and the not so subtle implication that Segel spent his childhood feeling as if the Muppets were part of his family.If you’re a hardcore fan and realize how much the brand’s spirit has strayed from its roots since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, this is exactly the kind of opening you want to see, and it’s equally encouraging when, not much later, Segel’s Gary and his brother Walter (a Muppet performed by Peter Linz) break into song.Along the way, there are scores of knowing in-jokes, fleeting 1980s references and witty cameos (Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg are among those staffing the telethon phones and Mickey Rooney, archetype of the ‘putting-on-a-show-to-save-the-day’ cliché, briefly pops up, too).Brush with Destiny: Gary (Jason Segel) and new Muppet Walter get spiffy before their big trip to Hollywood where they hope to find their future, and once again make the world safe for Muppets © 2011 Disney Enterprises: Coming up with the idea of the movie was actually fairly simple. Because they should have been making movie this whole time, grand, big dance movies, song and dance numbers like the old MGM style musicals. Up and Away: Kermit, Fozzie Bear, are joined by Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) and new Muppet, Walter, as they search for their old friend The Great Gonzo, who is now—believe it or not—a plumbing magnate. © 2011 Disney Enterprises: It is a return to singing and dancing, and it was a lot of fun. : I really needed Jason because we actually learned that dance in about an hour on the same day we shot it.Jason Segel, Academy Award®-nominee* Amy Adams and Academy Award®-winner** Chris Cooper join everyone's favorite Muppets and an all-star celebrity cast in a comic adventure for the whole family.While on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary, and friend Mary uncover the diabolical plot of a greedy oil millionaire to destroy the Muppet Theater.After watching Scooter quietly push a broom for a few unproductive seconds it’s Walter who reminds the Muppets that this is the kind of stuff that they’re supposed to do to music, and he’s right. It’s more like an Alvin & The Chipmunks cover: same song, different performers, no reinvention.Muppet domination continues with a hilarious new movie from Walt Disney Studios.
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy and Gonzo have been given center stage once again for a whole new generation.Now, the Muppet-loving trio must reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their friends to stage the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their beloved theater.This piece of nostalgia brings back memories to me of Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy etc.: I grew up on the first three movies, and I think there is something about them that’s lodged in my brain and sense of humor somewhere.In this film publicity image released by Disney, Amy Adams, left, and Jason Segel are shown with the muppet characters in a scene from "The Muppets." (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Patrick Wymore) (Â©Disney Enterprises, Inc.One moment Walter and Gary are singing their way through the streets, and the next moment Walter is gone, literally kicked from the frame, never to return until he’s wheeled in on luggage at the very end of the sequence as dozens of humans dance behind him. What’s particularly odd about Segel’s reboot, directed by James Bobin, is that it tends to miss most glaringly when trying hardest for the bull’s eye.