11 February 2012
Special FXs Muppets or not?
Do the special effects in the new 'Muppet Movie' make the movie or make it like all the other movies released in recent years?
We finally got to see the new Muppet Movie this week with our (almost) three-year old boy. He loved it, although he did get a little restless towards the end. However we're not discussing a small child's 'sitting-power' during the movie, but rather if the movie was really enhanced and enriched by the power of modern technology used by Disney? In the old days of The Muppets (the nineteen-eighties), Jim Henson combined so many simple puppetry techniques to achieve a really simple but effective end result. Remember Kermit riding the bicycle in the first Muppet Movie? (See the photo of Henson manipulating the close-up Kermit)
So my question is 'have the Muppets really improved with all our new technology or did the original characters, with all their flaws have more personality' as they broke through many barriers in order to convince their audience of their 'reality'?
(Our thanks to PuppetVision Blog for the alert)