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Joanna Weiss

The (plastic) eyes have it

Forget CGI: Nothing tugs Generation X heartstrings like puppets

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By Joanna Weiss
Globe Columnist / November 29, 2011
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The new installment of “The Muppet Movie’’ has captured parental buzz, less because of its hipster credentials than for its unabashed, unhip, analog roots. Who would thought a generation steeped in irony would so headily embrace a troupe of puppets? The Muppets were about intergenerational humor, distinct characters, and a sweet view of human nature that matched Jim Henson’s odd, nasally voice. Most pointedly, the Muppets capture something special about childhood: the way boundaries work as tools for creativity.

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