The Muppets are BACK!

In case you haven’t noticed, the Muppets are coming, and around our house this is a very big deal. The Muppet Movie was released today, November 23rd, 2011 in theatres throughout the country and it seems the whole world is talking about it.  It’s been a few years since the last Muppet movie came out though, which means a lot of younger kids may not be as familiar with them as my generation was growing up. 

MuppetsInstead of ignoring this fact as a lot of people would, the Muppets throw it out first and foremost by making it a major plot point of the movie. Coming from a household that used the Muppet Show as units of time {as in “We’ll be there in two Muppet Shows”} it’s hard to think of them as underdogs, but that is the reality today. 

So, in the beginning of the film we find the Muppets have stopped performing together, are spread all across the country and the old Muppet Theater is falling apart.  When an old oil tycoon {played by the always great Chris Cooper} sets up a deal to buy the theater but really intends to demolish it, the gang must reunite to save it. 

Will all the Muppets get back together? Will they save the theater? Well I won’t spoil the suspense for you here, but I will say that the same old sense of humor is here throughout the movie.  I’ve always thought the Muppets were one of the first shows to have jokes for kids and adults and that is definitely true in the new film. 

Kermit the frogThere are multiple times where the characters break down the third wall and mention the fact that they’re in a movie, mixed in with sight gags and fart jokes, as well as 80’s references and all sorts of social commentary.  I can’t think of another movie recently that I laughed at this much while my 3 year old daughter was enjoying it just the same. 

Another great staple of Muppet movies that continues here is the celebrity cameo. Every few minutes would be another instance of “hey look who that is!” It’s always fun to see who shows up, even to just deliver a line or two, and then see how many you can name at the end of the movie. 

Written by and starring Jason Segel the Muppets is a true celebration of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the whole gang. It is very clear that this was a labor of love and comes from someone who understands what the Muppets are all about.

So, if you like the Muppets even slightly, or just want a movie you and your kids can agree on you have to go see the Muppets movie. It really is a rare treat to be able to share something you loved from your childhood with your kids and have it be new for both of you.  Muppet Premiere
TylerA big thank you to Disney and the Muppets for giving us a sneak preview into the new Muppet Movie. All opinions are 100% ours and no form of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.

2 thoughts on “The Muppets are BACK!”

  1. i still love the muppets! glad to hear the movie carries that adult/kid humor like there has been in the shows. i have always liked the swedish chef! looking forward to seeing this with the kids!


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