History Film / TheMuppets

17th Mar '17 12:42:58 AM TropesForever
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''The Muppets'' is a 2011 feature-length film from Creator/{{Disney}}, and the first theatrical film to feature [[Franchise/TheMuppets the eponymous characters]] since 1999's ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. Unlike the 1990s and 2000s films, though, this film sets out to reinvigorate interest in the Muppet brand and characters, and return them a bit to their original variety-show days. It is written and executive produced by Creator/JasonSegel and Nicholas Stoller (''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'') and directed by James Bobin of ''FlightOfTheConchords'' fame, with fellow ''Conchords'' alumnus Bret [=McKenzie=] in charge of the music. It is the first Muppet film not to feature Jerry Nelson [[note]]Almost. See TheCameo.[[/note]], and the first theatrical Muppet film not to feature Creator/FrankOz. It won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Song ("Man Or Muppet"), making it the first Muppet film to win any Oscar.

The plot involves Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Creator/JasonSegel) and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Creator/AmyAdams) from Smalltown, USA, going on a vacation to Los Angeles. There the trio discover the nefarious plan of oilman [[ShapedLikeItself Tex Richman]] (Creator/ChrisCooper) to raze the [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Theater]] and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage ''The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever'' and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at ''Vogue'' in Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. [[TheCameo Celebrity cameos]] and [[NoFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking]] [[HilarityEnsues ensue]]. ...and dancing chickens...and Creator/JackBlack.

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''The Muppets'' is a 2011 feature-length film from Creator/{{Disney}}, and the first theatrical film to feature [[Franchise/TheMuppets the eponymous characters]] since 1999's ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. Unlike the 1990s and 2000s films, though, this film sets out to reinvigorate interest in the Muppet brand and characters, and return them a bit to their original variety-show days. It is written and executive produced by Creator/JasonSegel and Nicholas Stoller (''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'') and directed by James Bobin of ''FlightOfTheConchords'' ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'' fame, with fellow ''Conchords'' alumnus Bret [=McKenzie=] in charge of the music. It is the first Muppet film not to feature Jerry Nelson [[note]]Almost. See TheCameo.[[/note]], and the first theatrical Muppet film not to feature Creator/FrankOz. It won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Song ("Man Or Muppet"), making it the first Muppet film to win any Oscar.

The plot involves Walter, Walter ([[Creator/MuppetPerformers Peter Linz]]), the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Creator/JasonSegel) and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Creator/AmyAdams) from Smalltown, USA, going on a vacation to Los Angeles. There the trio discover the nefarious plan of oilman [[ShapedLikeItself Tex Richman]] (Creator/ChrisCooper) to raze the [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Theater]] and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage ''The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever'' and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at ''Vogue'' in Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. [[TheCameo Celebrity cameos]] and [[NoFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking]] [[HilarityEnsues ensue]]. ...and dancing chickens...and Creator/JackBlack.
12th Mar '17 1:25:43 PM Mdumas43073
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15th Feb '17 1:47:00 PM chasemaddigan
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* CaliforniaDoubling: It looks like the car is coming out of the water in actual Cannes, France, but according to the DVDCommentary that was filmed at "a lake in Northern California" on the final day of shooting. The casting call was for "men with body hair", whom they put in Speedos, then obviously changed the background with CGI.



* LoopingLines: Along with the musical numbers, there's Fozzie's voice. He often changes mid-sentence from a softer tone to a more traditional "Fozzie-ish" tone, making it obvious that there was some ADR work involved.
28th Jan '17 11:01:28 PM snichols1973
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** The CDE network is one of ABC, which would air the sitcom in the 2015-2016 season.

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** The CDE network is one for Disney, the owners of ABC, which would air the sitcom in the 2015-2016 season.
28th Jan '17 10:59:16 PM snichols1973
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** The CDE network is one of ABC, which would air the sitcom in the 2015-2016 season.
28th Jan '17 10:48:08 PM snichols1973
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* BrutalHonesty: Comes from Veronica when she bluntly tells the Muppets that they're no longer relevant in pop culture.
-->'''Veronica''': I'm gonna shoot straight: you guys aren't famous anymore.
-->'''Fozzie''': Yeesh. I wish she'd shot a little more curvy.



* DeusExMachina: After coming up short of the $10 million needed to save the theater, the Muppets leave to a standing ovation from the crowd with their heads held high, knowing that they gave it their best shot. Suddenly, Gonzo's bowling ball hits Tex Richman on the head.

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* DeusExMachina: After coming up short of the $10 million needed to save the theater, the Muppets leave to a standing ovation from the crowd with their heads held high, knowing that they gave it their best shot. Suddenly, the bowling ball from Gonzo's bowling ball head-bowling skit hits Tex Richman on the head.



** Tex Richman finds the pun so funny, he gives the theater back to the Muppets, and his change of heart is unrelated to his concussions.

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** Tex Richman finds the pun so funny, he gives the theater back to the Muppets, and his change of heart is unrelated to his concussions.head injuries.



* EvilBrit: Uncle Deadly subverts this.

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* EvilBrit: Uncle Deadly subverts this.this when he stands up to Tex Richman:
-->'''Tex Richman''': Deadly! What are you doing?
-->'''Uncle Deadly''': Enough! Just because I have a terrifying name and an evil English accent, does not preclude the fact that, in my heart, I am a Muppet, not a Moopet!


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** When Tex Richman is discussing his evil plans with Bobo and Uncle Deadly:
-->'''Tex Richman''': We'll be sending those Muppets running home with their tails between their legs. Some of them literally, because those ones have tails.
27th Jan '17 3:37:14 PM snichols1973
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* MrExposition: Waldorf becomes one when he, Statler, Bobo, Uncle Deadly and Tex Richman are meeting in Kermit's Old Office Room:
-->'''Waldorf''': Now, ahem, this here is the standard "Rich and Famous" contract Kermit signed 30 years ago that contains --
-->'''Tex Richman''': The deed to this property.
-->'''Waldorf''': Exactly. Now, this contract is 100% iron-clad, with one minor exception: if the Muppets can raise the $10 million it would cost to buy the building before this contract expires, then they get their studio back.
** Statler [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this:
-->'''Statler''': You know, if I didn't know better, I'd say you were reciting some sort of an important plot point.
-->'''Waldorf''': Well, I hope so; otherwise I just bored the audience half to death.
-->'''Statler''': You mean half the audience is still alive? [Statler and Waldorf chuckle]
27th Jan '17 11:41:23 AM snichols1973
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** Walter's "Even the sunniest days can have a few clouds in them" can be seen as a reference to [[Series/SesameStreet Sesame Street's theme song]]: "Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away".


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** When Kermit asks "Piggy, why do you always have to be so over-dramatic about things?", or to paraphrase, she's hamming it up.
26th Jan '17 8:04:23 PM snichols1973
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: When Gary and Walter are preparing to go to the Muppet studios:
-->'''Walter''': Maybe Kermit will be there!
-->'''Gary''': I wouldn't get your hopes up, buddy. The Muppets haven't put on a show together in years. I don't think they use the studios for anything but tours anymore.
-->'''Walter''': I think that's just an Internet rumor, like, "There's a country called Turkey!"
-->'''Gary''': Walter, how many times do we have to go through this? Turkey is a real place!


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* DastardlyWhiplash: Tex Richman.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Uncle Deadly, as he makes a HeelFaceTurn and declares himself to be a Muppet and not a Moopet.


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* DeusExMachina: After coming up short of the $10 million needed to save the theater, the Muppets leave to a standing ovation from the crowd with their heads held high, knowing that they gave it their best shot. Suddenly, Gonzo's bowling ball hits Tex Richman on the head.
-->'''Fozzie''': "Oil" bet that hurt.
** Tex Richman finds the pun so funny, he gives the theater back to the Muppets, and his change of heart is unrelated to his concussions.
18th Jan '17 2:49:02 AM hb1290
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** At one point, it is mentioned that you just need one person to love you. "Just One Person," from one of the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' musicals, ''SnoopyTheMusical'', was Jim Henson's favorite song and was featured both in the Bernadette Peters episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' and the tribute special released shortly after his death.

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** At one point, it is mentioned that you just need one person to love you. "Just One Person," from one of the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' musicals, ''SnoopyTheMusical'', was Jim Henson's favorite song and was featured both in the Bernadette Peters episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' and the tribute special released shortly after his death.death as well as being performed by the Muppeteers at his memorial service.
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