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For too long The Muppets have been off our screens. Sure they’re out every Christmas when we watch A Muppet Christmas Carol, but we’ve been left craving something new ever since. Until now.

When Gary (Jason Segel) and his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) decide to go to Los Angeles for their ten year anniversary, Gary invites his brother Walter along. Both are die-hard fans of the Muppets and Walter is so excited to get to go on a tour of the old Muppet Studios. However, when they get there they find it in a state of disrepair and Walter overhears the evil Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) discussing plans to buy the studios and knock them down to dig for oil!

Gary, Mary and Walter seek out Kermit The Frog and warn him of the wrong-doings and together they decide that the only way to save the studio is to get the old gang back together for one last show. Will everyone come out of retirement? Will they raise the money needed to buy back their studio? You’ll have to go see the movie to find out!

I love The Muppets. I grew up with them, they have a humour that transcends age and are able to evoke such emotion in a person, making them laugh and cry in a single heartbeat. Jason Segel is a Muppet fan. He and writer Nick Stoller got together to write the ultimate Muppet fan movie and they have given us this latest entry. It may follow the traditional elements that we saw in the 1979 Muppet Movie, but with so many other reboots and re-makes out there, paying homage to where it started doesn’t take anything away from this movie.

It wouldn’t be a Muppet movie without some singing and dancing so we can check that box off already. The music is written by Flight of the Concords Bret McKenzie and if you’ve ever seen or heard any of their stuff, you can clearly tell its his style. There aren’t as many as you may expect from a Muppet movie but the Oscar nominated “Man or Muppet” is probably one of the finest songs ever from the Muppet discography.

The Muppets will have you laughing and crying, guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and a warmth in your heart. You can always rely on a Muppet movie to do this so why would The Muppets be any exception? The stars here are back in the spotlight, where they belong and the success of the film has sparked talks of a sequel and even a new TV series. Could there be life in the Muppets yet?

Some of your more favourite characters might not get the screen time you require, where exactly was Dr. Bunsen Honeydew? With a cast so huge and loveable it’s expected not everyone will get screen time they might deserve, as Rowlf explains with his montage clip. But no Rizo The Rat? Come on!

This is certainly the film to bring the Muppets to a new generation and reignite the feelings and love for the characters to those who have grown up with them.

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