The Muppets
Directed by James Bobin
Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, John Scotti, (Executive Producer), Jason Segel, (Executive Producer), Nicholas Stoller (Executive Producer), and Martin Baker (Executive Producer)
Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Music by Christophe Beck
Distributed by The Muppets Studio, LLC,
Release Date Novermber 23, 2011
Running Time 120 minutes

The Muppets, branded as Disney's The Muppets since 2004, are a group of sketch comedy variety puppet characters known for their absurdist, burlesque and self-referential comedy. 


Created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are the namesake for the Walt Disney Company media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, print publications, and other media associated with The Muppet Show characters. The Muppets were the crux of multiple television series and films including; The Muppet Show (1976-1981), The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984, owned by Sony). After Henson's death in 1990, The Muppets continued their presence in television and cinema with Muppets Tonight (1996-98), a series continuation of The Muppet Show and three films, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets From Space (1999, owned by Sony), the former two were co-produced with Disney, who sought to acquire the characters since the late 1980s. In 2004, The Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to The Muppets, and later formed The Muppets Studio, a division created specifically for managing The Muppets franchise.

Disney underwent an extensive re-branding of the franchise beginning in 2008, in anticipation of the seventh film; The Muppets. The film, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and directed by James Bobin, was released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2011, and met with critical acclaim and commercial success. A semi-sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, was released on March 21, 2014.


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For all photos and videos, see The Muppets/Gallery.


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