Then once Chris Cooper came into our minds it was very simple.
and the not so subtle implication that Segel spent his childhood feeling as if the Muppets were part of his family.
If you’re a hardcore fan and realize how much the brand’s spirit has strayed from its roots since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, this is exactly the kind of opening you want to see, and it’s equally encouraging when, not much later, Segel’s Gary and his brother Walter (a Muppet performed by Peter Linz) break into song.
After watching Scooter quietly push a broom for a few unproductive seconds it’s Walter who reminds the Muppets that this is the kind of stuff that they’re supposed to do to music, and he’s right. It’s more like an Alvin & The Chipmunks cover: same song, different performers, no reinvention.
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“The Muppets” uses the long absence of Kermit and friends from TV and movies as its central theme.
Jason Segel -- the behind-the-scenes champion of this film-- and his Muppet brother Walter are diehard fans of the original “Muppet Show,” and when a trip to Los Angeles comes about, they insist on stopping by the now-defunct Muppet Studios.Piggy and Fozzy especially sound "off," which is a significant distraction from the film. Thankfully the story, songs and the very funny gags compensate for the lack of Oz’s participation.is packed with full-frontal nostalgia that suggests not just Segel’s desire to relive the magic of yesteryear but also his fervent belief that the Muppets’ charms can cast an equally powerful spell today.The thrill of these Henson numbers is their audaciousness, the way Henson dared to make the Muppets part of the action in scenarios in which it seemed logistically impossible. Segel’s core mistake is to repeatedly push the Muppets to the margins in a movie designed to give them the spotlight.Segel’s opening dance number takes the opposite approach. Case in point: Of the more than 20 songs in Henson’s three Muppet movies, only one of them has a non-Muppet performer (“Piggy’s Fantasy” in speaks to the ability of Segel and Amy Adams (as Gary’s girlfriend Mary) to be Muppet-like as often as it speaks to the appeal of the Muppets themselves. So I knew immediately the movie was going to be about putting on a show. And I wanted to acknowledge that this movie was bringing them back to the forefront of comedy where they belong. And she wanted a very strange credit sequence where we would all be introduced, and then it would say ‘And Miss Piggy,’ but then that would just stay on [the screen] throughout the entire movie. I don’t like to tell Jason that, because he’s a little sensitive that I might be partial to Kermit, but I am.