Muppets fan Jason Segel (who also co-wrote the script) travels to Hollywood with his chirpy girlfriend (Amy Adams) to find out what has happened to his heroes in this really funny family comedy.
Learning that a wicked oil tycoon (Chris Cooper) is planning to tear down the Muppet Studios, Segel, Adams and his shy brother Walter (who resembles a Muppet himself) strive to rally the old gang to save the day.
They find Kermit living in seclusion in his Bel Air mansion, Fozzie Bear performing with a dreadful Muppets tribute band in Reno and Miss Piggy working as the Plus-Size Editor of French Vogue in Paris (Emily Blunt, in an amusing nod to her role in The Devil Wears Prada, plays her receptionist).
Soon enough, the former colleagues are back together, preparing to stage a telethon in their old theatre to raise the $10million they need.
Along the way, there are scores of knowing in-jokes, fleeting 1980s references and witty cameos (Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg are among those staffing the telethon phones and Mickey Rooney, archetype of the ‘putting-on-a-show-to-save-the-day’ cliché, briefly pops up, too).
And, beneath the cleverness, you’ll find warmth, sweetness and real affection for our beloved felt friends.