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The Muppets

By
Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Source: AmericanCatholic.org

It has been twelve long years since there has been a Muppet movie.  Walter (voice of Peter Linz), a new Muppet and a huge fan of the Muppets, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his “brother” Gary (Jason Segel) and his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) plan a trip to Hollywood.
 
They visit the Muppet Studio, now in ruins. When they learn that an oil magnate  (Chris Cooper) is buying the land, a man who has no love for the Muppets, and plans to tear down the studio to drill, Walter goes into action.
 
Walter, Gary and Mary track down Kermit the Frog and convince him that they have to save the studio by putting on a musical to raise money. Then they track down Miss Piggy who heads up Vogue’s Plus Size division in Paris (in a hair style like Vogue’s Editor-in- Chief Anna Wintour), Animal, Gonzo and the rest. They must also deal with the Muppet knockoff group, the Moopets.
 
“The Muppets” is a fun musical. I loved “The Rainbow Connection” but wondered a little at the chicken’s singing a version of CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” that everyone know used a different word beginning with “f” and now the Camilla and the Chickens are singing their version. Maybe this is why the film has a PG rating for some mild rude humor.
 
There are a lot of inter-textual references, that is, inside jokes about Muppets and Hollywood, plus much music and guest appearances, including politico James Carville – twice! The film is a very enjoyable crowd pleaser.
 
Themes of friendship, community, and solidarity abound.
 
“The Muppets” signals a move from Muppet-maker Jim Henson’s original creative home in New York to Los Angeles, after all, Disney acquired The Muppet franchise in 2004.


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