The Muppets Take On Fox News

Shortly after the most recent cinematic incarnation of The Muppets debuted last year, Fox Business criticized the film on air for having liberal, anti-capitalist sentiments. Their qualms with the movie were centered on the main villain, stereotypical oil baron Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper. The movie centered around the Muppets’ efforts to buy back their studio from Richman, who wanted to tear it down and drill for oil underneath the property. To hammer in how generic this villain was intended to be, his catchphrase throughout the movie was even “maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh.” Fox Broadcasters lumped the Muppet movie together with films like There Will Be Blood and asked the question, “Are Liberals Trying to Brainwash Your Kids Against Capitalism?


At a press conference for the overseas opening of The Muppets, Kermit and Miss Piggy issued their formal response:

Bueller? Bueller? Super Bowl? UPDATE

1/30/12 UPDATE: Well, the full-length version of the previous teaser (see below) has premiered online, and it turns out that it is, as rumored, a Honda CRV commercial. Although Matthew Broderick is actually playing himself, the SuperBowl spot contains numerous references to Ferris Bueller. Enjoy the playful full-length ad.


Are there actually plans for a Ferris Bueller sequel more than twenty years after the fact? Or is it just a clever set-up for a licensed tie-in of some kind? All anyone can do is speculate or, as the video description says, “Stick it out until the Super Bowl, or take a ‘day off’ on Monday and catch the big reveal.”