‘Muppets’ is a gift to loyal fans

By Nita Gandhi / News Editor

By Nita Gandhi / News Editor

Seeing “The Muppets” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 22 brings fans back to watching old reruns of the classic TV show.  

Hosted by Radio Disney, the station crew was at the theater giving away prizes and showing the latest dance moves to the kids in the audience.  

There was an even mix of adults and children in the audience that night, demonstrating the wide range of people who love the Muppets.

Most of the children there were too young to know the television variety show that ran from 1976 to 1981 on CBS with its crazy cast of characters. But to the adults this movie was like a step back in time.  

In the new movie, the Muppets still have it!

There was a mix of comedy, drama, live action, music, chickens, explosions and good helping of nostalgia.  

The film follows the story of a new member of the Muppet cast, Walter, and his brother Gary. Walter wanted to be part of the show since first seeing it in the ’70s and is their biggest fan.

Gary, played by actor Jason Segel who wrote, starred and produced the movie, wants to take his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to Los Angeles to see the sights and get away from their hometown, Smalltown, USA which encompasses the stereotypical image of a 1950s, “Leave it to Beaver” town.  

Gary and Mary take Walter along for the trip to see the old Muppet studios to find that it is a rundown, rusty studio with hardly anyone there.  

While on the tour, Walter sneaks into Kermit’s office and finds out that the greedy oil tycoon Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper, wants to buy the studio and turn it into an oil field when the original contract expires.  

Devastated by this news, Walter, Gary and Mary set out to find Kermit the Frog, only to discover he lives in the Muppet mansion, depressed with nothing but his memories and paintings of the crew from the show and movies.  

With enough convincing and a musical number, Kermit and his new friends set out to find the crazy cast of characters from the show and put on a telethon to raise $10 million to buy the studio from Richman.  

The movie featured just about every Muppet ever seen in the original show. Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rowlf, Scooter, Swedish Chef, Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Animal, Sam Eagle, Sweetums, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang.

There were many celebrity cameos including Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Dave Grohl, Sarah Silverman, Zack Galifianakis, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Mickey Rooney and a few others who the Muppets encounter on the way to save their studio.  

Cooper as Richman was hilarious as the villain who lost his laugh. He even pulled off singing a rap song complete with showgirls.

Richman wants the name of The Muppets in an attempt to rebrand them as The Moopets with new characters with an edge for a new generation. The Moopets are a tribute band that with the help of Richman can brand themselves as The Muppets and no longer have to hide behind their blatantly derivative name.  

This, of course, is the worst thing that could happen.

The Muppets are perfect just the way they are with their quirkiness and good philosophies with music, such as “Rainbow Connection.”

The new generation can still learn and love “The Muppets” just as the older generation did.

“The Muppets” grossed $42 million over the Thanksgiving weekend and came in second to “Breaking Dawn.”

It is clear that Segel captured his own personal innocence as he wrote the character Walter and his love for the Muppets to make the movie a homage to the nostalgia of the Muppets in its early days.

With the movie Segel has successfully brought back the Muppets to a new audience, and reconnected with the old.  

Hosted by Radio Disney, the station crew was at the theater giving away prizes and showing the latest dance moves to the kids in the audience.  

There was an even mix of adults and children in the audience that night, demonstrating the wide range of people who love the Muppets.

Most of the children there were too young to know the television variety show that ran from 1976 to 1981 on CBS with its crazy cast of characters. But to the adults this movie was like a step back in time.  

In the new movie, the Muppets still have it!

There was a mix of comedy, drama, live action, music, chickens, explosions and good helping of nostalgia.  

The film follows the story of a new member of the Muppet cast, Walter, and his brother Gary. Walter wanted to be part of the show since first seeing it in the ’70s and is their biggest fan.

Gary, played by actor Jason Segel who wrote, starred and produced the movie, wants to take his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to Los Angeles to see the sights and get away from their hometown, Smalltown, USA which encompasses the stereotypical image of a 1950s, “Leave it to Beaver” town.  

Gary and Mary take Walter along for the trip to see the old Muppet studios to find that it is a rundown, rusty studio with hardly anyone there.  

While on the tour, Walter sneaks into Kermit’s office and finds out that the greedy oil tycoon Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper, wants to buy the studio and turn it into an oil field when the original contract expires.  

Devastated by this news, Walter, Gary and Mary set out to find Kermit the Frog, only to discover he lives in the Muppet mansion, depressed with nothing but his memories and paintings of the crew from the show and movies.  

With enough convincing and a musical number, Kermit and his new friends set out to find the crazy cast of characters from the show and put on a telethon to raise $10 million to buy the studio from Richman.  

The movie featured just about every Muppet ever seen in the original show. Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rowlf, Scooter, Swedish Chef, Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Animal, Sam Eagle, Sweetums, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang.

There were many celebrity cameos including Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Dave Grohl, Sarah Silverman, Zack Galifianakis, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Mickey Rooney and a few others who the Muppets encounter on the way to save their studio.  

Cooper as Richman was hilarious as the villain who lost his laugh. He even pulled off singing a rap song complete with showgirls.

Richman wants the name of The Muppets in an attempt to rebrand them as The Moopets with new characters with an edge for a new generation. The Moopets are a tribute band that with the help of Richman can brand themselves as The Muppets and no longer have to hide behind their blatantly derivative name.  

This, of course, is the worst thing that could happen.

The Muppets are perfect just the way they are with their quirkiness and good philosophies with music, such as “Rainbow Connection.”

The new generation can still learn and love “The Muppets” just as the older generation did.

“The Muppets” grossed $42 million over the Thanksgiving weekend and came in second to “Breaking Dawn.”

It is clear that Segel captured his own personal innocence as he wrote the character Walter and his love for the Muppets to make the movie a homage to the nostalgia of the Muppets in its early days.

With the movie Segel has successfully brought back the Muppets to a new audience, and reconnected with the old.