Where my brain should be, there's a Cavity"

    Scooter had a perfect role for him, as did Sam, camilla, Sal and Johnny.

    Tambor was a great wizard, the thumb thing was hilarious.

    I was surprised that i did like Queen Latifah, and even david alan greer(who usually annoys me)

    The Mayhem had a couple of cool cameos, talking would have been nice, but it was good enough what they had.

    Clifford! cool

    The Bad

    No rowlf, all he hjad was a negligible cameo at the end, he should have been toto. he would've grounded the whole movie with dry humor, pepe wasn't too bad, sometimes he annoys me, and he did a little in this film, but it could have been worse. The next movie needs more rowlf

    The CGI scene was a bit weird to me at first, but i understood later w/ the glasses

    not enough jokes, and No running gags, muppets do running gags better than anyone else, it wasn't here at all

    Tarantino thing as stupid

    The Ugly


    Sam's puppet seemed a bit weird, Fozzie sounded alot like piggy early on
  7. Sylinde Bren

    Sylinde Bren Well-Known Member

    I just finished watching The Muppet Wizard of Oz on TV and, though I supported the Muppets by watching straight through to its conclusion and not switching the channel, I hate to say it... but... I won't be buying the soundtrack CD or the DVD. I think... no, I know, that they could have done better. I've seen the Muppets do extremely well without their ingenius and loving creator with the likes of Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol. I know they can still stand at the top in their prime. But this certainly wasn't their prime, in my eyes. I don't know if it's because of Disney or anything, but something just wasn't there. The magick, maybe? Watching it felt different, in a bad way. In fact, the only saving grace, to me, was the dragon that the Wizard took the shape of when confronting Fozzie as the Lion --- that was awesome.

    And, that's my two cents, for what it's worth. I love the Muppets and I'll support them until the end, but I just didn't like this special.
  8. beakerrules45

    beakerrules45 New Member

    I was a little disappointed this time. They don't have anymore of the really good jokes that are in the other movies. I'll admit it had some funny parts, but for the most part, it just wasn't like all the other Muppet movies. When they started the movie out with singing, I thought that this was going to stink. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it was disappointing. But Beaker was awesome like he always is!!! :eek:

    BTW, did anyone alse notice that the thing over Ms. Piggy's bath looked like it was from Harry Potter? What did that have to do with anything?
  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    well at least you still suport them i gusse thats says somthing.
  10. raysgal

    raysgal Member

    Oh, my gosh. The references. They killed me with the references. In a good way that is. I cracked up when Fozzie said, "She who must not be named."

    Of course, I also laughed in shock with the, "Those are my nipples." I had to think about it for a moment before I figured out it was okay to laugh.

    This movie could have been better though. Like finding another person to play Dorothy. Ashanti didn't impress me at all. They should have gotten Brandy. She's good. Or just someone else all together. They could have also done with more cameos. The movie was lacking celebrity cameos.

    I wasn't really impressed with the songs. They were lacking the usual charm and hook a Muppet song has. I don't know if I'll buy the CD.

    Overall, I'll say it was a cute movie and I'll watch it again later.
  11. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    I must of missed the Swedish Chef cameo. When did it occur??......

    Overall, I thought it was okay. It was a tad boring. However, seeing the original muppet cast on stage with Ashanti was good. I though Sam the Eagle sounded like the old Sam that Frank Oz performed way back when.

    But there were things I didn't like. First of all, Rowlf. He was just there at the end. Nothing more, and didn't do anything. Why???? Just have him as a major character. What's going to happen if he did have a good amount of screen time?

    Electric Mayhem were only there just to be there. No lines by Floyd or Janice or Zoot. Dr. Teeth only has a line, and Animal had a few and that was it. Those guys could have made several jokes about Piggy being the witches. Big, big opportunity lost there.

    Ashanti. What can I say. She looks pretty, but can't act worth a darn. She should keep to singing. She has a great voice.

    Jeffery Tambor was funny as the geeky wizard.

    Overal, the movie was so so. It was more of a clunker.

    2 out of 4 stars.
  12. Jonathan

    Jonathan Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson Courpes is doing backflips!!!! THAT WAS DEGRATING!!!!!! IT FUTURE MUPPET PROJECT DEPEND ON THAT WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
  13. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Pretty good film!

    Ah, yes. I absolutely loved the Frank Oz reference! I actually applauded Steve Whitmire at that point during the film. With as many of us who wanted Frank Oz to be connected with this film..."the wizard" granted our wish.

    Makes me wonder...was Frank Oz watching the movie while we were, too?

    They stayed true to the book in ways that the MGM film did not. The mentioning of different animals of the wicked witch (such as the wolves and the bees) were actually in the book. The same was true for the dismembering of the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman. Even the part about "bran new brains" was in the book. The original wizard in the book poured a measure of bran in the scarecrow's head, just like in the film we just saw. Even the reason why the Tin Woodman wanted a heart (in the book) had to do with a girlfriend. He wanted a heart so he could love again. Even the green glasses was originally in the book.

    I loved the Dave Goelz cameo, loved the Frank Oz reference (can't get enough of that great great line), and even Piggy's witch appearances were cool, too. Eric Jacobsen is doing an excellent job with both Piggy and Fozzie.

    Anyone know who was doing Sam? If I didn't know better...it sounded a LOT like Frank! Could there have been some kind of voiceover, perhaps?

    Who was doing Scooter? Brian Henson? He sounds different from the VMX Scooter, and has a looooong way to go to sound like Richard's Scooter, but I was glad to see him in the movie.

    Where I saw the movie, they had a little "PG" rating in the corner. Anyone else get this on their ABC stations? PG...hmmm...well, seeing Kermit's arms yanked off and Miss Piggy melting into oblivion may qualify for a PG rating.

    The other cameos were pretty awesome...Dr. Teeth, Swedish Chef, Sweetums...and Crazy Harry! Jerry Nelson's retired...so I wonder who's doing Harry's voice?

    All in all, an authentic, funny and Muppety film..."By any chance are you related to Frank Oz?"...man, oh man...(stands up and applauds Steve Whitmire again). I just can't get enough of that line...

    Convincing John
  14. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    I think so, becouse Cemella's "new" voice sound like a girl was doing her voice, or errr ah cluck! :p lol
  15. turlem

    turlem Well-Known Member

    Nelson retired? when?
  16. IndgoMoose

    IndgoMoose New Member

    Snappy lines do not make a good script

    I was very eager to see this movie. The Muppets started their whole existence with singing and musical numbers is one of the things they do best. I was VERY disappointed that I had to wait so very long for a song. I loved the West Witch song, though.
    There were some funny lines, but overall I was not satisfied with the script. The Wicked Witch was poorly introduced. The Munchins moments went by far too quickly.
    I would have rathered the Muppets followed the original Wizard of Oz script more closely, for the sake of good storytelling if nothing else.
  17. Tim Kelly

    Tim Kelly Well-Known Member

    I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't even think I was going to watch it, but I sat through the whole special and it did entertain me. They did a really nice job with the overall look of it and jam-packing it with lots of Muppet characters. I think my favorite aspect of it was seeing Scooter again (was that Richard's brother performing him?). And the Electric Mayhem, although it would have been a lot nicer if they'd all spoken (great seeing Janice again, though!).
  18. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    i really dont think they could have done that. I also want to say that i think the mix of Muppets was ok, i think some of the old main stream muppets could have Spoke DR.Theeth Floyd and Rowlf. :sympathy:
  19. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    The only reason I'm not disappointed is that I wasn't expecting anything better than Kermit's Swamp Years. Sadly, this made me appreciate that.:eek:

    But hey, at least we didn't have to pay to watch this. That's about as 'optimistic' as I can be.
  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    ouch that was a low blow
    :boo: :sleep:

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