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The Muppets [2011] (1 disc)

Director:James Bobin
Writer:Jason Segel
Nicholas Stoller
Composer:Christophe Beck
Songs:Bret McKenzie
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures.

Reaction: Great fun that shows that there's still plenty of life in the Muppets.

Personal Rating: 8/10

James Bobin => Director
Jason Segel => Writer / Gary
Nicholas Stoller => Writer
Christophe Beck => Composer
Bret McKenzie => Songs
Alan Arkin => Tour Guide
Amy Adams => Mary
Bill Barretta => Swedish Chef / Pepe The Prawn / Whatnot Farmer / Bobo / Dr. Teeth / Muppet Gary (voice) / Rowlf / Foozie Bear
Bill Cobbs => Grandfather
Chris Cooper => Tex Richman
Dave Goelz => Waldorf / Gonzo / Kermit Moopet (voice) / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Beauregard
Dave Grohl => Cameo Performance - Animool
David Alan Barclay => Additional Muppet Performer (as David Barclay) (voice)
David Rudman => Janice / Scooter / Wayne (voice) / Miss Poogy
Donald Glover => Junior CDE Executive
Eddie Pepitone => Postman
Emily Blunt => Miss Piggy's Receptionist
Eric Jacobson => Marvin Suggs (voice) / Animal / Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Sam Eagle
James Carville => James Carville
Jerry Nelson => Telethon Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Parsons => Human Walter
John Krasinski => John Krasinski
Judd Hirsch => Judd Hirsch
Ken Jeong => Punch Teacher' Host
Kristen Schaal => Moderator
Matt Vogel => Uncle Deadly / Rowlf Moopet / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry (voice) / Sgt. Floyd Pepper / Sweetums / 80's Robot / Camilla
Michael Rooney => Butcher (uncredited)
Mickey Rooney => Smalltown Resident
Neil Patrick Harris => Neil Patrick Harris
Peter Linz => Walter (voice)
Rashida Jones => CDE Executive
Sarah Silverman => Greeter
Selena Gomez => Selena Gomez
Steve Whitmire => Statler / Rizzo / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice) / Kermit / Beaker
Tim Blaney => Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg => Herself
Zach Galifianakis => Hobo Joe

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The first of The Muppets' productions to win an Oscar. Bret McKenzie won Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet".
  • Due to limited space for the puppeteers, for the scene where the car is full of The Muppets after picking them all up, Amy Adams and Jason Segel were asked to operate the Muppets on either side of them.
  • The first theatrical Muppet film that Frank Oz wasn't involved with. Oz performed and voiced Miss Piggy, 'Fozzie Bear', Animal, Sam The Eagle, Marvin Suggs amongst other Muppets in all the TV shows and all the movies until 2000. Eric Jacobson has since taken over Oz's official The Muppet Show characters.
  • The role of Tex Richman was actually written for Alan Rickman.
  • After finishing the movie, the filmmakers gave Jason Segel the Muppet version of himself to keep.
  • Shortly before the DVD release [?] Courtney Love, the widow of [?] Kurt Cobain, gave an interview in which she accused The Muppets of "raping Cobain's legacy" by covering Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a barbershop quartet and that the filmmakers never received her permission. Surviving Nirvana members [?] Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (who also has a cameo in the film as Animool) both loved the rendition of their song but refused to say anything about Love's statements.
  • Jim Parsons (Human Walter) is the only actor whose cameo appearance was never announced or rumored. Parsons was asked to not publicly talk about his scene and agreed to, but the filmmakers confirmed his appearance in the film (while not specifically saying he was playing the human form of Walter the Muppet) after Parsons' role information appeared on the Internet Movie Database. He appeared with (human) star Jason Segel, thus teaming up the stars from two of CBS' sitcoms: [How I Met Your Mother] (Segel) and [The Big Bang Theory] (Parsons).
  • The filmmakers decided to use only old-style techniques for all the Muppet effects, such as remote control and battery operated puppets rather than computer animation in order to keep with the original style and charm of The Muppets.
  • Frank Oz was originally set to direct, but left the project because he was unhappy with the script.
  • An appearance by Elmo of [Sesame Street] was planned for a scene where lawyers would have nixed an attempt by the Muppets to have him host their show. According to Jason Segel, the cameo itself was forbidden by lawyers. Sesame Street Muppets had previously made cameos in The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan and various specials, but have not done so since the purchase of the Muppets characters by Disney in 2004.
  • During an interview with [?] Terry Gross on her National Public Radio program Fresh Air, Jason Segel said that during filming, he observed the choreographer, Michael Rooney, giving instructions to the classic movie star Mickey Rooney (who had a cameo in the movie) and calling him "Dad." Segel went up to Michael and reprimanded him, saying "you can't just call any old man 'Dad,'" and Michael told Segel, "no, he's my actual Dad."
  • Steve Whitmire's original signature character, Rizzo the Rat appears very briefly in the finale of the film. This is the smallest part the character has ever had since his first film appearance in The Great Muppet Caper.
  • A picture of Jim Henson appears on a poster outside of the Muppet Theater, and a picture of him with Kermit the Frog appears on the wall in Kermit's old office.