BE THE VERY FIRST TO SEE KERMIT THE FROG, MISS PIGGY, FOZZIE BEAR, GONZO, ANIMAL AND THE REST OF THE GANG REUNITE AT THE EMBASSY THEATRE, WELLINGTON.

Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper, with signature celebrity cameos from the likes of Judd Hirsh, Mickey Rooney, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Zach Galifianakis, Leslie Feist, Alan Arkin and Kristen Schaal, Disney’s 'The Muppets' hits the big screen in the United States on November 23, Thanksgiving in that part of the world. New Zealand audiences will have to wait until the end of the year to see the new film; but those lucky enough to be in Wellington on Sunday 18 December can join Square Eyes at the Embassy Theatre at 2pm.

Bret McKenzie, (Flight of the Conchords), is music supervisor for 'The Muppets', and will be at this special preview screening to introduce the feature he worked on over the last year.

Bret became aligned with the film when James Bobin, who was a co-creator of the Flight of the Conchords’ HBO show, was lined up as 'The Muppets' director, and encouraged Bret to submit a demo. Bret wrote three original songs for the film, including 'Life's a Happy Song,' the films anthem and grand musical production number. Bret says "I wrote 'Life's a Happy Song' at home in Wellington and six months later they'd closed down Hollywood Boulevard to film all the Muppets singing and dancing to my song. It was an incredible experience."

“It was a very intimidating job because I have an enormous amount of respect for Jim Henson and his team." says Bret. "It was an honour to work on the film and I took the job very seriously, even when I was recording a grown man pretending to be a penguin."

Nic Marshall, founder and director of Square Eyes - New Zealand Children Film Foundation also has a connection with the Muppets; she's been working with the New York based Jim Henson Legacy for a number of years developing 'The Jim Henson Retrospectacle' for New Zealand presentation.

Proceeds from this exclusive presentation will assist Square Eyes in the continued development of 'The Jim Henson Retrospectacle' - a film series, exhibition and musical event celebrating the work and life of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, and one of the world's most inspired and innovative film and puppetry artists. Jim's untimely passing in May 1990 was met with a worldwide outpouring of love and renewed appreciation of his imagination and artistry. 

Nic states "This new direction for the Muppets is a wonderful chance for a whole new generation to connect with these brilliant characters. Once they've seen this new Muppet film they'll no doubt want to explore and engage with the amazing amount of incredible Muppet history that Jim created with his family of collaborators."



© Muppet images by arrangement with The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved.

AGE RECOMMENDATION

Rated G, Square Eyes recommends this film for ages 5+.

As always, Square Eyes age recommendation is intended to guide parents and guardians in selecting the most emotionally and intellectually appropriate films for their children. While these recommendations are based on our Square Eyed knowledge, we recognise that all children respond to films in different ways and leave the final decision to the adults who know them best. We encourage you to select films that you feel to be suitable viewing based on the information provided, and to accompany your child or children to the screenings.

SCREENING:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th 2011
2pm

THE MUPPETS

Directed by James Bobin
110 minutes, G, Recommended for ages 5+

TICKET PRICES

Children $15 and Adults $20.

Proceeds from 'The Muppets' preview screening will directly support Square Eyes as they work to enrich, engage, educate, enlighten, and entertain young audiences through film.

Tickets available at EMBASSY THEATRE
located 10 Kent Terrace, Wellington.
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