Being a parent has made me nostalgic of things from my childhood. One of the things that was a major part of my childhood was the Muppets. I remember watching The Muppet Show with my family and being so excited to see Kermit the Frog when he was on Sesame Street. I even had my very own Rowlf Muppet. (Man I wish I still had that.) So being able to take Baybah to see a new Muppet movie was pretty amazing in and of itself. But I wondered was this movie going to stay true to the Muppets that I remembered? The answer is yes! The Muppets are back and better than ever.
Walter, the Muppets biggest fan, and brother Gary (Jason Segel) do everything together. So when Gary and his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) decide to leave Smalltown, USA and travel to Hollywood for their 10th Anniversary, Walter came along. One of their first stops was The Muppets Studio. Much to their dismay, they find that the studio has been neglected and is worn down after all these years. While they were there, Walter overhears evil oil tycoon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) talk about his plans to tear the studio down and dig for oil, not build a Muppets Museum like he told everyone he would.
Walter, being the huge Muppet fan that he is, would never let that happen, so he, Gary, and Mary go on a search to find Kermit and tell him about Tex Richman’s evil plans. Once they find him, Kermit wonders if the gang would want to get back together again after all of these years. Kermit finally agrees that the best way to raise the 10 million dollars that it would take to save the studio would be to get the Muppets together again for one last show.
Kermit, Walter, Gary, and Mary travel the “map” in search of all of the Muppets that have gone their separate ways. What happens next? You are going to have to see the movie for yourself. I will tell you that it is filled with lots of singing, dancing, laughing, and good old-fashioned fun.
“We’re here to sing, dance, make people laugh and somehow, just maybe, make the world a little bit better place. That may sound silly, especially coming from a frog. But the Muppets have always tried to inspire the world with silliness and to show folks that no matter who you are or how weird you seem to others, there’s a place for you and people who care about you. And when you find that place and meet those people, wonderful things happen.”
—Kermit the Frog
This is a Muppet movie for those that have been fans of the Muppets, but it also introduces the Muppets to a whole new generation. The Muppets was so entertaining, I was laughing out loud and giggling in my seat throughout the entire movie. I even teared up during a scene when Kermit remembers the past when the Muppets were all together.
Having Bret McKenzie from The Flight of the Conchords write the music was a perfect choice. His transition from his Flight of the Conchords humor to writing for The Muppets shows how versatile and talented he is. The same goes for Jason Segel. We all know he is a great comedic actor but now we also know that he is a great song and dance man as well. You could tell that everyone that was a part of this movie was so proud to breath new life into this classic franchise. I loved everything about this movie from the 20 different cameos, to the awesome songs, the hysterical actors, and the amazing puppetry. Every member of your family will love this movie. I think this is my new favorite Muppet movie of all time.
Disclosure: I received free passes to this movie from Disney. All thoughts expressed are my own.