‘The Muppets’ ‘Man or Muppet’ Music Video Released

'The Muppets' Original Motion Picture SoundtrackWalt 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.

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Photo: Kermit the Frog Helps First Lady at National Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kermit the Frog with First Lady Michelle ObamaDressed 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.

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The Muppets Climb Aboard the Disney Fantasy

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:

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‘Small Fry’ Still in Which Mini-Buzz Stands Small with Mini-Zurg

'Small Fry' © Disney/Pixar. All Rights ReservedUnfortunately 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.

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‘The Muppets’ Soundtrack Available as Download for $4.99

'The Muppets' Original Motion Picture SoundtrackAmazon.com is currently selling the MP3 downloadable edition of the original motion picture soundtrack for Disney’s The Muppets for just $4.99 while the CD edition is just $6.99 for a limited time.

The soundtrack features songs written by Bret McKenzie, updated versions of Muppet classics and familiar hits given the Muppet treatment. McKenzie, who created, co-wrote, executive produced and starred in the hit HBO television series ‘Flight of the Conchords,’ is the music supervisor, as well as the writer/producer of four original songs, including ‘Life’s a Happy Song,’ ‘Let’s Talk About Me,’ ‘Man or Muppet’ and ‘Me Party.’ McKenzie also produced ‘Pictures in My Head’ and ‘Rainbow Connection.’ Stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper join in the singing, as do special guests Feist, Mickey Rooney, Joanna Newsom, and the whistling skills of Andrew Bird.

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Review: ‘Disney Pix’ for iPad Provides Hours of Creative Play for Free

Disney AppPix for iPad with Disney Pix SoftwareDisney recently released ‘Disney Pix,’ its free software for its new AppClix iPad ‘appcessory.’ Manufactured by Vivitar, the AppClix effectively replaces Disney’s previous lines of licensed PIX digital cameras. In addition to being able to plug directly into the iPad to download and share photos, the AppClix boasts a 7MP camera, which is an impressive milestone for what is basically being marketed as a toy.

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‘The Muppets’ Clips: ‘Cleaning the Theater,’ ‘Show Pitching,’ ‘Modem’ and More

'The Muppets' One-Sheet FinalWalt Disney Studios and Muppets Studio has provided us with several clips from their upcoming release, The Muppets, opening in theaters nationwide. We managed to sift through the pile and find a few that don’t appear to have been released as of yet — at least not through official channels anyway, so without further ado:

Our first clip is ‘Modem’ in which Gary, Mary and Walter (or Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter respectively) have alerted Kermit to the fate of the Muppet theater and so they take off along with Kermit’s butler, 80s Robot at the wheel. How to find the rest of the Muppet gang? Let’s just say friends don’t let friends use 1200 baud, 7 bits, even parity and 1 stop bit. Yeah, you kids know exactly what I’m talking about.

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‘Muppet Radio’ to Launch on SiriusXM Radio for Limited Time November 23

Sirius XM Radio announced that it will launch “Muppet Radio,” a five-day limited run Thanksgiving week channel hosted by Kermit the Frog featuring new and classic Muppet music and an array of Muppets interacting with hosts from SiriusXM’s talk/entertainment, music and sports channels.

“Muppet Radio” will launch November 23 at 12:01 am ET and air through November 28 at 3:00 am ET on SiriusXM channel 145, online on SiriusXM Internet Radio channel 813 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and mobile devices on Limited Engagements 3.

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‘The Muppets’ Soundtrack Interactive Preview on YouTube

'The Muppets' Original Motion Picture SoundtrackWalt Disney Records has just released an interactive preview of the original motion picture soundtrack to The Muppets on YouTube. As boring as a video for a soundtrack might sound at first, Disney has added its own color-coded commentary from the Muppets themselves via text blips, allowing the video to offer up some eye candy in addition to ear candy (and that’s asking for a lot of cavities).

When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.

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‘Tap Tap Muppets’ Launched on Apple App Store for Free; Features Songs from Soundtrack

'Tap Tap Muppets' from Disney MobileDisney Mobile today released “Tap Tap Muppets” for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Available for free from the App Store, “Tap Tap Muppets” brings Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and the rest of the gang together for what fans will surely agree is the most sensational celebration of their favorite Muppet music.

Based on the popular “Tap Tap Revenge” gameplay, the most successful mobile music franchise of all time, “Tap Tap Muppets” features six full tracks including three songs from Disney’s “The Muppets” soundtrack, which will be released by Walt Disney Records on November 21. The app also includes three of the most memorable songs from the Muppets tribute compilation, “The Green Album.”

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