Muppets: The comeback franchise of the year

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The moment autumn hits, so does the Oscar race. The next few months are scheduled to be filled with heartbreaking stories and inspiring performances. With a week off for Thanksgiving break, it is ample time to take a break from schoolwork and watch a good film. I highly suggest doing this, but before anyone steps foot in an Oscar contender’s theater, a much more important film is being released that week. After years of emptiness, The Muppets have returned with a bang. They have teased us for months with wonderful parody trailers, but the time has finally come to bask in their glory. Not that anyone needs one, but here are just a few reasons as to why this is the one film to see on your week off:

It’s written by Jason Segel- In addition to starring, the “How I Met Your Mother” actor also wrote the script and pitched the idea. According to Segel, Disney executives thought he was joking when he explained that he wanted to make “The Muppets.” It’s a good thing they finally believed him, seeing as Segel is one of the most likeable comedians working today. Remember, Segel was the one who wrote his vehicle “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which included a musical using puppets. He’s more than qualified.

Who doesn’t love the Muppets?- I dare you to find a single person who isn’t filled with joy at the mention of the Muppets. These loveable creatures defined more than one generation’s childhood, making this a movie for all ages. For most people, it’s bound to bring back fond memories from long ago, and I’ll be damned if they aren’t all happy memories.

The soundtrack- Just as Segel has promised to keep the puppets in their original form, the updated music is just as enjoyable as the classic songs. Two tracks have already been released, the new “Muppet Theme,” featuring Joanna Newsom, and “Life is a Happy Song,” written by “Flight of the Conchords” Bret McKenzie and featuring Feist. Both songs are absolutely delightful and a whole soundtrack of others like them seems promising.

The cast- Segel’s love interest in the film is played by Amy Adams, an absolute perfect match for “The Muppets.” To convince Adams to play the part, Segel sent her a video of him and Walter singing to her, causing her to cry by the end of it. The movie also has a huge variety of actors playing parts and showing up in small cameos. Look forward to scenes with Neil Patrick Harris, Zach Galifinakis, Emily Blunt, Sarah Silverman, John Krasinski, Jack Black, Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Jim Parsons, Ricky Gervais and even more. Only the Muppets could attract that many stars.

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