Scenes filmed for The Muppets, but cut from the film before release.
|Walter's dream where the Muppets pop out of the television. Dialogue in the following scene is also different. When Walter wakes up from the nightmare, Gary is less concerned about his well-being. Also, Walter already knows that they're all going to Los Angeles together, rather than Gary revealing the third ticket as a surprise.|
|Life's a Happy Song", after Mary's verse about her longing for Gary to propose, a similar verse with Walter occurs. Walter sits on a bench waiting for the bus and laments his feelings of not fitting in. The verse was cut from the film and the soundtrack.|
|Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The scene included a cameo by Rob Corddry as a Superman impersonator. The scene also features more subtle foreshadowing to Walter's whistling talent.|
|While Walter is screaming back at the hotel, Mary suggests to Gary perhaps they should "go grab some lunch or something". This short scene can be seen in the "Scream" TV Spot.|
|Kermit explains to Gary, Mary, and Walter that he does not actually live at the penthouse. He just comes once a week to check the mail and clean the pool filters. This is partially seen in the B-Roll footage that was released online.|
|An extended version of the fight sequence at Animal's anger management retreat was shown in the first trailer, including shots of Mary punching someone with satisfaction.|
|An extended scene with the Muppets recruiting Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker to re-join the Muppets was filmed. Bunsen and Beaker are shown working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, however the scene was edited and simply shown as part of the "Back in Black" montage.|
|After Piggy tackles Kermit in her Paris office, there was a flashback to a fight after their wedding in The Muppets Take Manhattan. Piggy wanted to share with the world that they got married, but Kermit was upset about being tricked into marriage. He fires her, prompting their separation, leading back to the scene with present day Piggy. This scene was included in The Junior Novelization, and footage from the scene was reworked into the film's epilogue.|
|CDE's show "Punch Teacher" appears as an "Easter egg" on the Blu-ray release of The Muppets.|
|Veronica also shows a glimpse of "Credit Card Club", a teen-drama shown on CDE. The show features Sarah Hyland and Sterling Knight. While the scene was cut from the final film, a poster for the program is seen in Veronica's office and the show can be seen on the CDE schedule.|
|The junior novelization mentions Statler and Waldorf sleeping in their balcony when the other Muppets sleep at the theater. While no such shots appear in the film, the blooper reel includes a scene with them sleeping in the balcony.|
|Gonzo practices his bowling ball act backstage by successfully knocking a pin off Gary’s head. However according to Bunsen Honeydew, Gary was never in any actual danger, as the ball was a highly advanced, hyper-intellegent remote control contraption made by Muppet Labs. While demonstrating the device, the ball gains sentience and chases Beaker around the theater. Kermit disapproves of using the prop, saying the Muppets have always been about "artistic integrity, not cheap tricks."Clips from the scene were shown in various trailers and TV spots. The end of the scene (in which Beaker is chased by the bowling ball) was reworked into the film's "We Built This City" cleaning montage, with the bowling ball replaced with a vacuum cleaner, and the shot of Beaker running away sped up.|
|Kathy Griffin, Billy Crystal, and Ricky Gervais on the red carpet along with Scooter and the Newsman. Billy Crystal ends up arresting them for impersonating the Oscars.|
|Walter has to rescue them. The scene features cameos by Wanda Sykes (as Officer Ethel) and Danny Trejo (as a prisoner). An excerpt of the scene was featured in The Fuzzy Pack trailer. An early draft of the script intended this scene to feature Nicky Holiday, still in jail after all these years. Charles Grodin turned down the part.|
|Let's Talk About Me". In the section, Tex sings about why he hates the Muppets so much - they ruined his 10th birthday party. The bridge did not appear in the final film, but was featured on the film's soundtrack (with vocals by Nathan Pacheco). The bridge (with vocals by Chris Cooper) appears as a bonus feature on the film's Blu-ray release under the title "Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song". The scene also includes an additional verse in which Tex talks about how he gold-plated his cat.|
|Walter addresses the Muppets outside Tex Richman's office building.|
|Walter tries to find his talent by reading various books about acting and music, one of which was The Joy of Music by Leonard Bernstein. Although the sequence was eventually cut, the book still appears in one scene on the piano.|
|Camilla's performance of "Forget You" was filmed, including an introductory and concluding bit featuring a Whatnot farmer (performed by Bill Barretta). Portions of the extended scenes were featured in the "Forget You" music video released by Walt Disney Records. The extended version of the song appears as an "Easter egg" on the Blu-ray release of The Muppets.|
|'80s Robot and Scooter look at Walter's hole in the wall in a scene not seen in the final film.|
|The Swedish Chef attempts to prepare a turkey. A brief clip from this scene was featured in a TV spot and the second trailer.|
|John Krasinski filmed a scene in which he and Sam the Eagle trade glances at the camera (referencing Krasinski's character on The Office).|
|When the Muppets gloomily leave the theater, the audience nastily turns toward Tex Richman, who responds, "What?" A brief clip of this scene was included in a TV spot.|
|After they miss the deadline and Walter complains about the ending, Scooter's "What can we do?" line was extended to mention that all their names and likeness are now owned by Tex. Though the dialogue was cut from the final film, it's still included as a part of the blooper reel.|
|For the film's Hollywood Boulevard finale, at least one alternative ending exists during which Piggy wears a different outfit, which is notable in that it had been seen on her before: during The Muppets Take Manhattan's song "Somebody's Getting Married."|
Screenshots from the trailers where the intended use in the film (if any) is currently unknown.
Some ideas for the movie never made it in front of the camera, as revealed in the Blu-ray audio commentary and various press interviews.
- In one scene, Walter was going to be shown arriving as a baby from the stork, remaining the same appearance and same size.
- In early drafts of the script, some of the Muppets aged; becoming overweight, gaining grey hair, a few Muppets even died of old age. The filmmakers decided it was too depressing and removed it from the story.
- The scene where Gonzo blows up his plumbing business was originally planned with a long wide-shot of the characters running away from the exploding building. Because such a shot would've been too expensive, the actual explosion is not shown in the final movie.
- The scene with Kermit and Piggy in Paris was planned to be filmed on location in Paris, but they realized it was not needed, so green screen was used instead.
- One early draft ended with Kermit saying "And because this all went so well, we're going to bring back The Muppet Show this fall on ABC!" The note they got back from Disney said, "nice try."
- Originally, during "Rainbow Connection," Animal's extreme drumming lead to him falling through the stage, allowing oil to spout from the ground and spill onto the rest of the Muppets; which was the reason why it was cut in the first place.
- In one original ending, it was revealed that Tex Richman was Kermit in disguise, and that the whole plot about drilling for oil was all just a plan to get the Muppets back together.
- According to early drafts of the screenplay, the film would have included celebrity cameos by Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Mel Brooks, Matt Damon, Anne Hathaway, Rachel Ray, Bob Saget, Lisa Lampenelli, Jeff Ross, and Charles Grodin. A cameo was also written for Elmo, but it was said it would've been too expensive.
- In an early draft of the script, when Kermit decides to get the Muppets back together, he sends out the Muppet signal (a device similar to the Bat-signal from Batman) Additionally, the Muppets are shown having different lives after splitting up -- Rowlf is shown working in a Kinko's run by cats, Gonzo is a crime fighter, the Electric Mayhem is performing in an Alaskan dive bar, and Fozzie is shown being honored with a celebrity roast.
- In a November 2011 appearance on The Rachael Ray Show, Jason Segel commented that a scene was written for Rachael Ray in which she and The Swedish Chef would explain how to cook a meal in 30-seconds, but they had to cut it for time.
- Appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on November 22, 2011, Segel told Ferguson that he tried to write a scene were Kermit and Piggy had kids, but the idea was abandoned when he realized parents would have to explain the concept to their kids. In the sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, a dream sequence features Kermit and Piggy's progeny in the form of a green pig and a pink frog.
- ↑ Bobin, James. The Muppets audio commentary [1:00:05]
- ↑ The Muppets: What We Didn't See
- ↑ Bobin, James. The Muppets audio commentary [1:30:19]
- ↑ Bobin, James. The Muppets audio commentary [0:17:59]
- ↑ Stoller, Nick. The Muppets audio commentary [0:26:17]
- ↑ Segel, Jason. The Muppets audio commentary [0:29:49]
- ↑ Bobin, James Them Muppets audio commentary [0:38:20]
- ↑ Segel, Jason. The Muppets audio commentary [1:08:36]
- ↑ Bobin, James. The Muppets audio commentary [1:23:23]
- ↑ Cinemablend- Interview with Nicholas Stoller, 11/24/2011
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Ain't It Cool News - Script Review
- ↑ Exclusive: On the Set of the New Muppets Movie, Stein, Joel, Time
- ↑ The Rachael Ray Show November 22, 2011