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Your dream 2011 Muppet Promotions

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by dwmckim, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. DTWolf Member

    Movie Soundtrack CDs

    First, I like a lot of the ideas I've been reading in this thread, particularly the release of Muppet Show Season 4 (naturally) and new action figures. I loved the Palisades figures and would buy new characters in that scale, but really I'd prefer smaller figures. In any case, get them out there before the movie hits!

    Second, my own idea:
    I know CDs are a dying format, but some of us old-timers still like them. And HOW long have I been looking for the CD soundtrack for the first Muppet movie? Why not put out a box set with the CD soundtracks for The Muppet Movie, Great Muppet Caper, Muppets Take Manhattan*, at least, and maybe some of the more modern movies as well? (Has there EVER been a soundtrack CD of GMC?) Get that box out there a month before the movie opens and remind everyone how great some of the old movies were!

    And, hey, movie soundtracks can be released before the movie opens, so add in the new movie as well!


    *Or does somebody else have the rights to MTM?
  2. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, i love (and prefer) cds (and dvds) too.
  3. Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Yea I think that's a great idea DTWolf.
  4. rowlfy662 Active Member

    i really hope disney air the muppet show the movies on the week the film is coming out and have the muppet appear on leno and others and a muppet video game would be nice i want muppets on the wii :)
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd tend to think anything similar to Palisades is not just out of the question, but impossible in the toy market. Though, the only toys I ever see are of movies, so the Muppets may get a shot there. I just wanna see a decent product, even if it's a PVC collection of the commonest characters they usually make (the Kermit/Piggy/Animal/Fozzie/Gonzo crowd). I really would love to see a smaller Fisher Price scale line (due in part to the fact anything imitating Palisades is just that... an imitation) if possible... as long as they don't have Star Wars figure prices (no way should those dinky things go for that much, no matter what excuse they throw around).
  6. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This idea was posted at the muppet mindset http://themuppetmindset.blogspot.com/2011/01/product-idea-muppet-rock-band.html and it sounds like a good idea to me, even though I've rarely played any of the Rock Band/ Guitar Hero-type games.

    I wonder how long it typically takes to produce a video game. Quite a few of us have been suggesting/requeting video games, and I wonder if it's too soon between when the thread was started and when the movie comes out for Disney to develop any Muppet games based on our wishes (at least when it comes to good quality).
  7. beaker Well-Known Member

    Same here. While so much is on virtual media(on demand, netflix/streaming, digital files, etc) or on new media(blu ray); Im still kind of stuck in the 90's with some things. Its really more of a collector thing. Like I bought the Scott Pilgrim dvd, but downloaded the blu ray version to watch, and just keep the dvd mint for my collection. Same with cds, I'll rip the cd to my computer and keep the cd as a collector item. It's just nice to have something tangible. Like everyone on here I have the "uncut" MFC movie on dvdr, but I also have the 2001 official dvd release too.
  8. beaker Well-Known Member

    What's the usual protocol for Disney live action movies? I guess the closest is "G-Force", but its prime characters were cgi. Usually we get figures for most of Disneys movies. But where does The Muppets fit? Pirates of the Carribean and Sorcerer's Apprentice fit in their live action brand...Tangled and Cars with cgi brand...Princess and Frog in their 2d brand. G-Force in the live action with cgi characters. But the Muppets, being a musical comedy adventure, who nows what merchandising angle they'll go with...given the characters are iconic, we'll be seeing lots of merch no doubt.

    But here's the catch: Notice we didn't see much Tangled merchandise? That was Disney's tentpole family film for 2010's second half(Tron was more their wider audience release) Yet I saw no merch, no toys, or anything. To contrast, Toy Story 3 probably had the most toys released Ive ever seen for a Disney movie...to the point of sickening over saturation.

    By Toy Fair in february, I think we'll get more of a better idea.
    But yeah, smaller figures in the old Fisher Price scale, or even the Phineas and Ferb scale would rock. We'll probably see lots of figurines or even the "buddy" 2-packs that every brand from star wars to wrestling is doing.
  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There IS Tangled stuff, you're just not looking where it obviously goes... right into the doll section. After all, she is one of the Princesses, and the character will no doubt be aded to the roster same way that the one from princess and ther Frog was. I haven't seen figure sets, though I did see a lot of dolls and her pet chameleon plushies... though, not even a third of what Toy Story got.
  10. DTWolf Member

    Muppets Invasion

    The other night I was being so greedy for merchandise that I forgot to add my support for what's probably the most effective idea in the thread (as far as motivating people to go see the movie): Muppets invading talk shows.

    Throughout the coming year (not just bunched up in the month or two before the theatrical release) they need to be popping up on TV shows to remind people that the Muppets are still here, they're still great, they're still unpredictable.

    My suggestions:
    I'd love to see Miss Piggy on Ellen.

    Jimmy Fallon reminds me a lot of Fozzie, so it would be wonderful to see Statler and Waldorf heckling Jimmy during the opening monologue. And not just once—have them show up to give him a hard time several times in the months leading up to the movie release.

    If Kermit could host the Tonight Show in Johnny Carson's day, why couldn't he or someone else guest-host a talk show this year? Gonzo might be my first choice, with Rizzo as sidekick.

    Now here's a long shot: contact Paul Solman of the PBS NewsHour and ask if the Muppets could be helpful in one of his "Making Sense of the Economy" segments. While he's never done anything as wild as Muppet guests, his segments often take a playful, humorous approach to explaining financial matters in easy-to-understand ways. You never know, maybe he'd love the idea. (Yes, I thought of this because of the old "Bull Market/Bear Market" bit the Muppets did with Ted Koppel way back when.)
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Good idea. Perhaps have the Swedish Chef, Beaker, and Mahna Mahna on the show discussing the economy. They'd make as much sense of it as anyone else.
  12. Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I'd watch that. That would be awesome
  13. Bannanasketch Active Member

    The Muppets Musical! :)
  14. beaker Well-Known Member

    Im surprised Im the only one thinking of Disney needing to have an official fan weekend at Disneyland(or WDW), or an official fan convention(if neither materializes, I say we should make D23 in August the official Muppet fan gathering)

    In any given year, especially since the Muppet buyout, we get a ton of Muppet appearances on talk shows(usually just Kermit, Piggy, sometimes Fozzie and Pepe...tho if one includes Sesame, then also Oscar, Grover and Big Bird on occasion)
    In 2008 alone, I think I was able to snatch off youtube several dozen Muppet appearances(a lot on localized morning talk shows)

    One can only begin to imagine the INSANE amount of tv appearances and press junkets the Muppets will be doing. Or all the 30-60 second short pieces that will air on entertainment half hour shows. I have a feeling most fans wont even be able to keep up with the insane amount of Muppet saturation that will happen


    I guess my mind just automatically blanks out "pink sections" of toy stores(ugh, dont companies realize girls might like colors besides garishly ugly pink?) It's unfortunate there's such a segregation in the toy world. Even I detest the "macho" toys(wrasslin, Iron Man, etc
  15. beaker Well-Known Member

    brilliant my man! Heck you could have the Newsman and Lew Zealand discuss the bizarre worldwide phenomenon of all the birds dropping out of the sky and fish dying, have Sam the Eagle on Fox News discussing the decline of moral values, and Crazy Harry discussing the war on terror in the middle east.
  16. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've always been annoyed at how much bigger the girls section was than the boys. I totally dislike the whole gender role placing when it comes to that stuff. Girls buy action figures too.

    I find it truly ridiculous though, they forcibly change the name of the movie so boys can go see it, and the only merchandise that accrues is a collection of dolls. Sigh... I wish the Disney Heroes line caught on better...
  17. RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    I don't know if that'd be all that funny, considering they'd actually agree with him. I'd much rather see Sam on The Colbert Report, where technically Stephen would agree with him, but considering Sam is also a parody in the same vein, it'd just go hand in, er, wing.
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hey! They'd be the only people that could make sense of the stock market...

    Oh! Retail sales were good but not as good as expected so take every dollar you have out so less people can get hired and buy stuff... oh and gas prices are going to hit 5 dollars a gallon because people are saying it will hit 5 dollars a gallon.

    Holy crap. Beaker and the Swedish Chef's Meeps and byorks especially sound a lot more intelligible than that mess.

    Next time blow the company pension at Reno like a MAN! :sing:
  19. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The Muppets Studio YouTube channel should show a few sneak peek clips and behind-the-scenes footage on the movie. A few sneak peek clips from Toy Story 3 were uploaded before its release, so why not the Muppets new movie?

    Or maybe, and I don't know how feasible it'd be now that production has started, they could do some "parody" behind-the scenes footage, much like the Weezer behind-the-scenes special, with the Muppets staying in character and performers not being seen, but otherwise show them on set, treated like real people.
  20. mrsgarrett320 New Member

    Please please please please re-release Muppet TV specials on DVD. The Frog Prince... Tale of the Bunny Picnic... these NEED to be seen and loved by a new generation of children.

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