The Muppets (2011)
The Muppets is a 2011 American musical comedy film and the seventh theatrical film featuring the Muppets.
Devoted fan Walter, his brother Gary, and Gary's girlfriend Mary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, as they must raise $10 million to save their studio from Tex Richman, a businessman who plans to demolish the studio to drill for oil.
Why It Rocks
- It's a touching send up to the Muppets and a brutally honest depicton of how they're seen today.
- Mix of nostalgia and new elements.
- Funny and hilarious moments.
- The film rewards the viewer for being a Muppets fan with all its references, a new rendition of the iconic theme song, ending the movie with Mahna Mahna, and every Muppet banding together to sing Rainbow Connection, which can be enough to get even viewers who aren't Muppets fans a little teary-eyed.
- Catchy songs. Most notably Life's a Happy Song and Man or Muppet.
- The puppetry and characteristics of the Muppets is executed very well.
- It has a great balance between humor and emotional moments.
- The movie doesn't have a traditional happy ending where the Muppets get their studio back. Instead, they actually don't make back the money they need, but they're instead greeted by a massive crowd of Muppet fans, and the gang declare Walter the newest Muppet.
- It also has a great mix between old source material with new source material.
- Plenty of old Muppet characters that had not been seen in years were rebuilt for the film.
- Walter is an endearing character, and he gets a fantastic moment to shine at the end with his whistling number.
- Amazing visuals that makes the Muppets look like they're truly alive.
- The film led to a brilliant, if somewhat inferior, sequel that still captures the spirit of The Muppets.
- The infamous gross-out joke with Fozzie Bear wearing "fart shoes". (To be fair though that was meant to be a parody of poor jokes.)
- Despite being called "The Muppets", the film is actually more about Walter, Gary and Mary than Kermit and the gang.
- The film has an unnecessary advertisement for Cars 2 which pops up at times.
- Richman cheats by cutting the power to the theater, although he does get his comeuppance.
- The Drummer for Nirvana and lead Singer of Foo Fighters Dave Grohl makes a cameo as animal in one scene.