I have something to admit that is going to hurt my Muppet Geek cred. I didn’t see The Muppets in theaters. I know…I know, I’m horrible. So it was with great excitement that I hurried out and bought the first feature length Muppet film since Muppets In Space hit theaters in 1999. First off, I loved the movie. It was hysterical, touching and had all the heart you expect from the Jim Henson creations. I bought the Wocka Wocka Value Pack from Target which means I got the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy, Soundtrack and a Bonus Target Exclusive disc that features episodes from seasons 1-3 of The Muppet Show. Don’t ask me why I need the last part since I have all the available seasons on DVD. The songs were great, cameos are plentiful, and in true Muppet fashion there’s a lot of bad jokes, puns and explosions! I defy anyone to watch this film and not tear up a bit at the ending. Oh, by the way, if you don’t tear up you’re probably a Communist or something.
I’ve become somewhat used to watching movies in HD, so I was surprised when I noticed the clarity of the picture for The Muppets. Not since watching the ORIGINAL Star Wars trilogy on Blu-Ray have I really noticed the clarity of picture. The DVD features a great selection of special features including audio commentary with Jason Segal, director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stroller. There’s also dozens of celebrities left on the cutting room floor in several deleted scenes as well as an extended Tex Richman song! Even a simple screen test is done in pure Muppet style of joking and breaking the fourth wall. Though the biggest part “Scratching The Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of The Muppets” is a special “Making-Of” where, of course, The Muppets are treated like real people, acting and working behind the camera as well.
Now, you may say to yourself “that’s all well and good but I still don’t think I need to buy The Muppets on DVD, I’d rather watch The Hangover II.” or something ridiculous like that. Well your Wolfpack hero himself, Zach Galifianakis has a cameo as “Hobo Joe” at the Muppet Theater. If that’s not enough to buy the movie, the longest blooper reel in Muppets history features a great bit between Zach and three Muppet hobos. I won’t ruin the bit as it is truly hysterical, but lets just say it involves a chicken, a fire, bad puns and a clueless Zach. So with that said, what are you waiting for? It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to meet The Muppets on, well, THE MUPPETS ON BLU-RAY TONIGHT!
I’ll leave you with this version of the opening song featuring Kermit the Frog and Bret Mckenzie from Flight of the Conchords. The Muppets director James Bobin is a co-creator of the Flight of the Conchords, hence the connection.