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The Muppets

This is what we call the Muppet Shooooooooow!

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Awesome video as always Bob. One question: Why the Hell didn't you review The Tree of Life or Melancholia?

Now I demand reviews of Hugo and A Dangerous Method.

Also, who wants to guess we're gonna hear more bitching about Bob talking about a Nintendo franchise.

MSfire012:
Awesome video as always Bob. One question: Why the Hell didn't you review The Tree of Life or Melancholia?

Because "The Muppets", man...
"The Muppets"!!!
OT, well-done Bob. It's never easy to review something you loved, and this was well-executed :)

I think that Hollywood could use a lot more "magic" these days
Welcome back guys I've missed you.


And the Muppets did the whole reunion thing themselves way before Country Bears

Wait, so a human and a muppet are brothers....did their father happen to be masturbating into a sock and somehow it spawned the muppet child?
Someone please explain in what twisted logic this makes sense?

Good to know that there are stilla good reboot out there in the film industry. Honestly if this is suppose to be a comeback to be back into television for kids they will need to make some changes to it for that to happen (so that it doesn't fell outdated).

I'm so jealous of America right now. I live in the UK and we have to wait until FEBRUARY to see the movie! :'(

I went to go see it opening day, and it was worth it. All the humor and kitsch was there, and the funniest parts for the adults was the constant 4th Wall jokes.

Also, while it is admittedly creepy that a grown man in his 30's went to go see this by himself, all the kids I saw in the audience LOVED it. Also, the Moopets (small spoilers) being "made for today" by being edgy and cynical, while the Muppets keeping their whimsical charm and innocence is a great commentary on Children's Entertainment. Also, the comment on today's excuse for children's TV was SPOT ON.

Unfortunately my love for the Muppets died with Mr. Henson.

It just wasn't the same after that.

Rednog:
Wait, so a human and a muppet are brothers....did their father happen to be masturbating into a sock and somehow it spawned the muppet child?
Someone please explain in what twisted logic this makes sense?

You're trying to make sense of something in a movie where sock puppets can sing and dance?

Why can't they get freaky with humans?

And yet, no Meet the Feebles re-boot....

So that's where you got your fact for Desert Bus. Huh.

It may not be the same, but, I welcome them back.

I wonder what will happen if America does pass some more stupid laws. I mean, as a Canadian, I'm not directly affected. It will more be a matter of trying to convince our government not to follow suit, and thankfully we will have any fallout from the passing of the law as evidence against it. There are advantages to not going first.

Also, Bob, it's a nice attempt to get people onboard, but I've never seen any evidence of grassroots movements accomplishing much in the states. They tend to either be ignored, or if they get large enough they get made into punchlines for newscasters. After all, one dork always misspells something on his sign, or gets publicity for the cause in exactly the wrong way.

I was under the (outsider and very possibly mistaken) impression that American government was mostly run by lobby groups and more codified organizations, all made up of voters but with the backings of powerful companies or wealthy individuals. Not so much a government for sale, as it is a flocking of voters under the banners of those more with more money and influence. A simple letter-writing campaign simply can't be heard over the dull roar of 300 million constituents, but enough financing can be.

OT: Muppets rock, but I don't know if I can forgive Segel for Bad Teacher. That was the worst movie I've seen outside of MST3K. Anything that bad needs Crow and Tom Servo making fun of it.

I saw Neil Patrick Harris so consider me sold.

Rednog:
Wait, so a human and a muppet are brothers....did their father happen to be masturbating into a sock and somehow it spawned the muppet child?
Someone please explain in what twisted logic this makes sense?

Well its a relatively simple process really. You see, both the male and female gametes have half of the genes from the respective parent and the gene for muppetism is recessive meaning that it only appears if there is no dominant allele is present. To get both a human and a puppet child, both of the parents must have been heterozygous for the muppetism gene (meaning that they are both human, but carry the recessive gene). If you do a Punnet square of this you would see that the ratio of human to muppet children is 3:1 or they have roughly 25% chance of having a muppet child.

Genetics: its magical.

Movie rule no. 1:
Muppet version of movie >>> original version of movie

That SOPA business is some heavy stuff... Good thing we've got The Muppets to lighten things up!

Seriously, I didn't need to see this review to decide whether or not I want to see this movie, I'm there!

yellowhead:
I'm so jealous of America right now. I live in the UK and we have to wait until FEBRUARY to see the movie! :'(

Wait...FEBRUARY?! I thought it was at the end of December!

Muppet Babies was like my all time favorite cartoon when I was a youngster.

I really hate Disney for not releasing it in the UK until February.

It's like they actively want it to be pirated.

I'd love to see this movie, especially with my younger cousin who is just learning of their existence... I really gotta watch the original "Muppet Show" too, just have to find the DVDs or something...

Rednog:
Wait, so a human and a muppet are brothers....did their father happen to be masturbating into a sock and somehow it spawned the muppet child?
Someone please explain in what twisted logic this makes sense?

My guess is that he was adopted. Makes sense, doesn't it?

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Also, fuck SOPA. As if I needed MORE reasons to hate big businesses...

CronoT:
I went to go see it opening day, and it was worth it. All the humor and kitsch was there, and the funniest parts for the adults was the constant 4th Wall jokes.

Also, while it is admittedly creepy that a grown man in his 30's went to go see this by himself, all the kids I saw in the audience LOVED it. Also, the Moopets (small spoilers) being "made for today" by being edgy and cynical, while the Muppets keeping their whimsical charm and innocence is a great commentary on Children's Entertainment. Also, the comment on today's excuse for children's TV was SPOT ON.

Yup I gotta agree with you 100%

It was a lot clever than I expected it to be.

Not for nothing, Bob, but the character's name it "Walter". Yes, I know "Walt" is a shortened form of "Walter" but at no point in the film did they call him "Walt" (at least not that I can recall) and at one point he's wearing a uniform with a "Walter" name tag on it.

I took my kids to see this yesterday. I loved it, my 12-year-old said she liked it. My 6-year-old starts to get fidgety about half-way through any movie but he seemed to dig it.

And no mention of the Toy Story short before the feature? I loved it! Buzz Lightyear getting stuck inside a fast food restaurant while being replaced by his Happy Meal-like replica and sitting through a group-therapy session for discarded/forgotten Happy Meal toys? Brilliant! And I liked the nod to an actual Disney license/character "Condorman", which the young folk would likely miss.

How awesome are the Muppet Show/Sesame Street with their guests?

Secretary General of the US

Vincent Price
(If you don't know who he is, shame on you. Listen to the laugh at the end of Thriller)

Julie Andrews

Paul Simon

John Denver

Not to mention Milton Bearle, Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Alice Cooper (as shown), Kylie Minogue....

A legend.

Statler: Do you believe in life after death?

Waldorf: Every time I leave this theater.

Booked.

So, will you Americans be changing your national anthem? That whole "Land of the Free" line will be a load of crap if they pass the SOPA bill, after all.

I was ready to cry if this was bad. I really was. That reminds me, I'm going to have to watch The Muppets' Christmas Carol soon. And then maybe a few more times for good measure.

Random berk:
So, will you Americans be changing your national anthem? That whole "Land of the Free" line will be a load of crap if they pass the SOPA bill, after all.

Oh snap. Maybe they ought to adopt the "America, fuck yeah" song from Team America? I mean, if I get this right, the United States of America apparently has jurisdiction over the internet, which is in and of itself a british invention and is these days actually international? Because if that's the case, this is even more scary.

Rednog:
Wait, so a human and a muppet are brothers....did their father happen to be masturbating into a sock and somehow it spawned the muppet child?
Someone please explain in what twisted logic this makes sense?

oh shit. ...oooooh shit....

BRB, need to burn some socks....

Daveman:
Movie rule no. 1:
Muppet version of movie >>> original version of movie

proof = muppet treasure island.

that movie was AMAZING.

here's hoping this movie leads to "the three muppeteers", and other muppetized movie spoofs. those were always fun. :P

"According to TV Tropes"? Good to know you've found a reliably credible source there, Bobbo.

Personally, i've always found the muppets to be very creepy on the same level that circuses are creepy - it's like a glorification of the bizarre, the downright insane at times, and the surreal. I don't like it, i find it uncomfortable and jarring, and almost disturbing. I've always said circuses were like the embodiment of manic depression and i get the same feeling from the muppets, especially when it combines the real world with the surreal one and being totally self aware about it. Brr.

In regard to SOPA, i honestly think people shouldn't get their feathers so ruffled up about it. In a world where we have unlimited freedom of expression and an emphasis on the rights of the individual and the consumer, i can't possibly see such a hilariously cartoonish bill ever passing or being taken seriously. Sorry. Even if it does pass, having such a broad definition will work both ways - media companies such as the Escapist or IGN would contest the censorship, and in a court of law would simply state the broad definition of the act, and quite easily be able to circumvent it as a result. We already have very strict terms of agreement regarding tampering with hardware, and yet you get jokers like GeoHotz who get off pretty much scot free despite being in violation of some pretty clear ToS. If that's happening now, how on earth is something so flimsy supposed to hold up in court? Really, this act won't affect the average consumer. These companies aren't stupid - they know people with footage of their product on youtube or whatever is free advertising. This act isn't aimed at them. It's aimed at the people who blatantly abuse their product and people who condone this behaviour. Although to be frank, i just don't see it passing anyway. America tends to make a stink about these wacky bills that get put forward, but really, i just don't see it making any sort of impact. Everyone will just laugh it off and forget about it a year from now. That's not to say i'm in favour of SOPA, i just think we should have a bit of perspective about it.

Hopefully this will bring back some of the goodwill I'd lost towards the Muppets over the past few years. Muppets Wizard of Oz and Muppets Letters to Santa were awful films.

Muppets From Space, Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol however, awesome movies.

Mr.Squishy:

Random berk:
So, will you Americans be changing your national anthem? That whole "Land of the Free" line will be a load of crap if they pass the SOPA bill, after all.

Oh snap. Maybe they ought to adopt the "America, fuck yeah" song from Team America? I mean, if I get this right, the United States of America apparently has jurisdiction over the internet, which is in and of itself a british invention and is these days actually international? Because if that's the case, this is even more scary.

Is this bill not being passed by the United States government to deny access to sites deemed inappropriate, or with content that they feel violates copyright? For example, ever listened to a fanmade music video on Youtube? If you have some additional information that you can prove me wrong with then by all means, post it and clarify the situation for me. Just hold back on the snarky bullshit if you can manage it.

Good review as always, but Link's not really a dumbass just super lazy.

V TheSystem V:

yellowhead:
I'm so jealous of America right now. I live in the UK and we have to wait until FEBRUARY to see the movie! :'(

Wait...FEBRUARY?! I thought it was at the end of December!

Nope, I'm from the Netherlands, and it won't be in cinemas until February. I'm sorry to say this, but I'm just going to download the film. Their fault for making it come out 3 MONTHS late.

And don't worry, I'll still see it in cinema when it finally gets here, so I can introduce my friends to the awesomeness that is The Muppets.

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