I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the new Muppets movie from Disney. It was great. We really enjoyed it. It was so pure, sweet, and nostalgic. I used to love the Muppets as a kid, and so did Vera. It was a simpler time and a more kid-friendly time. It was just clean fun. Nothing stank and nasty, nothing bitter or rude, nothing disrespectful. Just plain old puppets, with a simple story and good feelings. It’s the singing and dancing you know and love. They also mixed in some “new age” self-deprecating humor (more than a few jokes about the Muppets being “has-beens”). It was just nice to see. I would highly recommend it to you and your family. It may not be high-tech CGI and it’s not as manic as many cartoons these days…but that’s the point. It’s not. And that’s what makes it great.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With signature celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.
- Funnyman Jason Segel (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) stars in, co-writes and executive produces Disney’s “The Muppets.”
- Honoring the Muppet tradition, celebrity cameos include, among others, Donald Glover, Leslie Feist, Alan Arkin, Kristen Schaal, Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, Ken Jeong, James Carville, Rico Rodriguez and Judd Hirsh.
- Disney’s “The Muppets” is directed by James Bobin, who co-created HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” which he wrote, directed and exec produced.
- Kermit received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. His song “The Rainbow Connection” was nominated for an Academy Award®.
- Bret McKenzie, who created, co-wrote, executive produced and starred in the hit HBO television series “Flight of the Conchords,” is the music supervisor for Disney’s “The Muppets,” as well as the writer/producer of three original songs, which include big Muppet-style opening and closing numbers.
- It’s been 12 years since theMuppets’ last big-screen feature film (“Muppets from Space,” 1999).