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5 Challenges of Making A Muppets Movie: An Interview With James Bobin

Did you all go out and see Muppets Most Wanted?

Muppets Most Wanted Movie

I took my kids and they loved it! I was forced to take them to Subway so they could get the Muppets kids meal bags and they have been singing “together again, again” and “we’re doing a sequel” non-stop! While I was in LA for the premiere, we got a chance to sit down with the movie’s director James Bobin, who is responsible for much of the first and second Muppets movies. It was a fun, light-hearted time, Bobin fund humor in so many of our amusing questions!


Disney's Muppets Most Wanted Director James Bobin


Here are a few of the challenges that Bobin faced with directing Muppets Most Wanted…


1. What was the toughest scene to film?

All of the scenes are pretty difficult. The Muppets are not easy to shoot, especially when you have to show their whole bodies. Sometimes, particularly in action sequences, you can’t have partial bodies.It was very difficult to shoot the scene where the helicopter flies away and multiple Muppets grab it. “That whole sequence at the end, on the roof of the thing escaping took a, you know, a good two, two-and-a-half weeks, which is a long time for us, yeah normally.” Also, there’s a scene where Constantine is dancing with Dominic Badguy that was difficult, the frogs whole body was showing and it took 6 puppeteers to function each of Constantine’s limbs during the song and dance.


2. How much filming do you actually have to do?

They had to do a whole lot of filming, the principal photography, which is about 95 percent of the film was in London. Almost every destination in the movie was shot in or around London, “going to Berlin with the entire Muppet cast and crew would’ve been a very expensive endeavor in doing it.” Not too many people know that the Muppet show back in the ’70s was made in London, which felt like home for the Muppets.


3. What was the time frame of making the movie from start to finish?

Bobin started writing out ideas in early 2012 just as the first Muppets movie was coming out. The writing resumed in the summer of 2012, the film started shooting in January of 2013 and finished by November. So it took about a year and a half to two years, which is pretty quick for a movie, generally. They were very clear on what they wanted to do with the sequel.


4. What was the difference between shooting the first and second Muppets movies, and what were you trying to accomplish?

For the first movie, Bobin never worked with puppets before, so he had to learn how to frame shots, make the puppet world feel realistic and that they were alive, breathing people who interact with the world we live in. “I think just getting to that level for me was an achievement.” So Bobin thought that this time around, they should do some more adventurous, bigger stuff. A film with a criminal allows for bigger action sequences. “I think that’s when you’re doing a sequel there’s all sorts of things you have to deal with. One of them is you want to try and make a different movie. You don’t want to make the same movie twice, and that’s very important.”


5. Who was the toughest Muppet to work with?

Bobin says that none of them were difficult, they were great to work with. He grew up watching the Muppets as a kid, so working with them for me is like working with heroes! For Constantine,  really at heart is not all bad Constantine. Every day that Bobin goes to work, he’s just so happy to be there, so it’s difficult to get stern with them. “Like little Kermit is like–– like my hero growing up so meeting him and getting to work with him and even write lines for him is just amazing.”


Group of Bloggers with Director James Bobin, Muppets Most Wanted Event


It’s so neat to be able to get a look at the making of the movie, so much work goes into it! Make sure you catch Muppets Most Wanted, in theaters now! Your whole family will enjoy it!


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