They tried to invoke the spirit of the old Muppet days, and the result was incredibly nostalgic, in a sad sort of way. Sure, the plot was as cliche as they come, but the self-aware throwbacks to the Muppets’ earlier work overshadowed that.
I could go crazy here and talk about how great it was that they gave Rolf a speaking part (albeit in a small role), or how odd it was to see Uncle Deadly, or speculate as to why Rizzo the Rat was reduced from Gonzo’s sidekick to somewhat-less-than-a-cameo-appearance for pretty much the first time since The Muppet Christmas Carol…but I won’t. You guys don’t want to read a book here.
I did find Walter kind of strange. He was so plain compared to the rest of the Muppets. He wasn’t unlikable though, and the rest of the cast more than made up for the lack of imagination that went into creating him.
Obviously, there was a bit more help from technology this time around than there was in the old days, where they had to come up with inventive ways to rig things up in order to achieve the same kinds of shots, but again, this is the Muppets, and the Muppets can’t go wrong visually…certain parts of Muppets from Space excluded.
80′s Robot offered everyone a Tab or New Coke, but since you can’t buy one of those anymore, and I haven’t seen the other one in a store for years, it can’t really be product placement. As for the weirdly-placed Cars 2 billboard towards the end, I’m not so sure about that.
You think Walter is a huge fan of the Muppets? He’s got nothing on me. Well, at least when they’re done right, and they’re done right here.