I first learned that the Muppets were coming back to the big screen last May. I couldn’t wait to share the fun with my daughter. I grew up on The Muppet Show and have always been a fan of Jim Henson’s gang. I told my daughter all about The Muppets and we even we caught The Muppets Take Manhattan at the kid’s summer movie theater. (The ’80s were much cooler… in the ’80s. Wow that movie looked old :)) We were all set to see the new Muppet movie. But by the time November rolled around, we had a one-month old at home and we never made it to the theater.
Luckily we didn’t have to wait long for The Muppets release on DVD/Blu-Ray. (Remember how long we had to wait in the ’80s for movies to come out on VHS?) Last week I was giddy with excitement when the UPS man dropped of my copy of The Muppets. Yeay!
So we settled in for an impromptu movie night. (I admit, I was much more excited than K.)
The singing, the dancing, the jokes, the cheese-factor — Wocka Wocka — I loved it all, and with in the first five minutes I could tell – so did K. In fact, during the first song and dance number she promptly announced, “I gotta do this.” With that she was up and dancing in front of the TV. The highest compliment from a three year old.
Jason Segel and Amy Adams ham it up (no offense to Miss Piggy) along side all of their Muppet pals including a new addition to the Muppet gang Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan. With the help of his older brother, Gary (Segel’s character), Walter must help the Muppets raise $10 million to save The Muppet Theater. But before they can raise the money, they have to get the gang back together. With all the old tricks in play, including traveling by map, they round up the gang traveling by car to a musical montage.
A musical telethon is hosted to raise the money, and throw backs to the old show include a slew of celebrity cameos and, of course, Muppet music. This Muppet fan found herself singing along with Kermie as he serenaded his pig with The Rainbow Connection (until K promptly shhed me, of course). And who can resist the chickens clucking out their rendition of Cee Lo’s F You?
But none of the songs can top the closing number… Mahna Mahna! (I promise it will leave you humming along…)
The Muppets were a hit in our house, just like I knew they would be. (I can’t wait to watch it again.) When I asked K what her favorite part was, there was no surprise in her answer – Miss Piggy.
The Muppets will be available on on DVD and Blu-Ray March 20, 2012 (now available for pre-order). There will be four options available – DVD, DVD + Soundtrack, Blu-Ray/DVD, and the Wocka Wocka Value Pack (Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Download/Soundtrack).
- The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History – We Think)
- Disney Intermission – Pausing a movie will never be this much fun, as the Muppets take over the screen every time you stop the disc.
- Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of Dsiney’s “The Muppets”
- Explaing Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song
- A little Screen Test on the way to the Read Trhough
- Eight Deleted Sceens
- Audio Commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicolas Stoller
- The popular spoof trailers
- The complete soundtrack
Here is a little Muppet fun for you. Enjoy these free downloads for Kermit coloring and activity pages and jokes from Fonzie.
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Disclosure – I was provided a copy of the movie to facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.