Once upon a hundred years ago, I was a child. Yes, I was a sassy chicky but I learned all my sass from the original- Miss Piggy. The Muppets were a staple of my childhood so I am so excited to be able to share this with my daughter now!
Just over a week ago, I was lucky enough to attend a Press Junket for the upcoming The Muppets and had the opportunity to participate in a panel with the director (James Bobin), producers (David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman), music supervisor (Bret McKenzie), and writers (Jason Segel and Nick Stoller). Also, in the second panel- Amy Adams who plays Mary in the film, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Walter (the new Muppet).
After a 12 year hiatus from the big screen, The Muppets are back! In their latest film, new Muppet Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (played by Jason Segel) and his girlfriend Mary (played by Amy Adams) are on vacation in LA when they discover the plan of oilman Tex Richman to demolish the Muppet Theater and drill for oil. Walter, Mary, and Gary find Kermit to help reunite the Muppets in order to stage a telethon to raise the money needed to save the theater.
Jason Segel said “The Muppets defined comedy for him” and that “Kermit is the original Tom Hanks.”
I agree with him. The Muppets were and are that go-to feel good movie or show that not only is witty but is sincere. Their appeal is that they’re “a group of people hoping for the best” according to Director James Bobin. That’s what makes them so loveable, that “we see a bit of ourselves in the Muppets…they are what we were in our childhood.”
I don’t know about you, but that sentiment is ME. Piggy, Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo and Rowlf – each of them was a different part of who I was and what I grew up to be (um, confession- I once karate chopped a boy when I was 4 because he changed the channel while I was watching The Muppet Show. Miss Piggy may or may not have been the influence behind that move).
“The Muppets belong on the big screen,” said Jason Segel, and the Muppet Movie is “the thing I am most proud of in my career.” I am so glad he was a co-writer. You can tell he was a true Muppet fan.
Stay tuned, I will be sharing fun activities, and keep posting fun info, q&a’s and bios, as well as my review of The Muppets which is coming to theaters everywhere on November 23rd!
Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I attended a press junket which helped facilitate this post.