Though the legacy of Muppet mastermind Jim Henson still reverberates in the hearts and minds of children far and wide (most notably through Sesame Street
), when it came to the movies, Kermit and the gang had never quite managed to recapture the magic of years gone by. In hindsight, one wonders if they were held back by a barely perceptible aura of cynicism: Maybe the people behind the films believed the Muppets were past their prime, and maybe that theory wasn’t completely off base. Whatever the reason, it seemed that in recent years the spark that made The Muppet Show
a phenomenon had dulled considerably. Thankfully, over 30 years after they first hit ...