Today the Muppets were honored with their own Star on Hollywood’s infamous Walk of Fame or as Fozzie would say, the “Wocka Wocka of Fame”. While they were being honored, their new movie “The Muppets” was released on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Our long awaited copy arrived this afternoon and the kids and I watched the movie as the rain poured down outside! Then we watched it again and another time, almost 6 times now :)
Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler emceed the presentation along with special guest speakers Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios and Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums, and Walter, the newest Muppet, were on hand to accept the honor. The Muppets’ star can be found in front of the historic El Capitan Theatre and is the 2,466th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Thanks to creative genius Jim Henson and these extraordinary puppeteers, the Muppets are truly worldwide icons and Hollywood stars,” said Rich Ross, Chairman The Walt Disney Studios. “They are a treasured part of the Disney family, and we’re thrilled to see them join so many other luminaries on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Kermit made his first TV appearance in 1955 and now over 50 years later the Muppets are a global phenomenon that are still going strong. Since “The Muppet Show” launched in 1976, the Muppets became a worldwide sensation. Following the success of “The Muppet Show,” the Muppets hit the big screen, with the release of their first feature film, “The Muppet Movie,” in 1979. The film starred a diverse group of actors such as the legendary Bob Hope, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor and Paul Williams.
This set a precedent and ever since then all Muppet films are known for their celebrity cast and cameos including “The Great Muppet Caper” (1981), “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992), “Muppet Treasure Island” (1996) and “Muppets from Space” (1999).
Their most recent movie, “The Muppets” (2011) follows Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), from Smalltown, USA, to Los Angeles for vacation where they discover the evil plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to demolish Muppet Studios and drill for the oil discovered under the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.
Muppet mania stayed strong long after “The Muppet Show” ended and spread to television specials, documentaries the Muppet Magazine from 1983-1988 and “The Muppets” comic strip. From 1980-2001 Muppet characters were featured both domestically and internationally in Museum exhibits “The Art of The Muppets,” “The World of Jim Henson: Muppets, Monsters & Magic,” “The Vision of Jim Henson” and others.
You’ve probably seen the Muppets over the years in public service announcements or acting as spokespeople for many domestic and international causes ranging from The National Wildlife Federation, UNICEF and the American Film Institute, to the University of Maryland, the American Library Association and the Better World Society. And chances are if you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, you’ve seen the giant balloon Kermit.
Their newest film Disney’s “The Muppets” is one of the year’s best-loved family comedies and ranks as one of the best reviewed films of 2011. With stars Jason Segel, Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams, and favorite celebrity couple Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, “The Muppets” is now available on Blu- rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand formats. The film that’s an instant classic and must-own movie for the whole family, includes the DVD and digital soundtrack packaged together and also offered as the ultimate Muppets experience, a ‘WockaWocka Value Pack,’ which contains the movie on Blu-ray high definition, DVD and Digital Copy (three discs), plus a download card which allows fans to own all the songs including Bret McKenzie’s Oscar®-winning “Man or Muppet”. The Wocka Wocka Value pack is definitely the best bang for your buck!