The Muppets (2011)

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Released:  Wednesday, November 23, 2011  
Length:  120 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Animation/Family, Comedy
Rating: The Muppets is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.


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On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and 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 The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever 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.

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The Muppets Theatrical Review


Those adorable, crazy Muppets from the late Jim Henson are back on the silver screen this November with their latest film simply entitled, The Muppets.

The story plot is simple and follows closely to real life. The ever-changing world has left the Muppets as just a memory and not relevant to modern day society. The Muppets have moved on to have normal jobs instead of hosting the Muppet Show and pretty much have given up on their old lives.  To top it all off, the rich, Texas oil tycoon, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper, Bourne Identity, American Beauty), has plans to tear down the old Muppet Studios in the search of oil.

Along comes Muppet newcomer, Walter, his brother Gary (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall I Love You, Man), and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams, Enchanted, The Fighter).  During the visit the decrepit Muppet Studio vows to help Kermit and friends save the Muppets and everything they worked for in years past.

 

The film itself is simply amazing; writers Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, along with Director, James Bobin knew exactly what was needed to bring the Muppets back into modern society, and they achieved their goals to the fullest extent possible.  The dialogue is witty, the timing of the jokes is dead on, the length of the musical numbers is just right; however, at one point, I felt I was watching the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Once More With Feeling episode rather than the Muppets -- and the story hit the right amount of nostalgia and modern-day references required to jump start the franchise again.

As with most Muppet films, the soundtrack plays an integral part of the story; and just as with the script and acting, this soundtrack hits all of the right marks.  The film uses classic Muppet tunes, such as "The Rainbow Connection" and "Mah Na Mah Na", as well as great new ones, such as "Man or Muppet".

Even with all of the marketing behind-the-scenes, Disney has been touting the new Muppet film as "do-or-die" time for the franchise and even going as far as saying it might sell the rights to the franchise.  However, this film most certainly proves the Muppets might have been forgotten, but they will always be there when you need them. 

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