That's a pretty shocking headline, am I right? Sadly it's true, at least for me. Small Fry is no Hawaiian Vacation or Air Mater.
My main problem with the Angus MacLane-directed short is that it feels like a rehash of the same issues of toy abandonment that packed a real emotional punch in the trilogy.
Mini Buzz and the other original characters do little to help. They may be funny, but their time on screen is fleeting; they aren’t afforded any time to develop. Mermaid-like toy Neptuna (voiced by Jane Lynch) is devoid of personality.
Small Fry’s best moment is its end credits—and not because it was over. Without giving it away, the design of the titles is top notch and just a bit unexpected. (They were created by Pixar's resident text and titles expert Susan Bradley.)
Despite the foregoing, everyone should see Small Fry in theatres. Why? Because it’s playing with The Muppets, which is a fabulous triumph of a comedy and the best movie of the year so far, period. Read my "Muppetational" review at The Disney Blog.