Let me start off by saying… thank god it is not being called “The cheapest Muppet Movie of all time” as was originally proposed. The new details which came to us via The Playlist by way of Collider definitely give us at least a little bit of hope after the last few strike outs from the Muppets.
First, let’s see what Playlist had to say.
This is a pretty safe story, but that isn’t a complaint. There’s a whole generation who needs to be introduced to the Muppets to it may as well happen in the kind of story where everyone gets their own re-introduction. Also, I’m looking forward to what I hope will be some interesting “Where are they now” moments to see what Muppets do after they retire. My one real concern is that whenever I see a story where the bad guy is an oilman, I start to get nervous that the story is going to get all heavy handed and preachy about the environment. They’ve got a big opportunity to blow with stupid jokes about how it’s not easy being green.
These comments give me a little more pause. There is no way that The Great Muppet Caper is better than The Muppet Movie. Maybe I just have a personal vendetta against Charles Grodin… you know what you did… but The Muppet Movie has always been the best of all the Muppet films. The second thing that worries me here is the comment about script not having a forward pulse. It was the road story aspect of The Muppet Movie that helped make it so special. Even in the aforementioned Muppet Caper, they were on a quest. From the sounds of this I feel like I’m going to be getting a musical Muppet version of UHF… not that I don’t love UHF, but it just isn’t what I’m looking for in a Muppet film.
…Although, I have the perfect Muppet in mind for the Wheel of Fish!