Quick storytime for you.
Jason Segel struggled in Hollywood for years, with big roles in not one but two TV shows cancelled after one season (Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared) before landing a role in the long-running How I Met Your Mother and, finally, the starring role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The movie did well enough to give him some hard-earned clout in the industry, and he found himself the opportunity to pitch his own movie ideas to Disney execs. So, after finally earning success after years of hard work, what pet project did he want to cash it in with?
Yes, Segel pestered the right people to bring the Muppets back, co-wrote it and starred in it. Directing duties went to James Bobin, co-creator of Flight of the Conchords.
Now, the Muppets have been spinning their wheels for the last decade or two in meh project after meh project, and Disney seemingly haven't known what to do with them since they bought them in 2004. But by all accounts, the new movie (simply "The Muppets") finally brings back that old Henson magic.
So what happens in the flick? Well, Gary (Segel) and Walter (Peter Linz) are a pair of happy-go-lucky brothers. Here's the happy siblings:
Now these two are the world's biggest Muppet fans, so the two of them drag Mary, Gary's long-suffering girlfriend, to a pilgrimage to visit the old Muppet Theater. Unfortunately it's a wreck, the Muppet gang has long-since broken up and moved away, and the theater's about to be purchased and demolished by Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a stereotypical rich Texan.
So you know what that means. Road trip!
The new character is named 80's Robot, by the way. There's also fart shoes, explosions, "The Moopets," more cameos than you can count and pretty much every single damn Muppet ever. Did I mention music? Oh my yes, there's original songs that are very much in the vein of the original Muppet Movie, along with a few wonderful twists on probably the last songs you'd expect.
Looks like it's been pulled from Youtube, but the other one is a barbershop quartet version of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
So far it's looking like everyone's digging the movie... as of right now it's fully 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 17 reviews.
It comes out the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. So why spend a boring time with turkey, when you can have pigs and chickens and... whatever!