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  • 5 Rainbow Connections - It's a glorious three-hour finale!

    36 65.45%
  • 4 Rainbow Connections - Good grief, it's a running gag

    14 25.45%
  • 3 Rainbow Connections - "The flim is okie-dokie!"

    3 5.45%
  • 2 Rainbow Connections - WALDORF: They aren’t half bad

    2 3.64%
  • 1 Rainbow Connection - STATLER: Nope, they’re ALL bad!

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    The Muppets - MiceChat Reviews

    So with the "The Muppets" opening tomorrow figured it was time to see what MiceChat thinks of it.

    When are you planning on seeing it? Opening Weekend? Sometime soon? On DVD? Cable? TV?

    Reviews for the movie have so far overwhelmingly positive. So much so that it's currently getting 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Granted, these results will change in the next 24 hours I'm sure.

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    We saw it Saturday, and can't wait to see it again. While there are some minor things that bothered me, I still can't help to love this movie. It's got a lot of heart, charm, and magic that has been missing from the Muppets for a while. It's not a reboot, but a homage to the original Muppet movies and especially the Muppet Show, which is absolutely what makes it so delightful. It's what a Muppet fan could have only hoped for until now - a chance for the Muppets to shine again. So many clever references to other Muppet movies and the show, self referential humor, and great cameos (one that appears during a song is the single most hilarious thing in the movie, IMO...you'll know it when you see it). It's a must see movie, and I'm SO glad the movie is getting the reviews it's getting, and I hope it does well enough to warrant many more Muppet movies as wonderful as this one!
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    The Muppets really feels like the first traditional Muppet movie since the death of the man who created them. The movie felt like a return to form, after visiting adaptations of stories, and complete failures. It was silly, irreverent, fun, and actually a good film for reflecting. The human co-stars, most of whom were great sports about doing what may be the silliest and out there thing in their career, stepped aside and let these classic characters steal the show. References to the previous movies, and the t.v. series are frequent and pretty clever. Not all of the supporting characters have a chance to shine, but seeing them along for the ride was great. Overall, I think Jim Henson was right in his almost obcessive need to get his beloved creations into the hands of a company that could keep them going long after he is gone. And the Muppets really prooves that. While the characters were dormant for a while (this is even referenced in the film as a major part of the storyline) I think it was just because the performers, writers, and artists knew wanted their next film to be something the boss would be proud of, and I think he would be and is. Our culture is incredibly different than it was in the muppets hayday of the late 70's and early 80's, and while charming, the original films seem a bit dated because of it. I'm sure that will happen to this film in another thirty years, but I think that is what the muppets about. The world changes around them, but the characters and their love for one another dont. The original movies, alongside this one, deal with the characters facing a world that has somehow changed, with timeless physical comedy and puns put in to insure the film can be viewed generations from now. The film is different in that our culture has changed. The celebrities appearing, the way the characters interact with them have changed. However, at it's heart, the characters remain the same, and that seems to be the secret to the success of all of the muppets films. One thing is for sure, this was made by people who genuinely cared about the characters and Mr. Hensons legacy. I was happy to see a few of the original muppet performers in the credits. While most of them are too old now to attempt the physically demanding work that puppetry entails, there were a few performers that studied under Mr. Henson as a kind of apprentice, that really made the characters feel like they havent changed, just taken a short break.

    Overall, for the hour and a half that the movie was running I was laughing constantly, and at one point, pretty suddenly, crying, along with most everyone else in the theater. I am very glad I watched the original movie before seeing this, as it compliments this film so well. More than that, I am glad I took the time last night to finally watch, and understand what exactly the writers of "Rainbow Connection" were talking about, as it made the finally that much more satisfying. At it's core, the song is about believing in something, even if it's been proven not to be real. I think what Mr. Henson was trying to say through that first musical number was to believe in those impossible things, because witht he right spirit, eventually those things become something tangible. It's about chasing those impossible things until they become plausible. Mr. Henson had a right to think that, as he lived it.


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    Re: The Muppets - MiceChat Reviews

    I'm gonna try to catch the 4:55 show today.

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    Re: The Muppets - MiceChat Reviews

    Saw it and thought it was great! However, there are two things that felt strange about it:
    1. That Jason Segel's brother is a muppet. Umm, can someone explain that one to me?
    and...
    2. The fact that the new Muppet show, "Muppets Tonight" that ran from '96 to '98 was not acknowledged.
    Overall, good movie. Saw a lot of great trailers for upcoming movies.

    Oh, and I almost forgot...
    The new Toy Story short "Small Fry" is great! Loved it.

    I'm hoping overall this is a return to form for the Muppets, with more movies, and perhaps a rebooted TV show? Seems that since Disney acquired them in the 90s, they kind of let them go and forgot about them.

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    Re: The Muppets - MiceChat Reviews

    I loved this movie when I watched it earlier today at the Harkins Superstition Springs 25. I noticed not all the adults in the audience had kids with them. It was funny and felt like the old Muppet movies. There's even a few breaks of the 4th wall in there, which we saw throughout the original movie. It looks like they tried to get as many characters some screen time as possible. I was happy to see the Muppet Show Theme and Rainbow Connection made it into the movie. I loved the Moopet variation of Rainbow Connection as Fozzie sings about the Reno casino where he is now performing.

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    Re: The Muppets - MiceChat Reviews

    I saw it this evening and I'm in the camp that isn't raving about it, which makes me sad. I enjoyed it but... I watched The Great Muppet Caper last night, which is my absolute favorite Muppet movie and never fails to make me laugh.

    "The Muppets" I feel had a strong start and then somewhere it just gets slower and slower and less inventive.


    And about the ending...

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    Not really a fan of how it was wrapped up. It was a wtf is happening moment because they're singing about everything being perfect when they lost the studio to Tex Richman. Gonzo shoulda let go of the bowling ball sooner or something.



    But overall... I enjoyed it. I'm really happy that it's made and hope that people embrace it more than I do. It's still tough for me to get over the new voices too.


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    Re: The Muppets - MiceChat Reviews

    Strong opening day for Muppets. That "other" movie still beat it though.

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    I'm going to the 2:10 show today. Can NOT wait!

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    Loved it.

    I thought this movie just had a fantasic balance of humour, nostalgia, emotion, and music.

    I thought the redo of Rainbow Connection as an ensemble piece was wonderful, and was delighted that the Muppet Show Theme was reprised on the big screen. I enjoyed the new songs as well.

    I think they nailed Fozzie Bear's bits. His jokes were bad, and yet still funny. There have been some criticisms from past and present Muppet performers about the fart jokes being lowbrow, but I don't buy it. Fozzie being unfunny is vintage Muppets, fart jokes or otherwise. In fact, I thought the payoff with the fart shoes was brilliant. A genuinely sad moment, punctuated by hilarity, is not easy to pull off, but it worked here.

    Classic moments included Rowlf wondering they they didn't flashback to his "classic" recruitment moment and Kermits' horrified reaction to the kidnapping of Jack Black (speaking of whom, why did he get double cameo status? They could have used another actor for the Animal scene). The mere presence of Beaker and his meeps continues to elicit laughter from me. Fozzie's response to the money tally being wrong was priceless.

    I was a little shocked that Rizzo was relegated to non-speaking cameo status, but I'm glad that a movie so focused on the original Muppet Show still included beloved modern characters like Bobo and Pepe.

    Before the movie started, my boyfriend asked "is that shrimp in the movie", to which a friend and I simultaneously replied, with much exasperation, he is not a shrimp, he is a King Prawn!

    Loved the Toy Story short, particularly the various kiddie meal toys, and fake menu items over the end credits. A friend and myself were both giddy to see Condorman, a movie we adored in our youth.

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    1. That Jason Segel's brother is a muppet. Umm, can someone explain that one to me?
    How does a felt pig become a hotshot employee of a major magazine? Best not to overthink the logic of various Muppet conventions, I think

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    2. The fact that the new Muppet show, "Muppets Tonight" that ran from '96 to '98 was not acknowledged.
    A few characters from that show did make it in at least. They did sort of ignore all recent Muppet history, basically implying that they haven't worked together since the Jim Henson days. Considering they produced a Christmas special a few years ago (and a good one at that in my opinion), the notion that the Muppets have been long dormant, did ring a bit false.

    It kind of reminded me of the Bryan Singer Superman movie, which basically decided that Superman 3 and 4 didn't exist. Here, it's like everything that happened after the Great Muppet Caper was written off.
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    I want to the "The Moopets" on the Hollywood Backlot outdoor stage area!

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    Loved it! Jason Segel and Amy Adams were fantastic and great together. And of course, The Muppets ruled. Fozzie and Rowlf are my two favorites ; ) And also, the cameos were good as well. It didn't feel like the movie was just shoving one cameo after another, even though that's what they were doing. It went along with the plot (for the most part). Like
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    It's not a perfect movie, but definitely a very enjoyable one that I may even see again--and that's rare for me.

    I particularly liked the fact that when the lights go out in the theater, when they come back up, there are two muppets making out. Those two muppets were the characters of Wayne and Wanda, who are "church people" according to Sam the Eagle on the Muppet Show album. So to have those two making out was particularly stinging!

    I'm sure there were other Muppet in-jokes like this... anyone else spot any? I know I was a bit disappointed Janice make no references to being naked.
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    I saw it last night and while I don't think it's as good as the original Muppet Movie I loved the humor and all the inside jokes and Easter eggs. I was only bothered by two things. Kermit seemed a little to meloncoly and the plot was pretty much stolen from a very muppet Christmas but I'll take any excuse to see the muppets on the big screen.

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    Saw it last night and absolutely LOVED it! Anyone spot the hidden mickey during the finale? or were my eyes deceiving me?

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