I was a kid when the original Muppet Show was on the air.  At the age of five, the idea of appointment television was alien to me, but I knew damn well I had to watch the Muppets.  My love for all things Beaker, Swedish Chef, Gonzo & Camilla, and Kermit-related carried over to The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan. And then the great Jim Henson died.  His creations passed hands from one ownership group to another.  New, annoying characters were added.  The Muppets were grafted on to established stories (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island) in an uninspired attempt to make a fast buck.  Eventually, a new variety show was launched in the mid-90’s that lacked all the creative spark of the original.

Last year, the Siskel Film Center featured a 35mm print of The Muppet Movie and you know what?  It holds up as great entertainment.

I had already heard about the new Muppet movie project that was in the works.  I had little hope for it until I found out Jason Segel was writing it.  I’ve been a fan of Segel’s all the way back to Freaks and Geeks and the man obviously has a love for puppetry (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) that isn’t just based in irony.  I don’t know if he’ll be able to pull off a return to the glory days, but this picture makes me misty-eyed and only increases the odds that I will be crushed when the movie is finally released and proves to be just as bad as all the crap that came out in the 90’s.

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