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Haven’t Seen The Muppets Yet? Catch ‘em Now on Home Video

Author: Bob Etier
Published: March 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

It’s time to play the music…it’s time to light the lights…it’s time to meet The Muppets…

Combining corn and sly, sophisticated humor, The Muppets (2011) reunites the entire cast of The Muppet Show in an adventure to save their old theater and studio. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, et al, are joined by Walter (a new Muppet) and a few familiar Muppets that were not veterans of The Muppet Show, although they are welcome additions.

The Muppets is all song, dance, and jokes, seasoned with a light sprinkling of pathos—an unadulterated delight. Human stars include Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper (who knew he was this funny?), with cameo appearances by Selena Gomez, Judd Hirsch, Alan Arkin, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Schall, Emily Blunt, James Carville, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mickey Rooney, among others. Jack Black appears (uncredited) as himself—a celebrity kidnapped by the Muppets to appear on their telethon so it would have name appeal. 

Chris Cooper is “Tex Richman,” an oil magnate who wants to buy the Muppets’ old studio because he knows there is oil down below. The Muppets have 14 days to raise ten million dollars—the first challenge is getting all the Muppets back together. By the time that’s accomplished they have about two days to refurbish the completely deteriorated, abandoned theater and put a two-hour show together. Well…if anyone can do it, it’s the Muppets. In the meantime, Tex Richman plots to derail their efforts. 

The Muppets is available on Blu-ray combo pack, digital, DVD, and on-demand. “The Wocka Wocka Value Pack” includes Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and a download card which allows fans to download all the songs from the soundtrack. Don’t ignore the special features—after all, this is the Muppets. 


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