Disney recently started off its marketing campaign for this fall’s The Muppets on the right foot, releasing a clever teaser trailer that starts off selling the film as a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy before revealing that Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of Jim Hemson’s beloved felt creations would be in the movie as well.
Now a second teaser trailer has been released for The Fuzzy Pack (a.k.a. The Muppets) that not only parodies the original teaser for The Hangover: Part II – but chances are good you’ll actually laugh harder here than at most of the jokes in the Hangover sequel.
The Muppets features Jason Segel (who also wrote the screenplay) and Amy Adams as the main human characters, Gary and Mary – a couple who help Kermit and Co. reunite in order to put on a grand show that’ll save their old production studio from being destroyed. Cue the song & dance numbers, celebrity cameos, and general irreverent humor that everyone expects (and loves) in a Muppets movie.
Muppets director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and Segel recruited a whole lot of big names stars to make brief appearances in the film – including, coincidentally enough, The Hangover‘s Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. However, this new Muppets teaser trailer offers an early look at two other guest appearances – and we DARE you to not laugh out loud at the second one.
Although it’s been twelve years since the Muppets’ last appearance on the big screen (Muppets from Space), the felt puppets are still quite culturally significant – thanks in no small part to the magic of Youtube, where several Muppet skits have been released in recent years. That’s not to mention the nostalgia factor for people who grew up watching the Muppet movies, or even TV spinoffs of the original Muppet Show like Muppets Tonight (or the cartoon, Muppet Babies).
While most of the original Muppets crew have by now either passed away (R.I.P. Jim Henson and Richard Hunt) or are essentially retired, Segel and Bobin are clearly members of a generation that still love the classic Muppet approach to humor. So far, that adoration looks to have translated into a new film that retains much of the same fun spirit and energy that the classic Muppet movies, shows, and skits had.
The Muppets arrives in theaters on November 23rd, 2011.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.
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