We recently caught up with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
When I told Simone and Nadia we would go see The Muppets movie on Thanksgiving, they were immediately skeptical about my choice.
“Is it a cartoon?” Simone wanted to know. “Are you sure about this?” Nadia quizzed.
It will be a lot of fun, I told them. Of course, I was showing my age. The Muppets are old friends that haven’t been on television since the early 1980s.
The movie begins in Smalltown, USA, where Walter, the world’s biggest Muppets fan, lives with his brother. Walter is a Muppet; his brother is not. They travel to Los Angeles on a Greyhound bus to visit the old Muppet Theater. What they find is a set that is in disrepair. To make matters worse, Walter overhears the evil plans of an oil executive, who has tricked Kermit into thinking he wants to rehab the theater and turn it into a museum. He really plans to drill for oil. The oil executive will be able to go ahead with his devious plan, unless the Muppets raise $10 million in a hurry.
Walter finds Kermit, who rounds up the whole gang for a telethon, and all kinds of antics ensue. The movie pokes fun at 1980s culture, how characters travel in movies, and how movie plots develop. The cameo of the Tab soda was, well, priceless.
The mark of a good children’s movie is one that the children enjoy while their parents get all the jokes that fly over their children’s heads. I cracked up repeatedly, and Simone enjoyed the slapstick humor. Ken critiqued the boy humor – It involves sounds — that finds its way into almost every kid movie these days, and Nadia wondered whether we were at the right movie. For those with limited Muppet experience, I should note that it does take a few scenes for Kermit and Miss Piggy to get on the screen. Other than that, we had a ball. Go see it. You won’t be disappointed.