It’s Weird Seeing Chris Cooper’s Name on the Muppets Poster

The Muppets Movie 2011Here’s the final poster for The Muppets, due in theaters Nov. 23, 2011. There was a little Internet scuffle with the first poster, because some people — me included — thought the Muppets’ legs just looked weird and creepy. This poster is less controversial and more Hollywood-like.

But one thing is still weird to me — seeing Chris Cooper’s name written over the top of a bunch of Muppets, or even associated with Muppets in any way, shape or form. He usually does meaty, intellectual movies like Capote, Breach and The Company Men, so it’ll be different seeing him surrounded by Muppets.  But hey, maybe even Chris Cooper needs a light-hearted movie now and then.

He plays a nefarious oilman named Tex Richman who plans to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for oil underneath. But Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary  (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) start organizing The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise $10 million to save the theater. Hey, Kids! Let’s put on a show!

During all this, the Muppets are reunited after going their separate ways. Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets. Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris. Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management. And Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Muppets Movie 2011, Chris Cooper
Even though I'm in a Muppets movie, I'm still playing an intense guy

A few notes and other unlikely Muppeteers:

  • Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) stars in, co-writes and executive produces this movie.
  • It’s directed by James Bobin, a director and writer for HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.
  • Bret McKenzie, who starred in, wrote for and served as composer for Flight of the Conchords, is the music supervisor, as well as the writer/producer on some of the songs, which include big Muppet-style opening and closing numbers.
  • It’s been 11 years since the Muppets’ last big-screen feature film.
  • Kermit received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. His song The Rainbow Connection was nominated for an Academy Award.

Thoughts on The Muppets or Chris Cooper surrounded by Muppets? The TV series was so well-done and funny for both kids and adults, so I’m expecting this movie to be the same.

Photos: Disney


8 responses to “It’s Weird Seeing Chris Cooper’s Name on the Muppets Poster”

  1. Melanie Avatar

    I didn’t know Brett McKenzie was so involved. Go the Kiwis!

  2. Roxanne Avatar

    Love the Muppets, but now I’m going to have that tv show theme song in my head all day.

  3. Melanie Haiken Avatar

    I agree, sounds weird to me, but my kids are excited about this so it must be making a positive impression on the younger set, at least. For teens I think it’s nostalgia….

  4. Living Large Avatar

    I’m not a big kids movie fan, but I just might have to see this one. I LOVE Chris Cooper, especially after learning he is from my hometown, Kansas City. My brush with him happened in a restaurant before we moved. Our daughter was visiting from Germany and Dale said, “Isn’t that the actor that played in ‘American Beauty?” I rolled my eyes and said, “Right,” thinking he was trying to tease our daughter. Nope, there he was, with his mother, sitting at the table behind us. As he left, we tried to get our daughter to ask him for his autograph, but she was shy and missed the opportunity. He’s an outstanding actor.

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      That’s amazing! Love hearing those close encounter stories. I’ve yet to see American Beauty, and make no mistake that I know the error of my ways on that. Will rectify soon.

  5. Sheryl Avatar

    Yes, it is weird seeing Chris Cooper’s name associated with this. He is one of my favorite actors. I don’t know, though, if I want to spoil my impression of him by seeing him in a movie like this…hmmm. Will have to give it some thought or maybe rent a (young) kid to take along with me!

  6. Jennifer Margulis Avatar

    My kids will love this movie. I can’t wait to take them to it!

  7. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    I loved the muppets growing up. The trailer for this was hilarious, so I’m cautiously holding out hope that this movie is good.

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