If, Like Me …
… you grew up watching “The Muppet Show” in syndication in the 1970s and still have fond memories of that first, immortal “Muppet Movie” flick, then this will do your heart good. An added bonus, the new film includes “Freaks and Geeks” star Jason Segel and the adorable Amy Adams.
Here’s what Salon has to say about “Green with Envy,” which hits theaters this Thanksgiving:
“From the beginning, Jim Henson’s Muppets have placed a high premium on their own self-referential humor, bridging the gap between children’s humor and the meta-narrative of a show-within-a-“Muppets Show.”
Though the past two decades saw a decline in their public appearances (the forgettable “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” was their last feature film), in the past two years the variety stars have staged a comeback. There was the Muppet YouTube channel, launched in 2009, where the puppets gained back some of their lost cred with covers of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Internet commentary by original trolls Statler and Waldorf, and short sketches. There were unofficial appearances with LCD Soundsystem in “Dance Yrself Clean” and late night cameos.
Most heartening of all, there was news of “Freaks and Geeks” actor Jason Segel writing a new Muppet film, to be directed by “Flight of the Conchord’s” James Bobin. As the cast list expanded to include every Apatow prodigy and alt-comedian out there, it became obvious that this was the film to revitalize the franchise and make Kermit cool again.”
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