I have grown up on Muppets of a different kind. The show was called Fraggle Rock. The theme plays in my head as I write this. It was created by the same guy who has created the Muppets, Jim Henson. So this was for me was a nostalgic trip back to childhood.
Whats it about? As clichd as a story can be the Muppets have to return for a comeback performance and raise 10 million dollars to save their studio from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) who wants to raze it down because there is oil underneath. Kermit the frog leads the Muppets with some help from two fans, Gary (Jason Segel) and his Muppet brother Walter (voice by Peter Linz) accompanied by Garys girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams).
Does it work for me Yes / No
Why? The film caters to neither the adults nor the children. It is purely a fan boys tribute. Made the Hollywood musical way it keeps jumping from one forgettable song into another. Even a cameo by Jack Black doesnt help make the movie a fun watch. The director also makes no use of Zach Galifianakis. Jason Segal comes across as a boy who never grew up while Amy Adams seems to be enjoying the song and dance. But if you have grown up on The Muppets or Fraggle Rock then it is a breezy watch. In a way the film tries hard to introduce the characters for the kids of generation now, but the way they do it is so old school that except under 5 year olds I doubt it will find new fans.
Final few words The Muppets is strictly for fans of the musicals and the TV show.