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Disney’s The Muppets – Meet new friends Gary, Walter & Mary, say hello to old friends Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal





GARY (Jason Segel) is loyal to his brother Walter-the
two do everything together. “Gary is from Smalltown, USA,” says Jason Segel (TV’s “How I Met
Your Mother,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), a longtime Muppet fan who created
the role with himself in mind. “He’s very naïve, sweet and innocent, and he’s
very much in love with his girlfriend Mary. He’s torn between his brother and
growing into a new phase of maturation where it’s time to be with his
girlfriend. He’s lived with his brother forever so that is his big struggle.”

The plot thickens when the trio decides to take a vacation.
Says Segel, “The movie starts out with me and my brother Walter, whose wildest
fantasy is to meet the Muppets. My goal is to take a vacation to L.A. with my girlfriend Mary. So we all
come to L.A. and while taking a tour of Muppet Studios, which are now decrepit,
we find out that they’re going to be torn down to drill for oil. So we have to
find Kermit, reunite the Muppets-who have disbanded because of professional
rivalries-and put on a show to raise enough money to save the studio.”

Gary throws himself into the effort,
putting his relationship with Mary on the back burner-again. Will he ever be
able to grow up and embrace true love?

With his
Kermit t-shirt and watch, WALTER
is a devoted fan of the Muppets. The lifelong resident of Smalltown, USA, dreams of meeting his heroes one
day, and feels that-just maybe-he belongs with them. So when brother Gary and
his girlfriend Mary plan a trip to Los Angeles, Walter joins them with hopes of
realizing his dream once and for all.

The role
marks the big-screen debut for Walter, and one seemingly written for him. “I
play Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan,” says the star, “which is a real
coincidence, since I happen to be the world’s biggest Muppet fan and my name is
Walter. It’s like I was made to play this part.”

finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time-or is it the right
time?-when he overhears evil oil baron Tex Richman discussing a plot to destroy
Muppet Studios. With the help of Gary and Mary, it’s Walter who sets the plan
in motion to reunite the Muppets and save the studio. His pure-hearted
enthusiasm for all things Muppets just might save more than the studio, too.

MARY (Amy Adams) is a valued shop teacher in Smalltown, USA-at least if the number of apples on
her desk are any indication. She is Gary’s longtime girlfriend who often
finds herself playing third wheel to Gary and his brother Walter.

shares Gary and Walter’s sweet, innocent disposition, but she’s growing
weary of sharing her boyfriend with Walter. She can’t help but hope for a
magical proposal during their Los Angeles
vacation, but her plans are derailed when news of Muppet Studios’ pending
demise spur the trio into expressly non-marriage-proposal action.

Amy Adams (“The Fighter,” “Julie & Julia”) was called on
for the role-in a way that was impossible to miss, says the actress. “Jason and
Kermit sent me an invitation to be in Disney’s “The Muppets”-they asked if I’d
read the script and consider the role of Mary. Kermit was a big part of my
decision. I don’t like to tell Jason that ’cause he’s a little sensitive that I
might be partial to Kermit, but I am.”

In Disney’s
“The Muppets,” KERMIT THE FROG (Kermit
the Frog)
lives a quiet, solitary life. It’s been a few years since the
Muppets last performed together and Kermit doesn’t realize how much he misses
his friends until he’s tracked down by Walter, Gary and Mary from Smalltown,
and convinced to reunite with the rest of the Muppets to save Muppet Studios.

to the role he made famous in six previous Muppet movies, “The Muppet Show” and
countless TV specials and internet videos, is Kermit the Frog. “I’ve played
other parts, like Bob Crachit in ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’ and Captain
Smollett in ‘Muppet Treasure Island,’ says Kermit, “but I think me is my
favorite part.”

The role is a bit of a departure for the frog known for his
unifying spirit and award-winning songs like “The Rainbow Connection.” “The
movie is filled with comedy, music and adventure-like all the Muppet movies,”
says Kermit. “But I play quite a dramatic role. You see a side of me that maybe
you haven’t see before-and I’m not just taking about new camera angles. Acting
wise, I really stretch to play me. One of my favorite moments is singing a
brand new original song called ‘Pictures in my Head.’ I walk through the halls
of a big mansion looking at portraits of my Muppet friends and missing those
guys. It was very emotional…and I think it will disprove critics who’ve said
‘the frog can’t emote.'”

Kermit, who’s always the glue that holds the Muppets
together, has a big job in this movie, going head to head with Tex Richman-a
guy who’s lost his laugh-to save the studio.

TEX RICHMAN (Chris Cooper) is a rich oil baron who’s concocted a devious plan to
destroy Muppet Studios, presumably to dig for the oil he claims is underneath.

But the
truth, says Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “The Bourne Identity”), who portrays
the villain, is that Tex has a personal vendetta against the Muppets. “He
blames the Muppets for a terrible event that happened to him at his 10th
birthday party,” says Cooper. “He is unable to laugh and has vowed to destroy
the Muppets.”

But Tex
Richman’s inability to laugh doesn’t stop him from taking part in other Muppet
antics. He may be cold-hearted and conniving, but this oil magnate has a few
secrets up his sleeve that are more fun than fiendish.

MISS PIGGY (Miss Piggy) showcases her diva attitude and big
personality in a new made-to-order gig in Disney’s “The Muppets.” As plus-size
editor of Vogue Paris, she shares her sublime fashion sensibilities with
readers worldwide… at least until Kermit shows up.

The Frog is
there, of course, as part of his mission to reunite all the Muppets to save
Muppet Studios from Tex Richman. But Miss Piggy can read between the lines: she
knows an invitation for love when she sees it. And really-how could she say no
to Kermie?

Playing the
role of Miss Piggy is none other than Miss Piggy (“Muppets from Space,” TV’s
“The Muppet Show”). “It’s the role I was born to play,” says the
internationally famous star. “Moi plays a high-powered, confident, charismatic,
gorgeous, scene-stealing star who saves the day and wins her frog’s heart.”

Her fans
would expect nothing less.

FOZZIE BEAR (Fozzie Bear) lives to make people laugh. So
during the Muppets’ extended hiatus depicted in Disney’s “The Muppets,” the
stand-up comic bear was determined to keep his act and the spirit of the
Muppets alive-even if it meant joining up with a Reno casino tribute band called the
Moopets. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the Moopets may be
sincere, but they’re also a little creepy.

Moopets recreate great Muppet moments,” says Fozzie Bear (“The Great Muppet
Caper,” TV’s “The Muppet Show”), who is back on the big screen as his namesake,
“at least that’s what they told me we were doing. Could’ve fooled me.”

of who he shares the stage with, Fozzie will try anything to tickle the
audience’s funny bones: gags, novelties, whoopee cushions, banana peels,
custard pies and recycled jokes that earn more winces than laughs-particularly
from his in-house hecklers, Statler and Waldorf (aka “those two old guys in the
balcony”) In truth, Statler and Waldorf just might be the bear’s biggest fans.
Though they’d never admit it, they may actually be happy to see Fozzie and the
Muppets reunited-and they might have to throw the bear a laugh or two this time
if it means saving Muppet Studios.

VERONICA (Rashida Jones) is a network executive called on by
the Muppets to air their studio-saving telethon. She’s not easily swayed, and
it’ll take a big-name star to seal the deal.

Rashida Jones (“The Social Network,” TV’s “The Office) portrays the
tough-as-nails woman to impress. “I play a hard-nosed, stressed-out TV
executive,” says Jones, “but I am the only one who gives the Muppets the chance
to air their fundraising telethon. I definitely crack the whip, though, because
I’m scared of losing my job and I’m scared it’s not going to be successful-I
yell at Kermit a lot.”

It won’t be easy, but
hopefully, Kermit can charm Veronica like he charms every woman, network exec
and diva pig he encounters.

GONZO THE GREAT (The Great Gonzo) has been very busy since the Muppets
last performed. In Disney’s “The Muppets,” Kermit, Walter and the gang find
that Gonzo’s career is down the drain-literally. “I play a plumbing magnate,”
says the daredevil who returns to the role he singlehandedly made famous. “In
this movie, we see what happens when I pursue plumbing-my original career
choice. Actually, show business and plumbing have a lot in common-especially
when it comes to clogs and snakes.”

It takes
some convincing-and an increase in health insurance coverage-to get Gonzo back
on stage. Fortunately, Gonzo (“The Muppets Take Manhattan,” TV’s “The Muppet
Show”), a pioneer of all things weird, can’t resist the temptation of the wild
and wacky stunts he performs to earn the eternal admiration (not to mention shock
and awe) of his audience-and one very special chicken named Camilla.

stage act, which includes shooting himself from a cannon, balancing a piano on
his nose, or eating radial tires to classical music, will likely always end in
disaster-but that’s the whole point!

ANIMAL (Animal), the ultimate rock n’ roll
survivor, finally addresses a troublesome personality trait and finds himself
in an anger management program in Disney’s “The Muppets.” He’s traded in his
drums for a flute and is struggling to redefine his identity. As if…

But fear
not, fans of the over-the-top, monosyllabic, appetite-with-legs drummer from
Dr. Teeth’s Electric Mayhem Band. Once reunited with the Muppets, Animal’s
incessant (yet innocent) pursuit of rock n’ roll, food and women (not
necessarily in that order) returns. “Me like,” says Animal (“Muppet Treasure
Island,” TV’s “The Muppet Show”). “Movie good.”

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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