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Fun film facts from Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted”

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” officially takes place in the present day, however filmmakers travelled back in time to add flavour to the film.


The plot harkens back to ’60s crime capers. The music sports elements of the ’80s. Production design for the Hollywood scenes paid homage to ’40s-era Hollywood. Costume design uses references from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. And the Muppets, who burst onto the entertainment scene in 1976, keep the ’70s close to their hearts.

This is just for starters, to celebrate the UK release of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted”, in cinemas from March 28th, we’ve pulled together some fabulous fun facts from the movie.

Lucky numbers

According to the opening number in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted”, the new film is the seventh sequel to their original motion picture, 1979’s “The Muppet Movie,” so it’s really the Muppets’ eighth big-screen extravaganza in 35 years.

Redemption

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” star Ricky Gervais actually filmed a cameo for Disney’s “The Muppets” but the scene was ultimately cut from the film. Fortunately,  his bond with the Muppets was cemented and he reunited with the gang for the new film.

French Ty

 Ty Burrell’s character Jean Pierre Napoleon is a French Interpol Agent. Director James Bobin pitched the character as an amalgam of all the French inspectors that ever existed. Bobin also reportedly discouraged subtlety in Burrell’s performance.

Gulag Garg

The look for Tina Fey’s character Nadya was inspired in part by the girl in Elton John’s video for “Nikita.” Who says prison guards can’t be a little sexy?

And the winner is

Constantine has never lost in the voting for “World’s Number One Criminal” – though some suspect he cheats.

A dressing room with a walk-in closet

With a whopping 24 costume changes, Miss Piggy has more outfits than any Muppet or human. She has more costumes than all of the humans combined.

Anything for the Muppets

Despite the fact that film crews are rarely given access, the Tower of London granted permission to the Muppets team to film inside the walls of the famous locale. Extra security was assigned to Constantine.

Just in case, Kermie

Miss Piggy’s ring size is an 8.

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Seeing stars

In the grand tradition of the Muppets, the film features a host of cool cameos. Revealed so far are Danny Trejo, Tom Hiddleston, Celine Dion, Salma Hayek, P Diddy, Christoph Waltz and Ross Lynch.

Choo Choo

The Bluebell Railway, a heritage line running for 11 miles along the border between East and West Sussex in England, features in the film. The period station doubled for Dublin station in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted”,

Big Muscles

Animal’s bicep (flexed) measures 4 ¼ inches. (It measures 4 ¼ inches when he’s not flexing, too.)

Laugh out loud, out loud

According to set sources, director James Bobin was often caught laughing on set—repeatedly. Same scene? Same joke? Still laughing.

Crew the dancers

After shooting several takes of a musical number sung by Tina Fey, the entire crew was invited to join the cast on set for the final take.

Big Wheels

Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon’s teeny tiny little European car in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is named Le Maximum (of course).

Face in the crowd

Director James Bobin invited his mom and dad to serve as extras at a Muppets celebration in one of the film’s climactic scenes.

Tying it up

Kermit’s shoe size is a Kids’ size 5 (U.S.). Constantine claims his is a 5 ½ (but he’s likely exaggerating).

About the movie

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, Dublin 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—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin 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 28, 2014. For more information, visit Disney.com/Muppets, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Muppets, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/TheMuppets.

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