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The Muppets (2011)

The Muppets (2011)

The Muppets is the story about a long lost cast, a set of characters I remember from my youth that somewhere along the way disappeared from the public eye, chased away by such phenomenons as the Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, a surplus of newer and more entertaining animated titles. They were left to dwell in the shadows, but there's something about The Muppets... something about a cast of actual puppets, that makes these characters something special. And I don't think that's just the nostalgia speaking.

When Hermit once more gets a chance to stand in the spotlight... will he take it? It's time to gather together the old crew, bond once more, transgress the obstacles and make a performance that people will remember! And that it does. And do they, too? That's for you to see and me not to spoil. ;)

The movie is good, but compared to the old Muppets movie from 1979, this doesn't really compare. It feels they had not only the budget back then but also the know-how to make a successful and elaborate puppet movie, really using all available props to there advantage, whereas the newer one, though not making that frequent use of special effects, doesn't seem to remember that there's a world around the Puppets they could also take advantage of. Sceneries aren't bad. Nothing is directly bad, but it doesn't really live up to the expectations I had.

Nevertheless, it leaves me with a feelgood vibe and a satisfied dose of childhood nostalgia, and I hope this isn't just one more glimpse of this long-lost cast before they once again fade into the shadow, even if that is what it seems to be. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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