D23 Expo: The Muppets Take The Stage

Mahna Mahna…excuse me, Saturday at Disney’s D23 Expo was a big day indeed.  I have already covered The Avengers presentation, which was a way for plenty of people to geek out.  I have also written about Pixar, which has big, ambitious plans for their future as well.  This whole film presentation was a part of the D23 Arena panel, titled “Building Worlds:  Inside the Walt Disney Studios,” which was a way for Disney to bring out the various cast and crew members involved in all of their upcoming films and show new footage.  Among those was a sneak peak at the upcoming Muppets film, due for release this Thanksgiving.  Given my belief that Muppets can bring out the joy in practically anyone, I was plenty happy to learn even more about this film.  Read on to find out when it will be time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.

The presentation for The Muppets was simple enough, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.  Star and screenwriter Jason Segel and Kermit the Frog arrived on stage and had some fun with the crowd.  The two then announced that they would be letting the audience have a look at two scenes from the film.  It was then noted that Miss Piggy would be arriving shortly, which worried Segel and Kermit, as they realized that the scenes being shown did not feature her at all.  Sure enough, Miss Piggy arrived on stage, riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle, and was upset once she learned that audiences would not be seeing her in the clips from the film.  Regardless, audiences were treated to some footage anyway.

The clips that were shown communicated exactly what one would hope for from a new Muppets movie.  The first clip was just a fun scene that set the tone for the film, which is that of that same level of joyful irreverence that has fueled past Muppets films.  Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and the new Muppet character, Walter all look to be having a lot of fun in this film.  The second clip was just classic Muppets.  The entire Muppets cast arrives at their old theater and decides to clean it up…the Muppets way, which means singing a popular rock song, while doing so.  Simple enough, but still charming and hilarious.  I was very happy to have this sneak peak at the film and I will definitely looking forward to seeing the whole thing as soon as it’s time to play the music and light the lights.

Official Movie Synopsis:

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.  To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways:  Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.  Directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) , The Muppets Movie features cameos by Zach Galifianakis, Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, among others, The Muppets hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

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