Back in 2011, the Muppets came back in a major way. James Bobin directed the first feature film starring the wonderful band of misfits in years, and it wound up being a hit. The movie was beloved by critics, and audiences worldwide helped it earn more than $165 million worldwide. Sadly both 2012 and 2013 were both completely lacking in Muppet movies, as the filmmakers behind the series had to both come up with an idea for and shoot a sequel, but fortunately 2014 has officially arrived, and as the special New Years trailer above reminds us, that means we are closer than ever to the release of Muppets Most Wanted.
Picking up where The Muppets left off, the sequel finds Kermit and his crew taking advantage of their surge in popularity by embarking on a world tour. Of course, everything goes wrong when the gang gets embroiled in a jewel heist orchestrated by a criminal mastermind known as Constantine. As it turns out, Constantine is a dead ringer for Kermit, and when the two of them mix up identities it means serious trouble. Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the last movie with star Jason Segal, wrote the script for the new movie as well, this time alongside Bobin (who is back to direct).
This is a fun little themed teaser and shows a surprising amount of new footage considering its length, but I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed with Muppets Most Wanted's marketing thus far. In the months leading up to the last film's release we saw a surprising number of fun teaser trailer parodying titles like The Hangover Part II, Green Lantern, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games and more. This spots didn't necessarily show off any new footage, but they did perfectly tap into the Muppets style of humor and did a great job getting audiences in the mood for the comeback. It's a shame that Disney didn't take the same tactic for the follow-up.
Instead we've only seen two other trailers so far, both of which are fairly standard:
In addition to Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the Muppet gang, Muppets Most Wanted will also feature Ricky Gervais as Constantine's sidekick, Tina Fey as a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell as an INTERPOL agent (not to mention a ton of other celebrity cameos). Look for it in theaters on March 21st.