I’m not sure if today’s generation of kids even know who The Muppets are, but I sure do. I grew up with these lovable characters and have nothing but fond memories of each of them. Granted I wasn’t their number 1 fan or anything, they still made enough of an impact on my life that I was curious to check out their latest incarnation on the big screen. Jason Segel and his partner Nick Stoller are responsible for writing this flick and making it happen. From what I understand, Segel pushed extremely hard to get this movie made and I’ve got to hand it to him, it wasn’t bad at all. Being a grown man I didn’t think that I would enjoy the movie as much as I did. It’s corny, it’s funny and it’s smart, it’s got everything you could want in a Muppets movie.
The movie revolves around Gary, played by Segel, Mary, played by Amy Adams and Gary’s brother Walter, who happens to be a muppet himself. Walter is the biggest Muppets fan in the world and wants nothing more than to go out to Hollywood and tour the Muppets studio even though it’s long since been abandoned. Gary and Mary just so happen to be taking a trip out to California for the 10 year anniversary and decide that there’s enough room to bring Walter along with them. When they arrive to Muppet Studio they find it dilapidated and abandoned, but Walter still needs to see the office where Kermit the Frog spent his days. Upon breaking into the office he overhears Tex Richman talking about how he’s going to buy the studio and rip it down to get to the oil that’s underneath it. Walter takes this information and relays it to Gary who suggests they try to find Kermit the Frog to see if there’s anything he can do to stop it.
Once they find Kermit, the fun starts. They travel all over the country in an attempt to bring the old crew back together to performa a benefit concert to raise the $10 million they need to save the studio. There are tons of celebrity cameos along the way, my favorite being Dave Grohl as the drummer in Fozzie’s new band. The movie is funny and corny all at the same time, yet managed to keep my attention for the 100 or so minutes it was on screen. I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did, and I think it’ll be that much more enjoyable for those of you with kids.
This movie looks absolutely stunning on blu-ray. Presented in 1080P/AVC-Encoded, you can see every detail with extreme clarity. I did not notice one artifact or banding, all of the colors were bright and vibrant, the blacks were nice and crisp and all of the Muppets looked amazing. It doesn’t get much better than this in terms of video quality on blu-ray.
Presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, this movie rocked the house. The songs are all crystal clear and the voices were never drowned out by the background noise. Along with the video, the audio doesn’t get much better than this. Turn it up loud and enjoy the show!
There are a fair amount of special features on this disc, but I feel like there could have been a bit more. There’s your standard commentary track with Jason Segel, Nick Stoller and James Bobin, along with 8 deleted scenes that come in at about 10 minutes total. Scratching the Surface is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, but it’s portrayed as if the Muppets are real actors, which was actually fairly amusing. This was my favorite special feature on the disc coming in at about 16 minutes. Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman is the full, extended version of the Tex Richman song seen in the movie. Personally I felt the song didn’t really fit right within the movie itself so this special feature was just boring to me. The Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History is just that, a 9 minute blooper reel consisting of some staged Muppet bloopers as well as a few genuine bloopers. It was ok, but at 9 minutes it became a bit much for me. And to round it all out there are some Spoof Trailers that the Muppets made for other movies which were fairly entertaining. Oh, I almost forgot, you also get the full soundtrack to the movie, which is incredible, especially the chickens singing Cee-Lo.
Overall if you’re a fan of the Muppets, or just remember them from your childhood, this is a great movie to watch as an adult or you with your kids. There’s singing, dancing and laughing, what more could you ask for.