As someone who grew up loving Jim Henson’s creations, James Bobin directing a Muppets movie is something of a dream come true for him. That’s not to say it’s an easy job, though.
Sitting down with Zap2it to talk about his second Muppet movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” Bobin says there’s a lot of hard work involved. “They are long days and they are difficult and complex,” he explains. “And the planning and structure and everything about them is difficult.”
It’s all worth it though, as he continues, “You sit on the set at hour 12 of a 14 hour day and you look around and there’s Gonzo talking to a chicken, or there’s Fozzie playing around over there … You can’t help but smile.”
He also takes pride in the fact that there are no CG Muppets in the movie, but rather all are human-controlled and made of felt. Naturally, some of those shots are easier than others. “Constantine, for example, does quite a few stunt movies” that involve full body puppets and a team of people helping with movement, Bobin says.
Though those scenes are infinitely harder than simple half-body Muppet scenes, he wouldn’t do the movie without them. “I don’t want to let that go because there are so few non-CG characters available for children,” he reasons. “I want to keep them alive, they’re very important to me.”
“Muppets Most Wanted” is in theaters now.