MUPPETS MOST WANTED
They Will Steal Your Heart and Kidnap Your Funny Bone
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell,
Tina Fey, Steve Whitmore, Eric
Jacobson, Davd Goelz, Bill
Barretta, Matt Vogel, Peter
Linz, Céline Dion, Salma
Hayek, Ray Liotta, Danny
Trejo, Jemaine Clement, Frank
Langella, Zach Galifianakis,
Josh Groban, Stanley Tucci,
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 112 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Walt
Director: James Bobin
Executive Producer: John G. Scotti, Nicholas
Producer: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Writer: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO, The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Hollywood Pictures)
Alan Horn, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000; Website: www.disney.com
A prologue opens the movie, with the Muppets sad about finishing their last movie. Things turn happy pretty quickly when they get the okay for a sequel and launch into a wonderful song about sequels.
After the song, a dubious tour manager named Dominic Badguy (pronounced Bad-Gee with a hard “g,” Dominic claims) convinces Kermit and the other Muppets to do an overseas tour. Dominic starts the tour off in Berlin, but he has an ulterior motive. In reality, Dominic is partners with international criminal Constantine, who’s just escaped from a Russian Gulag prison and looks exactly like Kermit. Constantine swaps places with Kermit, who gets picked up by the police and thrown back into the Gulag.
Unlike Kermit, Dominic and Constantine tell the Muppets what they want to hear. “You can do what you want,” Constantine tells them. Under Constantine and Dominic, the Muppet show doesn’t go so well, but Dominic has bribed the audience and the theater critics in Berlin, Madrid, and Ireland.
With Kermit out of the way and the Muppets completely fooled, Dominic and Constantine are free to pursue their evil plan – to steal the Crown Jewels in London.
Will Kermit escape the Gulag? Will Constantine and Dominic ever be exposed?
MUPPETS MOST WANTED is delightful fun. It’s not quite as good as the last Muppet movie, but it has more musical numbers. Dominic and Constantine get to sing their own song, “I’m Number One.” Posing as Kermit, Constantine also sings a love song to Miss Piggy, “I’ll Get You What You Want.” Also, Miss Piggy gets to sing a duet with Céline Dion, her idol. Finally, Kermit is forced to lead the prisoners in the gulag’s annual prison revue. As usual, the Muppets will steal your heart and kidnap your funny bone.
Best of all, MUPPETS MOST WANTED is a lesson about the importance of being selfless. When the villainous Constantine tells the Muppets they can do what they want, everyone becomes very selfish and performs things that ruin the show. Thus, Miss Piggy just doesn’t sing one song. Constantine lets her sing five songs! So, Dominic has to bribe the theater audience to give a standing ovation so that the Muppets won’t suspect they’ve been fooled. Eventually, of course, the truth comes out, and the Muppets realize they need Kermit’s guidance.
Like the Muppets, many people today just want to do whatever they want, regardless of any rules or moral standards. When they do that, however, life becomes a disaster. The Good News, however, is that God has given us some moral guidelines. To fulfill those guidelines, He has given His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can transform our lives and help us fellowship with God and our fellow man, to walk in God’s path.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED also has several references to God. One of the references occurs in a church by an Anglican priest about to perform a church wedding.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED is delightful fun. It’s not quite as good as the last Muppet movie, but it has more musical numbers. Best of all, it has a great positive message. To fool the Muppets, Constantine lets them do whatever they want. Their selfishness ruins their show. Eventually, the Muppets realize they need Kermit’s guidance and rules. MUPPETS MOST WANTED also has several positive references to God.