After The Muppet Movie struck gold in 1979 – transporting Kermit, Miss Piggy and the crew from televisions to the big screen – Jim Henson’s team followed it up with a caper comedy. The Great Muppet Caper, to be specific. A pattern was established.
Now, director James Bobin is tasked with following up his surprise 2011 hit The Muppets, which reintroduced the group. What do you think he’ll do for act two? Yep. A caper movie. This one’s titled The Muppets Most Wanted, and it features Kermit facing off with Constantine, a frog that looks EXACTLY like him… only with a mole on his face. Unrecognizable! It’s also a musical, as the new trailer points out:
Ah, the old song-and-dance routine… which ends up being an actual song and dance routine! The clip also shows us some of the celebrities lured into the Muppets world, from Tina Fey and Ty Burrell to funnyman Ricky Gervais.
I did love the Toy Story 4 joke. Are you listening, Tom Hanks?
The Muppets movie in 2011 might have caught a few people by surprise. The franchise was in mothballs, and no one really knew if the Muppet humor would translate to a new generation. Felt puppets instead of iPads? Er, pass.
But audiences embraced it, and now they get to “do it all again.” And you get to come see them, starting on March 21. Get your tickets now, so the whole family can see it on opening weekend!