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Muppets Most Wanted [2014] (1 disc)

Director:James Bobin
Writer:James Bobin
Nicholas Stoller
Composer:Christophe Beck
Songs:Bret McKenzie
Length:107 minutes
(1 hour 47 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

Reaction: Not quite as great as the previous movie, but still a very good movie with catchy tunes.

Personal Rating: 7/10

James Bobin => Director / Writer
Nicholas Stoller => Writer
Christophe Beck => Composer
Bret McKenzie => Songs
Bill Barretta => Leprechaun Security Guard (voice) / Bobo the Bear / Pepe the King Prawn / Big Mean Carl / Rowlf the Dog / Baby Boss / Dr. Teeth / Carlo Flamingo / The Swedish Chef
Cťline Dion => Piggy Fairy Godmother
ChloŽ Grace Moretz => Newspaper Girl
Christoph Waltz => Christopher Waltz
Danny Trejo => Danny Trejo
Dave Goelz => Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Beauregard / Zoot / Waldorf (voice) / The Great Gonzo
David Alan Barclay => LA Muppet Performer (as David Barclay) (voice)
David Rudman => Wayne (voice) / Miss Poogy / Bobby Benson / Janice / Scooter
Eric Jacobson => Fozzie Bear / Sam Eagle / Animal (voice) / Miss Piggy
Frank Langella => Beefeater Vicar
Hugh Bonneville => Irish Journalist
James McAvoy => UPS Guy
James Murray => LA Muppet Performer (voice)
Jemaine Clement => Prison King
Josh Groban => Maximum Security Prisoner
Lady Gaga => Herself
Mackenzie Crook => Prado Museum Guard #1
Matt Vogel => Floyd Pepper / 80's Robot / Lew Zealand / Robin / Crazy Harry / Pops / Camilla / Sweetums / Constantine / Uncle Deadly (voice)
Miranda Richardson => Berliner at Window
Peter Linz => Manolo Flamingo (voice) / Walter
Ray Liotta => Big Papa
Ricky Gervais => Dominic Badguy
Rob Corddry => First AD
Salma Hayek => Herself
Saoirse Ronan => Herself
Sean Combs => Himself
Stanley Tucci => Ivan the Guard
Steve Whitmire => Lips / Foo Foo / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Link Hogthrob / Statler / The Newsman (voice) / Kermit the Frog
Tim Blaney => LA Muppet Performer (voice)
Tina Fey => Nadya
Toby Jones => Prado Museum Guard #2
Tom Hiddleston => The Great Escapo
Tony Bennett => Himself
Ty Burrell => Jean Pierre Napoleon
Usher Raymond => The Usher
Zach Galifianakis => Hobo Joe

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Christoph Waltz has a cameo as himself in the Berlin theater show. Waltz was the original choice for Jean Pierre Napoleon, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • One of the few The Muppets movies where Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are together in the first scene. Kermit rarely shows up right away and Miss Piggy always later and never together. For example in Muppet Treasure Island she doesn't appear until an hour into the picture.
  • Miranda Richardson has a cameo as a frightened Berliner.
  • The gulag prisoner carrying Kermit the Frog is a cameo appearance of his voice actor, Steve Whitmire.
  • Paul Reubens ("Pee Wee Herman") has a cameo on a bus entering to HBO Studios.
  • A lot of work went into making Constantine the Frog look slightly different than Kermit the Frog:
    • His frill is shorter and wider than Kermit's
    • His eye slits are more horizontal than Kermit's, making him look angrier
    • His mouth was constructed to look like a frown
    • and Constantine's puppeteer Matt Vogel would swing Constantine when walking, giving the illusion of a heavy-shouldered man's swagger.
  • In the song 'We're Doing a Sequel', Gonzo mentions that they're waiting for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4, most likely as a joke. Interestingly enough, Toy Story 4 was announced later that year (2014) for a 2017 release date.
  • James Bobin ensured the VFX in the film were practical as much as possible: "We never go down the road of having a full CGI character, which you could easily do. The joy of this movie is The Muppets exist. They're real; you can touch them. There are very few forms of entertainment in the contemporary world that exist like that, and Muppets are the last bastion of it."
  • At the end of the "Sequel" song, Walter suggests calling the movie "Muppets Again." "Muppets... Again!" was indeed the working title all through filming, but was changed at the last minute to Muppets Most Wanted.
  • During Miss Piggy's song "Something So Right," she imagines what her's and Kermit's children would look like. This gag was originally intended to be in The Muppets, but was deemed too complicated to explain to audiences at the time.
  • Ray Liotta also had a cameo in Muppets from Space.
  • Despite Bunsen Honeydew's comment that this is actually their seventh sequel, tthis is the is the first movie in The Muppets franchise to make numerous references to (and establish continuity with) a previous Muppet movie, in this case The Muppets. All previous Muppet movies rebooted afresh for each outing, so that characters could be given new origin stories whenever convenient, and "meet each other for the first time" repeatedly.
  • Ricky Gervais and Danny Trejo appear in this movie after having had their cameos cut from The Muppets.
  • James Bobin is the second director to helm more than one theatrical The Muppets film. The other is Brian Henson.
  • ChloŽ Grace Moretz has a cameo as Russian news girl.