Genre: Family Comedy
U.S. Release Date: November 23, 2011
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones and Walter
Director: James Bobin
Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Executive Producers: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, John G. Scotti, Martin G. Baker
Written by: Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller (credit not final)
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 Barbaraclinic 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.
I had the exciting opportunity to screen the new Muppets movie this weekend and brought my son along with me. He was a bit tentative and unsure if he'd enjoy the movie. After all, he's in Middle School and at that age, you feel you're too "cool" for some things. But I think you can enjoy the Muppets at any age!
The Toy Story short before the movie was absolutely hysterical. Some of the humor might be lost on the little ones, but adults will get a great chuckle out of it. I won't spoil it for you by giving you any of the plot, but if you're a fan of Buzz Lightyear and his friends, you'll definitely like it.
My son groaned during the opening of the movie, turned to me and said, "Why'd they have to make it a musical?" (which is pretty funny, since most Muppet movies have lots of singing) I have to admit, I thought the first song was a bit cheesy. It had a 50's feel with lots of big grins. But it did grow on me. Here's a clip for you to watch and tell me what you think:
As the movie progressed, there were lots of belly laughs. Most of these were coming from the adults in the audience (a lot of the jokes will go over the heads of little guys and are aimed at the adults). I was laughing right along too and so was my tween. The pop culture references in this movie are a trip! I especially loved the 80's robot! There are older references as well as newer ones for everyone to enjoy. (and who doesn't love dancing chickens?) I was pleased that the jokes weren't in bad taste and were kept family-friendly (for the most part, but what else can you expect from guest-star Jack Black?)
You will see many familiar Muppet characters (my all-time fave is Miss Piggy!) as well as some new characters. The main plot will keep you interested and the two side plots with the dating couple (who have been dating for ten years!) and Walter the Muppet fan, although a bit predictable, are great too. I love Amy Adams in pretty much everything I've seen; she sang and danced flawlessly and fit right into the Muppet world. There were heart-warming moments and great themes: believing in yourself, love of family, working together to accomplish goals, relationships, and treasuring the time you have with loved ones.
The Muppets have a history of bringing family-friendly entertainment with fun plots and humor and this movie certainly didn't disappoint. I definitely recommend you bring your family to see this over the holidays. You may just find yourself singing as you leave the theater (I won't tell you what tune gets stuck in your head but it's a classic).
Thank you to Shannon and Allied-THA for providing the tickets for my son and I to attend this screening.
Disclosure: I received an invitation to attend this screening for free. All opinions are my own.