I love the Muppets. I will never hide that. But, their older stuff definitely feels pretty dated. I mean, they’re still good, but it is dated. I mean, I probably miss most of the celebrity cameos in the old movies because I simply don’t know who they are. But, The Muppets (2011) brought the Muppets into a new era and introduced them to a new generation. The Muppets is a successful Muppets film because it does what Muppets do best; silly humor, fun songs, celebrity cameos, while also making the characters accessible to a new audience.
The movie follows two brothers, Walter and Jason Siegel, who are lifelong Muppets fans as they travel to Los Angeles to take a tour of the Muppets studio. Here they discover that the studio is run down and about to be destroyed by an evil businessman. The two brothers then go on a mission to reunite the Muppets so that they can do a telethon and raise the money to save the studio.
What works best about this movie is that it does not expect the audience to be big Muppets fans. The movie came out over a decade after the last Muppets movie. The children that are the movies target audience were not alive when the last movie came out. Instead of throwing you right into the middle of all the Muppets, the movie introduces you to them slowly. First you meet two big Muppets fans. Then Kermit the frog, followed by Fozzie, and then Gonzo. Then a montage is used as the Muppets reunite with the smaller characters, ending with introducing the audience to Miss Piggy The movie introduces you to the characters in a way that is easy to understand for newer audiences without being annoying for old fans. It makes the film accessible and easy to enjoy for all audiences.
On top of all that, the movie is just classic Muppets. Instead of doing an evil laugh, the bad guy simply says “Maniacal laugh” over and over again. The songs are great, “Man or Muppet” was even nominated for an Oscar. And, the movie is bursting with celebrity cameos, Jack Black, Kristen Schaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Joh Krasinski, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, and many, many more.
I’m just glad that this movie got made because it allowed a whole new generation of kids to be introduced to The Muppets. Which is just wonderful. I give this movie 8 Muppets sitting on each other’s shoulders and wearing a suit pretending to be a human out of 10.