This piece was cross-posted on MotherTalkers.
As a life-long Muppets fan, I was delighted to learn that Disney plans to release a Muppets movie on November 23. As an environmentally conscious mom, I was especially excited to learn of the plot, which was released by Disney on Friday:
“On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone 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. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.”
My favorite muppet is Kermit the Frog, and I heart the actor Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man). I am so glad to see they are teaming up to address an environmentally destructive practice: that of oil-drilling or “fracking.” That should lead to deeper conversations among families about our dependence on oil, something that has been repeatedly addressed here at Moms Clean Air Force.
And that is a conversation I look forward to having with my children, who are set to inherit our earth. Yes, I will be taking my kids to see this movie! Did you watch the Muppets as a kid? Who is your favorite character?