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OTRC: 'The Muppets' movie, starring Jason Segel, gets earlier 2011 release date

Jason Segel and The Muppets appear in this undated 2010 photo. (Andrew Macpherson / The Muppets Studio, LLC)

Disney has moved next year's release of movie "The Muppets", which stars comedic actors Jason Segel and Zach Galifianakis, from Christmas to Thanksgiving of 2011, citing previous success with films that hit theaters during that time.

Segel, who stars in the comedy series "How I Met Your Mother", co-wrote the script of the film, which will now hit theaters on Nov. 23, 2011. Galifianakis starred in the 2009 R-rated comedy blockbuster "The Hangover" and will reprise his role in the sequel, which is currently filming in Bangkok and is due in 2011.

"Disney has had incredible success opening films over the Thanksgiving weekend, and thanks to "Tangled", we have the top three Thanksgiving openers of all time," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures President of Distribution Chuck Viane as saying.

Disney's "Tangled", an animated movie based on the fairy tale "Rapunzel", has made $144 million worldwide since its release on November 24, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Segel, who also starred in and wrote the script for the comedy movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", told OnTheRedCarpet.com in July that he "couldn't be more excited to bring the Muppets back to their late '70s, early '80s glory."

The Muppets are group of puppets the late Jim Henson created in the mid-1950s. which include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rowdy "Animal". They starred in several of their own television shows and spinoffs throughout the years and the franchise has also spurred several films, such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" in 1984, "Muppets from Space" in 1999.

The movie "The Muppets" also stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Mickey Rooney, British funnyman Ricky Gervais, Charles Grodin and television chef Rachael Ray. Alan Arkin, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Billy Crystal and Wanda Sykes are set to make cameos.

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