Thursday, May 19, 2011

Don't Screw Me Disney

I may have mentioned my love for Muppets once or twice...(or more).  But I am not sure what to think about the new movie:  The Muppets

The Muppets comes out on Nov 23rd, 2011 and is the first Muppet movie by Disney.  Disney purchased the Muppets in 2004.  I am not sure what to think.  My initial thought is that Disney is pretty responsible with its characters and will treat the Muppets right...keeping them from going the route of CGI.  But then I remember all the god awful straight to video animated sequels that Disney has forced upon the world in the past 20 years (think Aladdin The Return of Jafar, or Cinderella II and III).  OK, I've not actually seen most of the sequels because Return of Jafar was enough to make me very wary of Disney straight to video.

The poster really doesn't do that much for me.  I like it's simplicity, but find their legs creepy...and too fake looking...and I wish there were other characters instead of the big 5.  Where's Dr Dunsen Honeydew and Beaker, they are infinitely more interesting to me than bitchy Miss Piggy or chicken fetish Gonzo.  We've been there and done that.   I try to be hopeful, but it is hard.  I was hopeful for the 3 movies in the 1990s - Muppets Christmas Carol, Muppets Treasure Island,  and Muppets From Space - but once they actually came out in the theater I was not able to bring myself to watch them.  I think I was still a little disillusioned from Jim Henson's death and was afraid that the Muppets were going to be exploited in a way I didn't agree with.

I still haven't seen these three movies, but have since watched the OK Muppets Wizard of Oz, and am a big fan of the Muppets Studio youtube productions.  Both of these give me lots of hope for the new movie. I think a Muppet movie with actual puppets will be a really nice change from all the 3D CGI animated movies out there.  I am eagerly awaiting a trailer...and maybe, just maybe I will see a Muppet movie in the theater for the first time since The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984.  It has to be better than the Smurfs right (not even NPH's awesomeness can save that)?


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be worried. Disney respects The Muppets and I think choosing Jason Segel to write the script was a great choice. He's a huge Muppets fan, and I have no doubt he'll bring make them great again. I can't wait for this movie. You should definitely check out Muppets From Space. It's pretty entertaining.


Lax Guy said...

"I was hopeful for the 3 movies in the 1990s - Muppets Christmas Carol, Muppets Treasure Island, and Muppets From Space "
I have yet to make it through Treasure Island in a single sitting, because it is slow and long. Then again, so is the book and every other version of the film. Plus it spends too much time on humans and the Muppets are barely visible as secondary characters.
From Space is pure fun. It harkens back to the old movies and gives Gonzo a plausible (for the Muppet-verse) origin story. Great cameos, and just a great classic Muppet movie feel. I'd probably put it in my top 3 Muppet films.
Christmas Carol is no doubt my all time favorite Muppet film. It is on my must watch list (have DVD) every Christmas and regularly duels with Scrooged as my favorite take on the story. The human/Muppet balance is perfect and the character casting is magnificent (Sam's lines always makes me laugh in this one). Michael Cain interacts with Kermit better than anybody has ever interacted with a Muppet. Do yourself a favor and watch it this Christmas. Rizzo gets a little annoying, but he's not as bad as Pepe (who did not exist when this movie came out)...
I may or may not be able to see the new movie in the theater, as my daughter will only be a couple months old. But you'd better believe we'll have it in our DVD/Blu-ray collection for years of watching it - and the rest - together.

D-Lovely said...

I agree with Lax Guy. The Muppet Christmas Carol is fantabulous, and I love both Dickens and the Muppets, so my standards are pretty high. Treasure Island I remember as a "meh," but the space one was better.