Disney Announces New Muppet Movie

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:12 pm,

Disney Chairman Dick Cook made a big announcement at the Disney D23 Fan Convention and I haven’t been the same since.  Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) will provide the script, and word from our friends over at /Film is that The Muppets must reunite to save The Muppet Theater from a greedy oil tycoon who wants it for the reserves discovered in the soil beneath.  The name of this moving picture? The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made. No details yet on when it will go into production, let alone when it’ll be released.

Segel, who wrote (and starred in) Forgetting Sarah Marshall, also appeared in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and got his major break starring in Apatow’s 1999 TV series, Freaks And Geeks.  Good luck coming up with zingers for Statler and Waldorf that can match up to the high standard of Muppet hilarity…

In an exclusive interview with Heather Newgen from Coming Soon, Segel downplayed the film, calling it:

“..hilarious, fantastic, heart-wrenching, beautiful, nostalgic and remarkable.”

Counting direct-to-video and “telefilms”, this is the 15th Muppet Movie.  Previous Muppet flicks include: The Muppets Take Manhattan (classic), The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppet Movie. The title of this newest film, according to those at /Film, is a reference to a never-produced idea of Jim Henson’s (the late great creator of The Muppets – curse your name if you don’t know that!) where Gonzo blows the production budget on extravagant opening credits and the rest of the movie is shot in the parking lot with cheap backdrops used to represent different locations all over the world.

From what was reported over at CHUD back in ’08 at the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Press Junket, it was explained (presumably by Segel) that The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made “is going to be incredibly old fashioned, with the familiar Muppet characters putting on a show to save an old theater.”


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My question is this: do you think it’s time for some new faces in the Muppet crowd, or would you rather stick to the old favorites? I love the Muppets almost more than I like breathing (who doesn’t?). The classic characters are just that – classic – and don’t require any “rebooting,” “re-imagining,” or any other buzz-word for Hollyweird tampering. Period.

No word yet on when The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made will go into production or be released. We will definitely keep you posted.

BONUS: We’ve managed to snag the first trailer for the next Muppet Movie :-):

Source: /Film, ComingSoon.Net, CHUD, YouTube

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  1. This could be awesome as long as none of it is CG… maybe…

  2. I think they should stick to the tried-and-true characters that have long been established in Muppet canon.

    With so many primary and secondary characters to choose from, why add more? The Muppets are timeless, and very little should be done to “update” them.

  3. There is muppet canon, lol? Sorry, it just seems out of place in this context for some reason. It makes sense, but I’ve never thought of the muppets that way. I guess I’m just used to it being an established Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic Book, Biblical thing.

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  4. First of all, the actual plot of the “Cheapest Muppet blah blah blah” is based on an idea Jim Henson had years ago and abandoned (which should tell you something): Gonzo films a Muppet movie but blows the entire budget on the opening sequence. Which is why the rest of film is done with shadow puppets on sticks (as opposed to muppets whose arms are on sticks. I’m not making that up, at least not the first part. Gonzo blows budget, rest of movie done on cheap. Ha ha!)

    Secondly, who the hell needs another Muppet movie? We’ve got Pixar, Dreamworks, Shrek, Toy Story, Incredibles, Madagascar, etc. etc. I predict that this will be a massive fail. Most people (those who aren’t weenies or nostalgia addicts) are indifferent to Muppets and today’s kids, exposed to the wonders of full-body 3D characters who have actual legs and can been seen walking with them, could not care less.

    Again: MASSIVE FAIL.

  5. I personally can’t stand the muppets never liked them. So not really looking forward to it. I love Jason Segal though the guy is brilliant.

    They should add muppets lets get some Marvel muppets up in there lol. It is Disney

  6. I would definitely see another Muppet movie. I love the muppets! They should leave everything the way it is and make sure they have all of the favorites there including Animal and Sweetums!!

  7. Meh. Couldn’t care less about the Muppets. Why doesn’t Disney make a movie people WANT to see, like an Incredibles sequel?

  8. I have the first two seasons of the Muppets TV show on DVD and they are hilarious!! Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Swedish Chef, Animal, Zoot, Gonzo, Lew Zealand, Waldorf & Statler..they crack me up!!

  9. Am I the only one wondering if we’re going to have Spider-Kermit or Iron Piggy?

  10. Still, I remember the Puppet Dracula sequence from the end of Segal’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” That was brilliant!

  11. Not seen the film but I think it’s a brilliant idea that it’s done on the cheap. Did it ever get made?