‘Muppets’ director promises plenty of ‘anarchic stupidity’

Nov. 04, 2011 | 1:15 p.m.
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A behind-the-scenes peek at the set of "The Muppets," to be published in Disney twenty-three magazine Nov. 15. (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises / D23)

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New Muppet Walter, left, Jason Segel and Amy Adams in a scene from "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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Miss Piggy and Kermit in a scene from "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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Bad guys Tex Richman, left, played by Chris Cooper, Uncle Deadly and Bobo the Bear in a scene from "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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Scooter, left, the Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Sam Eagle, and Beauregard in a scene from "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog are reunited in a scene from "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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Kermit the Frog, left, Amy Adams and Jason Segel in a scene from "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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The fuzzy gang performs a musical number in "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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Jason Segel as Gary, Amy Adams as Mary, new Muppet Walter, Kermit and Fozzie Bear in "The Muppets." (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises)

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A behind-the-scenes peek at the set of "The Muppets," to be published in Disney twenty-three magazine Nov. 15. (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises / D23)

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A behind-the-scenes peek at the set of "The Muppets," to be published in Disney twenty-three magazine Nov. 15. (Scott Garfield / Disney Enterprises / D23)

After more than a decade away from the big screen, the Muppets are poised to return to the multiplex with the Nov. 23 release of their new self-titled movie musical. The film features the expected marquee names — Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear — but also introduces a newcomer, Walter. A sweet little guy from Smalltown U.S.A. who’s always sensed that there’s something a little bit different about him (especially growing up alongside his brother Gary, played by Jason Segel), Walter helps reunite the gang after he learns about a nefarious plot to tear down the old theater where they used to stage their variety show.

Segel co-wrote “The Muppets'” screenplay with his “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nicholas Stoller, and the pair, along with director James Bobin (HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords“), focused on capturing the same comic tone as the troupe’s revered creator, Jim Henson, and his collaborators — silly and sincere, rather than sarcastic and knowing.

“Maybe it’s a generational thing,” said Bobin, 39, sitting in the empty auditorium of the Muppet theater on the set of the film earlier this year. “We’re all kind of roughly the same age and have the same feeling about the Muppets. … We’re trying to be very true to the original idea of what Muppets are, their innocence and exuberance, their love of puns and fourth-wall-breaking jokes. It’s like anarchic stupidity.”

– Gina McIntyre

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One Response to ‘Muppets’ director promises plenty of ‘anarchic stupidity’

  1. Carolyn says:

    OOOOOHHH, WONDERFUL. We really need this right now! The previews look great and fun. I am really looking forward to taking my 6 year old granddaughter to a movie of characters that her Daddy loved. Finally, a happy, lighthearted movie.

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