Thank goodness these Muppets are not CGI or motion capture!
The Muppets in The Muppets look real because THEY ARE REAL. All the Muppets are very well handled and the voice acting is superb. Right from the start of the film, we are deliberately shown that these Muppets are not stiff and dead, but rather flexible and very much alive. Of course grown ups are intelligent enough to know that the Muppets are non-living things, but it’s that Muppet magic which makes you forget for a moment.
The story of this 2011 Muppet revival revolves around the destruction of the Muppet theater. Now the Muppets must put on a show and raise enough funds to help save their beloved concert hall. The whole gang is back, including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Miss Piggy and many more (although some get more screen time than others). Statler and Waldorf appear for quite a bit and provide some of the smartest and funniest lines of the year.
The two human protagonists are played by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Amy Adams (Enchanted), and they certainly have the singing and dancing chops to be in this film. All the musical segments are brilliant, including one particular scene in which Chris Cooper does the unexpected. And if you are wondering – Yes, Kermit the Frog sings “Rainbow Connection”.
Negative points: The Muppets doesn’t contain any sense of danger whatsoever, and I was surprised that Disney didn’t pull off another heart wrenching, tear jerking finale a la Toy Story 3. In fact, there was only one scene somewhere in the middle of the film where the audience is allowed to sympathise with the characters and even that got diluted with comedy. Also, the romance between Segel and Adams’ characters never really got much focus, which was a huge waste.
2011’s The Muppets questions whether The Muppets is still appealing to today’s audience, and I think this film proves that it definitely is. The Muppets is full of lovable characters, entertaining musical numbers and hilarious fourth-wall-breaking comedy. Between Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 and The Muppets, I say bring the entire family to the latter.