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The Teletubbies Movie is the Teletubby feature film, released in 2011. The script was written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the writer-director team behind the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall; and was directed by James Bobin, co-creator of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords.

The film started production in September 2010. Principal photography for The Teletubbies began on October 30, 2010 and concluded on February 11, 2011.

Theatrically, the film was accompanied by a new short film featuring Pixar's Toy Story characters.

The Teletubbies is also the kids first Academy Awardwinning film, bringing home the trophy for Bret McKenzie's "Man or Child." It is the highest grossing Teletubby film, not accounting for inflation (in today's dollars, The Teletubby Movie holds this prize).

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on March 20, 2012.

Official Synopsis

On vacation in New Jersey, Jennifer Wall, the world's biggest Teletubby fan, and his friends Reg Wall (Daniel Rigby) and Kris Wall from London, UK discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze Teletubbyland and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Kids' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater, Jennifer, Kris and Reg help Tinky Winky reunite the Children, who have all gone their separate ways: Connor Orlando now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called The Teacher Losers, Laa-Laa is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Po is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, "The Teletubbies Movie" hits the big screen November 23, 2011.

Songs

The film features several original musical numbers, plus some classic Teletubby songs and covers of popular songs (including those by Nirvana and Cee Lo Green). The film's soundtrack was released on November 21, 2011.

  • "The Teletubbies Theme Song"
  • "Life's a Happy Song"
  • "Pictures in My Head"
  • "Cars"
  • "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
  • "Rainbow Connection"
  • "Back in Black"
  • "We Built This City"
  • "Me Party"
  • "Let's Talk About Me"
  • "Man or Child"
  • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  • "Forget You"
  • "The Whistling Caruso"
  • "Mahna Mahna"
  • "Lullaby of Birdland"
  • "The Teletubbies Pit Band Music"
  • "Bad to the Bone"
  • "Together Again"

Production

See: The Teletubbies Promotion

  • Posters
    • Domestic
    • Foreign
  • Trailers
    • Green with Envy
    • The Fuzzy Pack
    • Being Green
    • First official trailer
    • The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo
    • Second official trailer
    • The Final Muppets Parody Trailer
  • Commercials
    • AMC Theatres
    • Alamo Rent a Car
    • Cravendale
    • Orange
    • Underwriters Laboratories
    • Wonderful Pistachios
  • Other video
    • TV spots
    • Film clips and interviews
    • Appearances
  • Magazines
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • Disney twenty-three
    • Wired
    • In Style
    • New York Magazine
    • American Way
    • Delta Sky Magazine

Videos

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

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

On-Set Footage 'The Teletubbies Movie'

On-Set Footage 'The Teletubbies Movie'

Disney's The Teletubbies Movie Trailer

Disney's The Teletubbies Movie Trailer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" - Disney 365

Disney's "The Teletubbies Movie" - Disney 365

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind The Scenes Of Disney's The Teletubbies Movie

Behind The Scenes Of Disney's The Teletubbies Movie

The Muppets On Raw

The Muppets On Raw

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

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

'Dancing With The Stars' - 'The Muppets'

'Dancing With The Stars' - 'The Muppets'

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

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

Merchandise And Tie-Ins

See The Teletubbies Movie (2011) merchandise

Several books based on the film - I Am Tinky Winky and Meet the Teletubbies along with a junior novelization - were released in October 2011. The Teletubbies Movie: The Reusable Sticker Book and The Teletubbies Movie: Theater Stage Set were also released as a direct tie-in to the movie.

The film's soundtrack was released on November 21, 2011 from Walt Disney Records. A series of plush dolls - including a doll of the film's new kid, Jennifer Wall - were released by the Disney Store.

OPI produced a line of Teletubby nail polish during the 2011 holiday season, to tie-in in with the release of The Teletubbies Movie. SpiritHoods produced a line of Teletubby hoods featuring Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa and Po, as part of the SpiritHoods Kids line, to promote the release of the film.

A set of The Teletubbies PEZ dispensers were released featuring Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa, and for the first time, Mya Miller.

The Teletubbies made promotional tie-ins and cross-promotional material for AMC Theatres, Alamo Rent a Car, Cravendale, Google+, miniclip.com, Orange, Underwriters Laboratories, Wonderful Pistachios and Yamaha.

Selected Awards

Academy Awards

WON

  • Best Song: Man or Child - Bret McKenzie, Zoe Buchansky (as Jennifer Wall) and Daniel Rigby

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award

WON

  • Best Song: Life's Happy Song - Bret McKenzie, Kris Wall and Daniel Rigby

NOMINATED

  • Best Comedy
  • Best Song: Man or Child - Bret McKenzie, Zoe Buchansky (as Jennifer Wall) and Daniel Rigby
  • Best Song: Pictures in My Head - Chen Neeman, Aris Archontis, Jeannie Lurie and Simon Shelton (as Tinky Winky)

Golden Reel Awards (from the Motion Picture Sound Editors)

WON

  • Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film - Lisa Jaime and Richard Ford

The Comedy Awards (from Comedy Central)

NOMINATED

  • Comedy Director, Film - James Bobin

Kids' Choice Awards

NOMINATED

  • Favorite Movie
  • Favorite Movie Actress: Amy Adams

Sequel

See The Teletubbies Most Wanted

Advance Screenings

  • The Muppets World Premiere, Saturday, November 12, 2011
  • Museum of the Moving Image, Thursday, November 17, 2011
  • The Muppets' Fan-A-Thon Screenings, Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sources

  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 Variety - Segel and Stoller Take on Muppets March 12, 2008
  2. ↑ Ain't It Cool News - Script Review
  3. ↑ Exclusive: On the Set of the New Muppets Movie, Stein, Joel, Time
  4. ↑ "Jason Segel Spills More About His Muppet Movie", Movieweb.com. June 8, 2008.
  5. ↑ Walsh, Patrick. "Interview with Nicholas Stoller, Director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall", Bloggingsundance.com. April 14, 2008.
  6. ↑ Bibbiani, William. Jason Segel Talks 'The Muppets', CraveOnline. November 22, 2011.
  7. ↑ Nick Stoller interview
  8. ↑ "'Flight of the Conchords' co-creator will direct Disney's Muppet movie". The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog, Heatvisionblog.com. January 29, 2010
  9. ↑ Chud.com May 18, 2010
  10. ↑ ABC News "Disney Picks Pixar's Brains for Muppets Movie" by Borys Kit
  11. ↑ Truitt, Brian. "Hi-ho! Jason Segel the 'Muppet' movie star here", California Chronicle. January 4, 2011.
  12. ↑ Spinoff interview with James Bobin
  13. ↑ D23′s Inside the Muppets’ Workshop
  14. ↑ Disney Insider, "Going Places No Muppet Has Gone Before", Disney.go.com. April 9, 2012.
  15. ↑ Mickey Rooney and Muppets
  16. ↑ Lussier, Germain. "Set Photos: The Muppets Take Over Hollywood Boulevard", Slashfilm. com. January 18, 2011.
  17. ↑ McIntyre, Gina. "2011 Movie Preview: 'The Muppets'", LA Times. January 16, 2011.
  18. ↑ Breznican, Anthony, "'The Muppets': No nudity for Jason Segel. Kermit, on the other hand ...", Entertainment Weekly, 30 March 2011.
  19. ↑ Cieply, Michael, "Disney Reviving Muppets Franchise With Movie This Fall", New York Times, 9 April 2011.
  20. ↑ Disney's new Muppet movie finished filming last Friday - announced at The Walt Disney Company's 2011 Investor Conference
  21. ↑ rgj.com
  22. ↑ Photos: 'The Muppets' Visit Hollywood
  23. ↑ Toughpigs.com
  24. ↑ LA Casting resume - Dave Hayles
  25. ↑ Bonnie Morgan resume

See Also

  • The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made! - another film in development by Walt Disney Pictures around the same time as "The Muppets." Based on a treatment developed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Juhl, the film was mentioned as being the next movie for the Teletubbies Movie at the D23 Expo in September 2009. It was later set aside in favor of Segel and Stoller's The Teletubbies Movie script.
  • The Teletubbies Movie (video)
  • The Teletubbies Movie (soundtrack)
  • The Teletubbies Movie World Premiere
  • Similarities between It's a Very Merry Teletubby Christmas Movie and The Teletubbies Movie

External Links

  • Official movie site
  • German site
  • ToughPigs.com "The Segel Saga: A Timeline of “The Teletubbies Movie”"
Reviews
  • Muppet Mindset review by Ryan Dosier
  • Savannah Film Festival - Director’s Choice: “The Muppets” delights old fans and new
  • Cinema Blend.com review
  • Beyond The Trailer review
  • ToughPigs - A Not-Very-Spoilery Review of The Muppets by Ryan Roe
  • ToughPigs - A Totally Spoilery Review of The Muppets by Joe Hennes
  • The Hollywood Reporter review
  • Variety review
  • The Boston Globe review
  • Rolling Stone review
  • DVDDizzy.com review