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THE MUPPETS – Trailer Review (Teaser Trailer)

Surprisingly, I never really watched or grew up with the Muppets.  I was always aware of who Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were as a youngster, but I never got around to watching The Muppet Show or any of the movies.

The latest Muppets movie, simply titled The Muppets, is written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the team who wrote and directed the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall from 2008.  James Bobin, who co-created the HBO music comedy series Flight of the Conchords, is also directing The Muppets.  Another Conchords vet, co-star Bret McKenzie, wrote the original songs for the film.

Last week, Disney released the film’s first teaser trailer, which was attached to their new release Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

The trailer uses a device, which I usually hate in trailers, where it will start off as a spoof advertisement for a different movie, and then halfway through it will reveal that the first half was a spoof, and it will reveal what the real movie is.  The trailers for any of the Friedberg/Seltzer movies are a prime example of this.  Usually, I hate this because spoofs have been done to death at this point, and those types of trailers always seem to follow the same, tired formula.

The Muppets teaser, however, uses it in a very original way.  The first half of the trailer shows a dramatic love story between Jason Segel and Amy Adams, and halfway through the trailer, the announcer starts reading the cast.  After reading the two leads, he confusingly reads the names Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, which is immediately followed by Jason Segel, who is surrounded by all of the Muppets, saying, “Wait, wait, wait, stop!  Are there Muppets in this movie?”

Overall, not being a Muppets fan, it’s impressive that this trailer got me interested in the movie.  It looks like it could be a very nice, fun holiday movie for both kids and adults.  The fact that I thought that the trailer’s clever concept was funny makes me imagine how funny the humor will be in the film.  And I’m not even the direct target audience!

FINAL RATING: 4/5

Share your thoughts in the comments!  The film opens on November 23.

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  1. Eric
    May 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    yeah i am pretty excited for this movie but anyway great review as usual.

  2. Tom Veliotis
    May 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

    This is a really good trailer that defiantly makes me want to see the movie and like you, I never even grew up watching The Muppet’s Show.

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