The Muppets starring Kermit the Frog
Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang are here too!
After what seemed like an eternity away (at least for us true fans) The Muppets are back on the big screen!!
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the whole gang have returned in a wonderful, funny and oftentimes touching movie that everyone will love, especially if you are a big Muppet fan like I am.
The story is, as would be expected, silly and simple, but then again that's what I have always loved about the Muppets. They don't try to tackle big, heavy issues but instead stick to the basic themes of fun, family, and friendship.
I loved the movie, as did my teenage daughter and niece. It was sweet to see my old friends once again, and I hope that the big-wigs at Disney decide to keep making more Muppet movies. In this day and age they are a sweet respite from the daily grind and fun for the entire family. It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...
Yes, there ARE Muppets in this movie.
And thank goodness for that!
So, the story goes a little like this...
Walter (who looks an awful lot like a Muppet) and his brother Gary are really close, and Walter has been a big Muppet fan their whole lives. Until the day the Muppets go off the air, and he wonders what his reason here on earth is and stuff.
So they go to Hollywood to see the Muppets at the Muppet Theater which has been falling apart for years and is about to be taken over and destroyed by a mean oil baron. Gary's girlfriend tags along too and make Gary feel bad for not paying attention to her. Women. Sheesh.
So they find Kermit and convince him to get the gang back together and save the Muppet Theater with a big Muppet telethon, and they kidnap Jack Black to be their 'guest star', and convince Miss Piggy to come back from France (long story) and get busy putting on the show.
And all sorts of Muppet hilarity ensue, with all the great characters and Muppet gags that had us all in stitches when we were kids, and they beat the oil baron and make the money they need to keep the Muppet Theater open and make lots of people laugh because laughing is good.
And everyone (except the mean oil baron) lives happily ever after as Walter decides to stay with the Muppets. Good thing because he really looks an awful lot like a Muppet himself. Which I already said a few sentences back.
Oh, and lots of big stars make cameo appearances.
But I hope not. I want more Muppets!!!
The OFFICIAL Muppet movie trailer.
The Muppets is basically a reunion with some humans thrown in for good measure.
But still the human characters were OK.
Jason Segel was the main human, who has a Muppet for a brother but doesn't seem to notice. Amy Adams is his ever patient girlfriend, waiting for him to 'pop the question'. Chris Cooper is the bad guy, a rich oil mogul who wants to tear down the old Muppet theater because there's gold underneath. (Yeah, OK, sure.) He actually has a great bit where he raps that was one of the movie's standout scenes. Zach Galifianakis plays a hobo that happens to be the first attendee to the Muppet telethon show and he's a hoot, and Jack Black plays himself in a hilarious gag where he's kidnapped to be the 'star' of the show, much to his chagrin and protest.
The Muppets are an American institution ..
but did you know that the TV show was filmed in England?
It's true. Not a single American production company wanted to take the 'risk' on making the Muppet TV show and so Jim Henson, founder of the Muppet and voice of Kermit, decided to film the show in England where they found a production studio that was willing to put the time, effort and space necessary into the show.
British TV Producer Lew Grade was the wonderful man who gave the green light and the Muppet Show ran from 1976 to 1981. Over the 5 years that it was in production they introduced and featured at least forty-six different Muppets, many of whom went on to gain huge fan bases the world over.
And that's how the Muppets, as American as apple pie, got to be filmed in merry old England.
All the Muppet Movies are on DVD over at Amazon.com - Here is a list of all the Muppet Movies.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets from Space (1999)
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
The Muppets (2011)
Every Muppet I loved as a kid is back in the newest Muppets Movie,
Even the most obscure make cameo appearances.
Animal Beaker, Beauregard, Bobby Benson, Camilla the Chicken, Crazy Harry, Dr. Bunson Honeydew, Dr. Julius Strangepork, theFlying Zucchini Brothers, Foo-foo, Fozzie Bear, Gaffer, George the Janitor, Gladys, Gloat, The Great Gonzo, J.P. Gross, Kermit, Lew Zealand, Lewis Kezagger, Link Hogthrob, Marvin Suggs and his Amazing Muppephone, Mildred, Miss Piggy, The Newsman, Nigel the conductor, Pops, Rizzo, Robin, Rowlf, Sam the American Eagle, Scooter, Louis Kazagger, Statler, Swedish Chef, Sweetums, Tom, Dick, and Harry, Uncle Deadly, Virginia, Waldorf, Wayne and Wanda and all the rest!
Wikipedia has TONS of info on The Muppets.
The Muppet puppets are molded or carved out of various types of foam, and then covered with fleece, fur, or any other material. Muppets may represent humans, anthropomorphic animals, realistic animals, robots, anthropomorphic objects, extraterrestrial creatures, mythical beings or other unidentified, newly imagined creatures, monsters, or abstract characters.
Muppets are distinguished from ventriloquist "dummies", which are typically animated only in the head and face, in that their arms or other features are also mobile and expressive. They are also presented as being independent of the puppeteer, who is usually not visible-hidden behind a set or outside of the camera frame.
Using the camera frame as the "stage" was an innovation of the Muppets. Previously on television, there would typically be a stage hiding the performers, as if in a live presentation. Sometimes they are seen full-bodied. This is done by using invisible strings to move the characters' bodies and mouths, and then adding the voices later.
Kermit, my favorite Frog.
It may not be easy being green, but its easy to love this little green froggie.
Kermit was my favorite Muppet right from the start on Sesame Street. He was kind and easygoing, unflappable and honest. He was an every-frog and I looked forward to every skit he was in. In my opinion he was the perfect choice to host The Muppet Show and it was his character that made the show, and all the movies, a hit.
Jim Henson. The man who started it all. - James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990)
The Muppets are ACTION FIGURES! - Isn't that cool?!
If you love the Muppets you have to show it with one of these cool action figures. Put one on your desk at work and see how many conversations it starts! Amazon has a wide selection of all your favorite characters.
The Pig With The Froggy Tattoo Teaser Trailer
The Trailer that started it all. - Green with Envy trailer
So many great Muppets.
Which Muppet is you favorite?
More plush figures from The Muppets and the Muppet show.
My favorite trailer from The Muppets. - Green Froggy
The Muppet Show on DVD ! - Take home the smash TV hit that started it all!
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