Yes, the Muppets are about to film The Wizard of Oz.
Rumoured cast list:
Kermit the Frog will be the Scarecrow
Fozzie Bear will be the Cowardly Lion
The Great Gonzo will be the Tin Man
Miss Piggy will be pulling double duty as both the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch
In a really cool bit of casting, Pepe the Prawn will take on the role of Dorothy’s dog Toto.
And the role of Dorothy will played by a yet to be cast human guest star.
And for those who didn’t know, there’s to be a Fraggle Rock DVD released in late summer; alas, it only has episodes 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3, but it’s Fraggle Rock, you know? More! More!
If you ever saw Henson’s The Storyteller, the first series with John Hurt is now available on DVD (watch for Sean Bean!); the second series with Michael Gambon, the Greek Myths, will be released in September 2004. And if you never saw it, then trust me, the episodes are exquisite, and if you’re at all a fan of mythology, folklore, and/or Henson, you’ll want to see these.
(You too can waste hours over at the Muppet Central website!)