‘The Muppets’ Trailer Is Full Of Good Old-Fashioned Fun

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2011 at 5:16 pm,

The Muppets movie trailer with Jason Segel The Muppets Trailer Is Full Of Good Old Fashioned Fun

Have you grown tired of the seemingly endless collection of parody teaser trailers for The Muppets, poking fun at all things pop culture related – ranging from rom-com clichés to the first Hangover 2 teaser and even Ryan Reynold’s raspy Green Lantern narration? Yeah, neither have we.

All the same, Walt Disney Pictures has at last gone ahead and released a full-length trailer for the new Muppet picture, from co-writer/human star Jason Segel and director James Bobin (The Flight of the Conchords). As you might expect, it has all the classic forms of irreverent humor and comedy that people love in any TV show or film featuring Jim Henson’s famous puppet creations.

The Muppets revolves around the efforts of three devoted fans, Gary (Segel), his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), and the human-like puppet Walter (brought to life by Peter Linz), to reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, and the rest of the classic Muppet crew – in order to put on a grand show and save their original performance studio from being demolished by an oil tycoon (Chris Cooper).

As with any Muppet movie, the “plot” is largely an excuse for the Muppets to perform their old-fashioned but nonetheless one-of-a-kind brand of jokes, humor, and toe-tapping showtunes. Plus, what other film hitting theaters this year promises to feature bear fencing, pig fighting, AND a bunch of penguins lip-synching to Starship’s “We Built This City”?

On that note – check out the full-length Muppets trailer below:

Just seeing the Muppets back in action should be enough to conjure warm feelings of nostalgia for anyone who grew up watching any of the TV shows or movies that featured Henson’s beloved characters. Plus, now a whole new generation of young people can be introduced to Kermit and Co. in a big-screen venture that takes place in a more modern setting – though, chances are good that watching The Muppets will inspire them to seek out older titles like the original Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, etc.

Another thing to admire about all the Muppets theatrical previews so far is how they’ve by and large kept the innumerable celebrity cameos in the film under wraps – though the few glimpsed so far (especially Danny Trejo’s) have been quite entertaining. Considering that the actual movie is said to feature brief appearances by the likes of Ed Helms, Mila Kunis, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Rashida Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, and Zach Galifianakis – among others – there should be plenty more where that came from.

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Finally – Segel and Bobin in particular seem like virtually ideal candidates to be responsible for bringing the Muppets back to theaters. Both of these fellows are well-known for their own irreverent, often off-beat and quirky style of comedy, which makes them an excellent fit for the job. It’s also all too clear that Segel and his flesh-and-blood co-stars are just pleased to be hanging with the Muppet crew.

Case in point: Check out the expressions on Segel and Adams’ faces during the car scene in the new trailer. Having to look like you’re having fun being surrounded by Muppets isn’t exactly the hardest job in the world, right?

The Muppets arrives in U.S. theaters this fall on November 23rd, 2011.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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  1. I liked the teaser trailer more but this ones good too lol :)

  2. Love it. My only problem is it really could have used an antagonist. Muppet films always have cool bad guys. None exists in this trailer, which leaves no conflict. By the way, what the hell is the story? Remember the good ol’ days when trailers alluded to a plot?

    • There is an antagonist. The plot is that someone is trying to destroy their original studio.

  3. This movie looks amazing. It’s one of my most anticipated films of the fall.

  4. I remember all the classic muppet movies this is gonna be great to watch :)

  5. wow first comment was considered spam?

  6. Looks good, can’t wait to see how Jason Segels’ work pays off in this one.

  7. This article was right on the mark. Bring a whole new generation of fans to the muppets. With Jim Hensen’s team hooking up with Disney this seems like a home run. I love the new trailer. Cant wait to bring my 8 yr old to the movies.

  8. That was hilarious :) I am SOOO looking forward to this film…As Kermit would say: YaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaY! (said with waving noodly arms)

  9. This was fantastic. November can’t come soon enough. “Anybody else think we should of rented a bigger car?” Classic.

  10. Oh I can’t wait! My first Muppet movie to watch in an actual movie theater! Granted the new Muppet doesn’t have as much appeal to me as the older Muppets but hopefully he’ll grow on me. I also hope there is a end credit scene or post end credit scene like Bohemian rhapsody.

  11. Fail on such an epic level. With the ability to generate films completely in the computer and the ability to do bring them realistically to life (ala Avatar), to fall back on this sort of outdated storytelling feels both primitive and cheap. In this day and age the Muppets need to be translated into full on CGI so we can see them fully articulated and have legs all the time!

    • psyche! ;)

      Yeah this was an attempt to poke fun of movies like Green Lantern that feel they HAVE to do everything CGI and fail in the process while such a simple (and admittedly primitive) method can still be successful and fun even now.

      • I got REALLY nervous! You got me.

      • Haha! I started reading the comment before I looked at who it was writing it. After reading the first few words, I saw it was you and KNEW it had to be a joke. LOL.

        The Muppets rule all.

        Actually, a Muppets parody trailer of LOTR would be hilarious.

      • haha I got all mad at first! You got me man, and I agree on the whole GL thing

    • I hope you were being sarcastic.

      If not, you really don’t get the whole point of it. There is far too much CGI around today as it is. As soon as Toy Story came along Disney sacked most of their illustrators/animators. Criminal. There should always be a place for things that are hand crafted and practical. Art and cinema would feel sooo dead if everything only existed in cyberspace.

      Besides what would you really gain spending millions to make a CGI model look like a felt glove puppet?! Nothing just a bill for millions of dollars.

      • @Mongoose

        Wow. I’m sorry.

        I posted before I read the following post. I really have read posts that were just as dumb. I was so pi**ed off that anyone could even consider something so silly that I jumped the gun.

        Now I feel silly.

  12. I like the way Muppets can’t walk and can’t blink. I’m really tired of smooth, realistic movement and dazzling special effects. Curse you, CG! You’ve ruined movies forever! Thank god the creations Jim Henson once wore on his feet are coming this November to remind me of those golden days when non-human creatures moved because of hands up their butts. THAT was art!

    pscyhe!

    But seriously, this movie looks so lame it needs crutches.

    • Hopefully, you’re pulling the same gag mongoose did earlier. Of course, at this point, it would be repetitive.

      If you’re being serious, then…yikes.

  13. This looks like it could be more fun to watch than almost anything else this year. Notice that I didn’t say “funniest” or “best”, although it COULD be that, but how anyone can see Muppet hijinks on the big screen and not have fun watching it is beyond me. This movie is going to be a lot of fun!

  14. The Muppets are always entertaining…and that is coming from a 53 year old guy!

  15. Cant wait looks like it will be a lot of fun!

  16. I’m very pleased that this is happening, and that it was done RIGHT! Looking forward to it.

  17. “Gonna be movie star, and Im gonna learn to drive a Car”
    C’mon everybody you know the words….

  18. I cant wait to see what they come up with for the movie……………………………………. It looked too much like a cross between movie Spider-Man and Green Goblins suitsNot to mention robocops shiny hide over a decade to a decade and a half ago looked more realistically metallic than that…………………………………………………………………………………..0………………….

  19. All I have to say is:

    It’s the Muppet Show with our Very Special Guest Star, …

    It’s time to play the music
    It’s time to light the lights
    t’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.

    It’s time to put on makeup
    It’s time to dress up right
    It’s time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight.

    Why do we always come here
    I guess we’ll never know
    It’s like a kind of torture
    To have to watch the show

    And now let’s get things started
    Why don’t you get things started
    It’s time to get things started
    On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational
    This is what we call the Muppet Show!

    (Gonzo blows his trumpet)

  20. Muppets…um..cool…I guess……

  21. It would simply be impossible to top Muppets Christmas Carol, which isnt just the best Christmas film, but one of the best films of all time.

    The trailer for this is very funny but, as an adult, I can’t imagine I will go and see this.

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