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Muppet True or False(Update Video Added)

Welcome to our first segment series on The Muppet Movement, simply titled ‘Muppet True or False’. In this series, we will try and tackle all of the rumors, questions and mysteries that have bothered Muppet fans for ages! If you have a rumor, questions or mystery you would like answered, please e-mail us at themuppetmovement@gmail.com

Our first topic is one that has been going on for quite some time, and I feel this issue finally needs to be addressed and the rumor needs to be put to rest.

Many of you have probably seen or heard something on either Facebook or YouTube saying that the classic Muppet Show Muppets are in the very early stages of a new movie simply titled “The Muppets Take Broadway”.

Here is a link to the site that has caused some confusion for Muppet fans.latest

http://ideas.wikia.com/wiki/Muppets_on_Broadway_(2017)

Now, please keep in mind where this information is coming from. This is coming off of a website made by fans and is basically a place where people can post their ideas for movies and things. If that was not evidence enough, there are other things within this post that will also prove that this is just a well written fan fiction or ‘fan-fic’ .

The article mentions how the Jim Henson Company is going to produce this new film. This is FALSE. The reason this is not true is because Henson has not co-produced or even produced anything with the Muppets since 2005 with “Muppets Wizard of Oz”250px-Woz-poster001sm

The second, and last non-truth, is that characters from other Muppet properties like Sesame Street & Fraggle Rock would also make an appearance in the movie. This is also not true because with the exception of some live-events all of these characters have not been together since the 1990 TV special The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson.  Due largely to the fact that each property is now separately owned.the-muppets-celebrate-jim-henson-02

So in conclusion if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. However if you still have questions please feel free to reach out to us.

UPDATE: Here is the video which states this rumor as fact.

 

We also had one of our Facebook fans ask us a question!

Kiki Willows asked: I’ve been trying to find out forever if Jim Henson ever actually played banjo or piano. Maybe it’s an obvious answer and I’ve just been unlucky in finding it, but I’ve never heard if he could one way or the other.

This is a great question, and our friend Steve Swanson of the MuppetCast gave a wonderful answer: I wouldn’t call myself an authoritative source, but I seem to recall in my interviews with people that Jim could meddle around on the keys a little, but didn’t really play piano, and hardly played anything else like guitar or banjo. Hope that’s helpful.

Thanks Steve and Kiki!

Well that’s all for this eddition of Muppet True or False, we hope you enjoyed!

Help Make Steve A Muppet Again

This has been a crazy, and emotional week for Muppet fans. At the beginning of this week we learned that long time Muppet performer Steve Whitmire would no longer be working with the Muppets. For those who may not know who Steve is, he has created and performed Rizzo the Rat, Bean Bunny, and Lips. In 1990 Steve took over performing duties for Kermit the Frog due to the untimely death of Jim Henson.

When this news broke many fans had many questions regarding what had happened, and more importantly was Steve well. A day after this news broke Steve started his very own blog, ‘Muppet Pundit’, which you can find here.

With this new information, fans get a small glimpse as to what Steve has been going through the last few months. As it would appear he has been in a battle with the owners of the Muppets The Walt Disney Company which bought the Muppets back in 2004.

In October of 2016 Steve received a phone call saying Kermit was going to be recast, and that another long time Muppet performer Matt Vogel would be taking his place. According to Steve, there where two unmentioned issues that Disney was having, and Steve was not allowed to have an opportunity to try and rectify the situation.

Now there are some fellow bloggers out there that will disagree with me, but I feel that as Muppet fans we cannot accept this! Steve was not just performing Kermit, but he was also trying to protect the Muppets and Jim’s legacy and vision. Now it is true that we do not know all of the reasons for Steve being let go, but if it is because he was trying to protect the Muppets and their integrity then us Muppet fans must take a stand!

As of right now, there is one way fans can take that stand. There is an online petition, and it is growing fast. You can find the petition here.

I would personally like to ask everyone to please sign this petition. Let’s let Disney know that we not only care about the Muppet characters, but also the people who work with them. Together we can make a difference!

It’s Time To Get Things Started At the Jim Henson Company

Hello Movement fans! Today we have a lot of news to share, and it’s all about up-coming productions from The Jim Henson Company. The two productions we will be talking about have been in the works for quite some time, but there are finally some big announcements and we would like to share them.T

The Happytime Murders

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The Happy Times Murder is a film that the Jim Henson Company has been trying to get under production since 2008. This R rated mystery comedy that will be set in the “underbelly” of Los Angeles will star both puppets and humans. Comedian Melissa McCarthy has signed on to star in the film which is set to begin production in August.

For more information you can click Here

The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance

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This is another production that has been in development for quite some time, and we finally have some great news for this very beloved franchise.

The online streaming movie and television company Netflix has ordered A 10 episode series that will also being filming sometime this year. You can view the trailer here:

As you can see from the video this series will combine puppetry and “stunning” visual effects to bring this new world alive.

If you would also like to find out more information about this release you can click Here

If any more further developments come available, we will share them with you!

What are your thoughts on these two highly anticipated productions? Please leave your comments below, we would love to hear from you!

What Do The Muppets Mean to You?

Several years ago on the Muppet Central forums , I started a conversation asking “What do The Muppets mean to you?”  That simple question brought out so many touching stories from fans all over the world. It’s simply amazing to hear how The Muppets have impacted so many people, and in so many different ways.

Today, we want to bring that conversation to this site, and hear what you the fans have to say. Please leave a comment below, and tell us “What do The Muppets Mean to You?”the-muppets-celebrate-jim-henson-02

Muppet Vision 3D What is Next?(Update Video added)

Hello folks, Dwayne here from the Muppet Movement. I just wanted to post quickly about the latest news, and pictures that are floating around online regarding Walt Disney World’s Muppet Vision 3D. Below is how the original marquee looked when the attraction opened in 1991. maxresdefault

Recently, sevral Disney park bloggers have been reporting that the attraction has been getting some renovations as seen below. Jim-Hensons-MuppetVision-3D_Full_30417Jim-Hensons-MuppetVision-3D_Full_30428

With this new update there are now rumors that Disney and the Muppet Studios are working on an updated version of attraction, which in return would replace the original show. The original show is one of the last Muppet productions that Jim Henson worked on before his death in 1990.

Keep in mind that any rumors about a new show for Muppet Vision 3D is just that, a rumor. There has been nothing confirmed by Disney, or the Muppets. So anything that you may see or hear unless it comes directly from either source is simply not true.

I will be reaching out to both Disney and The Muppet Studios in the next few days, and will do my best to give an update as soon as I can.

EDIT: Here is the video that has the rumor of a new Muppet Vision 3D show. This same video blogger also “reported” that the Muppets where in pre-production of a new movie. Which was the bases of our True or False story.