Boy, it seems like just yesterday the trailer for the new ABC series ‘The Muppets’ was released. Oh, it was yesterday? I knew that.
Yesterday at the ABC Upfront’s, the trailer for ‘The Muppets’ was revealed, as well as the day it will air – Tuesday’s at 8/7c. If you haven’t seen the trailer – firstly, shame on you – you can watch it below.
Isn’t it incredible? It is so much better than I was hoping for, and my fears of it being too child friendly are completely gone. I love how much Gonzo there is. Now, traditionally on this site, when a trailer for a Muppet movie is released, we do a shot by shot analysis. We’re not going to do that this time, because there’s so many shots in this trailer that it’d take us 120 days, and by that point that show would probably be on (also, this isn’t a movie). But we thought we’d go through some points of interest, some bits that made us fan-out, some bits that made us laugh, some bits that intrigued us – you know, all that jazz! So, without further ado… (You can click on the image to make it bigger!)
This is our first look at some of the characters we’ll be seeing. Walter is back, which is great. You’ll also see random characters like Big Mean Carl, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, Dr. Strangepork and Gene. And could that be Spamela Hamderson? We’ll get back to her…
Rowlf’s line about eating his stitches was, ironically, the first line that had me in stiches. It was this shot that made me incredibly excited for this show. It’s a hilarious interaction between two characters that don’t have a well established relationship, and I’m excited to see these friendships explored. Also, Scooter’s rocking that Hawaiian shirt. Also, THERE’S UNCLE DEADLY!
When it was announced that Fozzie would have a girlfriend, I automatically assumed it would be a new Muppet. But, as seen above, Fozzie is dating a human. Now, I know that almost all relationships between these characters are inter-species, but this is the first one that I’ve ever found oddly unsettling. What if they had kids? Where would they go to the bathroom? The woods?
Here we get a good look at Kermit’s new girlfriend. While it’s certainly the Spamela puppet, I have a funny feeling it’s a case of ‘Same Puppet / Different Character’. What can Kermit say? He’s attracted to pigs!
How here are some characters I didn’t mention in my article on obscure Muppets I hoped returned in this new show. Here we see Beautiful Day Monster, a Thingy Thing, a character I don’t actually recognize (I’ve been told that this is Cynthia Rose, seen in Muppets Tonight), and Chip, who debuted in ‘The Jim Henson Hour’, and was modeled on writer Bill Prady. I think he was also in a holiday special or something…
So there we have it. When we know a start date or we get more info we’ll pass it along, but until then, go and watch this trailer 684 more times, and if you have 3 hours spare, watch the bootleg of Gonzo’ and Piggy’s production of ‘Love Letters’ that they did at the Fisher Theater in Detroit. It’s truly breath taking.