New Release: ‘The Muppets’

The Muppets (Disney) brings the felt comedy stars back to the big screen for a new comedy that asks the eternal questions: What becomes a Muppet in the days of CGI and motion capture animation? Can their brand of innocent whimsy and madcap nonsense hold the attentions of a new generation of fans? And does my love for the floppy-armed characters make me man or a Muppet?

Jason Segal, who has proven himself an adept actor and writer in the Judd Apatow mode of buddy movie, took on the project as a labor of love. It’s a classic premise – a “Let’s put on a show” reunion by way of a personal odyssey (as captured in the Oscar-winning song “Muppet or Man?”), with lots of songs and a wicked villain (Chris Cooper, who raps), and Segal and his collaborators really recapture the whimsical charm and goofy humor of their best work.

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I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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