Toyota has released a 35 second preview of its upcoming minute-long Super Bowl ad featuring actor/ex-NFLer Terry Crews and The Muppets. Titled ‘Joyride,’ the spot will also feature an original song (heard in part here) titled ‘No Room for Boring.’ You can check out the teaser embedded below.
Walt Disney Studios Spain has released a new international poster for Muppets Most Wanted (March 21, 2014) via Andromeda High. A variation on a previously released international poster, it puts co-stars Constantine and Kermit front and center while highlighting the rest of the cast, including Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey.
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling our grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
Disney’s Muppets will hit the road with Terry Crews, star of the Golden Globe®-winning FOX series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ in Toyota’s new commercial for the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander. The 60-second spot, entitled ‘Joyride,’ will make its broadcast debut during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2.
‘Our game-day spot shows how Toyota Highlander puts the “fun” in function,’ said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. ‘Toyota vehicles are built to last and can even endure the most boisterous Muppets, a former NFL player as well as a center console full of chickens.’
Instead of taking shots at other films, however, this particular ad pokes fun at the burgeoning marketing method of using the tweets of ‘ordinary folk,’ not actually reviewing the film, but instead just simply voicing the intent of seeing the film. All of the tweets/accounts named in the ad do actually exist (see embedded below), but they are obviously not genuine and were all generated for the sake of making the ad, embedded below.
When Disney produced The Muppets in 2011, it introduced a brand new character, Walter. Given Walter’s wide acceptance into the already established Muppet family — by both fans and Muppets alike, it only makes sense that the opportunity is seized in the sequel to introduce another new Muppet to the world (at least one, anyway).
The news comes to us by way of production notes for Muppets Most Wanted provided to us by Walt Disney Studios, who mentions her by name (or at all) just once and in a very manner-of-fact manner. Referring to sets that had to be built that would take all Muppet sizes into consideration, production designer Eve Stewart notes that Muppet sizes range from the seven-foot tall Sweetums to the two-foot tall Carmen. So there you have it, Carmen is two feet tall.
In addition to the release of the new trailer for Muppets Most Wanted earlier today, Walt Disney Studios has also launched a small viral-type website for Badguy Management, found at BadguyTalent.com. The site provides a message from Badguy Management CEO, Dominic Badguy (portrayed by Ricky Gervais) and serves as an open call for finding new talent for Badguy (pronouned Bad-GEE — it’s French, afterall) to represent. The website also features a live phone number (213-293-5218) which doles out a small message from Badguy, but it’s not much to write home about to be blunt.
Walt Disney Studios released a new trailer earlier today for its upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, which you can find embedded below (courtesy of Walt Disney Studios UK).
Additionally, we have received a few new stills from the film which have been added to the beginning of our gallery, also embedded below. As usual, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version and then click on the resize arrow to see the image in its original resolution.
Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort. With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with the first poster for Muppets Most Wanted in high resolution, which we present here. As always, click the thumbnail to see a larger version, then click the resize arrow to see it in its original size.
On Thanksgiving night, November 28 at 9:30 pm ET/PT, the ABC Television Network will air the 90-minute special, ‘Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular.’ The broadcast offers an avant-garde twist on the classic holiday variety show as Lady Gaga goes backstage with The Muppets, making a performance dream come true for the multi-platinum singer songwriter when they combine forces to sing holiday favorites and Lady Gaga hits.
‘I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year,’ said Lady Gaga. ‘I knew it just wouldn’t be a complete night of laughter and memories without The Muppets! Can’t wait to see the gang again and I hope Miss Piggy’s still not mad about Kermit. We’re just friends!’