The Muppets

November 23rd 2011
  • Comedy/Family,
  • PG,
  • 120 min,
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Segel, Jack Black, Rashida Jones, Ed Helms, Danny Trejo, John Krasinski, Katy Perry, Alan Arkin, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, Donald Glover, Ricky Gervais, French Stewart, Billy Crystal, Chris Cooper, Kathy Griffin, Rico Rodriguez, Beth Broderick, Wanda Sykes, David Grohl, Kevin Clash, Rachael Ray , Brian Henson, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Jeff Ross, Bill Barretta, John Kennedy, Eric Jacobson, Alice Dinnean, John Henson, David Rudman, Peter Linz, Mike Quinn, Johnny Cannizzaro
  • Director: James Bobin
  • Writers: Jim Henson, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
  • Executive Producers: Martin G. Baker, David Furnish, John G. Scotti, Jason Segel
  • Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn
  • Casting: Marcia Ross
  • Costume Design: Rahel Afiley
  • D.O.P.: Don Burgess
  • Editor: James Thomas
  • Makeup: Ronnie Specter
  • Music: Christophe Beck
  • Production Design: Steve Saklad
  • Set Decoration: Tracey A. Doyle


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some mild rude humor
  • Production Companies: Mandeville Films, Muppets Studio, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 29 October 2010 - February 2011

Featured Articles


2011 Guide Analysis: "With so many franchises being rebooted after years of languishing either dead or in endless sequel obscurity, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that The Muppets are attempting a comeback of their own. It has been a decade since their last theatrical outing, 1999's "Muppets from Space", fizzled with critics and at the box-office. In the interim, Disney purchased the Muppets brand in 2004 and have let it slowly rot as it churned out several unremarkable telefilms with the characters.

Things began to change in 2008 when Nick Stoller and actor Jason Segel pitched a concept for a new theatrical film with Jim Henson's creations, a pitch the studio liked and assigned the pair to pen a script for. While most films tend to keep their production phase quite secret, those involved here have been surprisingly open about this with Segel in particular bringing up the project and talking about it many interviews. At the time it was going by the title "The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time".

The film really began to pick up steam in January last year when "Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin was drafted as director and planned on adding some musical elements to the project - a fantastic bit of news considering those were the best bits of the acclaimed comedy. The project was formally announced in March with work on Walter, the major new Muppet character for the film, already underway. After meeting with the Pixar people for some script fine tuning, shooting got underway in October.

In the last few months the talk has mostly surrounded the raft of celebrity cameos expected to pop up throughout the film alongside the four main human lead roles listed above. At last report the likes of Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Donald Glover, Dave Grohl, Kathy Griffin and Jean-Claude Van Damme are all expected to make short appearances. There was some speculation as to who would voice Walter, with puppeteer Peter Linz ultimately scoring the part.

The big question now is of interest and whether older audiences still care about these characters and younger audiences have any interest in getting to know them. The film opens in a crowded Thanksgiving holiday break against two big budget CG-animated family films, the first part of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" which will easily dominate the box-office, and the threat of Scorsese's family fantasy "Hugo Cabret" and Fox's third "Alvin and the Chipmunks" film 2-3 weeks later.

While Kermit, Miss Piggy and the like have remained in the cultural zeitgeist, it would be grand to see a whole new generation embrace the likes of Beaker, The Swedish Chef, Animal, and Statler and Waldorf. With the might of Disney's marketing power behind it, we might just luck out on that front."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 December 2011: Brazil
  • 8 December 2011: Singapore
  • 28 December 2011: France
  • 1 January 2012: Australia, New Zealand
  • 4 January 2012: Italy
  • 12 January 2012: Czech Republic, Hungary
  • 19 January 2012: Germany, Hong Kong
  • 27 January 2012: Turkey
  • 2 February 2012: Portugal
  • 9 February 2012: Denmark
  • 10 February 2012: Sweden, UK
  • 15 February 2012: Netherlands
  • 17 February 2012: Ireland, Lithuania