Category Archives: Muppets

“Muppets Most Wanted” Promotions Going Into High Gear

You know what that means–behind the scenes photos, plus interviews with Kermit and Piggy!

Some things to know about the film:

  • On the challenge of shooting a muppet film, [producer Todd Lieberman] said: “I mean, the technical aspects of making a Muppet movie are very challenging – we learned that with the first one. You have an exterior location like this that isn’t built three-and-a-half feet off the ground, so you have to have people lying on the ground and stuff them into small spaces.”

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Natural Born Reviewers | Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular

Lady Gaga Xmas titleMarnifer: The Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular (2013) immediately put me in a good mood. Nothing says joy like the Muppets and great pop music. Guest stars include Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul, and Kristen Bell. We were both on the fence about Gaga’s newest album. But hearing the songs performed on this special made us instantly need it. Great advertising! I will agree with the general complaint from Netflix users that this special has very little to do with the holidays…

Liamfer: ArtPop, ArtPop, ArtPop, hey did they mention her new album ArtPop?  Yes, okay, watching this did do the job of convincing us to buy ArtPop. At which point we also realized we hadn’t bought each other Christmas presents yet. Yeah, we’re 30-somethings without kids. Lady Gaga is an awesome performer and has a really great voice, but her dialogue is flat and the skits where she talks with the Muppets are forgettable. She is there for the music, but utterly replaceable when the music stops.

Marnifer: She is a much better performer than she is a personality. Her stage persona, amazing costumes and singing are phenomenal; when she’s just “herself” she’s nearly non-existent. This isn’t such a bad thing. While I’m curious about Stefani Germanotta the person, “Lady Gaga” is calculated performance art and I love the spectacle. It works fantastically in this very distilled context.

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Because of Gaga’s stiffness, it’s brilliant that they gave the bulk of the Muppet/human comedy interaction to Kristen Bell, who is cute, charming and has good comedic delivery. There’s also a great sequence during the credits where she has an adorably awkward moment with Gonzo.

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