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There were cars & stars at last night's world premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" at the El Capitan Theatre

There were cars & stars at last night's world premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" at the El Capitan Theatre

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Yesterday evening, there were thousands of people lined up along Hollywood Boulevard.


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Not to mention hundreds more peering down from nearby rooftops.


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And why were all of these folks staring so intently at the El Capitan Theatre. Because that's where the world premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" was being held last night.


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And as a long time Muppet fan, I have to say that it was really pretty sweet that Walt Disney Pictures decided to have Sweetums lead off last night's parade of celebrities.


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And after that big, hairy ogre went galumphing by, who came rolling down the red carpet but Miss Piggy and Kermit.


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FYI: The 2014 Toyota Highlander was the Muppets' vehicle of choice last night. Below you can see Rowlf the Dog, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, Scooter, Animal and Walter rolling up to the El Cap in a custom Highlander.


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Sadly, there were no Toyotas waiting for the human members of the "Muppets Most Wanted" cast. So Danny Trejo & Tina Fey ...


(L to R) Danny Trejo & Tina Fey work the press line
outside of the El Capitan Theatre.
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... and Ricky Gervais had to hoof it to the theater.


Ricky Gervais grabs a selfie with some very excited Muppet fans. Copyright
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And as you might expect, what with this being the world premiere of a Walt Disney Pictures release and all, there were lots of Disney Channel & Disney XD stars on hand last night. Talented young people like  Francesca Capaldi from "Dog with a Blog," Skai Jackson from "Jessie" ...


(L to R) Skai Jackson & Francesa Capaldi talked about who their favorite
Muppets are. Photo by Alice Hill

... and Jake Short from "Mighty Med." Who -- in the great Ebert & Siskel "At the Movies" tradition -- was already giving "Muppets Most Wanted" two big thumbs up.


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But as it always is at events like this, once the last members of the film's cast have strolled down the red carpet ...


Ty Burrell smiles for a sea of photographers at last night's "Muppets Most Wanted"
world premiere. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

... and the official studio photographers have gotten all of the glamour shots they need of that night's event ...


(L to R) Tina Fey, Constantine, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais and Ty
Burrell at last night's event. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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It's time then for everyone who had tickets to this world premiere to head on in the El Capitan. Where -- after they walked past all of the "Muppets Most Wanted" props that were on display out in the lobby ...


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... who did this star-studded audience discover was up in the balcony but Statler & Waldorf!


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Meanwhile out on Hollywood Boulevard, as the light began to fade and the huge crowds of Muppet fans began to slip off into the night ...


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... teams of workers quickly broke down the special bank vault set that had been specially built for the "Muppets Most Wanted" premiere ...


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... because -- believe it or not -- the El Capitan will be hosting another world premiere less than 36 hours from now. One that has to do with a Marvel superhero that Sam the Eagle would surely approve of: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."


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So which of these two soon-to-be-released Walt Disney Pictures production are you most looking forward to seeing?

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  • Awesome! I'm looking forward to the film.

  • Jim, have you heard of any recent work or plans for future Muppet attractions in the Parks?

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