Family-friendly 'Muppets' scores big

Published: Monday, Nov. 28 2011 1:36 p.m. MST

"The Muppets" hauled in a very respectable $29.5 million in domestic box office earnings during Thanksgiving weekend, good for a second-place finish behind the force of nature that is "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" ($42 million). Rated PG for some mild rude humor, "The Muppets" enjoys a score of 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Visit the Deseret News Family Media Guide's page for "The Muppets" for more detailed information about the film's rating and content.

In honor of the successful opening for "The Muppets," we offer some of our favorite Muppet-related videos and links from the past 10 days:

Writer, executive producer and leading actor Jason Segel hosted "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 19 — and six Muppets joined him for the opening monologue.

On the same episode of "SNL," Kermit the Frog appeared on Weekend Update with Seth Myers.

CNN.com conducted a Q-and-A with Kermit and Miss Piggy on Nov. 22 that includes unique content for both the video and written formats.

Charles Grodin starred in 1981's "The Great Muppet Caper." On Nov. 23, Grodin published a humorous essay for New York Magazine titled "My night with Miss Piggy" in which he "finally reveals his brief tryst with Miss Piggy."

Grantland published an insightful Q-and-A with Segel on Nov. 23. Interesting snip about working with the Muppets: "It's controlled chaos. You could never get that from a script. These guys are such masters at puppetry and they've been playing these characters for twenty or thirty years. So as clever a line as you could write, they know how the characters speak much better than we do. To some extent our script was just a blueprint for them to play in."

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