Muppet*Vision 3D is a 3D film attraction located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Directed by Jim Henson, the attraction consists of a pre-show which then leads into Kermit the Frog guiding park guests on a tour through Muppet Studios, while the Muppets prepare their sketch acts to demonstrate their new breakthrough in 3D film technology. The show, however, completely unravels when Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s experimental 3D sprite, Waldo, causes mayhem during the next portion of the show.
The attraction—which opened as Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D on May 16, 1991 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios)—incorporates the 3D film in conjunction with in-theater 4D effects, such as Audio-Animatronics, lighting, projections, smoke, soap bubbles, and a live full-bodied performer. Muppet*Vision 3D had a subsequent incarnation open at Disney California Adventure on February 8, 2001 and operated at the park until November 1, 2014.
Muppet*Vision 3D is the main attraction of Grand Avenue of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The show is a 3D film featuring Jim Henson’s Muppets. Due to the use of Audio-Animatronics, a live full-bodied Muppet and other similar effects, the show is sometimes referred to as “Muppet*Vision 4D” (which was used in The Walt Disney World Explorer application, displayed as “Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D 4D” with a slanted red strikethrough on “3D”). It was directed by Jim Henson and written by Bill Prady. The show was one of the final Muppets projects with the involvement of Henson, as well as veteran Muppet performer Richard Hunt, and one of the last times they performed their characters. Henson died in 1990 before production of the film was completed, and Hunt died in 1992.
Throughout the attraction’s operation at Disney California Adventure, the theater was used to present sneak peeks of Tron: Legacy, Frankenweenie, and Oz the Great and Powerful. On January 7, 2015, the theater at Disney California Adventure began operating as the Crown Jewel Theatre and presented For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, a musical stage show based on Frozen. The attraction operated until April 17, 2016. The location was renamed to the Sunset Showcase Theater and began showing Walt Disney Studios film previews in May 2016. In April 2019, the Sunset Showcase Theater began showing Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
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Bill Prady – Writer
Thomas G. Smith
Cinematography – Peter Anderson
Film Editing – Victor Livingston
Production Design – John DeCuir Jr.
Set Decoration – Bruce A. Gibeson
Marco A. Campos – Construction General Foreman
Gary A. Krakoff – Construction Coordinator
Dennis Leonard – Dubbing Engineer
Shawn Murphy – Re-Recording Mixer
Gary Rydstrom – Re-recording Mixer / Supervising Sound Editor
Gary Summers – Re-Recording Mixer
James Allen – Sound Re-Recordist (uncredited)
Michael Backauskas – Visual Effects Optical Line-up
Michael Collery – Digital Effects Artist
Joel Fletcher – Stop-Motion Animator
Julia Gibson – Animation Producer: PDI / Visual Effects Producer: PDI
John Higbie – Camera Operator: The Chandler Group
Scott Keppler – Visual Effects Editor
Alan G. Markowitz – Optical Cameraman: Visual Effects Unit
John Scheele – 3D Visual Effects: Chandler Group
John T. Van Vliet – Effects Animator
Michael Ferriter – Optical Effects Supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Lambiase – Key Grip
David Love – Lighting Technician
Max Penner – Assistant Camera
Steve Slocomb – First Assistant Camera
Rex Grignon – Lead Animator
Raman Hui – Animator
Jason Fabbro – Digital Intermediate Colorist: Digital 3D
Fred Buchholz – Muppets Special Effects
David W. Dale – Production Assistant
Michael K. Frith – Creative Consultant
John Henson – Puppeteer
Wendell Morris – Production Assistant
Paul Taylor – Muppet Builder
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Andy and Randy Pig
Johnny Fiama and Sal Minella
The Muppet Newsman
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