New Story Details on The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time
A few weeks ago it was confirmed that Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin would be directing the Jason Segel-written Muppets (revival) movie for Disney. Originally we heard that the title was supposed to be The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made!, but now according to a script review up on The Playlist, the title will now be The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time. Seems like they're really going all out on this one, almost like this is going to be the last Muppets movie we ever see. To save everyone from learning too much about the story, I've pulled out the most important parts below, so it's a only a simple plot synopsis.
Here's their spoiler-free explanation of what The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time is (supposedly) about.
"[It's] about Gary, Mary, and Walter (a man, his girlfriend, and the man's life-long nondescript, brown puppet best friend) getting the old Muppet gang — now retired entertainers known for the same Muppet show we know them from — together to save the TV studio that the original show was shot in. A villain, Tex Richman, bent on drilling for oil underneath the studio, is due to take over the studio in weeks and the only way to stop him? Putting on a show that draws ten million viewers."
From that "synopsis" it sounds like it's almost going to be self-referential. The reviewer goes on to say that "it's a solid attempt at recapturing what made 'The Muppet Show' and the first two Muppet movies so great, but The Great Muppet Movie of All Time is no Great Muppet Caper… Stoller and Segel have fun with the characters, are aware of what made the Muppet early years so great (winks to the audience, friendly musical numbers), and hit the mark 65% of the time." That's it, only 65%? I'm not the biggest Muppets fan so I can't say I'm excited yet, but it does sound like a fun story. I have enough faith in Nick Stoller and Jason Segel to make this an awesome movie no matter what people say about their script. Sound good?
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
ive been striving for first for sooo long
Philip J Fry on Feb 9, 2010
I'm glad to see Jason Segal doing what he loves. yeah...I'll watch this. 😉 John Stamos
John Stamos on Feb 9, 2010
I'm Excited...but this kinda does sound like greg the bunny. Although i haven't read the script so i'm sure its much more muppet themed then greg the bunny....just the human and puppet friend my mind goes straight to seth green with greg walking around.
Tim on Feb 9, 2010
Dark Fist on Feb 9, 2010
Plot reminds me too much of The Country Bears (which I have seen, unfortunately). It doesn't help that both movies are also based on the premise of humans and puppet like creatures coexisting. In both movies the puppets reunite for a final performance in hopes of saving the place where their shows originally took place. Oh well though, I don't plan on scrutinizing this movie's story too much. If it brings back the same sort of humor that made the Muppets great, then I'm in.
FancyMonocle on Feb 9, 2010
@ No.5 dont ever compare the Muppets to Country Bears, i cannot believe you would even make that terrible comparison. The Muppets are the coolest things ever and its been so sad to not see them around and in the media like they used to be. Jason Segal should do a great job, and im definately excited to see this coming to light. MUPPETS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Matte Blac on Feb 9, 2010
65% of the time is a lot better than that schlock they've been slapping the Muppets with over the last fifteen or twenty years. We watched the Muppet Christmas special with my infant son last year, it was the most awful and depressing thing I have ever seen. Just pure crap.
Mark on Feb 9, 2010
This sounds good so far for sure! i was hoping they would bring it back to the roots like on the Muppet Show and bring it back to the stage and studio. I think this is heading in the right direction!
Dan W on Feb 9, 2010
@6 I really wasn't making a comparison between the Muppets and The Country Bears. In general, they are nothing alike, but in terms of the plot of these movies, you can't say there isn't a similarity. Also, please don't get the impression that I was defending The Country Bears in any way at all. It has an imdb rating of a 3.8, seriously, it's a shitty movie. And I love the Muppets. Just making an observation on plot, that's all. Also, I feel I should point out now that the story line wasn't original when The Country Bears did it either.
FancyMonocle on Feb 9, 2010
It does sound a lot like the Country Bears (a movie with only one good quality, Christopher Walken, he is just awesome). I love the muppets though and hope this movie is very successful.
the weatherman on Feb 10, 2010
I hope this works and appeals to the fans that put them on the map. What made them funny was that they were puppets who essentially told adult jokes. Jim (rest his soul) and Frank Oz knew that and did good stuff that "happened" to feature puppets (It's why we all loved the Dark Crystal). It seemed like once Jim passed away, they focused on kids and became secondary sesame street characters without a show. Call me crazy, but i think that's why I like 30 Rock today. To me it comes off as very muppet show-ish. I hope Walt & co. dont try to hard to make this JUST for kids.
jomba joose on Feb 10, 2010
#2 are you really john stamos?
jebstuart on Feb 10, 2010
I can't wait for this movie! Any word on when it'll be coming out or is it still too early in the planning stages?
chrishaley on Feb 11, 2010
I haven't seen almost anything about the Muppets since the VMA's when Kermit was Lady Gaga's (who is amazing I might add, and fuck all you haters) date, but I think it will be great to see the Muppets together again
guh on Feb 11, 2010
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