Frank Oz Dissed the Muppets Movie?!
As you have no doubt noticed, there’s a new movie featuring the Muppets called ‘The Muppets’ due to be released. If you haven’t been aware you should mosey on over to youtube and find the brilliant parody trailers they’ve been doing, especially ‘The Frog with the Piggy Tattoo’. The marketing campaign surrounding this movie has been wide and varied and most importantly, bloody funny. It’s gotten plenty of people – nostalgia fueled oldies and new audiences alike – keen to see the movie. But now a voice of dissent has been heard.
Since the passing of the great Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, Frank Oz has been seen by many as one of the authorities on all things felt. In addition to voicing and doing puppetry work on Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle and the Swedish Chef he directed ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’, and he’s not a fan of the new material.
Recently speaking out about his lack of involvement in this new feature Oz has stated that he turned down his iconic roles because he didn’t like the script. Didn’t like the jokes and, more damnable, claims it disrespected the characters. That sounds kinda extreme (we are talking about puppets after all) but when he starts citing examples like Kermit now living in a mansion and all the other Muppets resenting him for it you begin to see his point.
We’ll have to wait until we see the movie for ourselves, but lack of support from a key figure in the Muppet’s long history has taken plenty of wind out of people’s sails.