Listen, I know that people are frustrated over the constant barrage of sequels, remakes and adaptations in popular film. And yes, Muppets Most Wanted does technically count as a sequel. But sometimes harsh criticisms can get a little too harsh, like the latest claim that the next Muppets film won’t be nearly as good as 2011’s The Muppets, that the Muppets have no real fans, and that Disney is just killing time with this one “while they wait for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4.”
Ouch. You might be wondering who would level such a complaint against a near-universally beloved group of terrifying puppet creatures, and… ok, it’s the Muppets that have picked a fight with Muppets Most Wanted. It seems many a Muppet is upset at being drafted into another unnecessary sequel, and the group has decided to air its complaints with the public at large. But they’ve done so by breaking out into joyous song and dance (the way all sequel grief should be expressed from now on), and their list of grievances is also Muppets Most Wanted’s opening number, which has just debuted online.
But, hesitant as they might be, the Muppets are also a little excited to get a crack at another big Muppet movie. So they sing and dance and assault the fourth wall with sledgehammers and exude all the strange, infectious glee that you’d expect from a floppy puppet variety show. Plus the music’s catchy, the jokes are sharp and the guest list is as long as ever (including, but not limited to, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, Sean Combs, Christoph Waltz, Danny Trejo and Tom Hiddleston). So I’m guessing the only ones apathetic about Muppets Most Wanted are the Muppets themselves.
Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters on March 21, 2014.