What’s wrong with America? The answer is easy. “The Muppets Most Wanted” has, as of this writing, only made $33 million dollars. It’s been out two weekends and has not done well. I don’t understand it. The Muppets are part of America’s heritage. People showed up for the last one and as far as I can tell, loved it. Why did they decide that one serving of hilarity was enough?
Sure it’s not as good the last Muppets movie. It’s missing a bit of the heart/nostalgia factor, but it’s still funnier than the majority of crap comedies that get released. The Muppets had been out of our collective consciousness for years when the last one came along. You can’t recreate the circumstances that led to the perfect storm that was 2011’s “The Muppets.”
The creative team behind these two new movies are following the same pattern as the original Muppet Movies. A “let’s get the gang together movie” followed by a “caper movie”. Yeah, And yes, “The Great Muppet Caper” wasn’t as good as the “The Muppet Movie.” But it was still worth the price of admission. And people went to see “The Great Muppet Caper.” Why is this generation not running out to see “Muppets Most Wanted?”
The Muppets form of anarchic comedy is something unique, special and I think sophisticated. Something that before Jim Henson, didn’t really exist, especially for families to watch together. If today’s children only get the comedy that exists on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon our culture is going to be in trouble.
The Muppets are responsible for influencing some of today’s largest comedy stars. The reason Jason Segel, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell and others appear in these movies is because they all agree that the Muppets were instrumental in developing their comedic sensibilities.
Are we depriving future generations of great comedy because we’re not taking our children to “Muppets Most Wanted?” I say it’s a very real possibility. It’s not too late. It’s still in theaters. It will still be released on Blu-Ray. Go and support the Muppets because if this movie doesn’t make a profit we may not see any more Muppet movies. And that’s a future I don’t want to live in.