Tear Jerker: The Muppets

2011 film:

  • "Pictures In My Head." Kermit's sense of nostalgia and loss is conveyed extremely well.
    Kermit: I mean the only way we can raise that kind of money is to....... to put on a show. ...and I haven't seen the old gang... in a long, long time. ... I guess... the world sort of forgot about us."
    • It gets especially great when the portraits come to life and The Electric Mayhem starts playing. The lyrics so beautifully capture what was "lost" and how great those memories truly were... and how wonderful it would be to have them back.
    Should we do it all again?
    Make them laugh like we did then?
    Back on stage where we belong
    We could harmonize for one more song
    • It gets especially heartbreaking when Kermit gets a glimpse of Miss Piggy's portrait and sadly covers it again.
    • Rarely can the Muppets invoke such a strong sense of guilt as "Pictures In My Head", since in a meta sense, the audience is responsible for the Muppets losing popularity.
  • The moment when Walter, Gary, and Mary are trying to talk Kermit into doing the telethon. They each quote a line of the Muppet Show theme song . . . and then Kermit plays the final 7 notes very slowly and regretfully on the piano.
  • Kermit singing "The Rainbow Connection" and being joined by Piggy and then the rest of the cast. (And the in-movie audience. And probably more than a few of the real audience.)
    • When Animal starts drumming again, you will cry.
      • It's one behind-the-scenes as well: this was Steve Whitmire's first portrayal of the song, which was very strongly associated with Jim Henson.
  • Watching Tex Richman harassing the Muppets after the telethon failed. The way he gets in Kermit's face makes you want to punch the guy. The in-movie audience was appalled by his despicable behavior.
  • When Walter first enters Kermit's old office, he sees on one wall an assortment of photos of Kermit with old celebrities, the center of which is... Kermit with Jim Henson.
  • Just seeing what's happened to Fozzie without Kermit and the others is absolutely heartbreaking.
  • At the very beginning of the movie, this troper lost it when Gary's friends made fun of Walter's Kermit Halloween costume. That scene describes just about every teenaged Muppet fan since 1990's teen years absolutely perfectly... a bit too perfectly.
    • Hell, it describes anyone being made fun of for daring to like anything that's not brand new.
  • Real Life example: Jason Segel visibly tearing up when Bret McKenzie thanked Jim Henson after winning an Oscar for best original song.
  • Seeing the pictures of Jim Henson and knowing how much he'd love this movie, not to mention Kermit's "It doesn't matter if everyone loves us: we're a family" speech, if he were still alive.
  • The "Man or Muppet" number has a bittersweet ending in which Gary takes a bus all the way back to Mary's house and apologizes to her, then the two of them embrace.
  • Jerry Nelson's very brief vocal appearance is a Tear Jerker in light of his August 2012 passing, since this was the final Muppet movie he lived to see and be involved in.
    • Hell, it was even this before he died. Just the fact that they got Jerry - who had mostly retired from puppetry at that point, and was suffering from health problems - to do this one brief vocal appearance just for the fandom to notice is Awesome, Heartwarming and a bonafide happy Tear Jerker all rolled into one.