The MuppetsNovember 23, 2011
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
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
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Pepe the Prawn
Sgt. Floyd Pepper
'Punch Teacher' Host
They're closer than you think.
Release Date: 23 November 2011
Filming Locations: Bonanza Casino, 4720 North Virginia St., Reno, Nevada, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $29,239,026
(25 November 2011)
(19 February 2012)
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.
Several Muppets, including Sam the Eagle and Professor Bunsen, disappear from the car during the driving scene.
[the Muppets are sitting in jail]
Are you, uh, the Muppets?
[in the jail cell next to them]
I'm a Muppet.
The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational
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
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.