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File: Muppets Movie
The Muppets is a 2011 American musical comedy film, 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 brother's girlfriend 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 Muppets 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 distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and was released in North America on November 23, 2011, to broad critical acclaim and commercial success. It was released in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2012. The Muppets was first announced in March 2008 and production started in September 2010. The film premiered at the 2011 Savannah Film Festival. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Man or Muppet" written by Bret McKenzie.
It is the highest-grossing Muppet film to date, followed by The Muppet Movie, the most acclaimed installment in the series, and the only Muppet film to win an Academy Award.
Walter, a man born as a Muppet, lives with his human brother Gary in Smalltown. They became Muppet fans when they watched The Muppet Show in their youths. As adults, the brothers continue to live together in Smalltown. Gary plans a vacation to Los Angeles with his girlfriend Mary to celebrate their tenth anniversary, and he invites Walter along so he can tour the Muppet Theater. Gary is pleased to spend time with Mary and Walter, though Mary feels that Gary's devotion to Walter detracts from their relationship.
In Los Angeles, the three visit the abandoned Muppet Theater. During the tour, Walter sneaks into Kermit the Frog's office and discovers Statler and Waldorf selling the theater to Tex Richman, an oil magnate, and his henchmen Bobo the Bear and Uncle Deadly. Waldorf explains that if The Muppets can raise $10 million they can repurchase the theater. Later, Richman reveals his plans to destroy the Muppet Theater and drill for oil underneath.
Walter recounts the conversation to Gary and Mary and appeals to Kermit at his mansion. Kermit realizes he must organize a program to raise the money, which the Muppets have not done in years. Walter convinces him to try, and they set off to reunite the group. Fozzie Bear is performing with the Moopets, a group of uncouth Muppet impersonators, in Reno, Nevada, and Kermit persuades him to leave Reno. Meanwhile, Gonzo has become a plumbing magnate. Despite his initial objection, Gonzo decides to destroy his business and join them. Animal is in a celebrity anger-management clinic; he rejoins them, but his sponsor, Jack Black, warns him to avoid drums. Using a montage, the other primary Muppets are located and rejoin. In Paris, the group finds Miss Piggy working as Vogue Paris's editor for "plus-sized" fashion. Unable to convince Miss Piggy to return, the group replaces her with her Moopet counterpart Miss Poogy.
The Muppets pitch their telethon idea to several TV networks, but are turned down. Due to a popular show's sudden cancellation, Veronica, an executive at the CDE network, gives the Muppets a two-hour opening in CDE's schedule on the condition that they find a celebrity guest. The Muppets repair the theater, but their rehearsal fails and Kermit is unable to find a celebrity guest. Miss Piggy returns and forces Miss Poogy out. Refusing to work with Kermit, Miss Piggy selects Pepe the King Prawn as her partner for a dance routine, much to Kermit's annoyance. Kermit later persuades Walter to perform and find his talent, while Mary goes sight-seeing alone.
Kermit entreats Richman to return their studio. However, Richman reveals that the Muppets will lose their trademark name and rights to the Moopets. Miss Piggy has the Muppets to kidnap Black as a celebrity guest. Meanwhile, Mary leaves Gary for Smalltown. When Gary attempts to explain to Walter about Mary's problem, his brother realizes he has forgotten his anniversary. Gary decides he must improve his relationship with Mary, while Walter realizes he was meant to be a Muppet. Gary reconciles with Mary, while the telethon succeeds with celebrity support and Black as host. Richman cuts the power to the theater, but Gary and Mary rush back to Los Angeles and repair the wiring. Richman attempts to destroy the transmitter antenna, but Uncle Deadly, realizing that he too is a Muppet, turns on Richman and knocks him out. Kermit, meanwhile, reconciles with Miss Piggy.
With the telethon running short, Walter performs a whistling act to the audience's acclaim. Richman makes a last-ditch effort to evict the Muppets by ramming their car into a telephone pole. In the lobby, Kermit says that they tried their best, and will start over again as a family. The Muppets, along with Walter, Gary, and Mary discover a vast gathering of fans outside the theater. With Gary's encouragement, Walter greets the crowd with the Muppets. Gary proposes to Mary, and Richman gives the Muppet Theater and name back to the Muppets after suffering a head injury from Gonzo's bowling ball act.