I realized after getting sucked into watching The Muppets again today when my son had it on, that I hadn’t really gotten into why I liked this movie so much other than that it was co-written by Jason Segal and starred Amy Adams. There are so many layers to this movie that I felt I really needed to make a Part II to my review. You can read Part I here.
This isn’t your typical Muppet movie, where it’s about their acts and shows. This Muppet movie bridges the present time, where the Muppets aren’t exactly the most popular thing out there. A time where many people have outgrown them, forgotten them or don’t even know who they are. After all, they were debuted in the early 1950s and the newer generations today may not exactly know why they were so amusing. Some may only remember the animation, The Muppet Babies, more than the actual Muppets; so it begins with someone falling in love with them and becoming their greatest fan. Walter, the Muppet who plays alongside Jason Segal as his brother, wishes so much to meet them and be a part of them only to realize that they are gone, their theater in ruins and their studio about to be destroyed. With a heavy heart, even in this very light-hearted happy film, you realize it has all been falling apart because we forgot them.
There are two scenes that I especially liked. (Don’t worry! I won’t give anything away.) The first was the scene where Kermit meets up with Fonzie after many years of being apart and under the impression that he was doing so well, Kermit realizes that Fonzie was actually in a really hard place. The scene between Fonzie and Kermit when they are alone and Kermit is asking him to come back almost makes you forget they are even Muppets. It’s very moving (a bit broken up by comedic moments) and very touching.
The second is when they were pitching their idea, much later, to get a television spot and the T.V. Executive (played by Dahlia Waingort) shows them what kids are into ‘these days’, which happens to be a T.V. show called Punch Teacher. In the Spoofs there is another T.V. Show called “Credit Card Club” and although I was laughing, I was also sighing. It’s kind of true! Just think of the shows that are on the T.V. these days! It really hit the mark in showing the difference in the quality of programming from the time The Muppets were popular and now.
The other part of The Muppet movie story wraps around Gary and Mary (Jason Segal and Amy Adams) and Kermit and Miss Piggy. They have similar characters in that Gary and Kermit mean the best when they are always constantly thinking of others and having the feeling of being needed; while Mary and Miss Piggy are always left alone without any time with the person they love or their feelings considered outside of the group. In Kermit and Miss Piggy’s side story it is the Muppet gang and in Gary and Mary’s it is Gary’s brother Walter. This is what bridges into the “Man or Muppet” song that won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards. Each of these stories is blended perfectly with the whole movie and really shows a dept of Kermit that normally isn’t seen. It’s great to see him so realistic and alive as the movie portrays him.
But ultimately the movie tells us that despite feeling forgotten, or lonely and different, we always have a place. That no matter what, who we are is really something amazing. It’s about growing up and how sometimes it’s not as pretty as you pictured it, sometimes it’s harder and sometimes it does feel like the world forgot you when it decided to move on; but that you still have to grow up. You still have to look inside of you and give it chance and that sometimes you might surprise yourself.
The Muppets is an incredible Family Film for so many reasons and I absolutely love the Special Features (especially the Spoof Trailers!) and you should really consider watching this movie with your family. Maybe you could tell them a story about when you used to watch The Muppets when you were a kid, like my husband and I did with our children. It features an amazing assortment of actors/actresses, some of my favorites like Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Ken Jeong, Sarah Silverman and many, many more. So it’s also fun for us big kids to watch!
So I wanted to share that with you, hopefully didn’t share too much, but I wanted to make sure I added my part to the review and you can see why I couldn’t put it all into one post now! Make sure you go back to the first post and check out all the printables in case you are going to throw your Muppet Movie Night!
Purchase: You can purchase The Muppets (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy + Soundtrack Download Card) for only $29.99 on Amazon!
I received a sample for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.