It’s Time To Start the Music for ‘The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time’

By  · Published on February 10th, 2010

If you’re like me, you love hyperbole. You love calling things the greatest hat in the world, the greatest bowl of chili in the world, the greatest grandma in the world (love you grandma!).

If you’re like me, you also love the Muppets so much that you named your high school gang “Electric Mayhem.”

So, it’s clear that I’m excited about The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time even though changing the title from The Cheapest sets the bar really high. Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller proved themselves as a terrific pair during Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Segel has always had a certain Muppet-quality to him in the first place.

Apparently, The Playlist has a “friend” who got a chance to read the script and goes into fairly familiar detail about it. If you’re into that sort of thing go check it out.

On the non-spoilerly side, it looks like the story will focus on the Muppet gang reuniting and coming out of show business retirement to save the original studio that birthed their iconic show. I assume it’ll be like Punch and Judy meet A Prairie Home Companion on mescaline.

With musical numbers.

And hopefully a Rec Center will be saved, too.

It’s a fairly simple premise which works best – a quick adventure that goes awry. The Muppets do their best work when unhampered by anything too complicated, and I love the idea of them getting the gang back together since, that will sort of mirror the hiatus they’ve had from the big screen since 2005 with The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz – or if you go all the way back to their last good movie, 1999’s Muppets From Space.

Which hopefully means we’ll get a Jeffrey Tambor cameo for this forthcoming flick.

What do you think?

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