Five Reasons You Need To See 'The Muppets'

It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights! It's time to meet the Muppets at… uh… "The Muppets," hitting theaters today!

Watch the "Muppets" trailer!

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of their delightfully bizarre pals are back in action at long last with this week's release of "The Muppets," directed by James Bobin and starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and an unstoppable array of celebrity cameos. Sporting a 100% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, "Muppets" absolutely deserves all of the credit it's been getting in the past few days and weeks. If you have any fondness at all in your hearts for these wonderful characters, there's no excuse for you to skip out on this one — for longtime fans and new ones alike, "The Muppets" is as close to a perfect family film as it gets.

Check out five reasons to see the movie after the jump.

Forgetting "Sarah Marshall"

Segel and co-writer Nicholas Stoller's love and affection for all things "Muppets" is very clearly on display in this movie. The charming, witty writing they're best known for is all over "The Muppets," but gone is the raunchy attitude, the crude dialogue and, most importantly, Segel's practically obligatory nude scenes. In fact, I was surprised at just how much Segel stayed out of the Muppets' way, not just as a writer, but also as an actor. Stoller and Segel go out of their way to highlight who the real stars of "The Muppets" are supposed to be. Speaking of the stars...

Meet Walter

The newest addition to "The Muppets" gang is Walter, the world's biggest Muppets fan and the viewpoint character of the film. Walter's journey is to decide whether or not he's man or Muppet — more on that in a second — and every minute we spend with him on his adventure is well worth the price of admission. He's excellently conceived, brimming with an infectious enthusiasm about spending time with Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzy and all of his other favorite heroes that the folks at home can't help but share.

Nick Stoller explains the origins of Walter!

Muppets, Men And Music

The music in "The Muppets" is fantastic, as is always the case when Kermit and pals grace the big or small screens. Credit on this one goes largely to Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who served as music supervisor on the film and brought us unforgettable tunes like "Life's A Happy Song," "Pictures in My Head" and the sure-to-be Oscar-nominated "Man or Muppet." The odds of you leaving the theater without any number of these memorable numbers stuck in your head are very, very slim.

Chris Cooper Raps

You heard me.

They're Back!

Really, what more is there to say? "The Muppets" have been gone for far too long, and this perfect little movie more than emphasizes how much they've been missed. We need these guys in our lives — I do, at least. So if you're a fan of awesome things and you don't want to break my heart, you'll put your hard-earned easy-being green on the line and pay "The Muppets" a visit this holiday weekend. It's my favorite movie of the year — it just might be yours as well!

Watch Stoller explain what was cut out of the "Muppets"!

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