By Sandra Kraisirideja
Disney has released a teaser poster for “The Muppets” movie set to release on Nov. 23. Footage was screened at this year’s Cinema Con and got positive buzz from press who attended. The fact that James Bobin and Bret McKenzie of “Flight of the Conchords” serve as director and music supervisor on the film is also encouraging. Star Jason Segel is of the age that he probably grew up on Muppets movies so he would want to pay them the proper respect. The film’s synopsis sounds like a classic Muppet-style caper.
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 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.
My one complaint about the poster is the sight of all those Muppet legs. It seems unnatural and makes me wonder if a lot of CGI will be used in the movie. What made the Muppets movies so great was the interactions between the celebrity cast members and the Muppet characters. It was cool to see the Muppets ride bicycles in “The Great Muppet Caper” but that was just one scene and if the characters walked during the whole movie the scene would not have been as amazing as it was. Hopefully the filmmakers will try to hold onto some of what made the Muppet movies magical without relying on CGI.