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Jason Segel: 'Today's kids need The Muppets'

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Jason Segel has expressed hopes that The Muppets will introduce a whole new generation of kids to Jim Henson's zany puppets.

Segel, who co-wrote and stars in The Muppets, explained in an interview with Yahoo that he hopes children will develop the same love for Kermit the Frog that he had as a kid.

The actor explained: "I think that it's important for kids to have the same experience we had with the Muppets. I think it would be selfish to just leave them for our generation.

"They're such a force for good, and they teach such nice lessons about teamwork and the idea of being better together than you are apart. And they never get laughs at other people's expense."

Segel also revealed that he modelled many of The Muppets' musical scenes after the song-and-dance epics of classical Hollywood cinema.

"I've always loved the MGM-style lavish musical numbers, like Singing in the Rain is one of my favourite movies. And it's also part of the Muppet tradition, big song and dance numbers. So I was really excited to be a part of it," the star revealed.

He continued: "We had a great choreographer named Michael Rooney, who is actually Mickey Rooney's son. And he did a great job. [Amy Adams and I] learned the final dance number the night that we did it.

"They choreographed for weeks and weeks and weeks, but because of our varying schedules, a lot of the dancing was learned on the spot. But the opening number, that was about a week of rehearsal."

Muppets star Amy Adams has joked that she loves Kermit the Frog and Missy Piggy almost as much as Segel.

The Muppets is now playing in US cinemas and opens on February 17, 2012 in the UK.

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