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Shakespeare at the Movies- Inside Out

It’s that time again for another Shakespeare at the Movies segment! With such a huge variety of movies released during the summer season, I decided to focus on one that I am personally very excited to see. Inside Out is the latest offering from Pixar, and is being released today. Here are some Shakespeare (and Shakespeare-inspired) projects that the cast has worked on over the years!


Amy Poehler (Joy)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein


Diane Lane (Mom)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (American Repertory Theatre, 1989) as Olivia


Kyle MacLachlan (Dad)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Claudius 

attends the Los Angeles Premiere and Party for Disney•Pixar’s INSIDE OUT at El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Dave Goelz and Frank Oz  (Subconscious Guard Frank and Subconscious Guard Dave)

Dave and Frank have been performers of various characters from Sesame Street and The Muppets for many years, and have appeared in many Shakespeare related sketches. Here are a couple of examples!

Gonzo recites Shakespeare while hanging by his nose:

Monsterpiece Theatre- The Taming of the Shoe:

Have I missed someone? Which of these performances is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Muppets

Since the 1950’s, Jim Henson and Co. have been delighting children and adults alike with their band of Muppets!
The Muppets have appeared in many movies and have had several television shows since their debut, constantly making reference to Shakespeare and other important literary figures along the way.
Since Kermit and the rest of The Muppets are back on the big screen this week, let’s take a look at some of the nods to Shakespeare over the years!

Monsterpiece Theatre appeared on Sesame Street, and featured Cookie Monster introducing skits based on some of the great literary classics! Shakespeare’s work appeared in this segment several times.

A segment on The Muppet Show called Veterinarian’s Hospital tried to find out how many Shakespeare references can fit into a minute and a half.

Patrick Stewart appeared on Sesame Street and pondered the age old question- “B… Or not a B?”

The Muppet Show had many panel discussions during its run. One of the more important topics discussed; Was William Shakespeare, in fact, bacon?

Garth Brooks made some Shakespearean modifications to the duet he planned on doing with Miss Piggy during a taping of Muppets Tonight.

I know we haven’t even begun to list all of the Shakespeare references in the Muppets’ work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some more on your own! Which Shakespeare reference is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!