- Overall Story
- Classic Muppet appearances / performances
- Music (and song and dance numbers)
- Celebrity Cameos
Disney’s “The Muppets” raked in a total of $42 million over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, making it the #2 movie of the weekend. I honestly thought it might overtake the latest Twilight flick but unfortunately those sparkly vampires and werewolves had more box office appeal than frogs and dogs and pigs and chickens.
I saw the movie last Tuesday night (at a Midnight showing) and absolutely loved it! There’s plenty of enjoyment to be had by the nostalgic adults in the audience as well as the kids.
The basic plot summary is this:
Long time sweethearts Gary and Mary have planned a romantic getaway to Hollywood. However, Gary and his brother Walter are inseparable and (much to Mary’s dismay) Gary has purchased an extra bus ticket for Walter to join them. Walter is the world’s biggest Muppets fan and wants to see the famous Muppets Studios while on their trip. Sadly, the studios have been neglected over the years and are extremely run-down and in disrepair. That doesn’t stop Walter from sneaking away from the tour and getting an inside peek at Kermit the Frog’s office. While inside Kermit’s office, he learns of a plot in which rich Texas oil man, Tex Richman, plans to acquire then entire property that is The Muppets Studios. Tex has learned that there is oil beneath the property and he plans to tear it down so he can drill for oil. The only thing that can stop him is if The Muppets come up with the $10 million needed to purchase the studios before a certain date and time (which is quickly approaching). Walter informs Gary and Mary of this and he and Gary are determined to find Kermit the Frog and let him know.
While at Kermit’s home it was decided that the best possible way to come up with the $10 million to save the Muppet Studios would be to get the old gang back together again and do one last show together (as a telethon) to raise the money needed to save the theater.
The Muppets have been broken up for some time now and a road-trip (and some “travelling by map”) is involved to bring them all back together again.
In the end, the Muppets win out over the bad guy and get to keep their theater, as well as realize that they should never have broken up as a group because they’re more than just a group, they’re family.
My only problem with the film is I think they could have done more in the way of celebrity cameos. Muppet Movies are known for their celebrity cameos and I think that Jack Black got too much screen time that could have been used to bring in other cameos. Also, the Wanda Sykes and Danny Trejo cameos were not in the finished film? Either these were solely for one of the movie trailers, or they got cut?
This movie is definitely worth seeing, or (in my case) seeing again!