Did I really just hear a bunch of chickens sing Cee-Lo's "F**k You"?
God bless The Muppets.
I haven't posted every one of the many parody trailers for this film because, while I admire the effort by Disney, I'm more interested in the film they're really releasing. And now that we've got the new and much longer trailer for "The Muppets," there's a point that the preview raises that explains some of the thinking behind those parody trailers.
"You're not famous anymore." Hard thing to believe for anyone who was raised in a Jim Henson world, but it's somewhat true these days. While "Sesame Street" is still a powerhouse brand, the Muppets themselves have been on simmer for a while now. Over the last few years, ever since I was on set for the "Dracula" musical segment at the end of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," I've been having an ongoing conversation with Jason Segel about the Muppets. He's a huge fan, and making a new movie involving the classic Muppets has been a dream of his.
What's lovely is that he not only got the chance to make the film, but that he found a kindred spirit in James Bobin, best known for his work as a director on "Flight Of The Conchords." Bobin is also a full-blown Muppet freak, and working with Segel and his co-writer Nicholas Stoller, he seems like the right guy to return the Muppets to their proper place in pop culture prominence.
The new trailer, embedded below, is a huge step in the right direction. Everything about this looks like it's right. The sense of humor, the way celebrities are used, the dewey-eyed optimism of the whole thing. Somewhere, I'd like to believe that Jim Henson is smiling right now:
"The Muppets" opens in theaters November 23, 2011.