The Muppets is an upcoming 2011 American comedy film, and the first Muppets theatrical release in 12 years, as well as the first Disney-produced Muppets film since 1996′s Muppet Treasure Island. In the film, Walter (performed by Peter Linz), the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and friend Mary (Amy Adams) must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a businessman who plans to demolish the Muppet Theater to drill for oil. The film is directed by James Bobin, written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, produced by Martin Baker, David Furnish, Segel, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and John Scotti, and features Bret McKenzie as the music supervisor.
The film is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 23, 2011 and the United Kingdom on February 17, 2012. The film was first announced in March 2008 and production started in September 2010. The film premiered at the 2011 Savannah Film Festival.
The film will feature six new musical numbers and three classic Muppet songs which are “The Muppet Show Theme”, “The Rainbow Connection” and “Mah Nà Mah Nà.”
The film is rated PG for some mild rude humor, making it the second Muppets film to receive a PG rating from the MPAA (the first being the 2002 television film It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie). However, it’s the first theatrical Muppets film to receive a PG rating.
Oil has been discovered beneath the Muppet Theater and oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) plans to raze the Muppet Theater and Muppets Studio to drill oil. New Muppet Walter (Peter Linz), the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) learn about Tex Richman’s plan, and try to stop him by staging The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever, raising $10 million needed to save the theater. In order to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever, Walter, Mary, and Gary must help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways. Fozzie Bear now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a powerful plumbing magnate.
# Jason Segel as Gary
# Amy Adams as Mary
# Chris Cooper as Tex Richman
# Rashida Jones as Veronica