For those who follow politics and Hollywood, 2011 has been a year of misleading movie titles. The Debt wasn't about the federal debt. Contagion wasn't about the Eurozone crisis. And The Muppets isn't about Congress. Instead, it's about a gang of singing, dancing puppets with much better approval ratings. Peter Suderman reviews their latest big-screen adventure in today's Washington Times:
Leave it to a scruffy orange puppet named Fozzie Bear to make fart shoes funny.
In the hands—well, feet—of an ordinary comedian, shoes strapped to whoopee cushions would be the height of comedic desperation. But Fozzie is no ordinary comedian. He's a Muppet, one of the beloved gang of world-famous puppets created by Jim Henson, and a co-star of "The Muppets."
The enduring genius of the Muppets is that, at their best, they take childlike humor and make it charming, lovable and funny. That's why they're still making Muppet movies after all these years, and why kids and adults still show up to see them.
Face it: We all love the Muppets. And after their latest cinematic outing, lots of people are going to love them even more.