In a time when it seems that the only movies being made are unnecessary franchise reboots, The Muppets is one of the few that I actually looked forward to, and the film didn’t disappoint. It is everything we always loved about The Muppets, and overall a great family film for this time of year.

Co-written by Jason Segel (who also stars), this version of The Muppets follows a young Muppet named Walter as he tags along with his brother Gary (Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) on their anniversary trip to Los Angeles. There, they go on a tour of Muppet Studios, only to find that the studio will soon be sold to an oil tycoon (Chris Cooper). Walter, a huge Muppet fan, can’t let this happen, so the trio finds Kermit to get the group back together and put on a telethon to raise the money to keep the property.

The story is very simple and things are often explained away (Mary and Gary are able to go from LA, to home, and then back to LA all in a day by “traveling by map”) but this only makes the film more fun and irreverent, as any Muppet film should be. Adding to this are the new musical numbers, written by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords. They all have the classic Muppets feel to them, and include a special performance of “Rainbow Connection.”

Segel and Adams are perfect for their roles, each being a bit ‘Muppety’ themselves (extending this further, Segel’s character actually becomes a Muppet during what I think is the best musical number of the film). All the actual Muppet favorites are back as well, with their distinct brands of humor. Fozzie Bear especially doesn’t disappoint. Rounding out the cast is a laundry list of cameo appearances by John Krasinski, Zach Galifianakis, Alan Arkin, Mickey Rooney, and Selena Gomez, to name just a few.

The Muppets is one of those franchises that somehow just doesn’t get old. This eleventh movie is fun, well made, and should have a wide appeal and be pleasing to fans of the franchise as well as newcomers. Walter says it best in the film: The Muppets will always have fans who love them and as long as they make delightful films like this one (as opposed to The Muppets Wizard of Oz), those fans will always be happy.