The Muppets

November 23rd, 2011

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The Muppets

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With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.8/10 (19,514 voted)

Critic's Score: 75/100

Director: James Bobin

Stars: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper

When 3 muppet fans learn that Tex Richman wants to drill under the muppet theater for oil Gary, Mary and Walter set out to find the muppets who have been split up for years so that they can put on one last show and save the muppet theater. Kermit now lives in his own mansion depressed in Hollywood, Gonzo is a high class plumber at Gonzo's Royal Flush, Fozzie performs with a tribute band called The Moopets , Miss Piggy is the plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, and Animal is at a celebrity anger management rehab center in Santa Barbara.

Writers: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

Jason Segel - Gary
Amy Adams - Mary
Chris Cooper - Tex Richman
Rashida Jones - Veronica Martin
Steve Whitmire - Kermit / Beaker / Statler / Rizzo / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)
Eric Jacobson - Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam Eagle / Marvin Suggs (voice)
Dave Goelz - Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Beauregard / Waldorf / Kermit Moopet (voice)
Bill Barretta - Swedish Chef / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Pepe the Prawn / Bobo / Muppet Gary (voice)
David Rudman - Scooter / Janice / Miss Poogy / Wayne (voice)
Matt Vogel - Sgt. Floyd Pepper / Camilla / Sweetums / 80's Robot / Lew Zealand / Uncle Deadly / Roowlf / Crazy Harry (voice)
Peter Linz - Walter (voice)
Alan Arkin - Tour Guide
Bill Cobbs - Grandfather
Zach Galifianakis - Hobo Joe
Ken Jeong - 'Punch Teacher' Host

Taglines: They're closer than you think.


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Release Date: 23 November 2011

Filming Locations: Bonanza Casino, 4720 North Virginia St., Reno, Nevada, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $29,239,026 (USA) (25 November 2011) (3440 Screens)

Gross: $88,148,490 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | UK:

Did You Know?

An appearance by Elmo of Sesame Street was planned for a scene where lawyers would have nixed an attempt by the Muppets to have him host their show. According to Jason Segel, the cameo itself was forbidden by lawyers. Sesame Street characters had previously made cameos in The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan and various specials, but have not done so since the purchase of the Muppet characters by Disney in 2004.

Continuity: Several Muppets, including Sam the Eagle and Professor Bunsen, disappear from the car during the driving scene.

[from trailer]
[the Muppets are sitting in jail]
Warden: Are you, uh, the Muppets?
Prisoner: [in the jail cell next to them] I'm a Muppet.

User Review

The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational

Rating: 10/10

The Muppets is essentially flawless. I know this is a weird way to start a review, but I feel I should just forego formalities and cut to the chase. This year has been a fairly disappointing year for movies, but The Muppets just about makes up for it all by itself. It's an absolutely life-affirming tribute to beloved characters and memories that should have never been allowed to fade into obscurity, and if you care at all about movies you need to see this, as soon as possible.

Jason Segel, along with co-writer Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobin have made a film that is just absolutely bursting at the seams with affection towards the Muppets, and that love and passion has instantly rocketed this movie to the very top of the list when it comes to long history of Muppet shows, movies, and even viral videos. The film is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time and accomplishes this without being crass or cynical; it's smart, witty, and most importantly, completely heartfelt. Jason Segel with his obvious and undying love for the Muppets is, by all accounts, the most deserving person to be given creative control of the Muppets since Jim Henson himself.

The original Muppet Movie will always be a timeless classic, and it's charm and legacy will likely never be topped by another Muppet movie. However, The Muppets is the closest it has ever come, and, due to the timeliness and poignancy of the story, I would argue that right at this moment it is more relevant and moving than even the 1979 classic. I was unable to stop smiling during the entire running time of the movie, even while tears were coming to my eyes.

I know I'm not really reviewing the movie right now, and I'm more just beaming about how much I loved it, but really, I feel it would be a disservice to go into details about this movie. Simply put, you need to see it, and if you don't you're robbing yourself of a truly extraordinary film experience. This is the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational movie of the year. Go see it. Right now. I mean it, go buy tickets for this weekend, and you can thank me later.


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