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Post  ActonBell on Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:59 am

Aw, I just got back from seeing The Muppets and I can't even describe the warm fuzzies this movie gave me. Go see it if you love muppets!
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Post  Crackie on Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:55 am

I was really nervous about this, but my stomach still hurts from laughing. It. Was. AWESOME!!

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Post  Luthien on Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:59 pm

I've just come from seeing it, and it was a fun, funny, good movie that was made with care. If you ever watched the Muppets, if you have any affection for them at all, go see it. And bring tissues; you will need them. Trust me. In fact, if you've never watched the Muppets, go see it. I want this movie to make money, so that they'll make more. This movie is very much meant to bring the Muppets back into the public consciousness. The music was terrific: I loved the opening number, I'll be humming it for days. Probably when I wake up the mornings. Kermit`s new song made me cry.

I liked the new character of Walter. I was worried he'd feel intrusive, but he worked. In fact, his relationship with his brother Gary (that's Jason Segal) was very sweet, I thought. My sister thought the human characters had too much screen time, but I strongly disagree. This is a Muppets movie. It's pretty much equal with the screen time the human characters had in The Great Muppet Caper. I think the villain is a little weak; the movie really runs on the "getting the gang back together" concept. At times I forgot about Chris Cooper's villain, though he was good when he was there, mostly for his henchmen (Uncle Deadly and Bobo, for Muppet fans). A villain isn't always needed; there isn't one in Muppets Take Manhattan.

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One thing I did not like was the gratutious product placement for Disney. The giant Cars billboard, Selena Gomez, that kid from some show on ABC, according to my sister; I had no idea who he was. Although he did lead into a very funny line: "Are you one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?" Kermit, without missing a beat: "Yes, I am!" I imagine that Disney forced the product placement in: "here, advertise our crap in your quality material!" Thank God the product placement was only for a few seconds each time. And there was no Rizzo, except in a minor non-speaking appearance. I suppose Steve Whitmire was busy being Kermit, but he`s done that in all their other movies and there was still Rizzo. And Pepe only really had a cameo.

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Post  punzy on Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:06 pm

This may be the best movie I have ever seen! It was so good, aaahhh! I'm just going to be incoherent with happiness over here.

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Post  Siena on Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:41 am

Just got back and adored it without hesitation. I laughed, I laughed harder, I may have leaked tears out of my face at various moments. I think the two human leads were perfect, too, and I really enjoyed how they used Walter to center the story.

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Also, I find it awesome that Jack Black is now the new King of the Hobos.

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Post  jcpdiesel21 on Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:57 am

Because I am not a die-hard Muppet fan, I did not love this movie, but I liked it a LOT. I thought it was a ton of fun and couldn't help smiling throughout most of it. The human leads had just enough screentime and I loved how the story occasionally was self-referential and broke the fourth wall. The celebrity cameos were an absolute hoot. And Chris Cooper RAPPED!
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Post  Instant Monkeys on Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:59 pm

I loved it. I was a little nervous too, but I just smiled my head off from beginning to end. I had forgotten the guy from Flight of the Conchords directed it (and I only recently found out that Bret McKenzie wrote three songs for it). I never thought of FOTC and the Muppets as being kindred souls, but it really feels like they are (and not just because Jemaine has always reminded me of a Muppet). And I am eternally grateful to Jason Segel for getting behind this thing. It's clear that it was made with love, and by people who understand Muppety humor. I can't wait to see it again.
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Post  blixie on Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:02 pm

So wonderful! I laughed so hard and so often, and I teared up too. Not much more you can ask for, well except for
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MOR PEPE! But I understood why, this was sort of a reboot-introduction to a new generation and so they emphasized the group aspect. Even Rolf was left out of the montage.

My favorite parts were
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When the Muppet Show song started, which made me cry, Gonzo's head bowling, and Barber Shop Quartet version of Nirvana (and of course Beaker with his axe)
Hee. Weirdly I was feeling like someone from
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Community was involved with the movie, since Jack Black was dressed up in a ping pong ball mo-cap suit, Donald Glover had a cameo, and of course the Punch Teacher joke felt like a homage to Kick Puncher.

Oh and a funny story about that joke and the new generation of kids who are potential fans during the tense moment when
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Kermit asks what they should do about Chris Cooper, the theater was very silent except for one kid who whispers: KICK HIM.
Makes an unfortunate point, but also made me laugh pretty hard.

Why does no one care about Hobo Joe?!

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Post  Nerg on Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:40 pm

I went with some cousins (9 and 13), my 27-year-old brother, my mom, and my 85-year-old great aunt and every one of us loved it. I think I was smiling the whole time.

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Dave Grohl as Animool was brilliant. Not enough of him. Actually, the Moopets in general were great. Jim Parsons's cameo was the best though. So perfect. I really hope that "Man or Muppet" gets an Oscar nom so Jason Segel and Walter (er...Peter Linz) can perform it at the ceremony, in white tuxes with white pianos. Chris Cooper's rap was definitely weird but it was saved by the super-quick shot of his showgirls breaking character as soon as they got back in their holding room or whatever.

And Jason Segel and Amy Adams were both so charming. I loved all the self-referential bits ("This is going to be a short movie") and really, just everything.

Okay, I'm done gushing.

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Post  Instant Monkeys on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:49 pm

I went to my parents' this weekend and did laundry (I knooooowwwww, but my washing machine is in the basement and I live on the third floor and at my mom's house it's right off the kitchen and it's soooooo much easier). Today after seeing the Muppet movie, as I was arriving back at my house, I noticed a sock sticking out of my purse. It must have fallen out of my laundry bag. It wasn't just in my purse, it was all draping out of it -- I'm lucky it didn't fall out on the bus. It was almost like...it wanted to see the Muppets. It seems understandable a sock would be interested.
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Post  punzy on Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:45 am

The sock has dreams and aspirations! Don't keep it down, man.

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Post  queenofdenile on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:24 pm

It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. IT WAS BETTER!

YAAAAAAAAY! *Kermitflail*

I can't even fully describe how much JOY I felt during the whole thing. I teared up so many times. God bless Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller for bringing the gang back together.
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Post  Algae on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:22 am

I got Plankton to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol this weekend. He liked it and is now ready to go see The Muppets. I am happy now.

And, it might just be me, but isn't The Muppet Christmas Carol the best version? I love it.
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Post  inversed on Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:06 am

And, it might just be me, but isn't The Muppet Christmas Carol the best version? I love it. [/quote]

It's not just you.

My husband and I took my nieces and nephew (ages 7, 9 and 11) to see the Muppet Movie on Saturday. It was SO GOOD!! I loved all the little jokes, and even though the villain was kind of an afterthought, it was worth having him around solely for Chris Cooper's rap number. I was literally speechless when that happened. I loved all the songs - one of them had better get an Oscar nomination. I wasn't sure how the kids were enjoying it, especially the youngest. She was all fidgety and ended up sitting on my lap. But by the end, when
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we thought they were only $1 short of their goal
, she shouted, all desperately, "Someone give them a dollar!!" There were a lot of kids in the theater (it was a Saturday matinee) so nobody minded.

Also, how cute was Jim Parsons??

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Post  Luthien on Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:14 pm

I loved all the songs - one of them had better get an Oscar nomination.

I'll give up on the Oscars (for the nth time) if "Life's a Happy Song" doesn't get nominated. I loved that whole number. And "Pictures in My Head" deserves one, too. But just imagine if Life's a Happy Song gets nominated: will we get to see Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Walter, and all of the Muppets sing it live on stage? Oh please, it would be so awesome. (Though his song's not likely to be nominated, Chris Cooper rapping at the Oscars would bring down the house).

she shouted, all desperately, "Someone give them a dollar!!"

Ah, to be young enough to get away with that. I wanted so badly to shout the same thing!

isn't The Muppet Christmas Carol the best version?

Yes it is. Period, full stop. And I'm saying that as someone who likes the Alistair Sim one. MCC has such a Dickensian feel while still being very Muppetish. That scene in the pawn shop where they sell Scrooge's belongings looks and sounds straight out of the book, and yet the pawnbroker is a spider! And yet they can still get away with Muppet fourth-wall jokes (eg. Gonzo interrupting Sam's declaration that business is the American way: *whisper whisper*--"Oh. It is the Britishway!") It has the best Christmas songs in it, too. "One More Sleep Till Christmas" and "It Feels Like Christmas" are perennial favourites at my house.

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Post  Jessica on Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:45 am

I only recently found out that Bret McKenzie wrote three songs for it

Dude! I didn't know that, but during Man Or Muppet, I was like, "this is like a Flight of the Concords song." That explains a lot.

I loved it LOVED. IT. LOVED IT.
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When the chickens did an all-cluck version of Forget You, I actually cried, I was laughing so hard.

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Post  Instant Monkeys on Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:31 pm

Jessica wrote:
I only recently found out that Bret McKenzie wrote three songs for it
Dude! I didn't know that, but during Man Or Muppet, I was like, "this is like a Flight of the Concords song." That explains a lot.
I think that one was definitely the Conchordiest. Some of the lines in "Life's a Happy Song" have their specific kind of cheeky wordplay too (my favorite line is "Life is full of glee/With someone to saw and someone to see"). I think he was actually the music supervisor or something. Have you seen Bret and Kermit singing?

I loved it LOVED. IT. LOVED IT.
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When the chickens did an all-cluck version of Forget You, I actually cried, I was laughing so hard.
I loved that SO SO MUCH. That, the
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barbershop quartet version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and the bit about Rowlf's extremely boring "coming back to the Muppets" story I think were the ones where I laughed the hardest. Also the gag with the choir bus,
which is some primo Muppety humor. The one where I CRIED cried was
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at the end when they leave the theater and step outside and there's a GIANT, GIANT CROWD and everyone is cheering for them and holding signs. And, I mean, you can see it coming from millions of miles away, and I knew it was coming and I knew I was going to cry and it did and I did. Didn't matter.
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Post  dionneshea on Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:39 am

I saw it tonight and I loved everything that this movie chose to be. I laughed so hard, I cried more than once, and it just made me incredibly happy. I LOVE the Muppet world and I miss it so much. And I didn't realise how much until theme song started before the show and I just started crying. I didn't want the movie to end.

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Post  naughty zoot on Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:16 pm

We finally saw it last night and it was so wonderful and charming and delightful. I loved the way they worked around Jason Segel's total lack of dancing ability. Seeing Pink's and the Egyptian and the Kodak and Grauman's Theaters were a kick for us, too, because those are some of our favorite places to visit whenever we're in LA. Gonna have to buy t when it comes out on DVD,
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Post  laurelin_kit on Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:45 pm

That's weird, because Jason Segel can totally dance.
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Post  Kookla on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:12 pm

This made me so happy. If "Life is a Happy Song" doesn't win for Best Song, I'm boycotting the Oscars. I just loved how the songs were all actually good, in the spirit of the Muppets, and fit in really well with the movie.

my favorite line is "Life is full of glee/With someone to saw and someone to see"
Mine was the whole section ending with: "Life's a fillet of fish/*beat*... "Er, Yes it is!"

Also, I knew that they were going to
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do Rainbow Connection, I just didn't know when. And when it started I was just like, "Yup. Here are the tears."

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Post  Luthien on Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:44 pm

The Muppets are communist! Or so says a crazy person on the TV. I'm assuming this show wasn't serious, but I don't really know.

Meanwhile, the movie's soundtrack is on near-constant rotation in my car stereo right now. I didn't know how much I needed a barbershop quartet version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" until I heard it. "Life's a Happy Song" cheered me up all last week after a string of bad days at work. I'm going to have to change the soundtrack for "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together" soon, though. Man, I love that album. This is my favourite track. It's a great song, and Scooter sings it! I always liked Scooter.

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Post  laddical on Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:05 am

My wife and I sang along with "Rainbow Connection". The movie was practically begging us to do it.
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Post  Luthien on Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:58 pm

There needs to be an interactive Muppet movie sing-along! Like the one I went to years ago for The Sound of Music (still one of the best evenings out I've ever had). With actions, and talking back to the screen, and singing at the top of your lungs. Like Rocky Horror, only wholesome. You could do it for pretty much any Muppet movie.

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Post  Genevieve on Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:55 pm

I took my son to see the Muppets for his very first movie theater experience (we even went to Cinerama for the full blown awesomeness of it all) and he loved it. I admit that I got all verklempt when they did the Muppet theme. I thoroughly enjoyed it.. maybe even more than my son.

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