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With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

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When 3 Muppet fans learn that Tex Richman wants to drill under the Muppet Theater for oil, Gary, Mary and Walter set out to find the Muppets who have been split up for years so that they can put on one last show and save the Muppet Theater. Kermit the Frog now lives in his own mansion depressed in Hollywood, 'The Great Gonzo' is a high class plumber at Gonzo's Royal Flush, Fozzie Bear performs with a tribute band called The Moopets, Miss Piggy is the plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, and Animal is at a celebrity anger management rehab center in Santa Barbara. Written by Dre

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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23 November 2011 (USA)  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,239,026 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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$88,625,922 (USA) (30 March 2012)
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An appearance by Elmo of Sesame Street (1969) was planned for a scene where lawyers would have nixed an attempt by the Muppets to have him host their show. According to Jason Segel, the cameo itself was forbidden by lawyers. Sesame Street Muppets had previously made cameos in The Muppet Show (1976), The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) and various specials, but have not done so since the purchase of the Muppets characters by Disney in 2004. See more »

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Miss Piggy makes a minor French error when trying to order the other Muppets out of her Paris office. She says "depeche-toi", which is the phrase for making an order to a single person. To make an order to a group, she should have said "depechez-vous". Of course, Miss Piggy's French skills may not be great. See more »

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The Muppets (2011)
25 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been a huge Muppet fan ever since I was a child. I grew up watching them, in particular the original Jim Henson movies (The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)). As I got older and I became interested in filmmaking, I discovered how the Muppets were done. When I found out how the puppetry was involved, I found a new reason as to why I love them. I love them not only because of my childhood, but also because of how much work goes into making these movies or shows. With today's rising technology and use of CGI, it's refreshing to go back and look at old movies that use more hand made techniques. These techniques can still be used, but many decide not to for reasons I don't need to explain. I digress though.

It's been 12 years since the last Muppet movie and since it's been 21 years since the death of Jim Henson. Ever since then, The Muppets have slowly declined and not much has been seen from them. One has to wonder how a new movie would do in today's age. I mean Jim Henson is a hero of mine and to see another movie released without his involvement is kind of sad. Although, the intention behind this picture was to bring back the Henson quality that's been missing. Did it exceed?

To me, the movie not only exceeds, but goes above and beyond anything The Muppets have done since Henson's death. The original characters are great as always, but I thought Jason Segal, Amy Adams and the new Muppet, Walter, were all excellent editions. You can tell Segal, Nick Stoller and James Bobin really wanted to capture that magic and that they knew who these characters were and how Henson would've done it.

One thing they exceeded in the most is the depiction of these characters. This time around, they have such emotional depth and character development. Probably more this than in any other Muppet movie I've seen. These character are merely puppets and they not only give them life, but also a soul. That's not to say Henson didn't give them soul. He most certainly did, but here the characters are dealing with something that one never thought could happen: people have forgotten them.

This is where the film really pulls on the heart strings. It's been years since The Muppets have been on the big screen and this movie knows that. It shows how things have changed through the years and how the world has become adapted to watching unoriginal material in both film and television and that there's nothing fresh. It almost like a commentary on our society. I'm not trying to get deep with a family film, but that's the impression I got when I saw the movie.

It's things like these that make the film work very well. The story is simple, but it's how the filmmakers attacked it that made it so good. Plus, it pays homage to Henson with the same meta humor and irrelevant jokes. It makes us remember why we love these characters and why it's good to have them back. I also enjoyed both the new and old songs and musical numbers. All the songs were obvious nods to the original Henson movies.

Overall, I loved this movie. I felt like a kid again, especially in the last half hour. I felt like I was in the audience of the Muppet theater, watching them live, rather than seeing a movie. Is better than the Henson movies? I have to say no, but it's just as good and comes closer to that magic than the Post-Henson movies. I think that's because you can't duplicate something that's so well known. I think Jim Henson would be proud to know that his characters, as well as puppetry, still have a life. To me, this is a comeback for not only the character, but also the art of puppetry.

Here's how I rank all the Muppet movies:

1. The Muppet Movie (1979) 2. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) 3. The Great Muppet Caper (1981) 4. The Muppets (2011) 5. Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 6. Muppet Treasure Island (1996) 7. Muppets From Space (1999)


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