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The Set of 400: #42 – My Favorite Barbershop Quartet

Today! Because that’s nothing, I once waited a whole year for September –

The Muppets (2011)

Directed by James Bobin

Starring Jason Segel (x3), Amy Adams (x2), Steve Whitmire (x6), Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz (x6), Bill Barretta (x3), Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, David Rudman (x2), Chris Cooper (x3), Rashida Jones (x3), Jack Black (x6), Alan Arkin (x6), Zach Galifianakis (x2), Bill Cobbs (x2), Mickey Rooney, Ken Jeong (x3), Jim Parsons, Kristen Schaal (x2), Sarah Silverman (x3), Donald Glover, Emily Blunt, James Carville, Whoopi Goldberg (x6), Selena Gomez, Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris (x2), John Krasinski, Judd Hirsch (x2), Rico Rodriguez, Eddie Pepitone (x2)

Man, it is disconcerting seeing full-body Muppets with legs, right? Like, sitting is okay, but standing like that? Gah! Muppets on bicycles is such a cool trick that it was never visually an issue seeing their whole body, so why is the above picture so strange? And this was an actual poster for the movie – maybe not the most common one, but still!

It’s pretty ingenious puppeteering!

The 2011 Muppet film was the first big screen adventure for the gang in twelve years. They’d popped up in a bunch of TV specials, and started a pretty decent YouTube channel for music videos and song parodies and the like, but the days of major pop culture relevance were long behind them. Thus, when rumors started that there was this new, glossy Disney film with big stars attached and one-half of Flight of the Conchords doing the songs, I was excited but pretty skeptical. Would this actually see the light of day? Could a new Muppet film truly come to pass? There have been whispers of a Fraggle Rock movie for over a decade now, so it’s not like these things tend to materialize. And serious, the best Muppet product from the previous decade was a somewhat nausea-inducing Playstation game, Muppet Race Mania, so what kind of hope could I have?

Significant as being Frank Oz’s last full project with the Muppets, it was also a pretty fun game.

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The Set of 400: #387 – My Favorite Animated Representation of My Life Goals

Today! Because we’ve got a diem to carpe –

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, Will Forte, Laraine Newman, Ariel Winter, Neil Flynn

They had a few writing and producing credits, mostly on TV, before this, but Cloudy would kick off the big screen careers of the great Lord and Miller, responsible for a number of solid comedies in the years since as directors/producers, including 21 and 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, and Cloudy 2 as well as the entire run of FOX’s great The Last Man on Earth. They were also at the helm of the funniest Star Wars movie we’ll never see – Solo: A Star Wars Story – The First Two Weeks of Production, before Disney fired them, and the movie went on to be a colossal failure (I still liked Solo, but man, what might’ve been!). Continue reading

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