Bret McKenzie Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Writing New Songs, Making the Humor More Self-Aware, Cameos, His Animated Fairy Tale, and More

     March 16, 2014


With Muppets Most Wanted opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Bret McKenzie here in Los Angeles.  If you enjoyed the music McKenzie wrote for The Muppets two years ago, you’ll be happy to know that he’s crafted some great songs for the sequel.  During the interview he talked about the scripting process, Tina Fey’s original character, which songs were easy to figure out and the ones that gave him trouble, making the humor more self-aware, what it was like touring with Dave Chappelle last year, the status of his animated fairy tale project he’s developing, and a lot more.  You’ll even get to see him sing a little bit!

In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell, and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21.

bret-mckenzie-muppets-most-wantedBret McKenzie Time Index:

  •  0:10 – Comments on touring with Dave Chappelle.
  • 1:40 – Compares the sequel to the first film, the scripting process, Tina Fey’s original character, and working on song ideas.
  • 2:50 – Talks about a song he wrote for the original film that never made it in, so he developed it a bit more to use in the sequel.
  • 3:35 – Jokes about breaking the fourth wall with the Muppets sequel and making the humor more self-aware.
  • 4:00 – Sings a bit from his sequel song.
  • 4:45 – Describes the sequel as less nostalgic and more of a caper, but still holding onto that sentimentality.
  • 5:15 – Talks about his idea of seeing little pink frogs and little green pigs for Kermit and Miss Piggy’s imagined kids, and the practical puppets that were made for it.
  • 6:00 – Comments on the success of the first film, which made cameos for the sequel much easier to negotiate.
  • 7:00 – Talks about the progress of his animated fairy tale project he’s developing.
  • 8:10 – Comments on which songs were easy to figure out and which ones gave him some trouble.

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