The Muppets comes out on Nov 23rd, 2011 and is the first Muppet movie by Disney. Disney purchased the Muppets in 2004. I am not sure what to think. My initial thought is that Disney is pretty responsible with its characters and will treat the Muppets right...keeping them from going the route of CGI. But then I remember all the god awful straight to video animated sequels that Disney has forced upon the world in the past 20 years (think Aladdin The Return of Jafar, or Cinderella II and III). OK, I've not actually seen most of the sequels because Return of Jafar was enough to make me very wary of Disney straight to video.
The poster really doesn't do that much for me. I like it's simplicity, but find their legs creepy...and too fake looking...and I wish there were other characters instead of the big 5. Where's Dr Dunsen Honeydew and Beaker, they are infinitely more interesting to me than bitchy Miss Piggy or chicken fetish Gonzo. We've been there and done that. I try to be hopeful, but it is hard. I was hopeful for the 3 movies in the 1990s - Muppets Christmas Carol, Muppets Treasure Island, and Muppets From Space - but once they actually came out in the theater I was not able to bring myself to watch them. I think I was still a little disillusioned from Jim Henson's death and was afraid that the Muppets were going to be exploited in a way I didn't agree with.
I still haven't seen these three movies, but have since watched the OK Muppets Wizard of Oz, and am a big fan of the Muppets Studio youtube productions. Both of these give me lots of hope for the new movie. I think a Muppet movie with actual puppets will be a really nice change from all the 3D CGI animated movies out there. I am eagerly awaiting a trailer...and maybe, just maybe I will see a Muppet movie in the theater for the first time since The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984. It has to be better than the Smurfs right (not even NPH's awesomeness can save that)?