I'll be hugely disappointed if Pepe doesn't have much of a role in this. I'm a big Pepe fan, but that's not really why I'll be disappointed. Bill is a fantastic performer, and Pepe and Bobo really give him opportunities to shine. I'm sure he'll do a great job with Rowlf/Dr. Teeth, but performing someone else's characters can really constrain a performer. When I watch clips of Pepe interviewed on talk shows (Bonnie Hunt comes to mind), I'm reminded of Frank Oz's appearances as Miss Piggy and Cookie Monster (think Cookie on Martha Stewart). From what I've seen, Bill seems to be the new standard-bearer for the spirit of Frank and Jim. All of the current Muppeteers are great performers, but Bill really seems to "get it," and he's great at thinking on his feet and diving into his characters. But maybe that's just because he and Dave are the only ones who primarily perform characters they created. It's part of what I see as the biggest potential problem for the Muppets going forward. From Sam and Friends through Jim's death, and even into MT for that matter, the Muppets were always a very fluid group. Characters were constantly phased in and out, and even one-shot characters became main characters when they worked. But the Muppets need another outlet in order to thrive. The Muppet Show happened because of the skits done on Ed Sullivan and other shows, most of which featured puppets that audiences didn't already know. I'd love to see videos on the Muppets Studio YouTube channel that don't necessarily feature the core characters. Give Eric, Matt and David the opportunity to be more than the replacements for Frank, Jerry and Richard. Let them develop new characters. Let Bill work more with Pepe, Bobo, Carl and whatever other of his characters can capture an audience. Let the Muppets be inventive again. I'm really excited for the movie, and especially excited to see some classic characters come back. But the idea of a "core group" of Muppets, even in Jim's day, is something of a myth. If they limit themselves in terms of characters, I'm afraid they'll also limit themselves in terms of creativity.