You know who we haven’t seen on the big screen in far too long? Jim Henson’s The Muppets! Walt Disney has announced that they will be releasing a new film from the Muppet gang on December 25, 2011. The film simply to be titled The Muppets will be directed by James Bobin based on a script by Jason Segel and Nick Stoller. Segel will also be starring in the film. The plot synopsis has not been revealed, but I am assuming that with its Christmas release date
Before Shrek and before Pixar, the movies and television shows that bridged the gap between adult and child entertainment were The Muppets. Their goofiness and subtly inappropriate humor has been adored by children and their parents since the 1970s. The television series “The Muppet Show” debuted in 1976 and introduced such favorite characters as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear. The television show was a hit and in 1979 it was adapted for the big screen with The Muppet Movie. The success of that film has lead to several sequels including The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), and Muppet Treasure Island (1996).
Even though they haven’t had their own feature film in a while, the Muppets have been appearing sporadically throughout popular culture. Recently they have appeared in their own rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, which won a Webby Award. They also appeared in a promo for the television show “Lost” where they accosted the show’s writers and tried to learn the secrets.
It has been over a decade since a Muppet movie has been on the big screen and this reboot has me with high expectations. Every child has probably connected to the Muppets in some way, whether it be on the television show “Sesame Street” or through their many films. For me it was “Sesame Street,” which was peaking in popularity during my early childhood in the 1990s. Even though not completely Muppet based, the television show was hugely influential during my childhood and I felt a strong connection with Kermit and the gang.
My personal favorite Muppet movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol, which brilliantly contrasts the ridiculous Muppets against the straight-man performance of Michael Caine. It’s a Holiday classic and features the Muppets at their funniest.
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