Not a dry eye was in the house, as Miss Piggy — dressed by Zac Posen with shoes by Christian Louboutin, jewelry by Fred Leighton and hair by Kim Kimble — and long-time partner Kermit the Frog took to the red carpet at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held this evening where they will be presenting, marking the fifth appearance by the Muppets on the telecast. The Muppets was nominated and won for a ‘Best Song’ for ‘Man or Muppet’ written by Bret McKenzie.
As the Disney Fantasy makes its Transatlantic voyage to Pier 88 in Manhattan, where it will be christened on March 1, Disney Cruise Line has been releasing a series of video blogs with Cruise Directors Brent Davies and Ray Smale. Until now, the reality has been that the videos have all been apparently produced before the ship set sail (and who can blame them with such poor internet connectivity in the middle of the Atlantic?) and haven’t really contained any new information. That all changed, however, with yesterday’s entry which not only looks at some of the new Enchanted Art exclusive to the Disney Fantasy, but a decent first look at the Muppet Midship Detective Agency, also exclusive to the ship.
Expected to be available in their brick-and-mortar stores beginning February 28, Build-A-Bear Workshop has just released its Kermit and Miss Piggy Muppet plush as online exclusives, available now and for a limited time.
The Muppet Build-A-Bear Workshop plush are unique in that they are in fact puppets as inspired by their real-life counterparts, offering a hole in the back of their heads to access the controls to open and close their mouths.
Available as plush are Kermit and Miss Piggy as well as a Kermit Tee and a non-Muppet specific Fuchsia Fringe Dress and matching heels. Aside from the plush, none of the other items are indicated as being web exclusives.
The Kermit tee (featured here) is green and features Kermit’s name along with ‘the original hip-hop;’ Gonzo’s tee is in blue and features his name along with ‘the great;’ Animal’s tee is in black and features his name along with ‘wild one!;’ and Fozzie’s tee (incorrectly spelled as Fozzy) is also black and features his trademark line, ‘wocka! wocka!’
Each of the tees are now available in sizes S-XXL for $25 each.
The critically acclaimed and fan heralded The Muppets will be making its debut on Disney Blu-ray/DVD on March 20, 2012. It will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, a 3-disc Wocka Wocka Value Pack which includes Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download plus the downloadable soundtrack and single-disc DVD version.
We should have more details soon, but we have received a preliminary list of bonus features found with the Blu-ray edition of the film:
DVD BONUS FEATURES
- The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made in Muppet History
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES
- The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made in Muppet History
Disney Cruise Line today debuted this video which goes behind-the-scenes at the making of the Midship Detective Agency interactive game on the Disney Fantasy. In the game, which takes advantage of the Enchanted Art displays — much like its counterpart already in place aboard sister ship Disney Dream — Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find the missing props for their big performance. Kermit, worried about Pepe’s lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.
Walt Disney Records has posted a music video for ‘Man or Muppet’ as it appears on the original motion picture soundtrack for Disney’s The Muppets (still available for just $4.99).
The music video, which uses clips directly from the film, features both Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter as they question and reflect (both literally and figuratively) on their place in life. Also featured is Jim Parsons of CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ who plays the human alter ego of Walter.
‘Man or Muppet’ was written by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords.
Dressed for the colder weather (read: completely naked save for a scarf), Kermit the Frog of the Muppets was on-hand yesterday evening to assist with the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC.
Hosted by Carson Daly, the ceremony also featured performances by OneRepublic, Rodney Atkins, Marsha Ambrosius and Big Time Rush. Kermit joined First Lady Michelle Obama as she read a story to the attending children.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony marks the opening of the four-week event sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks.
The Muppets make their debut on Disney Cruise Line in a new adventure game aboard the Disney Fantasy, the new Disney ship setting sail in March 2012.
Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests will discover creative and whimsical technical innovations – whether it’s mealtime, playtime or bedtime. “Paintings” spring to life. Guests’ own drawings dance with Disney characters. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea outside. Animated characters chat with guests. The floor beneath children comes alive to movements. Among the highlights:
Unfortunately I have not yet had the privilege to see either Disney’s The Muppets or the accompanying Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, from Pixar Animation Studios, but it would appear based on circumstantial evidence that this still, newly released via the official Toy Story Facebook page, features a shot of Mini-Buzz and Mini-Zurg (aka Mini-Dad) in a fast food joint display case of available kids meals toys based on the popular Space Rangers program.