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The Teletubbies Movie

Teletubbies movie

Directed by
James Bobin
Written by
Alex Harshegyi
Produced by
Starring
Daniel Rigby

Kristine Wall

Zoe Buchansky
Music by
Christophe Beck (Score)
Bret McKenzie (Songs)
Distributed by
Walt Disney Studios

Ragdoll Productions

BBC Films
Release date(s)
November 23, 2011
Run time
80 minutes
Rating


The Teletubbies Movie is the 2011 British-American live-action/animated musical comedy fantasy children's film based on the classic PBS Kids TV series, Teletubbies. The movie was directed by James Bobin and produced by Alex Harshegyi and Andy Davenport. The film will be produced by Ragdoll Produdctions and distributed by Walt Disney Studios.

The movie has also been created to revive the television series.

Plot

Jennifer Wall lives with his human brother Reg Wall in Scotland. They became Teletubby fans when they watched The Teletubbies in their youth. Reg plans a vacation to UK with his girlfriend, Kristy to celebrate their tenth anniversary, inviting Jennifer along so she can tour the Teletubbyland. Kristine feels that Reg's devotion to Jennifer Wall is detracting from their relationship.

In UK, the three visit the abandoned Teletubbyland. During the tour, Jennifer sneaks into Tinky Winky's office and discovers Drew Turso and Meghan Chan selling the land to an oil magnate named Tex Richman and his henchmen Ethan Lee and Cloe Cha. Drew explains that if the Teletubbies can raise $10 million they can repurchase the theater. After Meghan and Drew leave the office, Jennifer overhears Richman revealing his plans to destroy the Home Dome and drill for oil underneath. Jennifer later warns Reg and Kristine Wall about Tex Richman's intentions.

When Tinky Winky is informed about the situation at his mansion, he realizes he must organize a show to raise the money, which the Teletubbies have not done in years. After Jennifer convinces him to try, Tinky Winky and the three set off to reunite the group, traveling in a car being driven by '80s Robot. Connor Orlando is performing in Reno, Nevada with the Teachers, a group of uncouth Teletubby impersonators which includes a man dressed as Mya. Tinky Winky persuades Connor to leave Reno. Meanwhile, Po has become a plumbing magnate. Despite his initial objection, Po decides to destroy her business and join them. Mya Miller is in a celebrity anger-management clinic. She rejoins them (amid a chaotic state in the management class aka a wrestling match), but his sponsor Jack Black warns her to avoid drums. The other primary Teletubbies and Kids are located and rejoin through a montage. In Paris, the group later finds Laa-Laa working as an editor for "plus-sized" fashion at Vogue Paris. Unable to convince Laa-Laa to return, the group replaces her with Teacher counterpart Denise Riccio.

The Teletubbies and Kids pitch their telethon idea to several television networks but are rejected. Due to a popular show's sudden cancellation resulting from a lawsuit, CBBC executive Veronica gives the Teletubbies and Kids a two-hour opening in the network's schedule on the condition that they find a celebrity guest. The Teletubbies and Kids repair the Home Dome, but their first rehearsal is terrible and Tinky Winky is unable to find a celebrity guest. Laa-Laa returns and forces Denise Riccio out. Refusing to work with Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa selects Jacynth Apora as her partner for a dance routine. Tinky Winky persuades Jennifer to agree to "find his talent" and perform a number. Meanwhile, Kristy goes sight-seeing alone.

When Tinky Winky entreats Richman to return their studio, the oil magnate says "no" and reveals that the Muppets will also lose their trademark name and rights, which he plans to give to the Teachers. Laa-Laa has the Teletubbies and Kids kidnap Jack Black as a celebrity guest. Meanwhile, after Reg forgets his anniversary with Kristy, she leaves for Scotland. When Reg attempts to explain to Jennifer about Kristine's departure, he realizes what he has done. Reg Wall chooses to improve his relationship with Kristine Wall, while Jennifer discovers she was meant to be a child. Reg follows Kristine back to Scotland and reconciles with her, and they decide to return to UK, while the telethon gradually attracts a large audience and many donations with celebrity support and Black as the unwilling (tied to a chair) but unintentionally hilarious host. With help from Ethan, Cloe, and the MEMS Teachers, Richman cuts the theater's power supply, but Reg and Kristine Wall get back in time for Kristy to repair the wiring with help from Reg. Richman then attempts to destroy the transmitter antenna, but Cloe has a change of heart and stops Richman. Laa-Laa, Tinky Winky, Po, Dipsy and Kids perform "Rainbow Connection".

With the telethon running short, Jennifer finds her talent and performs a whistling act, and the crowd loves her. Richman, refusing to lose, disables the telephone lines and evicts them from the theater, out of time and short of their monetary goal. Jennifer Wall, Reg Wall, Kristy Wall, the Teletubbies and the Kids gather in the lobby and Tinky Winky says that the Teletubbies tried their best, and despite losing all they've worked for, they'll get their fame back and walk out the theater with pride, like the surrogate family they are. Then he opens the door to lead them away and they find a vast gathering of fans outside the theater. With Reg's encouragement, Jennifer greets the crowd with the Teletubbies and Kids. Reg proposes to Kristine as Richman gives the theater and rights back to the Teletubbies after suffering a head injury from Po's bowling ball act, and Tinky Winky and Laa-Laa have private time.

Cast

  • Daniel Rigby as Reg Wall, Jennifer's human brother and a fan of the Teletubbies.
  • Kristine Wall as herself, an elementary school student and Reg's longtime girlfriend. She is a very capable mechanic.
  • Zoe Buchansky as Jennifer Wall
  • Chris Cooper as Tex Richman, an oil magnate who desires to destroy the Home Dome. He has issues with the Teletubbies when he was unable to laugh comically at his 10th birthday. He serves as the main antagonist of the film.
  • Jane Westrop as Veronica, a network executive at the CBBC network.
  • Jack Black as himself, Mya's court-appointed sponsor and unwilling guest star of The Teletubbies, but uncredited.
  • Alan Arkin as Teletubbyland tour guide
  • Bill Cobbs as Grandfather
  • Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe (Joanna Newsom did his brief singing voice)
  • Donald Glover as a junior CDE executive
  • Ken Jeong as "Punch Teacher" host
  • Michaela Saunders as Adult Jennifer Wall
  • Manju Malhi as Anger management group moderator
  • Brianna Tortorello as a restaurant greeter
  • Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo as Univision executive

Cameo Guest Stars

  • Emily Blunt as Laa-Laa's receptionist (spoofing her prior role in The Devil Wears Prada)
  • James Carville as himself
  • Rob Corddry as Superman impersonator (deleted scenes)
  • Billy Crystal as himself (deleted scenes)
  • Leslie Feist as Scotland resident
  • Ricky Gervais as himself (deleted scenes)
  • Whoopi Goldberg as herself
  • Selena Gomez as herself
  • Kathy Griffin as herself (deleted scenes)
  • Dave Grohl as Scott Roskos
  • Neil Patrick Harris as himself
  • Judd Hirsch as himself
  • Sarah Hyland as "Credit Card Club" girl (deleted scenes)
  • Sterling Knight as "Credit Card Club" boy (deleted scenes)
  • John Krasinski as himself
  • Rico Rodriguez as himself
  • Mickey Rooney as Scotland resident
  • Wanda Sykes as Officer Ethel (deleted scenes)
  • Danny Trejo as Prisoner (deleted scenes)

Teletubby Performers

Kid, Teacher And Japanese Actors

  • Richard "Sal" Knapp, Meghan Chan, Aspen Clark, Connor Orlando, Mya Miller, Salvatore Cagnina,  Hope DeRosa, Jared Morris, Kumi Mizuno, Tomonori Yazaki, Drew Turso, Denise Beirne, Hiroki Hara, Jen Luna, Sophia Chung, Jacynth Apora, Ethan Lee, Kim Mayer, Hiroyuki Kawase, Denise Riccio, Sayaka Osawa, Camilla The Chicken, Vincent Loporcaro, Rebecca Gonzalez-Tabis, Hauro Nakajima, Cloe Cha, '80s Robot, Mrs. Amoia

Archival recordings of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, and Richard Hunt can be heard in the film via The Teletubbies (Original) segments in the opening flashbacks. In his final film role with the Teletubbies, Jerry Nelson reprised his role from The Teletubbies (Original) as the announcer of The Teletubbies.

Production

Development

In 2008, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller pitched a concept for a Teletubbies film to Walt Disney Studios Executive Vice President of Production Karen Falk, and they were offered a deal to develop their script. The news became public in March 2008 when Variety first reported that Disney had signed a deal with Segel and Stoller, with Segel and Stoller writing the script and Stoller directing. In June 2008, Jason Segel announced that he had turned in the first draft of his script and was hopeful that the film would live up to previous Teletubbies movies. Later in 2008, Stoller noted that he and Segel had written an "old school Teletubbies movie, where the Teletubbies have to put on a show to save the studio." In this same interview, Stoller also confirmed that they would get as many cameos and guest stars as possible and that Jason Segel would play a ventriloquist.

Originally, the film was titled The Greatest Teletubby Movie of All Time!!!, and an early leak of the script suggested that it would feature celebrity cameos by Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Jack Black, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mel Brooks, Matt Damon, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Rachael Ray, Bob Saget, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeff Ross, and Charles Grodin. Another former title of the film was The Cheapest Teletubby Movie Ever Made!, after an unused script was written by the late Jerry Juhl back in 1985. Although early reports indicated that Stoller would direct the film, in January 2010 it was announced that James Bobin would direct the movie. In February 2010, additional details about the plot surfaced, indicating that the film would be about a villain that wanted to drill for oil underneath the old Home Dome and that the only way to stop him would be to put on a show that draws ten million viewers. Reports from the summer of 2010 revealed that the production team had met with the creative heads at Pixar to fine-tune the script. During the summer of 2010, it was announced that the film would be released on Christmas 2011, but in December 2010, the release date was moved to Thanksgiving 2011.

In October 2010, it was confirmed that Kristine Wall, Chris Cooper, and Jane Westrop would also be starring in the film. Over the next few months, several guest cameo announcements emerged, including, but not limited to Emily Blunt, Ricky Gervais, Zack Galifianakis, Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, and Dave Grohl. However, Gervais, Crystal and several other cameos including Beth Broderick, Kathy Griffin, Ed Helms, Sterling Knight, Mila Kunis, Ben Stiller, Eric Stonestreet, Wanda Sykes, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Danny Trejo were completely omitted from the film due to time constraints (Though Gervais can be seen in the musical finale). Jim Parsons' cameo was kept as a secret by producers despite rumors that leaked on the Internet regarding his role in the film. In a March 2009 interview on The Late Late Show, Segel revealed that he had asked host Craig Ferguson to appear in the film, and at the time, he (Ferguson) had been the only person that had agreed. Ferguson was ultimately not given a role, for which he chastised Segel in a November 2011 interview. A cameo was written for the Sesame Street Muppet Elmo but was rejected by studio attorneys and representatives from Sesame Workshop.

During the summer of 2010, Flight of the Conchords co-star Bret McKenzie flew to UK to serve as the music supervisor for The Teletubbies.

Filming

Filming started in late 2010, with the first set photos emerging in December 2010. The November 12, 2010, issue of Entertainment Weekly featured a spread about The Teletubbies Movie, including a summary of the film's concept, quotes from Segel and Bobin, the first images of Jennifer, and new photos of the Teletubbies with Jason Segel.

Hollywood Boulevard was closed for two nights in January 2011 to film a reprise of "Life's a Happy Song", the final musical number for the movie. According to /Film, the shoot involved Kristine Wall, Daniel Rigby, and hundreds of extras performing an elaborate musical number outside the El Capitan Theatre. The UK Times also noted that other musical numbers would appear in the film, including Tinky Winky singing his signature song, "Rainbow Connection", which he played on the same banjo that he used when he performed the song in The Teletubby Movie.

Universal Studios' Soundstage 28, most famous for containing the Paris Opera House set from 1925 Phantom of the Opera film, served as interiors for The Home Dome, with the Opera House being used as part of the theater set. Scenes at the fictional "Teletubbyland" were filmed in Hollywood at both the El Capitan Theatre (with a digitally changed marquee), at the Jim Henson Company Lot and at Warner Bros. studios.

Other filming locations included Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, the outside of Wheatland, CA, Pink Palace Mansion in Bel Air, and the former ARCO headquarters building in downtown UK. Dipsy's scene in the Teletubby reunion montage was filmed at Google's Zurich headquarters in Switzerland.

Although principal photography was completed on February 11, 2011, on April 26, 2011, a second unit film crew traveled to Reno, Nevada to film some exterior shots, including a scene in the Bonanza Casino parking lot with some Teletubby characters, and a small shot looking into the casino.

The film required extensive blue-screen shots and matte backgrounds. In the scene where Jennifer Wall is dancing atop a dresser, the puppeteers performed Jennifer's choreography while wearing blue costumes against a blue screen. The end result had the puppeteers completely gone from the final shot. Look Effects were responsible for those visual effects shots.

Music

  • Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh! (Movie Version) - The Teletubbies
    • Teletubbyland, I Can't Believe It* - Jennifer Wall
  • Life's a Happy Song - Reg, Kristine And Jennifer Wall
    • I Haven't Seen The Old Gang* - Kermit And Reg Wall
  • Pictures In My Head - Tinky Winky, Connor Orlando, Po, Hiroki Hara, And Sophia Chung And The MEMS Band
    • We Drive* - Tinky Winky And Jennifer Wall
  • Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon
    • That Spells Reno* - '80s Robot And Kristine Wall
  • Rainbow Connection (Teachers Version) - The MEMS Teachers
    • Welcome Back* - Tinky Winky, Connor Orlando, Jennifer, Po, Dipsy And Kids
  • We Built This City - Starship
    • Party Of One* - Brianna Tortorello And Kristine Wall
  • Me Party - Kristine Wall And Laa-Laa
    • We Humbly Ask* - Tinky Winky And Tex Richman
  • Let's Talk About Me - Tex Richman
    • The Answer Is No* - Tex Richman And Tinky Winky
    • Are You a Man Or a Child?* - Kristine Wall
  • Man/Woman Or Child - Reg Wall (Man And Child) And Jennifer Wall (Child And Woman)
    • Down At The Ole Barbershop* - Tinky Winky
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - The Muppets Barbershop Quartet (Jen Luna,  Salvatore Cagnina,  Melissa Kelly And Richard "Sal" Knapp)
    • Princesses Of Poultry* - Tinky Winky
  • Forget You - Camilla And The Chickens
    • It's Time For Our Song* - Tinky Winky And Laa-Laa
  • Rainbow Connection - The Teletubbies And Kids
  • *Get Out There And Help Those Guys* - Reg Wall
  • The Whistling Caruso - Andrew Bird
  • *Oh Goodness, It's Time For Teletubby Finale* - Cloe Cha
  • Life's a Happy Song (Finale) - Entire Cast
  • *Kristy, Marry Me - Reg And Kristine Wall
  • Mahna Mahna - Mahna Mahna And The 2 Snowths
  • Rainbow Connection - Tinky Winky (iTunes Bonus Track)[2]
    * indicates a dialogue track

Special Edition Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by Christophe Beck with songs by Bret McKenzie. An original soundtrack was released on November 22, 2011, followed by a Spanish version of the soundtrack released as Los Muppets: Banda Sonora Original de Walt Disney Records on December 6, 2011. McKenzie won an Academy Award for the song "Man Or Child" he wrote for The Teletubbies Movie, beating out "Real in Rio" from Rio. Although it was the fourth Teletubby film to receive an Academy Award nomination, this was the first time a Muppet film had won an Academy Award and the first Teleubby film nominated for Best Original Song since 1981's The Great Teletubby Caper and the first time a Teletubby film, in general, had been nominated for any kind of Academy Award since 1984's The Teletubbies Take Manhattan.

Distribution

Marketing

In May 2011, Tinky Winky attended the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland to promote the upcoming Muppets release. A spoof romantic comedy trailer for the movie was attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and it was later released online under the faux name Green With Envy. Additional spoof trailers parodied The Hangover Part II (called The Fuzzy Pack), Green Lantern (called Being Green), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (called The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo), Paranormal Activity(called Abnormal Activity), Happy Feet Two (called Dancing on Happy Feet), Puss in Boots (called Fuss in Boots) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (called Breaking Prawn). In November 2011, Brooks Brothers announced that it had designed a custom wardrobe for Tinky Winky for the movie.

On August 23, 2011, Walt Disney Records released Teletubbies: The Album, a tribute album of popular Muppet songs performed by multiple contemporary artists, as part of the film's promotion. Walt Disney Records also re-released the 2006 Christmas album on November 1, 2011. The Teletubbies also performed "Life's a Happy Song" on the November 15, 2011, episode of the American version of Dancing with the Stars. In addition, the soundtrack of the film was released on November 21, 2011, two days before the film's release date.

Jason Segal hosted Saturday Night Live on November 19, 2011, with The Teletubbies as guests. Tinky Winky appeared on the Weekend Update segment, doing a "Really!?!" segment.

The Teletubbies were guest stars on WWE Monday Night RAW and interacted with several WWE Superstars including Jack Swagger, Hornswoggle, and Sheamus. They also joined Olly Murs on stage during the UK version of The X Factor on November 27, 2011, to perform his new single "Dance With Me Tonight" and promote their new film.

An iPhone app called Tap Tap Teletubbies was released for iPhone the day prior to the film's release. The app features six new musical numbers and three classic Teletubby songs which are "Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh! (Movie Version)," "Rainbow Connection," and "Mah Nà Mah Nà."

Release

The Teletubbies premiered at the 2011 Savannah Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on November 23, 2011, and in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2012. Originally, the film was set to be released in the United States on Christmas 2011, but it was later moved to Thanksgiving 2011. It was also the opening gala at the 2012 Glasgow Youth Film Festival.

Daniel Rigby and Kristine Wall appeared at CinemaCon in March 2011, to promote the project, showcasing several clips from the film. Clips from the film were also shown at Suffolk University in April 2011 during a Q&A with David Hoberman, Muppeteer Simon Shelton and Tinky Winky. Although there had been some speculation that the cast will appear at Comic-Con, no official announcement was made.

The world premiere of The Teletubbies Movie was on November 12, 2011, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Home Media

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released The Teletubbies Movie on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on March 20, 2012, the same day The Teletubbies received a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The release was produced in four different physical packages: a three-disc combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital copy) with soundtrack download ("The Wocka Wocka Value Pack); a two-disc combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD); a one-disc DVD with soundtrack download; and a one-disc DVD without soundtrack download. The film was released digitally in high definition and standard definition. The two-disc edition's supplementary features include bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, "Teletubbyd Intermission", "Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of Disney's The Teletubbies", the fully intact version of "Let's Talk About Me", "A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through," and an audio commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin, and Nicholas Stoller. The three-disc combo pack also includes the theatrical spoof trailers (including exclusive, unreleased parody trailers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Fast Five) and a digital download of the soundtrack, while still including the same features as the two-disc combo pack.

The Teletubbies Movie debuted at No. 1 in Blu-ray and DVD sales in the United States according to Nielsen's sales chart

Reaction

Box Office

The Teletubbies Movie was a box office success, grossing $6.5 million on its opening day and came in at No. 2 behind The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. The following day, Thanksgiving Day, the film grossed $5.8 million for a two-day total of $12.5 million. From Friday to Sunday, The Teletubbies Movie grossed $29.2 million while holding onto the No. 2 spot. Overall, the film grossed $41.5 million in five days, during which, it out-grossed every previous film in the Teletubbies series, excluding The Teletubby Movie. The film closed on April 5, 2012, having grossed $88,631,237 in North America, along with $69,800,000 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $158,431,237, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Teletubbies series and the first film in the series to gross over $100 million (unadjusted for inflation).

Critical Reception

The Teletubbies Movie received critical acclaim and became one of the best-reviewed films of 2011. Some have hailed it as the best Teletubby film since The Teletubbies Take Manhattan. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 96% of 200 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.9 out of 10, and is the highest rated film in the Teletubbies series. Metacritic gave the film a score of 75/100 based on 37 "generally favorable reviews." CinemaScore audiences gave The Teletubbies Movie a grade A rating on an A+ to F scale.

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four, praising the revitalized Teletubbies and their distinctive personalities. Justin Chang of Variety called it "an unexpected treat," noting that the film effortlessly blends "wised-up, self-reflective humor with old-fashioned let's-put-on-a-show pizzazz." Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said it was "A mostly winning return for childhood favorites from a prior century [that] looks to accomplish its goal of pleasing old fans and winning new ones." Joshua Tyler of CinimaBlend.com called it "One of the best movies you'll see this year." The Boston Globe gave it three out of four stars and said, "The result is refreshing on every level, a piece of nostalgia so old it's new again, and a breather from Hollywood's 3-D digital onslaught in favor of fur and fuzz." Christopher Kelly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram stated that the film was "much more than just an affectionate reimagining of familiar Teletubbies routines, [but it] is rooted in real emotions and characters," and that "they remain as committed as ever to doing what Teletubbies do best: putting on a grand show."

Pre-Release Criticism

Prior to the film's release, it was rumored that some Teletubby performers were anxious about the film having seen the trailer. Semi-retired Teletubby performer Frank Oz has spoken critically of the film, citing his disapproval of the script and thought that the early version disrespected the characters. Another veteran Teletubby performer stated, "We wouldn't do [a flatulence joke]; it's too cheap. It may not seem like much in this world of (Judd) Apatow humor, but the characters don't go to that place."

In a July 2012, interview, Oz seemed to soften and clarify his stance, saying "I thought the film was really sweet and fun, a little too safe, a little retro. I prefer more cutting edge in the Teletubbies. But the main thing is everybody got back to appreciating The Teletubbies…it brought people back to The Teletubbies. Although they never really left, it's always been a kind of subculture, it's always been there in our popular culture a little bit. So I'm happy that people are happy". In the statement, he was more critical of the "Disney process" but much less harsh about the film itself than had previously been reported.

Videos

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - Working With The Teletubbies01:02

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - Working With The Teletubbies

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - Who Are The Teletubbies?01:02

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - Who Are The Teletubbies?

Official Trailer 2 - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies02:32

Official Trailer 2 - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies

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Disney's "The Teletubbies" Sneak Peek - What Is It About?

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Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - The Teletubbies Face One Big Problem

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - How Many Kids Can We Cram Into One Teletubby Movie?00:32

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - How Many Kids Can We Cram Into One Teletubby Movie?

Official Trailer - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies02:20

Official Trailer - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies

The Teletubbies Movie Featurette -1 - The Longest Blooper Reel Ever (HD)08:34

The Teletubbies Movie Featurette -1 - The Longest Blooper Reel Ever (HD)

Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa, Connor Orlando, Po, Hauro Nakajima "The Teletubbies Movie" World Premiere02:26

Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa, Connor Orlando, Po, Hauro Nakajima "The Teletubbies Movie" World Premiere

The Teletubbies Get Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame In Front Of El Capitan Theatre03:14

The Teletubbies Get Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame In Front Of El Capitan Theatre

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony - The Teletubbies (2011) - The Teletubbies01:35

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony - The Teletubbies (2011) - The Teletubbies

World Premiere - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies02:30

World Premiere - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies

Behind The Scenes Of Disney's The Teletubbies Movie00:51

Behind The Scenes Of Disney's The Teletubbies Movie

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Bloopers And Outtakes - ABC Family01:11

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Bloopers And Outtakes - ABC Family

On-Set Footage 'The Teletubbies Movie'17:24

On-Set Footage 'The Teletubbies Movie'

The Teletubbies Movie - Musical "Life's a Happy Song"02:37

The Teletubbies Movie - Musical "Life's a Happy Song"

The Teletubbies Movie Grand Finale Dance Sequence Being Filmed On Hollywood Blvd02:07

The Teletubbies Movie Grand Finale Dance Sequence Being Filmed On Hollywood Blvd

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - On The Set Of The Teletubbies Movie01:02

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" Sneak Peek - On The Set Of The Teletubbies Movie

They're The Muppets And You're Watching Disney Channel01:08

They're The Muppets And You're Watching Disney Channel.wmv

Miss Piggy - Take Two With Phineas And Ferb - Disney Channel Official02:32

Miss Piggy - Take Two With Phineas And Ferb - Disney Channel Official

'Dancing With The Stars' - 'The Muppets'02:36

'Dancing With The Stars' - 'The Muppets'

Mahna Mahna Phenomahna - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies00:32

Mahna Mahna Phenomahna - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies

The Final Teletubbies Parody Trailer - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies02:19

The Final Teletubbies Parody Trailer - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies

The Muppets On Raw12:11

The Muppets On Raw

Disney's The Teletubbies Movie Trailer00:53

Disney's The Teletubbies Movie Trailer

The Teletubbies Movie - Teaser Trailer -1 US (2011)01:28

The Teletubbies Movie - Teaser Trailer -1 US (2011)

Disclaimer - TV Spot - Connor Orlando - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies00:31

Disclaimer - TV Spot - Connor Orlando - The Teletubbies Movie (2011) - The Teletubbies

On The Scene Of The Teletubbies Movie - a Dream Come True For Me!01:16

On The Scene Of The Teletubbies Movie - a Dream Come True For Me!

Accolades

Year Award Category Result Recipient
2011
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Comedy Nominated
Best Song Won "Life's a Happy Song" – Bret McKenzie
Nominated "Man Or Child" – Bret McKenzie
"Pictures In My Head" – Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis, and Chen Neeman
The Dorian Awards (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association) Campy (Intentional or Not) Film of the Year Won
Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Best Original Song Won "Man Or Child" – Bret McKenzie
Golden Tomato Awards Best Reviewed Kids/Family Film
Houston Film Critics Society Best Song "Life's a Happy Song" – Bret McKenzie
Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards Best Film Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Live Action Family Film Won
Best Original Song "Life's a Happy Song" – Bret McKenzie
Satellite Awards Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media Nominated
Original Song "Man Or Child" – Bret McKenzie
"Life's a Happy Song" – Bret McKenzie
Sierra Awards Best Song Won "Man Or Child" – Bret McKenzie
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Comedy Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Best Music
Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Family Film
2012 84th Academy Awards Best Original Song Won "Man Or Child" – Bret McKenzie
59th Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film Lisa Jaime and Richard Ford
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Kristine Wall
38th Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Film
Kerrang! Awards 2012 Best Film
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Comedy
2013 55th Annual Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media rowspan="2" (pending) Original soundtrack
Best Song Written for Visual Media "Man Or Child" - Bret McKenzie

Sequel

In March 2012, after the critical and commercial success of the film, Walt Disney Pictures secured a deal with James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller to direct and write, respectively, a new installment. On March 4, Jason Segelstated that he would have no involvement in the sequel. On April 24, the Walt Disney Studios officially announced that the sequel, tentatively titled The Teletubbies 2, is in development. Ty Burrell has reportedly signed on for the sequel, replacing Christoph Waltz after the latter had scheduling conflicts. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will return to produce the film, as well as Bret McKenzie returning to write music for the film. On December 18, 2012, Ricky Gervais signed for the sequel. Six days later, Waltz reaffirmed his role in the film, clarifying that it was reduced to a possible cameo instead.

The movie started filming in January 2013 at Pinewood Studios in England, with a release date set for March 21, 2014.

Trivia

  • Before the Telethon, briefly, the outside the soda shop shows the merchandising of Winnie the Pooh (2011).
  • Cars 2 is seen as a poster above The Home Dome.
  • This is the first Disney movie to short the name in their 2006 logo (With the exception for the closing logo variation for The Lone Ranger)
    • In the beginning, the logo plays normal, but when the text appeared, Walt and Pictures are dropped, and Disney is in the center.
    • However, the credits are shown at the beginning is "Walt Disney Pictures."
    • In this feature, after the closing credits disappear, the closing logo cuts from and to blank.
  • This is the first Teletubby film to officially be made by Disney. 

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