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November 17, 2011

I like taking my 3-year-old to press screenings. We go often enough that I haven’t taken him to a “real” movie in a long time. For all he knows, all movies start at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at a theater not necessarily near us.

But when scheduling conflicts meant I wouldn’t be able to take him to see “The Muppets” before its release next Wednesday, I was fine with it — here’s a kids’ movie I’m excited enough about to actually spend money on. I have no idea whether the film is any good. But I have a special place in my heart for Kermit and Fozzie and the rest, because I can trace my love of movies right back to them.

“The Muppet Movie” is the first movie I remember seeing in theaters. Two things stick in my memory: Animal getting really big and Kermit riding a bicycle. One terrified me (seriously, I had nightmares about Giant Animal), but both thrilled me. I saw Kermit riding a BIKE. He had LEGS. It was the first time a movie showed me something I had never seen before. I was so enthralled I forgot to wonder how they did it (of course, that also could be because I was 3).

This will be my son’s first non-animated movie. It’s not the same, I know. And while he likes “Sesame Street,” he’s not really familiar with the Muppet gang. But all I want out of this film is something — big or small — that makes his jaw drop.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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