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The Muppets go up against a Utopian future and comes up short. Divergent took in $56 million this weekend with Muppets Most Wanted coming in a distant second at $16 million. Was it a mistake for Disney to put the Muppets against a teen blockbuster hit? Is the end of the Muppet movie franchise?

Rank Movie Box Office (in millions)
1 Divergent $56.0
2 Muppets Most Wanted $16.5
3 Mr. Peabody and Sherman $11.7
4 300: Rise of an Empire $8.7
5 God’s Not Dead $8.6

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Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic.

Release date: March 21, 2014 (USA)
Director: James Bobin
Running time: 112 minutes
MPAA rating: PG
Screenplay: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais

Muppets Most Wanted is the follow-up to Disney’s The Muppets. It is the perfect follow-up thanks to the efforts of James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller and Bret McKenzie. After being on the shelf for a very long time, Disney’s The Muppets needed to reinvigorate and reintroduce the Muppets to a new generation of fans. It successfully recreated the charm and nostalgia of the original Muppets and at the same time modernize them for a contemporary audience.

Rightly, Muppets Most Wanted needed to take the Muppets in the different direction. While Disney’s the Muppets brought back the heart and emotion of the Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted reintroduces new fans to the entertainers that are the Muppets. Specifically showing us that the Muppets are funny, zany and musical.

Muppets Most Wanted is a silly plot, when Kermit is replaced by international criminal, Constantine. Thus, three plots are introduced: an international crime committed by Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), Constantine and investigators Sam the Eagle and Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell), an international variety tour managed by fake Kermit with Walter as the only Muppet that cares about the quality of the show and finally, Kermit trying to survive in a Russian Gulag by directing the Gulag’s annual Prisoner Broadway revue.

As seen in the Lady Gaga special, the Muppets can not succeed on their name alone. They will only succeed thanks to good writing and the creative team of James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller and Bret McKenzie. The very beginning of the movie is an acknowledgment that this is a sequel to Disney’s The Muppets (and it’s also the seventh sequel of the Muppet Movie). In the opening number proclaim that people want a sequel even if it’s not as good as the original.

Bobin can also manage the three plots at an entertaining pace. Bret McKenzie is showing that he is worthy to join Paul Williams as the elite Muppet songwriter. Wierdly, Muppets Most Wanted is Disney’s only entrant in the Best Music category of the Oscar and as good as the songs are, Disney may not have a nomination this year due to the comedic nature of each song. The best song is “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)” as sung by Constantine to Miss Piggy.

Another hallmark of the Muppet movies is the countless celebrity cameos. And there are countless celebrity cameos to the point that I did not know everyone who appeared in this movie. For example, who was the ballet dancer? As many as there were, the cameos did not go unwasted. Only the Muppets can make the Usher as an usher joke. That one joke could have gone horribly wrong.

James Bobin is two for two with his leadership over the Muppet franchise. The world will be excited to see if he can make it three out of three.

The Verdict

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The Good: Amazing Songs by Bret McKenzie | Smooth handling of three major movie plots | Muppets moving in the right direction in films

With the release of Muppets Most Wanted, Disney is producing a new line of clothes and sourvenirs. There are T-shirts for kids and adults, both long sleeve and short sleeve as well a fleece, all featuring iconic characters, logos and humorous phrases.

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For those of you who are a bit more subtle in showing your Muppets side, consider one of our new mugs which will debut this April! These mugs feature a cast of characters, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beeker (meep, meep) and of course, Kermit the Frog. I mean let’s be honest, is there a better way to start your day off than with a cup of coffee in a favorite mug?

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Geek Lab has on-set interviews with the cast of Muppets Most Wanted. In theaters on March 21, 2014.

00:28 – Ricky Gervais
01:25 – Tina Fey
02:32 – Ty Burrell
04:02 – Constantine – Miss Piggy – Kermit the Frog
05:25 – Danny Trejo
06:22 – Dylan Postl
07:21 – Ray Liotta
07:47 – Terry Crews
08:30 – Jared Fogle
09:18 – Bret McKenzie
09:45 – James Bobin

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Jim Henson’s Son John Dies at 48

John HensonJohn Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, passed away Friday. He was 48.

The Jim Henson Company confirmed Henson’s death on their Facebook page: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that John Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson and brother to Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and Heather, died at age 48 of a sudden massive heart attack on Friday, February 14, while at home with his daughter.”

Remember celebrities we lost this year

Henson was a shareholder and board member of The Jim Henson Company. In addition, he was a puppeteer and performed as the 9-foot tall ogre Sweetums for many years, including in Muppet Treasure Island andIt’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Henson is survived by his wife Gyongyi and their two daughters Katrina, 15, and Sydney, 10.

Source: TV Guide


Subway, which has been Disney’s official fast food partner for many of its films since “Brave” and “Frankenweenie,” will post a 60-second video on its Facebook page today that features Kermit and Miss Piggy inside a Subway restaurant. While there, they meet longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. Subway is promoting the video across its social media channels. The ad will be shortened to a 30-second version to air on TV.

In the spot, Miss Piggy orders an oven roasted chicken on wheat and demands the Swedish Chef “to pile on those veggies.”

“That’s what this Muppet most wanted,” chimes in Kermit, with a clever reference to their upcoming film.

Source: Variety

doozersHulu is adding “Fraggle Rock” spinoff “The Doozers” as the first exclusive series to its growing library of kids content in the U.S., the streaming service announced Monday.

Fifty two episodes of the animated “Doozers” will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus beginning April 25. Jim Henson Co. (“Dinosaur Train”), which co-produced the original “Fraggle Rock” for five seasons beginning in 1983, began producing “Doozers” in 2012, with DHX Media (“Yo Gabba Gabba”). “Fraggle” previously ran on HBO, CBC and ITV and is currently available on Hulu as well.

Hulu is branding “Doozers” as a “Hulu Original” series, though that isn’t technically the case even though the program won’t be available anywhere else in the U.S.


In a partnership that shows that studios don’t always have to spend $4 million on a 30-second ad during the Big Game to promote a movie, Disney has offered Kermit the Frog and his felt friends to Toyota to star in a new commercial that helps the Japanese automaker hype its Highlander SUV as well as “Muppets Most Wanted,” out March 21.

In the 60-second spot, called “Joyride,” the Muppets teach former NFL player Terry Crews, and now co-star of Fox’s comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” how to “unborify” his life as they borrow his Highlander. Ad features an original song, dance numbers and more than a dozen Muppets piled into the eight-passenger SUV.

Source: Variety

Disney Nature BearsWith over a movie a month, the Walt Disney Company has over 14 movies coming out this year and yet nothing from Pixar.

February 28, 2014 – The Wind Rises
March 14, 2014 – Need for Speed
March 21, 2014 – Muppets Most Wanted
April 4, 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
April 18, 2014 – Bears
May 16, 2014 – Million Dollar Arm
May 30, 2014 – Maleficent
July 18, 2014 – Planes Fire & Rescue
August 1, 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
August 8, 2014 – The Hundred-Foot Journey
October 10, 2014 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
November 7, 2014 – Big Hero 6
November 21, 2014 – McFarland
December 25, 2014 – Into the Woods