Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pretty mediocre photographic fakery, they cut off Gonzo's head

Here's the poster for the recent Muppets film.

The poster is full of obscure Muppets like "the big blue guy" and "the blonde hippie muppet chick".

Plus upfront we get the two human stars and the new Walter puppet.

The movie was very successful as far as Muppet films go... but Disney had poured so much money into promotion that, when it was outgrossed by Chipwrecked, it was just a moderate success.

So, the promotion department at Disney made some changes to the art for the DVD:

Jason Segel has been cast off to the bottom corner. Amy Adams fares slightly better... but Walter? He's squashed into the top.

Obscure Muppets have been banished and, worst of all:

Look above Amy's head. See Gonzo's arms? Yep. Do you see his head?

Headless Gonzo=DVD sales.

Guy Hutchinson
Guy Hutchinson


  1. I'll give you the blue guy, but Janice is obscure? Maybe I am too big of a nerd.

    I'll probably give the move another chance when it comes out on DVD but when I saw it in the theater I thought it was only so-so.

  2. No, Janice isn't obscure and she actually is on both covers. The whole post is flawed now.

    I wanted to reference Lew Zeland but the hippie joke seemed funnier.

    And the blue guy is named Thog. I spend too much time on the "Tough Pigs" site to pretend not to know that.

    I wasn't blown away by the film either. It may have been a case of high expectations.