Frank Oz Confirms What We All Suspected: “The Muppets” is Going to Suck

Monday, October 24th, 2011

According to a recent interview with Metro, Frank Oz — legendary puppeteer (Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Grover, and many, many more) and longtime Jim Henson sidekick — revealed that he was indeed invited to be part of the new movie, The Muppets, but turned down the offer:

“I wasn’t happy with the script”, Oz explained. “I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

Here’s the real pisser: Frank Oz was actually developing a new Muppet movie script, at the behest of the Walt Disney Company, in 2006. While Oz was developing the script, Disney executives bought another pitch for a Muppet movie from Jason Segel (Knocked UpForgetting Sarah Marshall).

One industry veteran wondered if “this is a case of Disney wanting to get into the Jason Segel business” instead of making a movie true to Henson’s vision. Is that even really a question?

In May, the Photoshop Bomber wondered, “What the fuck is [Segel] doing in my Muppets movie?” Now the question seems to be, who the fuck does this asshole think he is taking them away from Frank Motherfucking Oz?

This shitty film comes out sometime in November, and, in addition to Segel, stars Amy Adams, who’s had her hands full this year ruining my favorite things from my youth. Her next film after The Muppets is going to be the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s On The Road, starring that girl from Twilight. Note to self: I don’t want to live.

(via Geeks of Doom)

  • Mik

    Frank Oz and Jason Segel had two totally different ideas. And don’t say that this isn’t true to Jim Henson’s vision; Jim’s only desire is that the Muppets continued after he died. You know what else? Jason wanted Frank to work on the movie with him, but Frank kept turning him down. I love Frank Oz, but acting like a curmudgeon just because his script got shot down is a little immature. Jason Segel is trying to do right by Jim Henson, you can tell by the dedication put into rebuilding forgotten characters and breathing life into a franchise that’s been badly mistreated for so long. We should be happy that the Muppets are still here like Jim wanted them to be. Sure, Muppets Wizard of Oz and Muppets From Space weren’t great. But so what? This movie is going to redeem it all. I’m not forcing you to like it, but actually watch the movie instead of taking sides with either Segel or Oz before you flat-out say it sucks. Times change, and so do the Muppets. Kids aren’t going to laugh at jokes from the 70s, they want modern humor. And the Muppets do it with class.

  • Marie

    I’m not mad about what you wrote, everyone has a different opinion and should be respected but, before you call a movie shitty and make a whole article about it, you should really double check your info. His name is Jason SEGEL not SEGAL. How can you write an article about someone who you don’t even know how to spell his last name? And you want to gain some credibility with this? try again.

    • nathan

      Fixed! Thanks for the spelling catch, Marie!

  • james

    I’m not worried. Frank’s had plenty of opportunities to take the reins of a new Muppet film since 1999’s “Muppets From Space” disaster where he phoned in his performances via dubbing dialog over another performer’s puppetry. I don’t fault him for retiring, however I don’t see this as a case of anything being taken from him either. I hope this movie is a success and Frank gets a chance to make his Muppet film too. There can’t be too many Muppet movies in the world! I still hope and believe that this will be a good one. The fact is that nobody’s seen this movie yet except for a few test-audience members that have generated some pretty good buzz for “The Muppets”.

  • Alps

    Fuck the moronic turd who wrote this staggering piece of shit. He’ll, Oz was the same guy who thought Jar Jar Binks was funny. Muppets ’11 FTW


    Boy… were you guys DEAD fucking wrong.

  • Aaron

    After seeing the Muppets last night, I can confidently say that Frank Oz is a MORON. And that really upsets me. Especially after how close him and Henson were… This movie was clearly a labor of love and to me, a lifelong muppets fan, it captured the essence of what makes the muppets so great. This movie was just pure fun for all ages and the best muppet movie in twenty years. I hate to say it, but Mr. Oz, the muppets need miss piggy, but they sure as heck don’t need you. In my eyes, the script for “The Muppets” was true to them in every single way, and you were pissed it was better than your script. Whatever.

    • Richard

      And yet, he has accomplished so much more in his life than you have.

      • Aaron

        I’m really sorry, but the relevance of your reply escapes me. But I agree!

  • Elana

    Um…. I just watched it and sorry, but Oz was right. They turned the movie into a Disney-gasm, where we’re expected to sympathize with a story arc that has absolutely NO MEANING. The sentiment is baseless. We never really get to find out WHY the Muppet characters broke up in the first place, but are expected to accept it without question. AND THERE ARE TOO MANY SONGS. Every other scene is a throw away song seemingly just to fill up time. And they KILLED the comedy romance between Kermit and Miss Piggy; the joke was that she always chased him, and he ran away, usually getting clobbered. Instead, they made it actually kind of sappy and sentimental. It was bad, folks. Sorry, but Henson probably wouldn’t have liked it either.