The Muppets have always fared well in modern culture without having to hip themselves up too much. There's really nothing much to add. They haven't been out of the public eye all that long, like Smurfs or Chipmunks (which for years basically survived on that Christmas novelty song that made them famous in the first place)... I don't think ANYONE would have wanted a CGI hybrid Muppet movie, even Disney. At worst, I'd think we'd probably see something MWO like if they wanted to hip something up.I have wondered if the Muppets had a place in the modern world, or was it simply my own nostalgia that held them in such high regard. I think this new movie answers that question with a resounding "yes!!!". It's seems everyone has got it. It really would have been such an easy option for Disney to do a "Smurf's" and CGI the heck out of the Muppets, catering to what hollywood perceives as the must use tool these days, but Disney has showed faith and the global critical praise heaped on this film shows that there is a place, and a huge desire for the Muppets, in their original form, in this world and I simply cannot wait for the announcement of how they intend to follow this up, be it with a TV series or another theatrical outing!!
Smurfs... something tells me that someone was spying on the production of the Fraggle Rock movie, which seems to be the ONLY reason they made them go in the real world... I'm sure of it. Corey Edwards even confirmed on his blog that everything he wanted to keep out of his Fraggle script was actually in the movie, right down to a random, and pointless Guitar Hero sequence. Only due to the timing of the release was that film a hit.
I think Disney realizes that kinda frantic gutter humor for 4 year olds type movies wore thin when G-Force and Underdog both bombed at the Box Office. They haven't made that kind of movie since. If they put the Muppets through that, they knew it would have failed on both the casual fans and die hards, as well as an audience that wouldn't really care that they just couldn't get. Luckily, it hit everyone in a positive way.