Blu-ray Review: THE MUPPETS Wocka Wocka Package Rocks!
The Muppets arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, March 20. I had the chance to watch the Wocka Wocka Blu-ray Special Edition, and was reminded why this is one of my favorite family comedies of 2011. Jason Segel co-wrote and stars in the film with Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and a bunch of cameos. James Bobin directed the film based on the script co-written by Nicholas Stoller.
No matter if you were born in 1976 or 2006, The Muppets is fun for everyone. I had so much fun reconnecting with characters that I grew up loving. The voice acting is simply amazing, all the characters sound just like I remember them. The acting is great, Amy Adams is perfect in this super sweet role of Mary. Segel is great on the screen and at crafting such a fun story that makes this one of the most memorable muppet movies to date.
One of the best aspects of the film is the musical numbers, they help to propel the story along and set the tone throughout. The movie stars off with a bang, with a great opening sequence of “Life is a Happy Song”. This song gives s a look into the life in Small Town USA for Gary (Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams). It also sets the stage for the introduction of the newest muppet, Walter.One of the best scenes for me was seeing Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) rapping. Fans can get the full extended deleted sequence on the DVD. My two favorite songs were the classic “Rainbow Connection” between Kermit and Miss Piggy, and "Man or Muppet". The song that will have you leaving the theater humming along is, "Mahna Mahnna".
The Wocka Wocka value pack has so many awesome features. The "Making Of" sequence is a great way to get reacquainted or to meet the characters. I loved "Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song" which I mentioned above. This version gives audiences some insight into why Richman became the villain. The blooper reel and deleted scenes are above normal for this film. The marketing plan for this film had some cool parody trailers. The Wocka Wocka pack has all them for your viewing pleasure. The best part of the extras has to be the audio commentary with Segel, Bobin and Stoller.
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary, and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs witha Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
The Muppets is a must-watch for any fan of the muppet characters. If you are not familiar with them, this is a great introduction to the muppet universe. The discs hit shelves on Tuesday, and the Wocka Wocka pack is the one I would pick up.