The first teaser for this winter’s entry in the (for me at least) inexplicably popular Meet the Parents franchise, Little Fockers, has hit the Net and finds the tragically-named Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) once again unable to maintain even the semblance of dignity when his father-in-law Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) is around.

Speaking of dignity, it would seem that Dustin Hoffman has regained a bit of his and selected to not reprise his role as Greg’s father from Meet the Fockers – though from what I’ve gathered, he may still make a cameo appearance sometime in Little Fockers as well.  However, Barbara Streisand will return to play Greg’s eccentric mother once more, alongside Meet the Parents stars Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, and Owen Wilson, and newcomers Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel.

Let me go through my Meet the Parents checklist to make sure this Little Fockers trailer has everything we expect.  Requisite verbal gag that involves the name Focker?  Check.  Over the top physical comedy ensuing at the dinner table?  Check.  Contrived setup that leads to an awkward sex joke?  You betcha. ;-)

Why exactly does Robert De Niro keep making these movies, again?  Is he just passing the time until he and Scorsese finally get around to making The Irishman?  Was it always his dream to be the star of a film series that felt more like a glorified sitcom than anything else?  Go figure, I guess.

You can have a look at the trailer below:

Will Little Fockers be as popular as its predecessors at the box office?  It will be competing against the likes of Tron Legacy and Voyage of the Dawn Treader when it opens this holiday season – however, Little Fockers offers a different kind of entertainment than those two 3D, big-budget adventure flicks.  So I wouldn’t be that surprised if it does some decent financial business as well.

What do you think?  Does Little Fockers look like it has potential?  Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

Little Fockers arrives in regular theaters in the U.S. on December 22nd, 2010.