The Muppets franchise gets a thorough dusting off and a major makeover in “The Muppets,” but it’s probably the parents, and not the kids, who will most appreciate the effort. This is the first Muppets movie to come out since “Muppets From Space” in 1999, and such a lot of water has gone under the bridge that the Muppets themselves are acutely aware of how times have changed, how old friends are gone and how their shelf-life has long since passed.

Kermit the Frog, that master philosopher who had always combined compassion with soulful self-pity (“It’s not easy being green”), is the first to admit it; he’s a relic of the past. He lives alone in a rundown Hollywood mansion, and his needs are catered to by a creaky “’80s robot” carrying drink cans on a tray. “I haven’t seen the old gang in a long, long time,” sighs Kermit wistfully. “I guess people sorta forgot about us.”

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