I walked into The Muppets this weekend completely unsure of what to expect. For the past few weeks — save EW’s cover story (woo for self promotion) — I’d generally avoided any and all stories, blurbs, and clips that threatened to spoil the movie and its surprises for me. When I’m excited about a movie — and, if I’m being honest, there aren’t that many I get excited about every year — there is no greater sin than spoiling it for me. (TV is, obviously, a different story.)
My patience was rewarded this weekend when I walked into the unspoiled glory of The Muppets and was treated to a number of great cameos, including one from [Spoiler alert, obviously…] none other than Jim Parsons!
That’s not to say the others weren’t great. Sarah Silverman made a short appearance as a diner waitress, Selena Gomez and Rico Rodriguez made short appearances during the telethon, Neil Patrick Harris popped in there at some point, and Emily Blunt nodded to her Devil Wears Prada character as she took on a bit part as Miss Piggy’s assistant. (I’m also missing a ton: Whoopi Goldberg, Ken Jeong, hobo Zach Galifianakis, which, unsurprisingly didn’t look too different from normal Zach Galifianakis…) But none was more smile-inducing than Jim Parsons as the human counterpart to newbie Muppet, Walter. He showed up during a musical number (“Man or Muppet”) where Walter and Gary (Jason Segel) envisioned themselves as human and Muppet, respectively, and I was far from alone in my gasp of glee when Parsons was shown as fleshy Walter. In fact, I’d go so far as to say he got the best reaction — and for good reason. Parsons himself is a bit of a warm blanket on my TV lineup — comforting, like a soft kitty. (This has been proven even more true in the weeks since Big Bang has gone into syndication. I find myself seeking repeats even more than I thought I would.) And judging by how many people joined me in “awww”s and “oh!”s, I’m not alone in thinking Parsons’ cameo was the most surprising, more endearing, and, frankly, the favorite. At least according to me and my fellow 10 p.m. movie goers.
But what about you, PopWatchers? Which of the cameos got the best reaction from you and your theater of Muppet fans?