2011. USA. James Bobin.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. USA. Directed by James Bobin. Screenplay by Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller. With Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper. In this musical comedy, the first Muppet movie in over a decade, writer/star Segel, a self-professed Muppet fanatic, takes a fresh approach to Jim Henson's classic characters. The familiar plot—Kermit gets the band together to save their studio from a bad guy (the aptly named Tex Richman) who wants to tear it down and drill for oil—allows a new generation to tap into nostalgia for the pop culture of yesteryear, as Selena Gomez and Rico Rodriguez mingle with Miss Piggy. The songs are similarly integrated, with classics (“Rainbow Connection” and “We Built This City”) connecting with grand musical numbers set to new songs. Given their titles (“Life’s a Happy Song,” “Man or a Muppet”) and their writer (Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords), it's clear that the songs, like the film itself, are a combination of winking parody and genuine, endearing reverence. Print courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.