It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is about Kermit the Frog exploring a world where he had never been born, It's a Wonderful Life-style. It came out in late 2002.

At one point, the Twin Towers are clearly seen in the background of the Kermit-less world.

Muppets Shot Twin towers

They cannot be seen in any of the scenes taking place in the "normal" world.

Wikipedia claims that the the buildings were deliberately added to the film.

Was this just stock footage or footage filmed before 9/11 that unfortunately no one noticed or were the creators seriously claiming that Kermit had something to do with 9/11? Or is there some other reason?

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    Is it clear whether the scenes take place in the alternate present, or could they be showing the history of how things unfolded in a Kermit-less world, in which case that scene could be before 2001? If not, it could also just have been intended as a butterfly effect.
    – Hypnosifl
    Mar 9, 2016 at 21:37
  • @Hypnosifl It's been a while since I saw the movie, so I'm not sure.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Mar 9, 2016 at 21:42
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    Hmm, Kermit responsible for 9-11. I guess he finally snapped on Ms Piggy and that was the result.
    – Xantec
    Mar 9, 2016 at 23:24
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    What you're failing to take into account is the instrumental role Kermit played in the creation of the state of Israel. Mar 10, 2016 at 19:00
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    @DeerHunter: Are you saying that a great number of movies were edited, post 9/11, to show the Twin Towers in pre-2001 scenes?  Or are you saying that movies show the Twin Towers in post-2001 scenes (in the real-world timeline)?  Either way, can you name a few? Mar 22, 2016 at 19:13

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I asked my good friend Kirk R. Thatcher (the film's Director) this question on twitter

His answer was that the "photo mural" placed in the background was taken before 9/11. The implication is that it was just a simple production error with no conspicuous in-universe reasoning behind it.

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    Seems like something that someone who was in on the conspiracy would say...
    – Rogue Jedi
    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:24

Including the twin towers in "alternate reality" footage is commonplace and is usually intended as nothing more than a "cool" nod to "what could have been" and to reaffirm that you're not in your own world any more.

I don't think the writers were suggesting Kermit himself caused 9/11, though there is chaos theory to consider after all...

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    Although you're not wrong, the OP was clearly looking for a more definitive source of information such as a script note or an interview with someone involved in the making of the film.
    – Valorum
    Mar 10, 2016 at 13:04

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