The Muppets has done rather well at the box office in its first five days even if it didn’t end up beating out Breaking Dawn, and critics are loving it everywhere. For those that have seen it though, it is now interesting to find out that the ending shown in theatres isn’t the one that was originally planned. Now the original has been revealed.
Please let it be known that there are SPOILERS to the film moving forward. If you haven’t yet seen the film then it will be SPOILED for you here so only read on if you’ve seen it or don’t care.
Poster and screenshot galley for The Muppets
In the ending currently in theatres, the gang needs to raise $10 million in order to save The Muppet Studios from oil magnate Tex Richman (Chris Cooper). Once time runs out, it is revealed that they are one dollar short. It is then that Kermit gets the group pulled together and they leave as a family.
Upon exiting the theatre, millions of their fans are lining the streets and it shows that everyone still does indeed love the Muppets. Tex ends up getting hit with a bowling ball from Gonzo and it changes him, thus turning ownership of everything back to the Muppets.
Badass Digest though reveals that there was originally a different ending:
The endings diverge when the big tote board comes up one dollar short. In the released film Fozzie bumps it and we see they’re actually millions short. In the original film they’re always one dollar short, and when it looks like all hope is lost Waldorf and Statler pipe up from the balcony. “That wasn’t so bad after all,” they say, and toss down a dollar. The Muppets are victorious.
Director James Bobin is said to have cut this ending because he was still “trying to find the shape of the movie.” Collider makes a good point that this ending makes more sense because as we all know, Fozzie Bear bumps the wall and shows that the gang is actually millions short of their goal, not just a dollar. Therefore, how could they have tons of fans in the streets but not raise the money they need?
There also were some deleted scenes from The Muppets which isn’t surprising and that includes a number of cameos along with “bits and pieces of songs” so says Bobin. The biggest loss though was the building of Tex’s character which really could have helped the plot a bit. As per Badass Digest again:
See, another deleted sequence involved a flashback to Tex’s childhood. We learn that he was entertained at his birthday by the Muppets (remember him saying at the beginning of the film that he’s been a fan since he was a kid?), but for some reason Tex can’t laugh. He can’t receive the third greatest gift the Muppets have to offer. It’s traumatizing for him.
Hmmm, that also makes more sense because then Gonzo’s bowling ball would knock the chip loose keeping him from laughing and that would be why he helped because he did love the Muppets as a kid. Hopefully these end up on the home release.
The Muppets is now in theatres as of November 23 and stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and a gigantic cast of others as most of their films do.Those in the New Orleans area can order their tickets here for theatres like The Palace at Elmwood, Chalmette Movies, and Canal Place.
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