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D23 Expo: Ty Burrell Previews ‘Muppets Most Wanted’
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D23 Expo 2013: Muppets Most Wanted

Get ready for Muppet mayhem in March 2014, as a preview of Muppets Most Wanted shown today at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, suggests this will be a fantastic sequel to the 2011 feature, The Muppets.

The newly-shown footage says that Constantine, the villainous Kermit look-alike with a mole, is the “world’s greatest criminal (that) bears resemblance to someone you know.” Constantine is a riot, as indicated by the clips, including a musical sequence where he asserts his “number one” authority over Ricky Gervais’ character, Dominic, aka Number Two.

The scene began with the Muppets in a theatre, looking for Kermit, and in comes Gervais with Kermit “clone” Constantine, who tries to cover up his European accent. Animal senses this is not his amphibian pal and attempts to eat Constantine’s arm. Constantine talks with Walter, but the cheerful Muppet does not understand who this is. Constantine struggles to say the word “burglary” when scheming with Gervais’ character, and then the two enter their duet on a staircase. They even “tap dance.” This was hilarious, and the audience was apparently the “first in the world” to see this footage, according to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Sean Bailey.

D23 ExpoTy Burrell Muppets Most Wanted

Ty Burrell of Modern Family fame, who leads the comedic cast that also includes Gervais and Tina Fey, rode into the Expo presentation in a tiny Interpol cab (a Le Maxium, a tiny European car), which was so small that it required at least fifteen seconds for the comedian to extract himself from the minute vehicle.

“It usually takes a lot longer to get out of that car,” Burrell joked, adding that he used the carpool lane on the I-5 freeway to get to the Expo.

Burrell, who plays French Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon in Muppets Most Wanted, apologized to anyone in the crowd who is French, since he says speaks in an awkward French accent in the movie.

D23 ExpoTy Burrell Muppets Most Wanted

One scene showed Burrell comparing the sizes of his badges with the ultra-American Sam Eagle.

Though none of the Muppets appeared in person, we viewed them via “satellite” from the Pinewood Studios in London.

Miss Piggy popped up on the screen first, saying, “Yes, applaud widely. It’s okay.”

Fey and Kermit the Frog emerged onto the screen, donning shirts that said “P23.” The “P” resembled the “D” of the Disney font, but extended downward. Apparently Miss Piggy was under the impression that the Anaheim convention celebrated her, hence the “P.” Not correct, Miss Piggy, as the event is honoring Disney. Funny material!

D23 ExpoTy Burrell Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted will undeniably be a laugh-out-loud movie experience, a must for any Muppets fan. Catch it in theaters March 21, 2014.

Directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Gervais. Fey is featured as Nadya, a feisty prison guard. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

Muppets Most Wanted title card

Stay posted on new D23 Expo updates by following @bnachmanreports and @geeksofdoom on Twitter. And check back here at Geeks of Doom for more news from me on the D23 Expo!

[Muppets Most Wanted and D23 Expo images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Used with permission.]

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