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{{movie|date=March 21, [[2014]]|runtime=107 minutes (theatrical)<br>124 minutes (extended cut)|director=[[James Bobin]]|writer=James Bobin & [[Nick Stoller]]|composer=[[Bret McKenzie]] (songs)<br>[[Christophe Beck]] (score)|studio=[[The Walt Disney Company|Walt Disney Pictures]]<br>Mandeville Films|rating=PG for some mild action}}
[[Image:Bobin-Stoller.jpg|thumb|300px|James Bobin and Nick Stoller]]
 
   
[[The Walt Disney Company|Walt Disney Pictures]] is developing a follow-up to the [[2011]] feature film ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]''.
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'''Muppets Most Wanted''' is [[:Category:The Muppets Characters|the Muppets]]' eighth feature film, a direct follow-up to the [[2011]] feature film ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'', released by [[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]] in 2014. The screenplay was written by [[James Bobin]] and [[Nick Stoller]], returning from the previous film. Bobin also returned to direct the film.
   
It was announced in March [[2012]] that Disney is moving forward on the project with [[James Bobin]] (director of ''The Muppets'') and [[Nick Stoller]] (co-writer of ''The Muppets'') currently signed to write the screenplay.
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A new [[Pixar]] short, featuring characters from ''Monsters University'', precedes the film in its theatrical release.<ref>[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/07/disney-pixar-short-party-central-muppets-most-wanted/ Entertainment Weekly. Disney to showcase new Pixar short 'Party Central' in front of 'Muppets Most Wanted' - EXCLUSIVE]. January 7, 2014</ref>
   
[[Jason Segel]] (co-writer, producer, and star of ''The Muppets'') has said that he will not return for a sequel, stating:
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The film has been described as a "comedy caper" set in [[Europe]].<ref name="collider">[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-caper-nicholas-stoller-interview/159240/ Exclusive MUPPETS Sequel News: It’s a Caper, Will Have New Muppets, Jason Segel Might Cameo, Possible Summer 2013 Release, More] Collider.com 4/13/12 </ref> [[Ricky Gervais]] stars as [[Dominic Badguy]], "a male lead whose intentions are always in question," along with [[Ty Burrell]] as [[Jean Pierre Napoleon]], a [[France|French]] Interpol agent, [[Tina Fey]] as "a feisty prison guard named [[Nadya]]," and a "slew of cameos".<ref name="hollywoodreporter">"[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christoph-waltz-negotiations-star-muppets-385055 Christoph Waltz in Negotiations to Star in 'The Muppets' Sequel]", The Hollywood Reporter. October 31, 2012.</ref><ref name="vulture">Vulture: [http://www.vulture.com/2012/12/ty-burrell-set-to-star-in-muppets-sequel.html Ty Burrell Set to Star in Muppets Sequel]. December 8, 2012.</ref><ref name="rickytweet">[[Twitter|Twitter.com]] - [https://twitter.com/rickygervais/statuses/281405324412477442?tw_i=281405324412477442&tw_e=details&tw_p=tweetembed @RickyGervais]. December 19, 2012</ref>
{{quote|I have handed off the Muppets to my writing partner and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they're in really good hands. But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they're going to nail it.<ref name="MTVNews">[[MTV|MTV News]] [http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2012/03/21/muppets-kermit-walter-jason-segel/ 'Muppets' Stars Kermit And Walter Weigh In On Jason Segel's Departure] 3/21/12 </ref>}}
 
==Developments==
 
* When initially asked about the prospects of a sequel prior to the release of ''The Muppets'' in November 2011, Jason Segel said: "We haven't really started thinking about a sequel yet. We're just waiting to see how this goes." When asked about making standalone film rather than a direct sequel, he replied: "I think that's a little bit more Muppety... ''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]'' is so different from ''[[The Muppets Take Manhattan]]'' which is so different from ''[[The Muppet Movie]]''... I think that's the better approach."<ref>Bibbiani, William. [http://www.craveonline.com/film/interviews/178561-jason-segel-talks-the-muppets Jason Segel Talks 'The Muppets'], CraveOnline. November 22, 2011.</ref>
 
   
* On February 13, 2012, during a British promotional appearance for ''The Muppets'' on ''[[This Morning]]'' on [[ITV]], [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] and [[Miss Piggy]] were asked about rumors of ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' returning to television; Kermit responded to the question saying: "If this movie does as well as we like and people want to see us, sure, we'll probably do more movies. And I mean it's nothing official - not official. But there's all this 'hush-hush Hollywood talk." Piggy responded to Kermit saying "Well make it official. You can do that." Kermit then stated "ok, it's official."
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According to an interview with [[Kermit the Frog]]:
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{{quote|The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we're selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppelgänger. He's the world's number one criminal, [[Constantine]], and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won't tell you any more than that, but let's just say mayhem ensues.<ref name="EW-1-30-13">[[Entertainment Weekly]]. [http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/01/30/muppets-sequel-exclusive/2/ A first look at the Muppets sequel, 'Muppets...Again!' -- EXCLUSIVE]. January 30, 2013</ref>}}
   
* On March 3, 2012 it was announced in ''Variety'' that James Bobin and Nick Stoller would pen the screenplay for the sequel.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201203011601reedbusivarietynvr1118050932mar01,0,34288.story Disney preps 'Muppets' sequel] by Marc Graser (3/3/12)</ref>
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==Official Synopsis==
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[[File:MUPPETS-MOST-WANTED.jpg|thumb|299px|US poster.]]
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[[File:Muppets_Most_Wanted_UK_poster.jpg|thumb|300px|UK poster.]]
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''Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of [[Europe]]’s most exciting destinations, including [[Berlin]], Madrid 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 the Frog|Kermit]]—and his dastardly sidekick [[Dominic Badguy|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 Most Wanted” is directed by [[James Bobin]] and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with [[Nick Stoller|Nicholas Stoller]], who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from [[Academy Award]]®-winning songwriter [[Bret McKenzie]], “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.''
   
* In an March 6, 2012 article from Guardian.co.uk, it was announced that Disney is planning an idea for a new prime-time television show featuring the Muppets following the upcoming success of the sequel, as well as new iPhone applications with new Muppet content.<ref>[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/06/the-muppets-tv-return The Muppets could return to TV after movie success | Media | guardian.co.uk]</ref>
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==Cast==
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[[Image:TheMuppetsAgain-EW.jpg|thumb|300px|Promotional image.<br><small>(see also a [[:Image:TheMuppetsAgain-JamesBobin.jpg|variant]] with James Bobin)</small>]]
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[[File:Muppets_again_kerandpiggy.jpg|thumb|300px]]
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[[File:MuppetsMostWanted-logo.png|right|316px]]
   
*In a March 14, 2012 appearance on ''[[The View]]'', Kermit and Miss Piggy were asked by [[Elisabeth Hasselbeck]] if there is going to be a sequel to ''The Muppets''. Kermit responded: "Well I think there is a very good chance of that. We are happy to say, yes. Yes, we are thrilled about that." His remark garnered a thunderous applause from the studio audience.
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:''as released by Walt Disney Studios''
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;Muppet Performers
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* [[Steve Whitmire]] as [[Kermit the Frog]], [[Foo-Foo]], [[Statler]], [[Beaker]], [[Lips]], [[Rizzo the Rat]], [[Link Hogthrob]], [[The Newsman]]
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* [[Eric Jacobson]] as [[Miss Piggy]], [[Fozzie Bear]], [[Sam Eagle]], [[Animal]]
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* [[Dave Goelz]] as [[The Great Gonzo]], [[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]], [[Zoot]], [[Beauregard]], [[Waldorf]]
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* [[Bill Barretta]] as [[Pepe the King Prawn]], [[Rowlf the Dog]], [[Dr. Teeth]], [[The Swedish Chef]], [[Bobo the Bear]], [[Big Mean Carl]], [[Baby Boss]], [[Manolo and Carlo Flamingo|Carlo Flamingo]], [[Leprechauns|Leprechaun Security Guard]]
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* [[David Rudman]] as [[Scooter]], [[Janice]], [[Miss Poogy]], [[Bobby Benson]], [[Wayne]]
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* [[Matt Vogel]] as [[Constantine]], [[Floyd Pepper]], [[Sweetums]], [[Pops]], [[Robin the Frog|Robin]], [[Lew Zealand]], [[Crazy Harry]], [[80s Robot]], [[Camilla the Chicken|Camilla]], [[Uncle Deadly]]
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* [[Peter Linz]] as [[Walter]], [[Manolo and Carlo Flamingo|Manolo Flamingo]]
   
* In a March 21, 2012 interview with [[MTV|MTV News]], Kermit the Frog and [[Walter]] talked about Jason Segel's departure from the franchise as they prep for ''The Muppets 2''.<ref name="MTVNews">[[MTV|MTV News]] [http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2012/03/21/muppets-kermit-walter-jason-segel/'Muppets' Stars Kermit And Walter Weigh In On Jason Segel's Departure] 3/21/12 </ref>
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;Human Cast
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* [[Ricky Gervais]] as [[Dominic Badguy]]
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* [[Ty Burrell]] as [[Jean Pierre Napoleon]]
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* [[Tina Fey]] as [[Nadya]]
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* [[Tony Bennett]] as Himself
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* [[Hugh Bonneville]] as Irish Journalist
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* [[William Brand]] as Berliner #2
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* [[Andres Cantor]] as Announcer
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* [[Jemaine Clement]] as [[Prison King]]
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* [[Kenneth Collard]] as Berliner #1
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* [[Sean Combs]] as Himself
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* [[Rob Corddry]] as First AD
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* [[Mackenzie Crook]] as Prado Museum Guard #1
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* [[Céline Dion]] as Piggy Fairy Godmother
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* [[Lady Gaga]] as Herself
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* [[Zach Galifianakis]] as [[Hobo Joe]]
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* [[Josh Groban]] as Maximum Security Prisoner
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* [[Salma Hayek]] as Herself
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* [[Tom Hiddleston]] as [[The Great Escapo]]
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* [[Tom Hollander]] as Theater Manager
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* [[Toby Jones]] as Prado Museum Guard #2
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* [[Frank Langella]] as [[Beefeater Vicar]]
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* [[Ray Liotta]] as [[Big Papa]]
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* [[Ross Lynch]] as Young Florist
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* [[James McAvoy]] as UPS Guy
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* [[Aleksandar Mikic]] as Other Guard
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* [[Chloë Grace Moretz]] as Newspaper Girl
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* [[Fleur Poad]] as Berliner #3
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* [[Hornswoggle|Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl]] as Prisoner One
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* [[Usher|Usher Raymond]] as The Usher
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* [[Miranda Richardson]] as Berliner at Window
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* [[Saoirse Ronan]] as Herself
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* [[Til Schweiger]] as German Cop
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* [[Russell Tovey]] as Delivery Man
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* [[Danny Trejo]] as Danny Trejo
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* [[Stanley Tucci]] as [[Ivan the Guard]]
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* [[Christoph Waltz]] as Himself
   
* In an April 13, 2012 article from Collider.com, Nick Stoller revealed that the film is planned to be a comedy caper, will introduce new Muppets characters, and that Disney is hoping for a Summer [[2013]] release. Stoller and James Bobin started writing the script on April 12, 2012; they wrote 13 pages after outlining the entire movie over the past weeks.<ref name="collider">[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-caper-nicholas-stoller-interview/159240/ Exclusive MUPPETS Sequel News: It’s a Caper, Will Have New Muppets, Jason Segel Might Cameo, Possible Summer 2013 Release, More] Collider.com 4/13/12 </ref>
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;UK Muppet Performers
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* [[Louise Gold]], [[Nigel Plaskitt]], [[Mak Wilson]], [[Warrick Brownlow-Pike]], [[David Silva Covarrubias]]
   
*While Nick Stoller said the film could possibly have a cameo for Jason Segel<ref name="collider">[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-caper-nicholas-stoller-interview/159240/ Exclusive MUPPETS Sequel News: It’s a Caper, Will Have New Muppets, Jason Segel Might Cameo, Possible Summer 2013 Release, More] Collider.com 4/13/12 </ref>, Segel later stated that he will not cameo in the film.<ref>[http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/jason-segel-says-no-muppets-sequel-cameo-discusses-slate-of-future-projects-20120417?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed Jason Segel Says No ‘Muppets’ Sequel Cameo]</ref>
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;Additional UK Muppet Performers
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* [[Don Austen]], [[William Banyard]], [[Daisy Beattie]], [[Sue Beattie]], [[Lynn Robertson Bruce]], [[Dave Chapman]], [[Marcus Clarke]], [[Richard Coombs]], [[Sue Dacre]], [[Phil Eason]], [[Iestyn Evans]], [[Damian Farrell]], [[Andy Heath]], [[Paul Jomain]], [[Mark Mander]], [[Alison Mcgowan]], [[Helena Smee]], [[Katherine Smee]], [[Andrew Spooner]], [[Olly Taylor]], [[Chris Thatcher]], [[Robert Tygner]], [[Fiona Wilson]], [[Sheila Clark]], [[Matthew Crowfoot]], [[Geoff Felix|Geoffrey Felix]], [[Rachel Leonard]], [[Tony Lymboura]], [[Stan Middleton]], [[Colin Purves]], [[Neil Sterenberg]], [[Mandy Travis]]
   
* At the premiere of his movie ''The Five-Year Engagement'', Stoller told ''New York Magazine'' that Walter will return: "'Walter is coming back... Come on, you saw the first one, right? The arc of the story was, 'Am I a man or a Muppet?' Gary chose 'I am a man.' So if you were making something called ''The Mannets'', Gary would be in that. Walter chose to be [[What is a Muppet?|a Muppet]]. He realized he's a Muppet.' But will Walter be shuffled into [[:Category:The Muppets Characters|the Muppets]]' deep bench, or will he be a plot driver in the sequel? 'He is not making a cameo,' said Stoller. 'He is heavily involved in the story.' Still, Muppet purists shouldn't fret about the focus: "It's in the early stages, so everything could change, but right now it's a Kermit-centric story, as a lot of the original movies were.'" <ref>Vineyard, Jennifer. "[http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/new-muppet-will-be-heavily-involved-in-sequel.html? New Muppet Walter Will Be 'Heavily Involved' in the Sequel]", Vulture.com (''New York Magazine''). April 19, 2012.</ref>
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;LA Muppet Performers
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* [[David Barclay]], [[Tim Blaney]], [[Julianne Buescher]], [[Tyler Bunch]], [[Kevin Carlson]], [[Nathan Danforth]], [[Alice Dinnean]], [[Tanya Haden]], [[Patrick Johnson]], [[Sean Johnson]], [[Brian Jones]], [[Bruce Lanoil]], [[James Murray]], [[Michael Oosterom]], [[Brett O'Quinn]], [[Mike Quinn]], [[Michelan Sisti]], [[David Skelly]], [[Art Vega]], [[Alex Villa]], [[Chase Woolner]]
   
* Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared at [[CinemaCon]] on April 24, 2012 to officially announce that a new movie is in development. The official Muppets [[Facebook]] page reported the news with a teaser image.<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150670342922035 facebook.com/muppets] 4/24/12</ref> {{youtube|ZmO-GZ--R8w}}
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==Muppet Cast==
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*''Muppet Characters'' (speaking)
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:[[Andy and Randy Pig]], [[Animal]], [[Babies]], [[Beaker]], [[Beauregard]], [[Big Mean Carl]], [[Bobby Benson]], [[Bobo the Bear]], [[Bull]] (extended cut), [[Camilla the Chicken]], [[Chickens]], [[Constantine]], [[Crazy Harry]], [[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]], [[Dr. Teeth]], [[Floyd]], [[The Flying Zucchini Brothers]], [[Foo-Foo]], [[Fozzie Bear]], [[Gonzo]], [[Hobos]] (extended cut), [[Janice]], [[Kasey the Kangaroo|Kangaroo]] (extended cut), [[Kermit the Frog]], [[Leprechauns]], [[Lew Zealand]], [[Link Hogthrob]], [[Manolo and Carlo Flamingo]], [[Miss Piggy]], [[Miss Poogy]], [[The Newsman]], [[Penguins]], [[Pepe the King Prawn]], [[Pops]], [[Rizzo the Rat]], [[Robin the Frog]], [[Rowlf the Dog]], [[Sam the Eagle]], [[Scooter]], [[Statler and Waldorf]], [[The Swedish Chef]], [[Sweetums]], [[Uncle Deadly]], [[Walter]]
   
* On October 31, it was announced that Christoph Waltz was in negotiations to star as an Interpol inspector in a cast that also includes a "Russian femme fatale and a male lead whose intentions are always in question", along with a "slew of cameos". The movie is to be set in Europe.<ref>"[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christoph-waltz-negotiations-star-muppets-385055 Christoph Waltz in Negotiations to Star in 'The Muppets' Sequel]", The Hollywood Reporter. October 31, 2012.</ref>
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*''Background Muppets'' (non-speaking)
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:[[80s Robot]], [[Afghan Hound]], [[Angel Marie]], [[Annie Sue]], [[Armadillo]], [[Behemoth]], [[Beautiful Day Monster]], [[Black Dog]], [[Blind Pew]], [[Blustering Bellowpane Monster]], [[Bubba the Rat|Bubba]], [[Bull]]s, [[The Barbershop Cactus Quartet|Cactus]], [[Calico]], [[Captain Pighead]], [[Carter]], [[Cockatoo]] (extended cut), [[Croaker]], [[Dead Tom]] (as [[Thomas Blood]]), [[Dr. Julius Strangepork]], [[Droop]], [[Frackles]], [[Frogs]], [[Geri and the Atrics|Geri and the Atrics drummer]], [[Muppets Tonight Writers|Gorillas]], [[Gramps]], [[Howard Tubman]], [[J. G.]], [[Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy's offspring]], [[Flora the Koala|Koala]] (extended cut), [[Lips]], [[Mahna Mahna (character)|Mahna Mahna]], [[Marvin Suggs]], [[Mildred Huxtetter]], [[Muppaphone]], [[Muppets Tonight Band|Muppets Tonight Band drummer]], [[The Mutations]], [[Nigel (Muppet Show)|Nigel]], [[Old Tom]], [[One-Eyed Jack]], [[Pigs]], [[Pigeons|Pigeon]], [[Pokey]], [[Quongo]], [[Rats]], [[Shark (Muppet Show)|Shark]], [[Sheep]], [[The Snowths|Snowths]], [[Spamela Hamderson]], [[Spotted Dick]], [[Thingy-Thing]], [[Thog]], [[Trumpet Girl]], [[Unicorn]], [[Walleye Pike]], [[Wayne and Wanda]], [[Whatnots]], [[Zoot]]
   
* It was reported on November 4 that producer Todd Lieberman and composer [[Bret McKenzie]] will return for the sequel, which begins filming in late January 2013 at Pinewood Studio in [[London]].<ref>[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-news/208626 THE MUPPETS Sequel Update: Filming Begins in Late January at Pinewood Studios in London; Bret McKenzie Writing New Songs], Collider.com. November 4, 2012.</ref>
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==Crew==
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* Director: [[James Bobin]]
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* Writers: James Bobin and [[Nick Stoller]]
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* Executive Producers: [[John G. Scotti]], Nick Stoller
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* Producers: [[David Hoberman]], [[Todd Lieberman]]
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* Original Songs: [[Bret McKenzie]]
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* Music by: [[Christophe Beck]]
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* Muppet Designers and Builders: [[Puppet Heap]]
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**Puppet Heap: [[Paul Andrejco]], [[Lauren Attinello]], Barbara Bosak, Kelli Burton, Michael Bush, Stephanie Cathro, Vanessa Chan, Rhys Chapman, Ceili Clemens, [[Melissa Creighton]], Carole D'Agostino, Isabelle Dufour, Richard Dyar, Henri Ewaskio, [[James Godwin]], Anthony Grosso, Elizabeth Hara, Deborah Hertzberg, Ann Marie Holdgruen, Lisa Howard, Jean Marie Keevins, Tom Mclaughlin, [[Danielle Obinger]], Anna Paniccia, Maria Scheibe, Diana Schoenbrun, Mari Tobita, David Valentine, Cynthia Woodie, Brendan Yi-Fu Tay
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**Interns: Jane Andrejco, Margaret Andrejco, Owen Andrejco, Emily Irvine, Casey Miller, Sarah Pickup, Devora Reiss, Nelly Reyes, Yu-Chun Wang
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;Muppet Workshop
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* Puppet Captain: Bill Barretta
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* Special Effects Supervisor (puppets): [[Jane Gootnick]]
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* Special Effects Senior Technicians (puppets): [[Mary Brehmer]], Scott Johnson, [[Peter MacKennan|Peter Mackennan]], [[Andrea Detwiler]]
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* Animatronics Supervisor (puppets): [[Tom Newby|Thomas O. Newby]]
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* Animatronics Designers (puppets): [[Tim Rose]], Adam Keenan
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* Modelers (puppets): [[Janet Knechtel]], Darryl Worbey
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* Puppet Workshop Coordinator: Catriona Rings
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* Puppet Workshop Assistant: Joanne Chan
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==Release Dates==
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* Argentina - March 20, 2014
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* Philippines / United States - March 21, 2014
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* UK - March 28, 2014
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* Australia / New Zealand - April 3, 2014
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* Netherlands - April 16, 2014
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* Singapore / Portugal - April 24, 2014
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* [[Muppets Most Wanted (Germany)|Germany]] - May 1, 2014
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* France - May 7, 2014
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* Brazil - June 26, 2014
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==Production==
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===Development===
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[[File:TheMuppets2.jpg|right|310px]]
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[[File:James Bobin and Nick Stoller.jpg|thumb|300px|[[James Bobin]] and [[Nick Stoller]], screen writers of the film.]]
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[[File:Tinafeymuppet.jpg|thumb|300px|Tina Fey (as [[Nadya]]) on the set of ''Muppets Most Wanted'']]
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On March 3, 2012 it was announced in ''Variety'' that James Bobin and Nick Stoller would pen the screenplay for a sequel to ''The Muppets''.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20121102142320/http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201203011601reedbusivarietynvr1118050932mar01,0,34288.story Disney preps 'Muppets' sequel] by Marc Graser (3/3/12)</ref> Bobin and Stoller started writing the script on April 12, 2012 which was described as a "comedy caper" set in Europe.<ref name="collider">[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-caper-nicholas-stoller-interview/159240/ Exclusive MUPPETS Sequel News: It’s a Caper, Will Have New Muppets, Jason Segel Might Cameo, Possible Summer 2013 Release, More] Collider.com 4/13/12 </ref>
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In a March 2012 interview, [[Jason Segel]] (co-writer, producer, and star of ''The Muppets'') said that he will not return for the sequel, stating: "I have handed off the Muppets to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they're in really good hands. But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they're going to nail it."<ref name="MTVNews">[[MTV|MTV News]] [http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2012/03/21/muppets-kermit-walter-jason-segel/ 'Muppets' Stars Kermit And Walter Weigh In On Jason Segel's Departure] 3/21/12 </ref> Stoller said the film could possibly have a cameo for Jason Segel,<ref name="collider">[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-caper-nicholas-stoller-interview/159240/ Exclusive MUPPETS Sequel News: It’s a Caper, Will Have New Muppets, Jason Segel Might Cameo, Possible Summer 2013 Release, More] Collider.com 4/13/12 </ref> however Segel later stated that he will not appear in the film.<ref>[http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/jason-segel-says-no-muppets-sequel-cameo-discusses-slate-of-future-projects-20120417?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed Jason Segel Says No ‘Muppets’ Sequel Cameo]</ref>
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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appeared at [[CinemaCon]] on April 24, 2012 to officially announce that a new Muppet movie is in development. {{youtube|ZmO-GZ--R8w}} The official Muppets [[Facebook]] page reported the news with a teaser image for "The Muppets 2."<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150670342922035 facebook.com/muppets] 4/24/12</ref>
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It was reported in November 4 that producer Todd Lieberman and composer [[Bret McKenzie]] will return for the sequel, which began filming in late January 2013 at Pinewood Studio in [[London]].<ref name="collider">[http://collider.com/the-muppets-2-sequel-news/208626 THE MUPPETS Sequel Update: Filming Begins in Late January at Pinewood Studios in London; Bret McKenzie Writing New Songs], Collider.com. November 4, 2012.</ref> Principal production in London wrapped on April 16, 2013<ref>[https://twitter.com/welcomemattv/status/324204400337887235 Matt Vogel, Twitter]</ref> and filming moved to [[Los Angeles]] in May 2013.
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In February 2013, production designer Eve Stewart let slip that she was working on a scene featuring Miss Piggy's wedding at the Tower of London.<ref>Puchko, Kristy (12 February 2013). [http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Miss-Piggy-Finally-Getting-Married-Muppets-Again-35698.html "Miss Piggy Finally Getting Married In The Muppets... Again!"]. Cinema Blend.</ref> In addition to the United Kingdom, filming also took place outside the [[El Capitan Theatre]] on Hollywood Boulevard in [[Los Angeles]], to recreate the previous film's ending.<ref>Shaw-Williams, H. (10 May 2013). [http://screenrant.com/muppets-again-sequel-set-photos/ "‘The Muppets… Again!’ Set Photos – Jason Segel’s Character Returning?"]. ScreenRant.</ref>
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In January 2013, Disney announced a release date of March 21, 2014 for the film.<ref name="collider2">[http://collider.com/pirates-of-the-caribbean-5-release-date-the-muppets-2-release-date/224113/ Release Dates for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Muppets 2, and 1952], Collider.com. January 14, 2013.</ref><ref name="releasedate">[https://twitter.com/MuppetsStudio/status/291253603262427136 Twitter: @MuppetsStudio], January 15, 2013</ref> The working title for the film, which was used throughout principal filming, was "''The Muppets... Again!''."<ref name="slashfilm">[http://www.slashfilm.com/tina-fey-in-talks-for-the-muppets-sequel-working-title-revealed/ Tina Fey in Talks For ‘The Muppets’ Sequel; Working Title Revealed]</ref> On June 13, 2013, Disney announced that the film had been retitled ''Muppets Most Wanted''.
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In October 2012, it was announced that Christoph Waltz was originally in negotiations to star as the lead Interpol inspector in the film,<ref name="hollywoodreporter">"[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christoph-waltz-negotiations-star-muppets-385055 Christoph Waltz in Negotiations to Star in 'The Muppets' Sequel]", The Hollywood Reporter. October 31, 2012.</ref> however in December it was announced that Ty Burrell was signed to the role (Waltz had declined the part due to schedule conflicts).<ref name="vulture">Vulture: [http://www.vulture.com/2012/12/ty-burrell-set-to-star-in-muppets-sequel.html Ty Burrell Set to Star in Muppets Sequel]. December 8, 2012.</ref> In an interview posted later that month, Waltz said he'd been talking about the movie again and may still appear, but "it might just be one of these little what-they-call cameos."<ref>[http://collider.com/christoph-waltz-django-unchained-muppet-sequel-interview/219677/ Christoph Waltz Talks DJANGO UNCHAINED, Deleted Scenes and THE MUPPET Sequel; Reveals He Might be Doing a Cameo and Dancing with Miss Piggy]. December 23, 2012.</ref>
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On December 16, 2012 [[Ricky Gervais]] announced that he would star in the film. Gervais [[Twitter|tweeted]]: "I have just signed up to play the lead in the next Muppet movie. I have the biggest trailer but Kermit will spend some time in my sink."<ref name="rickytweet">[[Twitter|Twitter.com]] - [https://twitter.com/rickygervais/statuses/281405324412477442?tw_i=281405324412477442&tw_e=details&tw_p=tweetembed @RickyGervais]. December 19, 2012</ref> Gervais commented on his role in the film on his website: "You may have read that I have accepted the lead role in the next Muppet movie. I didn't so much accept it as jump at the chance. I fucking love The Muppets. (I'll probably have to tone down my language for Disney.) We start filming in January. I can't wait. I'll be hangin' with those cuddly little critters all day."<ref>[http://www.rickygervais.com/thissideofthetruth.php RickyGervais.com] December 2012</ref>
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In January 2013, reports surfaced that Tina Fey was in the final negotiations to play "a Russian gulag prison guard" in the film.<ref>[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/tina-fey-disneys-muppets-sequel-409623 Tina Fey in Talks to Join Disney's 'Muppets' Sequel (Exclusive)]</ref>
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In July 2013, Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared a [[YouTube]] video from the cast and crew of ''Muppets Most Wanted'' congratulating the royal family on the birth of Prince George. {{youtube|9ypdxywU_xc}} Later that month ''Muppets Most Wanted'' was featured in a series of [[Disney Channel on the Set|Disney Channel interstitials]] staring Disney Channel stars and cameo actors [[Ross Lynch]] and [[Debby Ryan]].
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Disney released the first [[Muppets Most Wanted trailers|teaser trailer]] for the film on August 6, 2013 and was shown in theaters with screenings of ''Disney's Planes''. The film's theatrical poster was released on October 28, 2013<ref>[http://www.toughpigs.com/mmw-poster/ Muppets Most Wanted Poster]</ref> and a full [[Muppets Most Wanted trailers|theatrical trailer]] was released on November 21, 2013.
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:''See [[:Category:Muppets Most Wanted Merchandise|Muppets Most Wanted Merchandise]]''
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Several books based on the film—''[[Kermit's Double Trouble]]'', [[Muppets Most Wanted Read-Along Storybook and CD|a read-along storybook and CD]], and [[Muppets Most Wanted: The Junior Novel|a junior novelization]]—were released in February 2014. Additionally, ''[[The Muppets Character Encyclopedia]]'' featured many of the film's new characters.
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[[Muppets Most Wanted (soundtrack)|The film's soundtrack]] was released by [[Walt Disney Records]]. A [[Muppet plush (Disney Store)#Muppets Most Wanted (2014)|collection of Muppet plush dolls]] - including a doll of the villain, Constantine - were released by [[the Disney Store]] in January. [[:File:Muppets Most Wanted Trick or Treat Bag Disney Hollywood Studios.jpg|A trick-or-treat bag]] for the film was available at [[Walt Disney World|Disney's Hollywood Studios]] around [[Halloween]] 2013 to promote the film.
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* [http://muppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted Official webpage on Disney.com]
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* [http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/01/30/muppets-sequel-exclusive/2 Entertainment Weekly - A first look at the Muppets sequel, 'Muppets...Again!'] (1/30/13)
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* [http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b/press_releases/archive/2013/01/28/disney-s-the-muppets-again-kicks-off-production-in-london.aspx#.UQmISL96oUU Disney Press Release: "The Muppets... Again!" Kicks Off Production in London]
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* [http://crazyadventuresinparenting.com/2014/02/muppets-most-wanted-printables-and-activity-sheets.html CrazyAdventuresInParenting.com - Disney’s ''Muppets Most Wanted'' Printables and Activity Sheets] (2014-02-25)
   
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*[http://themuppetmindset.blogspot.com/2014/03/muppets-most-wanted-film-review.html Muppet Mindset, review by Ryan Dosier]
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*[http://www.toughpigs.com/mmw-no-spoilers/ ToughPigs, "Not-Very-Spoilery" review by Joe Hennes]
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*[http://www.toughpigs.com/a-totally-spoilery-review-of-muppets-most-wanted/ ToughPigs, "Totally Spoilery" review by Ryan Roe]
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*[http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Muppets-Most-Wanted-6772.html Cinema Blend.com review]
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*[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-muppets-most-wanted-review-20140321,0,4313415.story#axzz2wdF7ok4m Los Angeles Times review]
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*[http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Movie-review-Muppets-Most-Wanted-5334785.php San Francisco Chronicle review]
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*[http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2014/03/18/review-muppets-most-wanted-is-a-winning-comic-sequel/ Forbes review]
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*[http://www.dvdizzy.com/muppetsmostwanted-film.html DVDDizzy.com review]
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Released March 21, 2014
Running time 107 minutes (theatrical)
124 minutes (extended cut)
Director James Bobin
Written by James Bobin & Nick Stoller
Original music by Bret McKenzie (songs)
Christophe Beck (score)
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Mandeville Films
MPAA Rating PG for some mild action

Muppets Most Wanted is the Muppets' eighth feature film, a direct follow-up to the 2011 feature film The Muppets, released by Disney in 2014. The screenplay was written by James Bobin and Nick Stoller, returning from the previous film. Bobin also returned to direct the film.

A new Pixar short, featuring characters from Monsters University, precedes the film in its theatrical release.[1]

The film has been described as a "comedy caper" set in Europe.[2] Ricky Gervais stars as Dominic Badguy, "a male lead whose intentions are always in question," along with Ty Burrell as Jean Pierre Napoleon, a French Interpol agent, Tina Fey as "a feisty prison guard named Nadya," and a "slew of cameos".[3][4][5]

According to an interview with Kermit the Frog:

The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we're selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppelgänger. He's the world's number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won't tell you any more than that, but let's just say mayhem ensues.[6]

Official SynopsisEdit

MUPPETS-MOST-WANTED

US poster.

Muppets Most Wanted UK poster

UK poster.

Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid 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 Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

CastEdit

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(see also a variant with James Bobin)

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as released by Walt Disney Studios
Muppet Performers
Human Cast
UK Muppet Performers
Additional UK Muppet Performers
LA Muppet Performers

Muppet CastEdit

  • Muppet Characters (speaking)
Andy and Randy Pig, Animal, Babies, Beaker, Beauregard, Big Mean Carl, Bobby Benson, Bobo the Bear, Bull (extended cut), Camilla the Chicken, Chickens, Constantine, Crazy Harry, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Dr. Teeth, Floyd, The Flying Zucchini Brothers, Foo-Foo, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Hobos (extended cut), Janice, Kangaroo (extended cut), Kermit the Frog, Leprechauns, Lew Zealand, Link Hogthrob, Manolo and Carlo Flamingo, Miss Piggy, Miss Poogy, The Newsman, Penguins, Pepe the King Prawn, Pops, Rizzo the Rat, Robin the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Statler and Waldorf, The Swedish Chef, Sweetums, Uncle Deadly, Walter
  • Background Muppets (non-speaking)
80s Robot, Afghan Hound, Angel Marie, Annie Sue, Armadillo, Behemoth, Beautiful Day Monster, Black Dog, Blind Pew, Blustering Bellowpane Monster, Bubba, Bulls, Cactus, Calico, Captain Pighead, Carter, Cockatoo (extended cut), Croaker, Dead Tom (as Thomas Blood), Dr. Julius Strangepork, Droop, Frackles, Frogs, Geri and the Atrics drummer, Gorillas, Gramps, Howard Tubman, J. G., Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy's offspring, Koala (extended cut), Lips, Mahna Mahna, Marvin Suggs, Mildred Huxtetter, Muppaphone, Muppets Tonight Band drummer, The Mutations, Nigel, Old Tom, One-Eyed Jack, Pigs, Pigeon, Pokey, Quongo, Rats, Shark, Sheep, Snowths, Spamela Hamderson, Spotted Dick, Thingy-Thing, Thog, Trumpet Girl, Unicorn, Walleye Pike, Wayne and Wanda, Whatnots, Zoot

CrewEdit

  • Director: James Bobin
  • Writers: James Bobin and Nick Stoller
  • Executive Producers: John G. Scotti, Nick Stoller
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
  • Original Songs: Bret McKenzie
  • Music by: Christophe Beck
  • Muppet Designers and Builders: Puppet Heap
    • Puppet Heap: Paul Andrejco, Lauren Attinello, Barbara Bosak, Kelli Burton, Michael Bush, Stephanie Cathro, Vanessa Chan, Rhys Chapman, Ceili Clemens, Melissa Creighton, Carole D'Agostino, Isabelle Dufour, Richard Dyar, Henri Ewaskio, James Godwin, Anthony Grosso, Elizabeth Hara, Deborah Hertzberg, Ann Marie Holdgruen, Lisa Howard, Jean Marie Keevins, Tom Mclaughlin, Danielle Obinger, Anna Paniccia, Maria Scheibe, Diana Schoenbrun, Mari Tobita, David Valentine, Cynthia Woodie, Brendan Yi-Fu Tay
    • Interns: Jane Andrejco, Margaret Andrejco, Owen Andrejco, Emily Irvine, Casey Miller, Sarah Pickup, Devora Reiss, Nelly Reyes, Yu-Chun Wang
Muppet Workshop

Release DatesEdit

  • Argentina - March 20, 2014
  • Philippines / United States - March 21, 2014
  • UK - March 28, 2014
  • Australia / New Zealand - April 3, 2014
  • Netherlands - April 16, 2014
  • Singapore / Portugal - April 24, 2014
  • Germany - May 1, 2014
  • France - May 7, 2014
  • Brazil - June 26, 2014

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

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James Bobin and Nick Stoller, screen writers of the film.

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Tina Fey (as Nadya) on the set of Muppets Most Wanted

On March 3, 2012 it was announced in Variety that James Bobin and Nick Stoller would pen the screenplay for a sequel to The Muppets.[7] Bobin and Stoller started writing the script on April 12, 2012 which was described as a "comedy caper" set in Europe.[2] In a March 2012 interview, Jason Segel (co-writer, producer, and star of The Muppets) said that he will not return for the sequel, stating: "I have handed off the Muppets to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they're in really good hands. But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they're going to nail it."[8] Stoller said the film could possibly have a cameo for Jason Segel,[2] however Segel later stated that he will not appear in the film.[9]

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appeared at CinemaCon on April 24, 2012 to officially announce that a new Muppet movie is in development. (YouTube) The official Muppets Facebook page reported the news with a teaser image for "The Muppets 2."[10]

It was reported in November 4 that producer Todd Lieberman and composer Bret McKenzie will return for the sequel, which began filming in late January 2013 at Pinewood Studio in London.[2] Principal production in London wrapped on April 16, 2013[11] and filming moved to Los Angeles in May 2013.

In February 2013, production designer Eve Stewart let slip that she was working on a scene featuring Miss Piggy's wedding at the Tower of London.[12] In addition to the United Kingdom, filming also took place outside the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, to recreate the previous film's ending.[13]

In January 2013, Disney announced a release date of March 21, 2014 for the film.[14][15] The working title for the film, which was used throughout principal filming, was "The Muppets... Again!."[16] On June 13, 2013, Disney announced that the film had been retitled Muppets Most Wanted.

CastingEdit

In October 2012, it was announced that Christoph Waltz was originally in negotiations to star as the lead Interpol inspector in the film,[3] however in December it was announced that Ty Burrell was signed to the role (Waltz had declined the part due to schedule conflicts).[4] In an interview posted later that month, Waltz said he'd been talking about the movie again and may still appear, but "it might just be one of these little what-they-call cameos."[17]

On December 16, 2012 Ricky Gervais announced that he would star in the film. Gervais tweeted: "I have just signed up to play the lead in the next Muppet movie. I have the biggest trailer but Kermit will spend some time in my sink."[5] Gervais commented on his role in the film on his website: "You may have read that I have accepted the lead role in the next Muppet movie. I didn't so much accept it as jump at the chance. I fucking love The Muppets. (I'll probably have to tone down my language for Disney.) We start filming in January. I can't wait. I'll be hangin' with those cuddly little critters all day."[18]

In January 2013, reports surfaced that Tina Fey was in the final negotiations to play "a Russian gulag prison guard" in the film.[19]

MarketingEdit

In July 2013, Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared a YouTube video from the cast and crew of Muppets Most Wanted congratulating the royal family on the birth of Prince George. (YouTube) Later that month Muppets Most Wanted was featured in a series of Disney Channel interstitials staring Disney Channel stars and cameo actors Ross Lynch and Debby Ryan.

Disney released the first teaser trailer for the film on August 6, 2013 and was shown in theaters with screenings of Disney's Planes. The film's theatrical poster was released on October 28, 2013[20] and a full theatrical trailer was released on November 21, 2013.

In the months leading to the film's release, the Muppets made many appearances in promotion with the film; including tie-ins with such clients as Toyota, Lipton, QVC and Club Penguin, as well as appearing on talk shows, web videos, and other media.

VideosEdit

ClipsEdit


InterviewsEdit


Promotional stillsEdit

Behind the scenes photosEdit

London premiereEdit

Merchandise and tie-insEdit

See Muppets Most Wanted Merchandise

Several books based on the film—Kermit's Double Trouble, a read-along storybook and CD, and a junior novelization—were released in February 2014. Additionally, The Muppets Character Encyclopedia featured many of the film's new characters.

The film's soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records. A collection of Muppet plush dolls - including a doll of the villain, Constantine - were released by the Disney Store in January. A trick-or-treat bag for the film was available at Disney's Hollywood Studios around Halloween 2013 to promote the film.

Advance screeningsEdit

Deleted scenesEdit

See Muppets Most Wanted deleted scenes

SourcesEdit

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Theatrical Feature Films
1979: The Muppet Movie
1981: The Great Muppet Caper
1984: The Muppets Take Manhattan
1992: The Muppet Christmas Carol
1996: Muppet Treasure Island
1999: Muppets from Space
2011: The Muppets
2014: Muppets Most Wanted
(more productions)
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  1. Entertainment Weekly. Disney to showcase new Pixar short 'Party Central' in front of 'Muppets Most Wanted' - EXCLUSIVE. January 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Exclusive MUPPETS Sequel News: It’s a Caper, Will Have New Muppets, Jason Segel Might Cameo, Possible Summer 2013 Release, More Collider.com 4/13/12
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Christoph Waltz in Negotiations to Star in 'The Muppets' Sequel", The Hollywood Reporter. October 31, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Vulture: Ty Burrell Set to Star in Muppets Sequel. December 8, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Twitter.com - @RickyGervais. December 19, 2012
  6. Entertainment Weekly. A first look at the Muppets sequel, 'Muppets...Again!' -- EXCLUSIVE. January 30, 2013
  7. Disney preps 'Muppets' sequel by Marc Graser (3/3/12)
  8. MTV News 'Muppets' Stars Kermit And Walter Weigh In On Jason Segel's Departure 3/21/12
  9. Jason Segel Says No ‘Muppets’ Sequel Cameo
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  16. Tina Fey in Talks For ‘The Muppets’ Sequel; Working Title Revealed
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  19. Tina Fey in Talks to Join Disney's 'Muppets' Sequel (Exclusive)
  20. Muppets Most Wanted Poster

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