Appearing in theaters across the country today (March 21, 2014) is the 8th film in the Muppets movie franchise – Muppets Most Wanted.
If you are interested I wrote about my experience at the red carpet premiere of the film as well as shared some free printable activities your family can enjoy. In addition you might want to check out our interview with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the wicked Constantine that I posted the other day. I actually have the audio file from the interview that you can listen to. It’s fun to hear the trio banter back and forth.
As a long time fan of the Muppets I was excited to see the new film. The Muppets movie from 2011 introduced Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rolf, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Beaker and the Swedish Chef (to name a few) to a whole new generation. In addition they introduced a new character, Walter, which I am happy to report also appears in the new film.
The Muppets Most Wanted picks up where the previous film left off. In fact the film starts off with a fun musical number called “We’re Doing a Sequel” which pokes fun at how sequels are notorious not as good as their predecessor.
“We’re doing a sequel. There is no need to disguise – the studio considers us a viable franchise. We’re doing a sequel – how hard can it be? We can’t do any worse than Godfather 3. We’re doing a sequel – the studio wants more while they wait for Tom Hanks to make Toys Story 4”.
The opening number if fun, catchy and upbeat which sets the feel for the rest of the film.
Now that Kermit and the gang are back together it’s time to figure out their next move. They have a meeting with an agent, Dominic Badguy (he tells them his name is pronounced “Bad-gee”), played by Ricky Gervais. Dominic talks the gang into working with him on a come back tour putting them in theaters around the world. The Muppets are thrilled about their upcoming adventure – all except Kermit. He feels like they need to work on their acts before taking it to the road.
Dominic quickly takes over for Kermit and pushes him off to the sideline. He did this on purpose because he has a devious plan – to help his partner in crime, the world’s most dangerous frog Constantine, switch lives with Kermit so that he and Dominic can commit crimes around the world. Constantine had been locked up in a Siberian Gulag (prison) where he recently escaped from.
After swapping lives with Kermit (sending Kermit back to prison in his place), Constantine leads the Muppets to various cities in Europe so that he and Dominic can commit crimes right beneath their noses in hopes of pinning the blame on the Muppets after they are done.
Unbeknown to Constantine and Dominic the Interpol lead by Inspector Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and Sam the Eagle are hot on their trail.
Meanwhile back at the Gulag Kermit is trying to convince the prison warden, Nadya (Tina Fey) that he’s not the infamous Constantine. While he’s trying to escape from the Gulag his friends are traveling Europe not even realizing that it’s Constantine that is running the show, not him. Even Miss Piggy is fooled by Constantine. Even after Constantine proposes to her Miss Piggy is unaware that he’s not really Kermit (although she has her suspicions).
Will the Muppets finally figure out that Constantine is not Kermit? Will Kermit be able to escape from the Gulag in time to stop the wedding between Constantine and Miss Piggy and save his friends from being held responsible for the crime spree? To find out you need to go and see Muppets Most Wanted in theaters.
Personally I liked this film more then it’s predecessor (The Muppets 2011). Don’t get me wrong – I loved that movie too. Compared to this film the previous film is very “sugary sweet”. Muppets Most Wanted is more reminiscent of the classic Muppet films.
I absolutely LOVE the musical numbers from this movie. So much so that I have listened to the soundtrack numerous times already and I even have a few of the songs on my iPhone so I can listen to them on the go. Yes, that’s right – I love the Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack. My teenagers think I’m nuts when I pick them up from the bus stop singing along to “I Can Give You Anything You Want” (sung by Constantine). Once you see the film you’ll find the songs stuck in your head too.
Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey also sing in the film. Did you now that Ricky Gervais was a pop star back in the UK? He was part of a pop duo called Seona Dancing the later with the band Sacred Hearts.
Tina Fey impressed me by not only having a wonderful singing voice but also singing with a Russian accent. And Ty Burrell is able to sing with a heavy French accent.
No Muppet movie would be complete without cameos. Keep an eye out for Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo, Chrisoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Usher, Stanley Tucci, Zach Galifianakis, Frank Langella, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Céline Dion, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, Chloë Grace Moretz and my personal favorite, Josh Groban, to name a few. Some appear so quickly that you might miss them.
I had asked writer and director James Bobin how they get the stars to make cameos. He told me that when they need to fill the roles of background characters (such as a UPS delivery man or hardened criminal locked away in solitary confinement) they like to use actors who use actors who have expressed their love and appreciation for the Muppets. That means every celebrity you see pop up in the Muppet films are true Muppet fans. That’s pretty cool.
For more information about the film visit www.Disney.com/Muppets. You can also check out the film on the various social media sites;
Miss Piggy on Twitter
In addition you can see what other bloggers have to say about the film by checking out the hashtag #MuppetsMostWantedEvent.
Will you be seeing the film? If you do see the film feel free to stop by and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the enjoyment of my site readers. I did attend screenings of the film but there was no compensation involved (only travel expenses).