Frank Oz And Others Get All Oscar The Grouch About 'The Muppets'
Seems all is not well in Muppet Town.
After Disney released some wonderfully hilarious trailers for their Thanksgiving release "The Muppets" that hewed close to the sweetly anarchic sensibilities of Jim Henson, some of his peeps from back in the day are less-than-pleased.
According to The Playlist, several Muppet veterans are coming across like Statler and Waldorf when it comes to the new movie written by and starring Muppet superfan Jason Segel, including Miss Piggy her/himself Frank Oz.
"I turned it down," says Oz of the first theatrical piece of Muppettainment in 12-years. "I wasn't happy with the script. I don't think they respected the characters. But I don't want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie."
The article insinuates that Oz may have felt burned by the Mouse House after his own idea for a new Muppet film was turned down in favor of the younger/more Apatowian script that Segel co-wrote with "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" partner Nicholas Stoller and was directed by "Flight of the Conchords" creator James Bobin.
Other former Hensonites have failed to make the rainbow connection to the new generation's take, stating anonymously that, "They're looking at the script on a joke-by-joke basis, rather than as a construction of character and story." Another is pissed off about some of the cheap jokes like Fozzie's fart shoes, as well as attempts to establish a new mythology within the universe first established in the mid-1950s.
Most grim is the news that several of the puppeteers, including Kermit's longtime performer Steve Whitmire, were considering taking their names off "The Muppets" entirely, which does not bode well. The silver lining is that supposedly the movie has tested very well with audiences so far, and hopefully Segel and Co. can address some of the old guard's concerns when they begin doing press for it shortly.
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