Muppets Most Wanted is to the Muppet franchise what A Good Day to Die Hard was to the John McClane films. A lazy, cynical mess (two things The Muppets should never be) that nearly made our Muppet loving film editor openly cry when he saw how far they have fallen.
We talk to filmmaker Rob Minkoff, who returns to entirely animated feature filmmaking for the first time in 20 years (following his success with some obscure movie called The Lion KingMr. Peabody and Sherman this weekend. We talk about balancing the cartoon’s old school feel with new school storytelling techniques, what it’s like returning to animation, how long the film was in development, why he’s generally averse to overdoing pop culture references in films, and why Jay Ward’s work stands up so well on its own after so long.