I’m really excited about taking my kids to see The Muppets in a few weeks, especially since I had the chance to meet, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Walter and the writers Jason Segel and Nick Stoller.
Jason Segel as you all know is actually in the movie and he and his brother Walter (who is actually a Muppet) are the two biggest Muppet fans in the world. And Jason not only plays this character he IS this character. His love of The Muppets helped bring this new Muppet movie to life.
Nick Stroller says that The Muppets are perfect for the whole family, “Kids are just watching a goofy guy sing a song with a bunch of puppets and it’s fun. And adults are experiencing it on a whole different level and I think there’s something neat about the whole family walking away having enjoyed something together, having a shared experience.” and I completely agree. Adults get to laugh along with their kids and everyone may be laughing at a different meaning.
Q: Favorite Muppet Movie?
Nick’s Favorite Muppet Movie before this one: Muppets take Manhattan
Jason’s Favorite Muppet Movie before this one: The Great Muppet Caper. “It was just like, it was the video we had. The video you have, just watch it over. And I love the song Happiness Hotel. For some reason that song, I just love that song.”
Q Favorite Muppet?
Nick: Kermit first because that’s you know, he’s the best. But, but then Beeker is my favorite.
Jason: Also picks Kermit, saying that Beeker is awesome too.
Q: What is Walter like
Nick: Walter is like the eyes and the ears of where we hope our new audience will be. Just crazy Muppet fans with a wide-eyed naïveté who think anything is possible and they’re just super, super excited to meet the Muppets.
Jason: He reminds me of what Kermit would have been like before he became famous.
Something I’m really looking forward to in the movie is the improve. Jason said, and I agree after meeting them, they are SO SMART, The Muppets that is. This is what he said, “I didn’t realize how talented these puppeteers are. And I was saying, I said it a few times. I’m sorry if I’m repeating myself but their job is to be invisible basically, is to disappear. And it’s such a shame because they’re comedians and actors and hilarious improvers and they’re hiding under this table most of the time. You’ll never see their faces. That was what I walked away from most impressed by is how crazy talented guys are.” Plus Jason himself is pretty cool and fun to watch.
So get ready for some fantastic talent in The Muppets November 23rd.
Travel expenses, interview opportunity, and photos are courtesy of Disney/DreamWorks.