I was lukewarm to last week’s series premiere of The Muppets. Taking place behind the scenes of “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” the show is set-up to give us a peek at the lives of the characters when they aren’t on stage. It’s like the old Muppet Show in that we get a look at Kermit (Steve Whitmire) struggling to keep order behind-the-scenes but without the great performances and musical numbers that made the previous show such a stand-out. Immediately dumping the premises of new love interests for both Kermit and Fozzie (Eric Jacobson) from last week’s episode, “Hostile Takeover” is more enjoyable in that it unleashes the wrath of Miss Piggy (Jacobson) upon the rest of the Muppets.
ABC has released this new teaser trailer for a new primetime series starring The Muppets which will debut this Fall. Although it promises a more reality-TV behind-the-scenes look at the beloved characters I’m still psyched to see Kermit and all his pals back on TV. The Muppets premieres on ABC this Fall.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Muppets Most Wanted. It works as a wacky caper comedy, albeit not nearly as well as The Great Muppet Caper, with the trademarks of The Muppet franchise including cameos, running gags, frog and pig romance, and several fun (if not that memorable) songs. But ranking it against the Muppets other four major theatrical releases I would place it solidly last behind The Muppets Take Manhattan.
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.