Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Muppets

The Muppets [PG]
2011 Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by James Bobin

Grade: A 
Up-graded from B
+1: Big music numbers move story forward.
+1: Celebrity cameos.
-1: Celebrity cameos squeezed into late telethon sequence.
+1: Chickens singing Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You.”
+1: Gary (played by Jason Segel) as a Muppet, and his Muppet brother Walter as a human.

Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (short running before “The Muppets”)
2011 Disney/Pixar
Directed by Angus MacLane

Grade: B+ 
Up-graded from B

+1: Mini Buzz.
+1: Quick gags with the fast food toy support group.
-1: Logic - Mom mistakes Mini Buzz for full-sized Buzz Lightyear.
+1: A toy, flashing, belt buckle is funny.
-1: Buzz matter-of-factly shows up back home at the end of the 7-minute short.

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