“The Muppet Show” was without a doubt a strong part of many people’s childhood. Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and Gonzo were household staples and true pop culture mainstays. Even though the series has been off the air for years, the characters have stayed relevant in the minds of viewers. Now as “The Muppets” prepare to return to theaters, Disney has released the first theatrical trailer, which has already gotten people talking.
In the new movie, audiences enter a world where the Muppets have disbanded and all gone their separate ways. Although when their longtime theater is in danger of being torn down by a greedy developer (played by the multi-talented Chris Cooper), they must reunite to save their former home. Granted you get absolutely none of that from the first trailer. In fact, the Muppets don’t even appear until half way into the video. It’s actually just the latest oddity in PR campaign surrounding the film.
Paired with the movie’s teaser poster (which at first glance can come off as a little creepy), the trailer doesn’t exactly bring back the nostalgia surrounding the Jim Henson franchise. What it does do is focus on Jason Segal and Amy Adams, the human stars of the film. Segal plays Gary, who along with Mary, the love of his life, end up aiding Kermit and pals. It’s actually their love story that drives the trailer, before eventually bringing in the Muppets.
Now remember, Segal is a huge fan of the Muppets and in his capable hands the movie will probably be very thought-out and enjoyable. Although it just seems odd the PR campaign doesn’t play up the brand itself. It’s been a while since the Muppet crew was this front and center and audiences have really missed them. To that point many celebrities also missed them and missed working with them, as evidenced by the who’s who of A-listers that have signed on for cameos.
Right now the reaction to the trailer/poster has been very much in a word: unusual. Many have thought it was a clever take on the traditional teaser trailer, while others are just shocked to see that after all these years the Muppets really do have actual legs! Either way, the movie and its lead-up promise be anything but run of the mill; but then again would have anything the Muppets ever done been run of the mill? That’s all part of the charm of Jim Henson’s loveable and timeless creations.
“The Muppets” return to theaters this Thanksgiving. In the meantime you can check out the movie’s poster and first trailer embedded in the left hand side of the article.
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