Did you know that The Muppets were actually created by Jim Henson as far back as 1954? Ummm. Wow. I remember watching The Muppet Show as a child. Statler and Waldorf were always my favorite for some silly reason, second to Kermit, of course. Therefore, Muppets Most Wanted, their 7th sequel as pointed out by Dr. Bunsen, was such fun to watch on the big screen.
Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets Most Wanted movie begins with the catchy tune in the trailer above, “We’re Doing a Sequel” written by songwriter Bret McKenzie. I was instantly reminded of all the songs of yesteryear and excited about the story that was about to unfold. In fact, Bret McKenzie’s songs create a playful, yet sincere ambiance to a number of scenes. (Stay tuned for more about his awesomeness coming next week).
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rowlf, and even Walter were all on hand to get the party started. But, in addition to the “old” gang, we are soon introduced to a few new characters including Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) and Constantine. Dominic Badguy (pronounced Bad-gee) is able to convince the Muppets to not only sign him as their agent, but to go on a world tour. This is all against what Kermit feels is the right thing to do, but the others are blinded by the promise of fame and fortune and talk him into it. This is only the beginning of big changes coming for The Muppets as a whole… and Kermit most especially.
Constantine and Kermit meet in a dark alley where the Evil Frog is able to slap a fake wart on Kermit’s face. This ultimately leads to Kermit being mistaken for his evil counterpart and his arrest. He must now spend his days and nights in a Siberian gulag waiting for the day his friends come looking for him.
Oblivious to the fact that Constantine is now trying to be Kermit, the Muppets continue on their world tour where mayhem and new-found success greet them. The only Muppet onto the evil duo of Number 1 and Number 2 is Animal. He actually bites down on Constantine’s arm and tells the others he is a “bad frog.” But the others misunderstand him and the show goes on without Kermit.
Walter, the newest addition to the Muppets by the way, with the help of Fozzie and Animal, finally figures out the “frog swap” and goes looking for Kermit. The head prison guard Nadya (Tina Fey), has since monopolized on having Kermit in her gulag. She is forcing him to help the prison inmates put on a good variety show and has even developed a crush on the green frog. Thus, when Walter and the guys show up for Kermit, will he be convinced to leave with them? After all, they did leave him in the gulag much longer than he had expected.
Knowing that “everybody knows the sequel’s never quite as good” as stated in the opening score, the Muppets really went all out to ensure this movie was top notch. From the musical talents of Bret McKenzie to the all-star supporting cast, Muppets Most Wanted is still just as ingenious as the movies before. Get ready to sing along to the songs, cheer on Kermit, and embrace the new characters. Children and adults alike will enjoy the humor and sincerity that coincide to make this movie fabulous.
Fun Facts about Muppets Most Wanted
- The movie features an amazing line-up of cameos: Celine Dion, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, P. Diddy, Danny Trejo, Ty Burrell, and Josh Groban to name a few.
- Ricky Gervais, who does some singing and dancing in the film, actually began his career as a pop star back in the 80’s.
- There was a sequence in the Tower of London where major film crews have never been allowed to shoot in previously. They were not allowed to touch anything, but since the lady who runs it “likes the Muppets even more than James Bond” she let them come in.
- Dominic Badguy’s wardrobe gets slightly darker as his character’s criminal escapades escalate through the movie.
- Bret McKenzie won an Oscar® for the original song “Man or Muppet” in “The Muppets” in 2011.
- Kermit (still) currently resides in a swamp, where he maintains a bachelor pad.
- Miss Piggy is the Muppet most requested by celebrities to perform with. Her original part on The Muppet Show was actually small, but her personality and attitude helped skyrocket her to fame.
- Ty Burrell will be lending his voice talents to the cast of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” which is slated for a November 2015 release at this time.
- The Muppets did not tour in Sweden because then the Swedish Chef’s language would not “match” with the country’s dialect.
- Kermit was originally going to play the part of Constantine, as well as his own, according to Constantine. But then Constantine states, he “showed up on the set and they found out that my name name is already Constantine and I am already the World’s Number One Criminal, they figured they’d give me a shot.“
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You can see the movie (again, again) in theaters everywhere TODAY (3/21)! Be sure to like The Muppets on Facebook, follow @TheMuppets on Twitter, and follow #MuppetsMostWantedEvent for more about the movie and red carpet experience.