The Muppets are coming back to theaters this Holiday season and it’s a welcome return, as far as the many fans of Jim Henson’s irreverent puppets are concerned.
Today we have a gallery of Muppets images to share, featuring familiar faces like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Ralph, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal, as well as new Muppets like Walter, and flesh-and-blood stars of the film, Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Amy Adams (Man of Steel) and Chris Cooper (The Town).
In this latest Muppet Movie, longtime Muppet fan Walter unites with Gary (Segel) and Mary (Adams) to track down and reunite the disbanded Muppet gang, in order to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon (Cooper). Hijinks and celebrity cameos ensue.
As you can see from the gallery above, The Muppets are indeed back and intact, and the mix of live and puppet action looks to be as humorous and lighthearted as ever. Some things should never change.
Below you’ll find some fun faqs about the movie (courtesy of Stitch Kingdom):
- Disney’s The Muppets is the 7th feature film featuring the Muppets. Director James Bobin makes his film directorial debut. Bobin co-created HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” which he wrote, directed and executive produced.
- Bret McKenzie of “Flight of the Conchords” wrote and produced three original songs and served as music supervisor for the film. McKenzie fills some big shoes: The Muppet Movie was nominated for two Oscars®: Best Music, Original Song (“Rainbow Connection”) and Best Music, Original Sound Score.
- More than 120 Muppets appear in the film.
- A total of 12 different costumes were made for Miss Piggy—more costume changes than any other actor in the film.
- The largest Muppet, Thog, stands over 9.5 feet tall and is 4 feet wide.
- Kermit uses the banjo from 1979’s The Muppet Movie during the “Rainbow Connection” performance in Disney’s The Muppets. The staging of the scene features Kermit on a replica of the log where he was first found strumming his banjo in the very first Muppet movie. Miss Piggy shows up in a rowboat very much like the one the late Dom DeLuise used when he joined Kermit in their sweet duet.
- The film tapped 60 dancers to perform with Jason Segel and Amy Adams for the “Everything’s Great” opening musical performance. Hollywood Boulevard was shut down for two evenings to record the finale dance scene of the reprise of “Everything’s Great,” featuring 100 dancers.
- The Muppet Theater, built on Stage 28 on the Universal Studios Lot, incorporated parts of the old Phantom of the Opera set into its audience section. The Jim Henson Company gate was turned into the Muppet Studios entrance.
The Muppets will be in theaters on November 23rd.