"...The Muppets was co-written by star Segel and fellow Judd Apatow pal Nicholas Stoller, and clearly, both have remained very much in love with the artfully absurd tone of the series they grew up with. True Muppet maniacs (including, ahem, punk rock supergroup Me First & the Gimme Gimmes and, ahem again, this reviewer) are advised to bring a hankie; the big musical showstopper will be as overwhelmingly familiar and emotionally front-loaded as the Gonzo cannon fodder gag, and I'm positive I'm not the only one whose eyes got misty from the memories it engendered...."
"...It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. Yes, those wacky puppets are back in Muppets Most Wanted, their eighth film to date..."
"...Starring: Michael Caine. So many cinematic versions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol have come and gone over the years, but the proverbial question still remains: do we really need yet another rendition of this overdone classic to officially promote holiday season cheeriness? Apparently Walt Disney and Jim Henson Productions thought that we needed one -- and or had visions of sugarplum dollar signs dancing in their heads -- when they joined forces to produce The Muppet Christmas Carol, a cute, and for the most part, imaginative take on Dickens' narrative that's sure to jumpstart the Muppets' commercial appeal, if achieving nothing else..."
"...Murray Abraham, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Rob Schneider, Andie MacDowell, Pat Hingle and Hollywood Hogan. I'm sorry, but when did the Muppets get da funk? With a soundtrack featuring the likes of James Brown, the Commodores, George Clinton and P-Funk, and Earth Wind and Fire, I kept expecting a Bootsy Collins-inspired Muppet to leap out and waggle its furry tongue at me, but sadly such was not the case..."
"...America mourns Sally Ride, the Muppets eat less "chikin,"� and Grindr drops the baton. Today's AggreGAYtor is going for the gold...."
"...Muppets. They taught us to count, the value of diversity, and what vaudeville was..."
"...The Muppets settle in for a monthlong residence at the Alamo Ritz this April, with a half-dozen-plus opportunities to rediscover why C is for cookie, why it isn't easy being green, and why rubber duckie is still, eternally, the one...."
"...• 8:30pm, ABC: Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular: They both have wacky hairdos, wear funny furs, and like to get a little animated. Honestly, we're surprised this pairing didn't happen before now..."
"...Even the usually animated Curry, in the role of Long John Silver, fails to upstage anyone except his fellow live actors. As in their previous movies, syndicated television program, and everything else they've done, the Muppets once again prove their appeal to kids and adults alike..."
"...It's a testimony to Jackson's deranged genius that he manages to pull the whole thing off as well as he does (although, to be honest, the film does have a few off-moments: choppy editing and the occasional odd lighting choice make for some hard-to-discern shots now and again). Anyone who was made to sit through The Muppets Take Manhattan or Follow That Bird has been waiting a long time to see Meet the Feebles (whether they admit it or not); thankfully, there are no inane human guest stars to wade through, either, but then, wouldn't it be great to know what Barry Manilow or Dom DeLuise would have made of this?! Like Jackson's two previous films (Bad Taste being both the first film and the apparent line of thought behind his proficient Wingnut Films Group), this one is patently adult in both tone and execution: blood, bullets, and suppurating sexual sores abound, while bathroom humor and high wit coexist simultaneously..."
"...To get from the Peter and the Wolf that you know (Russian folk tale, boy hero, Prokofiev, symphonic) to the one premiering this week at Stateside at the Paramount (Texan tall tale, girl hero, Mother Falcon, indie rock), you travel a long and winding road through grrrl power, punk rock, a Siberian labor camp, native Texas wildlife, and long-distance collaboration. But let's start with the Muppets...."
"...Music (Original Song) "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie "Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett..."
"...MUPPETS FROM SPACE D: Timothy Hill; with Gonzo, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rizzo, Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Hollywood Hogan, Andie MacDowell...."
"...Levin’s novels (Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys From Brazil, Sliver) have always had a knack for tapping into America’s subliminal fears, but the fear of "castrating, man-hating career bitches" seems a bit too inappropriate in the new millennium and a tough nut to turn into a comedy without alienating half its audience. (Maybe screenwriter Paul Rudnick, who moonlights as Premiere’s Libby Gelman-Waxner, lost track of whose side he’s rooting for in the battle of the sexes.) It also doesn’t help that Frank (voice of Yoda) Oz has a keener eye for directing Muppets than directing people..."
"...Kirk to wander into frame with Spock and Bones in tow, seeking to avert the destruction of "Jerusalem 9" by the Romulans. All things considered, and strictly from a layman’s cinematic perspective, The Book of Mormon Movie would have been better served (and tremendously more engaging) had it been cast with Muppets..."
"...• With Kevin Clash’s accuser recanting, we can now begin the long, painful process of rebuilding our faith in muppets...."
"...Creatively, it's a fusion of every aspect of Henson's work. There's the Sesame Street morality tales, the joyous hijinks of The Muppets, and then there's the first strains of the creative adolescence that he transmitted through Labyrinth (Henson even inserts a blatant piece of product placement for The Dark Crystal in the disc's third episode, Boober's Dream.) Puppetry aficionados will appreciate what a masterful step forward it was for the art..."
"...That includes the British hit by the Troggs, plus the famous version by Jimi Hendrix. Page after page also include renditions by the Ventures, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr., the Runaways, Geno Washington, Manfred Mann, the Divinyls, Amanda Lear, the Kingsmen, the Muppets, and – yes! – the Green Bay Packers...."
"...Pufnstuf, through the fondly recalled Sigmund & the Sea Monsters and Electra-Woman & Dynagirl and on to the final whimpers of Bigfoot & Wild Boy, Magic Mongo, and the decrepit, ill-advised Pryor's Place, the sadly dull (and, of course, squeaky-clean) children's show starring foul-mouthed comic genius Richard Pryor. If you were a kid when these shows aired, you couldn't wait to wake up and catch the latest adventures of giant, macrocephalic pseudo-muppets helping their human companions escape from witches or piles of nasally voiced kelp..."