Producer Todd Lieberman Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, the Cameos, Ricky Gervais’ Past as a Singer, and More at D23

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One of the many films Disney promoted at D23 was director James Bobin’s sequel Muppets Most Wanted.   In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit is mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent.  For more on the film, here’s the first teaser trailer and Dave’s recap of the D23 panel.

Shortly after the panel, I landed a video interview with producer Todd Lieberman.  He talked about how the sequel came together, the writing process, the songs, Ricky Gervais’ past as a singer in the 1980s, the cameos, upcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Todd Lieberman

  • 0:30 – The experience of the film being a hit and the speed of moving into a sequel
  • 1:08 – Developing ideas for the sequel
  • 2:09 – The songs for the sequel
  • 3:23 – Ricky Gervais’ past as a singer in the 1980s
  • 3:46 – The experience of hearing the cast sing the songs
  • 4:22 – Getting cameos for the sequel
  • 4:44 – Upcoming projects

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  • For Patty Jones

    Patty Jones, people like you make me sick.

    Are you perchance a member of PETA? People for Extortion, Terror, and Abuse? Because I could tell you a thing or two about them…how they kill thousands of animals a year, how they promote arson, vandalism, and violence, how they are thick-minded, delusional, dangerous terrorists single-mindedly degrading humans (especially women) and raising animals above us. How they consider chickens and fish mental and physical and ethical and political equals of the Jews in the Holocaust or the blacks in the age of apartheid…

    Patty Jones, I am only getting started.

    Let us examine your rant (It was a rant. RANT: (r’ahnt) Noun – irrational form of communication distinguished by poor punctuation, spelling, grammar, use of small “i” for “I”, more than one usage of an exclamation or question mark, and irrational, illogical subject matter.) more closely for the purpose of sanity:

    1. “i am appalled at your website for allowing products that come from live animals being skinned and prodded with electricity!!”

    I love how completely irrational this statement is. If you had your way, all Inuits would be skinned alive for using animal furs. OH MY GOD THEY MURDERED THE POOR SEAL THEY DESERVED TO BE BUTCHERED THE PSYCHOPATHIC SADISTIC MURDERERS! If you had your way (If PETA had their way), then all humans would not be alive at this point, since they all would have died out in the Ice Ages. If you had your way, people in Canada, Alaska, Northern US, Scotland, Scandinavia, Russia, or New Zealand, Southern Argentina would ALL BE DEAD since they could not wear any furs. What is the most efficient, cheap, protective, safe way to keep warm in slow weather? Fur. Reindeer, or seal, or fox, or deer, or bear, or basically any kind of mammal fur.

    “Live animals” So if they come from dead animals, then it’s okay?

    “Being skinned” They are skinned AFTER they are dead, you know? Nothing hurts after their economical, humane, efficient death, actually. SHOCKER!

    “Prodded with electricity” You are confusing this with cattle prods. No idiot would prod a fox with a cattle prod – it would ruin the pelt.

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    3. “and i will tell everyone i know and see and talk to…..boycott amazon!!” Good luck with that. No, really, good luck with telling everyone you know or even see (Wow! Dedication!) to boycott the 7th largest website in the world, and the 78th largest corporation on the entire earth because they (OHMIGOD!) sold earmuffs made with the pelt of a fox. You are a real menace!

    Not only that, but animals will still be raised for their fur long after you, or any of us, are dead. There’s just nothing you can do about it.

    4. “would you skin your cat or dog alive????” No, but cats and dogs are domesticated pets and are not used for their fur. Surprising, I know. Besides, none of us do the skinning – machines do. And the animals are (how many times do I have to repeat this?) NOT SKINNED ALIVE.

    Well there you go, Patty Jones. There you go.

    P.S. Maybe you people are getting the wrong impression of my views. I eat meat because that is the natural order of the world. Nobody can ever, EVER change that. I am not opposed to the wearing of fur because it is soft and warm and comfortable.

    I am an animal lover. I love nature. I hate – HATE abuse to animals. I detest pet abusers, and I hate those sadistic people who use animals to vent their anger/stupidity. I want animals to be given the respect they deserve, and I hate pollution, and protecting the environment should be very high on all of our agendas. However, humans are omnivores (Why do you think, Patty Jones, that we humans have canines (incisors) in our mouths? TO EAT MEAT, that’s why.) and eating meat and wearing fur is the natural and good way of doing things.

    Also, I hate PETA because they are dangerous, evil, ecoterrorists. And I do not like Greenpeace, because ecoterrorism is never good.

  • For Patty Jones

    Patty Jones, people like you make me sick.

    Are you perchance a member of PETA? People for Extortion, Terror, and Abuse? Because I could tell you a thing or two about them…how they kill thousands of animals a year, how they promote arson, vandalism, and violence, how they are thick-minded, delusional, dangerous terrorists single-mindedly degrading humans (especially women) and raising animals above us. How they consider chickens and fish mental and physical and ethical and political equals of the Jews in the Holocaust or the blacks in the age of apartheid…

    Patty Jones, I am only getting started.

    Let us examine your rant (It was a rant. RANT: (r’ahnt) Noun – irrational form of communication distinguished by poor punctuation, spelling, grammar, use of small “i” for “I”, more than one usage of an exclamation or question mark, and irrational, illogical subject matter.) more closely for the purpose of sanity:

    1. “i am appalled at your website for allowing products that come from live animals being skinned and prodded with electricity!!”

    I love how completely irrational this statement is. If you had your way, all Inuits would be skinned alive for using animal furs. OH MY GOD THEY MURDERED THE POOR SEAL THEY DESERVED TO BE BUTCHERED THE PSYCHOPATHIC SADISTIC MURDERERS! If you had your way (If PETA had their way), then all humans would not be alive at this point, since they all would have died out in the Ice Ages. If you had your way, people in Canada, Alaska, Northern US, Scotland, Scandinavia, Russia, or New Zealand, Southern Argentina would ALL BE DEAD since they could not wear any furs. What is the most efficient, cheap, protective, safe way to keep warm in slow weather? Fur. Reindeer, or seal, or fox, or deer, or bear, or basically any kind of mammal fur.

    “Live animals” So if they come from dead animals, then it’s okay?

    “Being skinned” They are skinned AFTER they are dead, you know? Nothing hurts after their economical, humane, efficient death, actually. SHOCKER!

    “Prodded with electricity” You are confusing this with cattle prods. No idiot would prod a fox with a cattle prod – it would ruin the pelt.

    2. “i will not shop with you again” Fine with me and I know Amazon won’t be mourning their loss. It is not our business where you shop, and nobody actually cares.

    3. “and i will tell everyone i know and see and talk to…..boycott amazon!!” Good luck with that. No, really, good luck with telling everyone you know or even see (Wow! Dedication!) to boycott the 7th largest website in the world, and the 78th largest corporation on the entire earth because they (OHMIGOD!) sold earmuffs made with the pelt of a fox. You are a real menace!

    Not only that, but animals will still be raised for their fur long after you, or any of us, are dead. There’s just nothing you can do about it.

    4. “would you skin your cat or dog alive????” No, but cats and dogs are domesticated pets and are not used for their fur. Surprising, I know. Besides, none of us do the skinning – machines do. And the animals are (how many times do I have to repeat this?) NOT SKINNED ALIVE.

    Well there you go, Patty Jones. There you go.

    P.S. Maybe you people are getting the wrong impression of my views. I eat meat because that is the natural order of the world. Nobody can ever, EVER change that. I am not opposed to the wearing of fur because it is soft and warm and comfortable.

    I am an animal lover. I love nature. I hate – HATE abuse to animals. I detest pet abusers, and I hate those sadistic people who use animals to vent their anger/stupidity. I want animals to be given the respect they deserve, and I hate pollution, and protecting the environment should be very high on all of our agendas. However, humans are omnivores (Why do you think, Patty Jones, that we humans have canines (incisors) in our mouths? TO EAT MEAT, that’s why.) and eating meat and wearing fur is the natural and good way of doing things.

    Also, I hate PETA because they are dangerous, evil, ecoterrorists. And I do not like Greenpeace, because ecoterrorism is never good.

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