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Muppet Purists Enraged With Jason Segel

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Disney has been doing a wonderful job with marketing The Muppets. Up until now we have seen two official trailers, three faux movie trailers, and other promotional items for the new Muppets movie starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets. But even with all the positive reactions towards the promotions, Jim Henson’s old team doesn’t seem to be completely on board.

According to an extensive article written by THR, Jim Henson’s old team doesn’t agree with how Jason Segel and his creative partner Nicholas Stoller have been representing their beloved creations. The article states that they don't think Segel, Stoller and Bobin have a complete understanding of the characters, or that they merely have forgone some of the "characters' integrity" just for some of the laughs in the script. Another member said that They're looking at the script on a joke-by-joke basis, rather than as a construction of character and story."

One joke that they were critical of was the fart joke that appeared in the last trailer. "We wouldn't do that; it's too cheap. It may not seem like much in this world of [Judd] Apatow humor, but the characters don't go to that place." I really don’t think that one fart joke should stigmatize the movie especially when Kermit the Frog says, "The Muppets have always been about artistic integrity. Not cheap tricks."

Another concern with some Muppet purists is that Kermit would never live in a mansion, as he does in this movie. The Muppets, depicted in the script as jealous of Kermit's wealth, would not have broken up in bitterness. The script "creates a false history that the characters were forced to act out for the sake of this movie," says an old Muppets hand. I really don’t think that minor things like where a Muppet resides should have any direct effect on the movie itself, I believe in the spirit of the characters and anything physical should just be treated as second thought.

The irony of this entire situation is that Jason Segel is a huge fan of The Muppets.