First off...any haters or overly sensitive people please don't continue to read. The last thing I want to do is offend, hand on heart! And, can I also state for the record that I loved "The Muppets"... NOW... I don't know if any one else has experienced this, and I personally find it rather baffling, but I really haven't met anyone else who enjoyed "The Muppets" outside of fellow fans. Now normally I'd write this off as "well they just don't like the Muppets" but that would actually be wrong. A number of these people, whilst not being "fanatics", are very fond of the Muppets. Take my brother for instance, he was a big fan as we grew up. He has bought my nephew many old-school Muppet DVD's which he still enjoys but, unlike me, he really moved on from the Muppets as he aged. Last week, after me really insisting he watch the movie, rented it and his exact words were "I hated it!!!". My best friend, a guy who shares the exact same (read: warped) sense of humour as me watched it and said "what happened to the Muppets". These sadly aren't just two isolated reviews. Every other person who knows I love the Muppets has come to me and said the same thing. It really got me thinking about something that may be a tad controversial... Could it possible be, because many of us have followed every single Muppet production, publication, viral-video etc etc over the years that we, the fanatics, have perhaps forgotten who the Muppets are??? Now I know, I know, for gods sake put the pitchforks down, that makes little or no sense but the people who I am talking about were fans of TMS and the three Jim Henson movies and have since "grown up*". Other than maybe the Muppet Christmas Carol and at a push Treasure Island, I don't think any of these friends/family/colleagues would have been aware of other Muppet productions since the death of Jim Henson. Could it be because we "the fanatics" have closely followed and accepted (to an extent ) newer Muppet productions that we have actually forgotten the Muppets that people remember? It's just a thought...and perhaps a crazy one at that, but the thing that people keep saying to me about the movie is "it just wasn't the Muppets". Now I've said...alot...that I really struggled with Fozzie. Gonzo also was very muted, not helped by his lack of screen time, but to me every other character seemed right on the money...until I got thinking. Once I stopped and thought about the characters, without the post-jim productions, the characters really are...different. Certain dynamics have changed. Personality traits that were once an element of a character have BECOME the character. Before I get the rants from people who think that I am being disrespectful about the Muppets, I challenge you to do the same. Take away everything you know about the characters in the interim years and I suspect a great deal of you will see what I mean and why, when people have seen the movie and claimed "it just wasn't the Muppets" they may actually be right. Food for thought and a topic for discussion? Now let me duck behind this parapet!!! *I use that term VERY loosely!!!