The good crowd at Walt Disney Pictures want us to help stump the new “Muppets” movie; even with a no-go Charles Grodin cameo, we’re all for that. As Fozzie would say, Wock the cynics!
Jason Segel and Nick Stoller’s relaunch of the puppet brigade hits theaters on November 23 (January 5, 2012 in Australia). And amongst a bevy of cameos, you can pretty much expect to see a Muppet theatre full of special guests.
The whole marketing campaign has been sweeter than a lifeline spokesman. We last saw them spoofing “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in a teaser and “The Hangover 2” and before that, they were spoofing romantic movies; now the house of Mouse, er, Depp have released a new trailer spoofs a whole Gonzoload of flicks – come up with the idea to spoof several films including “Paranormal Activity 3”, “Happy Feet 2”, “Puss in Boots” and the upcoming “Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 1” film!
In “The Muppets”, 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. The flick is directed by “Da Ali G Show” director James Bobin.
Check out the newly released trailer below.
“The Muppets” cast features a bunch of actors and actresses that include Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Mila Kunis, Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski, Danny Trejo, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Whoopi Goldberg and Katy Perry. Steve Carell told Moviehole last month that he wanted to do the film, after being offered a cameo, but had to pass due to a scheduling clash.
Here’s what Ash reported at the time :
One of the funnier scenes in Jason Segel and Nick Stoller’s ”Muppets” script is a moment featuring Pepe the King Prawn, Sweetums and funny man Steve Carell.
Unfortunately, and despite rumours Carell had signed for the film, that’s one of a few scenes that had to be tweaked before it went before the cameras.
Talking to the “Crazy, Stupid Love” actor on his promotional tour down under for the aforesaid film, Carell explained the scheduling difficulties got in the way of him being involved in the Nick Stoller-directed Muppets movie.
“I’m not in the Muppets film”, Carell, seemingly saddened, said earlier today, “It was discussed.. I talked to them… but it didn’t work out, I wasn’t able to do it.”
The very sweet, very sincere Carell was to play himself in a scene, set at Mc Chow’s restaurant, that had himself and several other celebrities (including Jack Black, who is in the film – suggesting the scene might still exist) being presented with a lovely serving of…talking, moving Pepe.
Bring on Da Muppet.