History Trivia / TheMuppetMovie

12th Jul '16 10:09:05 AM Sapphirea2
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** Despite the phenomenal success of ''The Muppet Show'', it was not easy to get financing for a movie that was to feature an all-puppet cast, especially in a decade when most A-list films were aimed strictly at adult audiences, leaving Disney and independent outfits to pick up the slack of films appropriate for children/families with modest-to-low-budget, mostly critically-disregarded productions. In the end U.K. company ITC Entertainment, which backed ''The Muppet Show'' in the first place, bankrolled the film, which was released through related company Associated Film Distribution.

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** Despite the phenomenal success of ''The Muppet Show'', it was not easy to get financing for a movie that was to feature an all-puppet cast, puppet characters as the leads, especially in a decade when most A-list films were aimed strictly at adult audiences, leaving Disney and independent outfits to pick up the slack of films appropriate for children/families with modest-to-low-budget, mostly critically-disregarded productions. In the end U.K. company ITC Entertainment, which backed ''The Muppet Show'' in the first place, bankrolled the film, which was released through related company Associated Film Distribution.
12th Jul '16 10:07:56 AM Sapphirea2
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** An extra verse in both "Movin' Right Along" and "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along."

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** An extra verse in both "Movin' Right Along" and "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along."Along", both of which appear on the soundtrack album.



** A longer conversation between Doc Hopper and Max before they encountered the rainbow-colored studebaker.
** Gonzo's reasons for hitting Fozzie's studebaker were originally different. Doc Hopper, while eating breakfast in the back of his limousine, accidentally sprayed a bottle of maple syrup onto his clothes. He attempted to clean the mess up with some tissues, but those ultimately got stuck to his suit. Eventually, tissue-covered Doc somewhat resembled a giant chicken, which distracted Gonzo.

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** A longer conversation between Doc Hopper and Max before they encountered the rainbow-colored studebaker.
Studebaker.
** Gonzo's reasons for hitting Fozzie's studebaker Studebaker were originally different. Doc Hopper, while eating breakfast in the back of his limousine, accidentally sprayed a bottle of maple syrup onto his clothes. He attempted to clean the mess up with some tissues, but those ultimately got stuck to his suit. Eventually, tissue-covered Doc somewhat resembled a giant chicken, which distracted Gonzo.



* InMemoriam: The movie is "dedicated to the memory and magic of Creator/EdgarBergen", who'd died shortly after filming his cameo appearance in 1978, and who was a major influence on Jim's early work.
* RealitySubtext: Creator/EdgarBergen and Charlie [=McCarthy=] made their last appearance in the film - Henson was inspired to make the Muppets because of him. Bergen died not long after his scene was shot, and the film is dedicated to him.

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* InMemoriam: The movie is "dedicated to the memory and magic of Creator/EdgarBergen", who'd died shortly after filming his cameo appearance in 1978, and who was a major influence on Jim's early work.
work. He and his puppets also appeared as ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' guest stars prior to this film.
* RealitySubtext: Creator/EdgarBergen and Charlie [=McCarthy=] made their last appearance in the film - -- Henson was inspired to make the Muppets because of him. Bergen died not long after his scene was shot, and the film is dedicated to him.



* TroubledProduction: Downplayed, with most of the problems stemming from its then-rare StarringSpecialEffects nature.
** Despite the phenomenal success of ''The Muppet Show'', it was not easy to get financing for a movie that was to feature an all-puppet cast, especially in a decade when most A-list films were aimed strictly at adult audiences, leaving Disney and independent outfits to pick up the slack of films appropriate for children/families with modest-to-low-budget, mostly critically-disregarded productions. In the end U.K. company ITC Entertainment, which backed ''The Muppet Show'' in the first place, bankrolled the film, which was released through related company Associated Film Distribution.
** Some of the bigger setpieces, such as Gonzo's {{Balloonacy}} flight, were not easy to pull off.
** Director James Frawley had no prior Muppet experience; Henson and co. hired him because he ''did'' have feature film experience and they were new to that particular medium, but it did mean that he was an outsider to the tight-knit group and this led to on-set disagreements and tension. Austin Pendleton, who as Max was one of only two actors around for a significant chunk of the shoot (the other being Charles Durning as Doc Hopper), [[http://www.avclub.com/article/austin-pendleton-31009 didn't find it a happy experience]] as a result (save for working with Durning, a case of MeanCharacterNiceActor).



** "Never Before, Never Again" was originally supposed to have been sung by Johnny Mathis. After Mathis recorded the song, Jim Henson figured it would be much funnier if Miss Piggy sang it. But Mathis' version of the song wouldn't go to waste - it was featured in the television special ''The Muppets Go Hollywood''.

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** "Never Before, Never Again" was originally supposed to have been sung by Johnny Mathis. After Mathis recorded the song, Jim Henson figured it would be much funnier if Miss Piggy sang it. But Mathis' version of the song wouldn't go to waste - -- it was featured in the television special ''The Muppets Go Hollywood''.
23rd Apr '16 5:38:08 AM Viira
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Of course there are lots of cameos, but among the major human parts...
** [[Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou Governor O'Daniel]] is running a line of frog leg restaurants!
** Max went on to head [[Film/ShortCircuit Nova Robotics]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: Max later appeared in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' as one of the tank fish, Gurgle (the one who's obsessed with cleanliness).
2nd Mar '16 7:33:18 AM twilicorn
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** [[OBrotherWhereArtThou Governor O'Daniel]] is running a line of frog leg restaurants!

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** [[OBrotherWhereArtThou [[Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou Governor O'Daniel]] is running a line of frog leg restaurants!



** Jim Henson wanted Do Hopper to have a HeelFaceTurn at the end, but Frank Oz disagreed, and won out.

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** Jim Henson wanted Do Doc Hopper to have a HeelFaceTurn at the end, but Frank Oz disagreed, and won out.
28th Dec '15 5:02:43 PM twilicorn
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** "Never Before, Never Again" was originally supposed to have been sung by Johnny Mathis. After Mathis recorded the song, Jim Henson figured it would be much funnier if Miss Piggy sang it. Mathis' version of the song was featured in the television special ''The Muppets Go Hollywood''.

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** "Never Before, Never Again" was originally supposed to have been sung by Johnny Mathis. After Mathis recorded the song, Jim Henson figured it would be much funnier if Miss Piggy sang it. But Mathis' version of the song wouldn't go to waste - it was featured in the television special ''The Muppets Go Hollywood''.
28th Dec '15 5:00:54 PM twilicorn
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* InMemoriam: The movie is "dedicated to the memory and magic of Creator/EdgarBergen", who'd died shortly after filming his cameo appearance in 1978.

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* InMemoriam: The movie is "dedicated to the memory and magic of Creator/EdgarBergen", who'd died shortly after filming his cameo appearance in 1978.1978, and who was a major influence on Jim's early work.
6th Jul '15 10:06:17 AM MHarrington
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** Frank Oz wanted Hopper to have a HeelFaceTurn at the end, but Jim Henson disagreed, and won out.

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** Frank Oz Jim Henson wanted Do Hopper to have a HeelFaceTurn at the end, but Jim Henson Frank Oz disagreed, and won out.
25th May '15 5:29:43 AM Andyroid
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* InMemoriam: The movie is "dedicated to the memory and magic of Creator/EdgarBergen", who'd died shortly after filming his cameo appearance in 1978.
8th Apr '15 8:57:32 PM DrOO7
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* AFIS100Years100Songs:
** #74, "Rainbow Connection"
1st Feb '15 4:44:25 AM AnotherGuy
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** Henson wanted Hopper to have a HeelFaceTurn at the end, but Frank Oz disagreed, and won out.

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** Henson Frank Oz wanted Hopper to have a HeelFaceTurn at the end, but Frank Oz Jim Henson disagreed, and won out.
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