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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ full of cleverness, cameos

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It was great to see 2011’s “The Muppets” prove relevant enough to prompt a follow-up. But “Muppets Most Wanted” does open with an uh-oh moment, as the action picks up where the first film’s musical finale left off — minus lead Jason Segel. Oh, the characters played by Segel and Amy Adams are there, all right — they’re just shown from the back, fleetingly, since the actors didn’t sign up for this one. A little worrisome, given how much the previous installment’s just-right spirit was attributable to Segel, a superfan who also co-scripted, and had even worked a Muppets riff into “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

But any misgivings evaporate as soon as Kermit (Steve Whitmire), Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), and the gang launch into the jauntily meta number “We’re Doing a Sequel,” a winking backlot-and-soundstage tour. Sample lyric: “The studio wants more/While they wait for Tom Hanks to make ‘Toy Story 4!’

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