A lot of movie journalists, including our own Eric Eisenberg, have already seen The Muppets, because they are luckier people than I who will likely live longer thanks to the extra dose of joy in their lives. The only upside of this is that they're all raving about it, which means the rest of us have even more to look forward to as The Muppets gets closer to its November 23 release. If you don't believe buzz, though, and have to see the goodness for yourself, I've got the solution for you-- a clip of the opening dance number from the movie has been released online, and it's basically a dart of bright joy, especially needed on this, the first Monday in which Daylight Savings Time is in effect and it's already dark at 5 p.m. OK, maybe it's just me being bothered by that.
Anyway, check out the clip below.
It's not that this is the catchiest song I've ever heard, or that the happy townspeople singing and dancing in a picturesque city square is anything we haven't seen, from Beauty and the Beast to the musical Buffy episode. It's just that this is such a cheerful, simple little way to open up your movie, introducing the two best friends played by Jason Segel and Walter the Muppet and giving us a glimpse into their pastel-colored lives, with a little bit of dancing and silly rhymes for good measure. It's not as sophisticated as some of the musical numbers we're used to seeing from The Muppets, but Kermit and Miss Piggy and all the rest make their appearances later in the film, so there's still time for that.
Go ahead, watch it again, and another time if you like. I won't tell anybody. But if The Muppets is as good as everyone says it is, when the movie comes out right before Thanksgiving you'd best put down the YouTube clip and buy a ticket. In a year when Disney has released nonsense like Cars 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 4, this would be exactly the kind of movie you want to tell them to make more of.
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