Sound Off: Jason Segel and James Bobin's 'The Muppets' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
November 23, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? They're back! All of them! Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, even Animal, Rowlf, Beeker and Uncle Deadly. Returning to movie theaters after 12 years are The Muppets, created by Jim Henson originally in the 50s. In this new movie, conceived by Jason Segel & Nick Stoller and directed by "Flight of the Conchords'" James Bobin, while all of the regulars are back, there's also some newcomers - Walter, a new Muppet, plus Jason Segel and Amy Adams, who together save the Muppets Theater from being torn down. Once you've seen it, leave us a comment with your thoughts below.
"Am I a man… or am I a Muppet?" I loved this Muppets movie, with all my heart. It's easily the one movie this year that is guaranteed to have everyone smiling the entire time. You can't help it! I recognize that it has some problems, that "Me Party" song shouldn't have been in there to begin with (even though it seemed like a last minute addition anyway), the story is a bit muddled at times, but all of that is put aside when having an incomparable amount of fun with the Muppets all over again. This movie is truly for everyone - fans, non-fans, kids, adults, there's something rare and spectacular about being able to bring happiness and joy to everyone in that way. Jason Segel, we owe him everything for this, for making it with such love; and I now love Walter as much as the others, too. One of the most enjoyable experiences at the movies this year!
What did you think of The Muppets? An incredibly fun celebration or an overly cheesy mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
This movie is so on point. Recommended for kids and adults alike. Perfect balance of nostalgia and new flavor, and if you aren't smiling when you leave the theater you may in fact be a robot. Doctors should prescribe The Muppets as a cure for depression. Okay not really, but you get the point. Just all around, a great watch.
Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011
An overrated letdown in my opinion. The story didn't even have an ending! The rap song with Chris Cooper was embarrassing! Fozzie and Kermit's voices sounded strange. The movie's way too long, at two hours. Miss Piggy and Amy Adams were cute, but Jason Segel is an acquired taste, I guess. So all in all I'd have to call it a cheezy mess. Nice try though.
Randall on Nov 23, 2011
First of all, the movie did have an ending, which I'm not going to give away on this website, and the movie is only 90+ minutes, not too hours.
Acrane74 on Nov 24, 2011
Absolutely loved it! The entire theater had a great time and everyone left with a smile. Amy Adams and Jason Segel were perfectly cheesy. During the "smells like teen spirit" barber shop quartet and the chickens doing "forget you" I had tears from laughing so hard. The "Am I a Man, or am I a Muppet" song was great and the appearance of Jim Parsons in that song was nothing short of genius! It has been a long time since I've left a movie theater wishing I could watch it again immediately!
AlexJS on Nov 23, 2011
I'm old enough that I never saw Kermit until I was 12 and was watching Sesame Street with my youngest brother in 1969. Loved The Muppet Show in the late '70s, and was reintroduced to Sesame Street with my daughter in the early '80s. My husband and I were about the only adults without children in this afternoon's showing of The Muppet Movie. We loved almost every minute if it. Like "Up," the first 10 minutes or so of this movie are both brilliant and touching. Any kid who felt at all like an outsider in childhood, and saw "his/her people" in another part of popular culture can relate to Walter. There are loads of pop culture (especially about the '80s) and movie-making jokes throughout the movie. Teens and adults will probably appreciate them more than the kid. The '80s Robot was a great concept! The movie lags a little here and there - it steals a bit much from the "Blues Brothers" and "UHF" and the original "Muppet Movie." There was a little much toilet humor and vaudeville jokes were just too obscure for 2011. However... One thing I found especially interesting was what was amusing to the kids in the audience. The kids really didn't seem to like the singing (though I found the Chris Cooper rap a complete hoot). The funniest thing to the kids seemed to be the abrupt appearance of Jim Parsons near the end of the movie. "It's Sheldon!" even some very young kids were saying. But the kids got wicked antsy during Kermit's overly-long speech at the end. On the whole, it's a cute, entertaining flick. Jason Segel and Amy Adams were both charming. But the movie was funnier when it was more subversive.
LaurieMann on Nov 23, 2011
I saw The Muppet movie this past Saturday at an advanced screening. I loved it. It is great for adults that loved the Muppet Show and had enough to keep the kids entertained. I laughed the entire time, and I don't think I've smiled that much at a movie in a long time. There was enough 'old stuff' to make you go awwwww when you saw it. I loved Kermit's house with all the paintings coming to life. It was one of those movies that did everything you've been thinking about the Muppets. Where are they now? What have they been doing? etc. Definite "Two Thumbs Up!"
Shoewee on Nov 23, 2011
I got home 3 hours ago from watching this movie and am still smiling! I and another very grown up/with no kids type friend were having such a good time watching this movie, we probably annoyed a few people sitting around us. We couldn't help it. Agreed, there are 2-3 numbers/skits that really are, well, awkward - but the other 1hr 45 mins are well worth it. And if you don't tear up during "Rainbow Connection", you have soul....... Incidentallly, we too yelled "It's Sheldon" during the surprise cameo by Jim Parsons.....
wlr on Nov 23, 2011
I laughed until I cried.
Jkingsmill on Nov 23, 2011
It was okay. It's cheezy, but then again, the muppets have always been cheezy. Fans of the show will like it but I attended a screening and not a single child laughed more than once. A lot of the humor will be lost on them. Come to think of it, it reminded me a lot of The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch (live action). Best family movie if the year? Why not. Best movie of the year? Hell no. Overrated? A little. Butt nostalgia does that I suppose.
Miguel Angel Portela on Nov 23, 2011
who was the stopwatch guy?
larry r on Nov 24, 2011
Such a perfect homage to The Muppets. I loved it and am so glad they are back.
Andy Ortega on Nov 24, 2011
Such fun. It dragged a bit in some areas, but the adult asides were quite clever and had me laugh out loud often. The chickens' version of "Forget You" was a gem. Absolutely worth seeing; you will enjoy the fresh take of muppet Walter and his human brother, and the wonderful nostalgia of singing along to "The Rainbow Connection". This will be one that I will rent/buy on DVD as well. What fun.
Melanie2 on Nov 24, 2011
Just got home from the theatre! Loved this movie!!! My cousin and I (both women in our 30's) went and laughed til we cried at the "Am I a Man or a Muppet" song. Loved seeing all my fave muppets again (I'm a big Beeker and Animal fan) was so much fun. Can't wait til its released so the kids can enjoy it. (Oh BTW, Sheldon from Big Bang Theory is in it too, big shock, awesome!!)
Acrane74 on Nov 24, 2011
MAJOR disappointment. None of the intelligent humor, none of the REAL emotion, Jason Segel was waaaaaay out of place in this movie, Amy Adams looked as if she was in pain during every dance number and a script which seemed slapped together without any thought to a PLOT. Brian Henson and Frank Oz where we when we needed you? Jim......forgive me for spending money on THAT! I'm going to go watch "A Muppett Christmas Carol" to get the bad taste out of my mouth.
Towaway on Nov 26, 2011
I loved it. My only complaint was Chris Cooper's rap song. Didn't think it was funny or entertaining. Personally I understand they needed a villain but I would have been perfectly happy with only a story line that they needed $10 million to save the studio from losing it and there was no villain.
Doug on Nov 26, 2011
I loved it. A huge fan of the Muppets from when I was a kid, I love how they "introduced" a lot of the classic songs and themes to a new generation. I'm excited to see what else is to come for the gang!
Teacherkid on Nov 27, 2011
This was a great throwback to the original muppet movies. Loved it! Hopefully this will pave the way for a Dark Crystal Sequel! 🙂 on sadder note ...Every time i noticed a difference in the voices of Kermit, Rolf & Dr Teeth, I got a little sad bc they were voiced by Henson.
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Jamie Neish on Feb 8, 2012
I have always loved the Muppets. I watched the Muppet Show when I was a kid, and I had a wonderful time watching this movie with my own kids. We all LOVED it. Thanks, Jason!
Tara K Young on Mar 25, 2012
ehhh kind of a letdown should of been called Jason Segel and some of the muppets ...rizzo the rat I mean pepe the king prawn M.I.A not a bad movie but not the kind of muppet movie it could of and should of been...
Molez82 on Apr 3, 2012
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