The Muppets (2011)
Director: James Bobin
Release Date: 23 November 2011
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 (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
This movie is fantastic and essentially flawless. Jason Segel, along with co-writer Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobin have made possibly the best family movie of 2011. Adorable and entertaining; the Muppet’s please everyone from the average moviegoer to Muppet purists alike.
On one side is a modern comedy, chock full of hysterical celebrity cameos and pop culture references. And on the other side is a nostalgic throwback to the Muppet’s era. Those who remember the old series will unquestionably find delight in seeing their favorite puppets reunite for another big show, literally.
Funnily enough, the movie treats the Muppet characters as if they were real life actors, with The Muppet’s shows and movies being their past careers. The Muppet’s haven’t seen any action in years (a fact also true in real life), and each Muppet has taken his/her own path in life with varying degrees of success. When crisis arises, the old troupe is forced to find each other and give it another go.
It is all weaved through a fascinating meta-narrative that begs the question, what happens to the Muppet’s when they aren’t The Muppet’s? After all this time away, can The Muppet’s make a comeback through a reunion and relive their former glory days? – a question ultimately answered by the movie itself.
Simply put, I can’t imagine anyone with a heart not enjoying this film. There’s something in it for everybody, especially if you’re in the mood for laughter and catchy musical numbers. The creative humor was a breath of fresh air. There is plenty breaking of the fourth wall and oh so much of that lovely deadpan irony and absurdest humor, reminiscent of old comedies like Airplane! The audience in the theater was cracking up almost every other moment, myself included. And while humor is its strong suit, the movie is also an incredibly heartwarming tale of friends that go their separate ways but are still connected through their hearts. Moviegoers and Muppet fans alike, go see this movie!