When the Muppet Studios are threatened by a greedy oil baron (Chris Cooper) who plans to tear the studio down to drill for oil, Walter (Peter Linz), the Muppets biggest fan, along with his brother Gary (Segel) and Gary’s fiance Mary (Amy Adams) pull the Muppets back together to put on one more show. For more on the movie read my original review.
2011 was a year centered firmly on both endings and beginnings, returns to greatness, nostalgic looks back, and terrifying looks forward. The year gave us stories centered on stars and filmakers of the past, the first silent film of the new millennium, and treatises on life, death, mental illness, and the end of the world.
Have I mentioned how happy I am to have Batman back in Detective Comics? Although the story itself is only so-so I like how Dennis O’Neil gives us a case that’s been bothering Dick Grayson since he first put on his Robin booties, and one he can now finally close as Batman. Plus I love the flashback art from Dustin Nguyen. I’m even willing to forgive the mistake of Batman’s costume not fitting the period (Batman hadn’t yet added the oval when Robin first hit the streets). Throw in Robin’s first encounter with the Joker and I’m pretty happy. Definitely worth a look.
Today’s top ten includes an eight foot bird, a guy who lives in a trashcan, a vampire, an imaginary creature, a super-hero, and a robot. Now, I ask you, where else are you going to find a list like that? Given the show’s recent milestone, today’s list looks back on the best classic Sesame Street characters (sorry folks, no Elmo).
Note: The list does differentiate between Sesame Street and The Muppets so, though I love them dearly, don’t expect to see Gonzo or Fozzie here (though you can expect a certain Sesame Street News reporter to make an appearance).