The Muppets is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today and if you are looking for a great family film then this is one that my family highly recommends. We all love it. It reminds me of the classic Muppet Shows I remember watching as a child, they even figure into the movie. My children have seen the older Muppets movies but this is the first one that they’ve really connected with. The story, characters and music all come together perfectly. In The Muppets, Walter is the world’s biggest Muppet fan (is he a man or is he a Muppet?) and he discovers that the Muppet Studios is going to be destroyed to make way for an oil field. WIth the help of his brother Gary (Jason Segal) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), Walter finds Kermit the Frog and convinces him to reunite the Muppets. What follows is one of my favorite parts of the movie. How do you speed a movie up? You travel by map and collect Muppets by montage. I won’t go through the entire movie but Walter, Gary and Mary help the Muppets stage a telethon to raise money to save Muppet Studios. The only problem is that nobody seems to really care about The Muppets anymore. Or do they?
The movie is filled with catchy songs (My favorite? Me Party) and cameos. My kids loved Jack Black in this movie. The Blu-Ray comes with some fun, Muppety extras including the “Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made”, “Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of Disney’s ‘The Muppets'”, “Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song” and “A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through”. The last extra is footage of the Muppets doing a table reading of the script. The Blu-Ray also comes with Disney Intermission, when you pause the movie the Muppets take over the screen. Awesome. There are also eight deleted scenes, audio commentary and theatrical spoof trailers.
I was given the “Wocka Wocka Pack” for a review and I think it’ll give you the best bang for your buck. The pack comes with Blu-Ray, DVD, a digital copy of the movie and a code to download the movie soundtrack. My kids were so excited to get this one in the mail and then to find out it came with a digital copy AND the music – you’d have thought it was Christmas at our house!
Below are a few fun links to some Muppet activities. Enjoy!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Muppets for review purposes.