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ReneC
03-12-2008, 06:33 AM
My fiancée and I were watching "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and I suddenly had the thought of what Star Wars might be like with a Muppets cast. We talked about it, laughed about it, and I wanted to share what we came up with here.

We had thought that Kermit would make an excellent Yoda, but Miss Piggy is the obvious Princess Leia (actually, she outright demanded it while we were talking), so that means Kermit has to play Han Solo.

So who's Yoda? Aha! Rizzo the Rat! (Watch A Muppet Christmas Carol and it's clear how he's the perfect choice.)

Han needs a Chewbacca. Someone fuzzy. Okay...Fozzy!

Han and Chewie need a ship. Well, the Muppets already have a ship, don't they? Thus, the Millennium Falcon will be played by the ship from Pigs in Space.

Luke Skywalker is difficult. At first we thought that Gonzo should fill the role but he is actually too whiney. Luke is also naive...how about Scooter?

So who should Gonzo play? Whiney-to-the-point-of-wanting-to-smack-the-hell-out-of-him and with a grating voice? Perfect! C-3P0!

The other droid...R2-D2...so very expressive with only beeps and whistles at his disposal...BEEKER!!! It's so obvious.

Luke needs a mentor, someone with direction, with the Force behind him, always wielding a weapon, quick to recover in the face of adversity...who could possibly answer this call? The Swedish Chef will play Obi-Wan!

Ralph can't be left out. He's suave, poetic, charming...well, geez, he's Lando!

As for Stormtroopers, they're plentiful, white, and single-minded. They'll be played by the chickens with little white helmets and rifles.

Jabba the Hutt. Which Muppet is fearsome enough, intimidating enough, LARGE enough to play Jabba? Sweetums!

How can we possibly forget Animal? But which Star Wars character could Animal portray? He's brutal, relentless, formidable...of course! He's Boba Fett!

Sam the Eagle. He's outspoken, authoritarian to the point of dictatorial, a Republican. He is Darth Vader.

The Emperor...cruel, manipulative, insensitive, callous, and ruthless in the pursuit of his designs...may we present Dr. Bunsen Honeydew? His treatment of Beeker over the years casts him perfectly in this role.

Waldorf and Statler will appear as themselves, of course.

:thankyou:

What other movies/books/plays do you suppose the Muppets should prepare for next?

JacobWorld
03-13-2008, 01:05 PM
I recon the best would be Dustin the Turkey - from Ireland
I love it

Zelenka
03-13-2008, 03:56 PM
What other movies/books/plays do you suppose the Muppets should prepare for next?

The Harry Potter films, definitely. Kermit as Harry, Miss Piggy as Hermione (ok, so that'd have to put pay to the Hermione / Ron thing but artistic license!) and Fozzie as Ron.

Unless you had Miss Piggy in a gender-reversed version in the title role as Harriet Trotter, of course.

I'm going because I'm starting to put far too much thought into this... ;)

auntybug
03-13-2008, 04:49 PM
My vote would be "Wizard of Oz" but they did it & it stunk! I was very disappointed. (I'm a muppets junkie from way back...)

We just watched the original the other night. Hubby is convinced more than ever how insane I am. I sang along (loudly & poorly) with every song while my 11 year old daughter was barely amused...

*goes to storage to dig out animal hand puppet & wind up doozer*

Shadow_Ferret
03-13-2008, 10:40 PM
I might mention here that Yoda was in fact a Muppet.

III
03-13-2008, 10:42 PM
I might mention here that Yoda was in fact a Muppet.

:ROFL: (laughing because that didn't cross my mind in the first place)

Sarpedon
03-13-2008, 11:08 PM
hmm, was he really? Yeah I know he was voiced by Frank Oz, but does that make him a muppet? Wasnt' the puppet constructed by Industial Light and Magic rather than Henson's workshop?

Ooh, an interesting existential question; what makes a muppet?

ReneC
03-13-2008, 11:28 PM
I might mention here that Yoda was in fact a Muppet.

Googly eyes and fuzzy skin does not a Muppet make. Jim Henson's company only consulted in the construction of Yoda. It was just a puppet, not a Muppet.

Got us thinking, you did.

ChunkyC
03-14-2008, 12:16 AM
Actually, since Frank Oz 'acted' Yoda, I'd say Yoda was indeed a muppet. After all, muppets are puppets. Both Yoda and Fozzie Bear, for example, were conceived by the same puppet makers and both were performed by the same puppetteer.

ETA: some interesting links on this....

Was Yoda a Muppet? (http://www.askipedia.com/askipedia-article-004001-1031.htm)

The Making of Yoda (http://1001resources.com/hosting/users/cinesecrets/pmMakingYoda1.html)

As for movies with Muppet casts, I can think of a few that might well have been improved by having Beaker and Kermit etc. taking the lead roles:

XXX

Anything else with Vin Diesel

Sarpedon
03-14-2008, 12:27 AM
Possible definitions of Muppet:

A muppet is a puppet which:

1. Was constructed by Henson's company.
2. Was voiced by a person associated with Henson's company (like Frank Oz)
3. Appeared on 'the Muppet Show' or one of the 'Muppet Movies.' (or possibly Sesame Street)

Which leads to an interesting question...Did Yoda ever appear on the Muppet show or Sesame street?

This is becoming delightfully absurd! :D

auntybug
03-14-2008, 12:39 AM
No one's done this yet?
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/auntybug/kermit.jpg

III
03-14-2008, 12:55 AM
Boogie Nights (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0118749/).

Kermit as Dirk Diggler
Fozzie as Reed Rothchild
Miss Piggie as Rollerpig
Janet as Amber Waves
Scooter as Scotty
Dr. Teeth as Jack Horner

maxmordon
03-15-2008, 08:33 AM
The Godfather

Don Vito-The Swedish Chef
Michael-Kermit the frog
Sonny-Gonzo
Kay-Miss Piggy
Fredo-Fozzie
Luca Brassi-Animal
Johnny Fountaine-Rowlf the Dog
Jack Waltz-Sam The Eagle
Tom Hagen-Beaker
Tattaglia-Waldorf
Moe Greene-Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Emilio Barzini-Statler
Corrupt cop they kill on the restaurant-Rizzo The Rat

cethklein
03-16-2008, 11:17 PM
Star Wars Episode 1.

Awwwww, too soon?

MattW
03-17-2008, 01:25 AM
Pulp Fiction

Vincent & Jules - Statler and Waldorf
Mia Wallace - Janice
Marcellus Wallace - Dr Teeth
Mr Wolf - Rolf
Butch - Rizzo the Rat
Pumpkin - Kermit
Honey Bunny - Miss Piggy
Jimmy - Scooter
The Gimp - Sweetums



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Stormhawk
03-17-2008, 01:42 AM
*has sudden urges to go watch Labyrinth. Again.*