The Muppets film poster
The Muppets is a 2011 American musical comedy film based on the eponymous characters created by Jim Henson. The film was directed by James Bobin, produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2011. A sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, was released on March 31, 2014.


Walter, a puppet, and his human brother Gary have been fans of the Muppets since their youth, and as adults, continue to live together in Smalltown. Gary plans a vacation to Los Angeles to celebrate his tenth anniversary with his girlfriend, Mary, inviting Walter to accompany the two so they can visit the Muppet Theater. However, upon the three arriving at the Muppet Theater, they find it in ruins, discovering that Statler and Waldorf are selling the theater to Tex Richman, an oil magnate, who intends to destroy the Muppet Studio to drill for oil. Waldorf explains that the Muppets have a certain amount of days to raise 10 million dollars to reclaim the theater.

Walter, Gary and Mary arrive at the mansion of Kermit the Frog and explain the situation to him. Though Kermit is distressed, he realizes that the only way to earn 10 million dollars is to put on a show, which the Muppets have not done in years. Nevertheless, they manage to reunite the Muppets, though Miss Piggy, who is now an editor in chief, refuses to rejoin the group, forcing them to replace her with Miss Poogy, a Moopet, impersonators of the Muppets. The Muppets are rejected by several TV networks until an executive, Veronica, agrees to give the Muppets a 2-hour opening in her network's schedule due to the sudden cancellation of one of their hit shows, but on the condition that the Muppets recruit a celebrity guest.

The Muppets repair the theater, but the rehearsal does not go well, and they fail to find a celebrity guest. However, Miss Piggy returns and kicks Miss Poogy out, and Kermit request that Walter join them to find his talent. Kermit then requests that Tex return the studio, but he refuses, revealing that they will lose their rights to the Muppet name, which will be given to the Moopets, who have allied with Tex. In desperation, the Muppets abduct Jack Black to be their sponsor. Mary returns to Smalltown after Gary forgets their anniversary dinner, leading to a falling out between him and Walter. Afterwards, Gary returns to Smalltown and reconciles with Mary while Walter accepts himself as a Muppet.

The Muppet's telethon goes well with celebrity support from Black, but Tex cuts the power to the telethon. However, Gary and Mary return to Los Angeles and manage to repair it. Walter finds his talent by whistling, receiving acclaim from the audience. However, Tex destroys the telephone pole, damaging the tote board. A glitch in the tote board is discovered when Fozzie bangs his head on the board, revealing that the Muppets hadn't received enough donations. Kermit states that the Muppets tried, which is what matters, and they plan to start over. Upon exiting the theater, the Muppets discover a large gathering of fans and press, and Walter joins the Muppets with encouragement from Walter. Tex receives a head injury and thus returns the Muppet Theater to the Muppets while Gary proposes to Mary, who accepts.