NEWS UPDATE: November 4, 2011
On Monday, the Muppets appeared on WWE Raw SuperShow to promote The Muppets. while most people assumed this would be the strangest Muppet appearance in some time (and they were pretty much right), the Muppets themselves were fun, funny, and awesome as always. To see for yourself, check the video below to see every Muppet segment from the appearance!
In their continuing efforts to release merchandise for The Muppets, the Disney Store online has put out a place-holder preview for a Walter plush!! Walter looks fantastic and adorable as ever–don’t you just want to throw him into an electrified fence (in a good way)? No word on when Walter will be available for ordering, but keep your eyes on The Muppet Mindset for up to the minute information!
The Muppets are hitting full promotional form in the coming weeks, appearing all over the place on numerous talk shows. The Tonight Show is welcoming three members of The Muppets cast: Miss Piggy on November 4th, Jason Segel on November 8th, and Kermit the Frog on November 11th. Kermit will also be appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show on November 9th, and that same day Miss Piggy will be presenting an award on ABC’s Country Music Awards. Jason Segel and Miss Piggy will also be appearing on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly sometime in the week of November 21st-23rd. More appearances are sure to be on the way, so keep an eye out and if you find any before we do, let us know! Plus, check out our brand new “Upcoming Muppet Appearances” list on the right side of the website!
Mahna Mahna has taken over Facebook with the new Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomena, where you can film a brief video of yourself saying “Mahna Mahna!” and have it included in an endless loop of videos alongside other Muppet fans, Muppets themselves (I’ve seen Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Pepe, Rowlf, and Big Mean Carl), and celebrity guest stars, including Alan Arkin, Mickey Rooney, and Kristen Schaal! Check it out for yourself and record your own Mahna Mahna! Doo do doo do it!
Our good friends over at ToughPigs.com got the great opportunity to interview Muppteer legend Kevin Clash after a recent screening of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey in New York City. The interview is fantastic (almost as good as our interview with Kevin), so be sure to check it out and find out how Jim Henson helped make Clifford the host of Muppets Tonight, what Kevin thinks of the Elmo backlash, and a lot more great information!
The Muppets was spotlighted on ABC News and Nightline last night, and featured incredible behind-the-scenes looks at the new film, interviews with Kermit, Jason Segel, and Miss Piggy, and just an amazing good feeling exuding from the entire thing. There are three magnificent videos on the page linked to above that you should see. The first is a seven minute overview of the film and what went into making it, the second features Jason Segel as he walks us through his puppet and Muppet-filled screening room, and the third is a clip of the Muppets from 1984 when they co-hosted Nightline. Muppety goodness knows no bounds!
The Muppets was also the main attraction on last night’s episode of the Canadian talk show, Strombo. Kermit the Frog appeared on the show to talk about the new movie, his career, his co-stars, and so much more. It may be 12 minutes long, but this is one of the greatest interviews I’ve seen with the Frog in a long time–plus it includes a fantastic career retrospective at the beginning. Watch it!
The Muppets are the feature story of the fall issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine. The magazine, which is delivered to many D23 members quarterly, is set to feature a slew of details about The Muppets with cast interviews, behind-the-scenes and on-set details, and remembrances of Jim Henson from Brian Henson and Steve Whitmire. The issue comes out on November 15th and is available at most bookstores. Look out for it!
Speaking of magazines, Kermit the Frog graces the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Inside the magazine, you’ll find out how “The Muppets Were Saved” in an extensive article. The issue also includes an interview with Walter and tips from Muppeteer Bill Barretta on how to bring Muppets to life. It’s fantastic to see the Muppeteers being interviewed in all of this promotional blitz! The issue is on newsstands today, so what are you doing? Go buy it!
Another new actual-movie clip from The Muppets has surfaced online–and it’s the first musical one! Walt Disney Pictures Australia has put up a 50 second clip of the film’s opening number, “Life’s a Happy Song,” online! It’s as fantastic as you would expect… but you can see for yourself below!
But before you go… we have an extremely exciting announcement to make: the owner/operator of The Muppet Mindset, Ryan Dosier, will be flying out to Los Angeles on November 10th to attend the cast and crew screening of The Muppets (which he was EXTREMELY lucky to be invited to)!!!! Ryan will also get to see Kermit on The Tonight Show on November 11th, and will be stalking the red carpet at the premiere of The Muppets at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on November 12th! None of this would have been possible without the support of you, the fans of The Muppet Mindset! So… thank you!! If Ryan could take all of you with him, he definitely would.
Be sure to keep up with Ryan on Twitter as he embarks on his journey, and be on the lookout for his exclusive review of The Muppets nearly two weeks before it hits theaters!!
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