When the Muppet Studios are threatened by a greedy oil baron (Chris Cooper) who plans to tear the studio down to drill for oil, Walter (Peter Linz), the Muppets biggest fan, along with his brother Gary (Segel) and Gary’s fiance Mary (Amy Adams) pull the Muppets back together to put on one more show. For more on the movie read my original review.
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s been a long time since the The Muppets took Manhattan, had a great caper, or set their sites on an original movie. Sure there was that attempt to give Gonzo his own film, and the series of movies adapted from literature to star The Muppets over the years, but for the first time in a long time, with no small part to Jason Segel, The Muppets are back.
The story begins with brothers Walter (Peter Linz) and Gary (Segel) traveling to Los Angeles with Gary’s longtime girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams). Although the trip was initially set as an anniversary getaway for the lovers, Gary brings Walter along to let him realize one of his dreams by visiting Muppet Studios.
Walter is crushed to find the studio in disrepair and horrified to learn that an oil tycoon (Chris Cooper) is set to take ownership of the property and destroy it. The Muppets have only one chance, the contract leaves a clause that they can buy back the studio before the deadline if they can raise $10,000,000.
Here’s a little programming note for you Muppets fans out there. Wednesday night marks the debut of an all-new Muppet Christmas special – A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa. The story features the lovable characters accidently intercepting three letters sent to Santa Claus and their attempts to make the children’s holiday wishes come true. It will also feature, as you’d expect, cameos from a few celebs including Whoopi Goldberg, Jan Krakowski, Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane, Michael Bloomberg, and others. For more, including a photo gallery for the show, click here. The hour-long special will air Wednesday night at 8:00/7:00 on NBC. Check out the videos below for a behind the scenes look and preview of the special. Updated to include the video for the full special!
Jim Henson’s The Muppet Movie remains one of the fondest memories of my childhood. It begins with a frog, a banjo, and a dream. The “approximate” retelling of how the Muppets met and made their way to Hollywood is still a joy over twenty-five years later. There’s just something tangible about the muppets that even the best CGI hasn’t been able to achieve.
We begin in the swamp where Kermit the Frog dreams about a life in Hollywood. Hearing from a passerby Bernie the agent (Dom DeLuise) that there are openings for frogs in Hollywood Kermit leaves the swamp to make his dreams come true. On the way he picks up companions such as Fozzie the Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Ralph the Dog, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The road to Hollywood is not without it’s bumps however. Kermit and his new friends must deal with the spurned Doc Harper (Charles Durning) who desperately wanted Kermit for the spokesman for his Frog Legs Restaurant. Kermit’s constant refusals make Hopper mad enough to make sure Kermit has hopped off his last lily pad.