I was lucky enough to score advance screening passes to see Disney’s The Muppets courtesy of Divalysscious Moms, a phenomenal networking group in New York City which plans events for the “Sex and the City meets Mommy and Me set” (Thanks again, Lyss Stern). Ian’s Aunt and myself were willing to get up early on a Saturday morning to take my two-year old to the movies. (Actually, we were both a lot more excited than the 2 year old was since we grew up with Kermit, Miss Piggy & the whole gang!) I even changed my facebook profile picture to Stadler and Waldorf, the hecklers up in the balcony that we joke are my sister and me and was even tempted to polish my nails in OPI’s Fresh Frog of Bel Air.
But I digress…on to the film:
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called The Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. The film is directed by James Bobin, written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, produced by Martin Baker, David Furnish, Segel, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and John Scotti, and features Bret McKenzie as the music supervisor.
The film features six snappy new musical numbers and three classic Muppet songs which are “The Muppet Show Theme”, “The Rainbow Connection” and “Mah Nà Mah Nà.” (I can’t get these catchy tunes out of my head) There’s also so many wonderful references to the 1980’s which you can’t help but giggle over if you grew up around the same time I did.
Brooks Brothers, the iconic American brand, outfitted the famously green Hollywood legend, Kermit the Frog, for his latest starring role. “I was very excited about my new wardrobe,” said Kermit. “I don’t often wear clothes, but when I do, I want something classic and expertly tailored. Growing up as a tadpole in a swamp with 3,265 brothers and sisters, you can imagine that I had a lot of hand-me-downs. I love the fact that these items were made exclusively for me.” Aside from his new custom tux, Kermit is most thankful for his loyal fans, old and young.
With secret, signature, celebrity cameos (my lips are sealed!), Disney’s The Muppets, rated PG, opens in theatres November 23 and the running time is 95 minutes. (For you trivia buffs, the original movie was made in 1979.) Run to the theater to see it! Guaranteed wholesome, feel-good fun for the whole family!
Which is your favorite Muppet? I’m partial to frogs but have a special spot for Miss Piggy who is a fellow stylish drama queen!