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The Muppet Movie (1979)

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Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.

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Kermit the Frog is persuaded by agent Dom DeLuise to pursue a career in Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit picks up Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, 'The Great Gonzo', and a motley crew of other Muppets with similar aspirations. Meanwhile, Kermit must elude the grasp of a frog-leg restaurant magnate. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

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$76,657,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Caroll Spinney: Big Bird tells Kermit the Frog that he's going to New York to break into public television - an obvious reference to Sesame Street (1969), the television show that popularized the Muppets. See more »

Goofs

At the end of "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along", when Kermit the Frog and Rowlf harmonize on a final pair of long notes, they both hold the notes, audibly, until the end of the song, but Rowlf's mouth changes to a scat/improv line that he sings and we hear. (In other words, his voice is heard on two different musical lines at the same time). See more »

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Statler: I'm Statler.
Waldorf: I'm Waldorf. We're here to heckle "The Muppet Movie".
Gate Guard: Gentlemen, that's straight ahead. Private screening room D.
Statler: Private screening?
Waldorf: Yeah, they're afraid to show it in public.
[they laugh as their car proceeds forward]
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Crazy Credits

After the last credit, Animal is shouting,"GO HOME! GO HOME!", then he gets sleepy, "Bye-bye..." then falls asleep. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Love the '70s (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Rainbow Connection
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher
Performed by Jim Henson
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Write your own ending: Existential awareness in hand puppets
28 January 1999 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In many ways, the perfect movie. The "Incredible Journey" and Horatio Alger tale come together for a positive spin on the usually depressing subject of existentialism. In essence, the travails of the muppets boil down to the finale song of the movie: "Life's like a movie, write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending." They create their own reality, which has all the trappings of every epic tale: a lofty goal at the end of what is necessarily a obstacle-laden journey; an ever-increasing group of like-minded individuals for camaraderie; a nasty set of villians who are not beyond all redemption; and a big-budget Hollywood ending because, darn it all, they CAN.

Only Jim Henson could pull this off. He walks the line between sentimentality and philosophy without swerving too long or too hard into either. Of course it seems odd that invest such weight into a film starring puppets, but in the end perhaps they are the perfect, uh, puppet to make these points. The movie's atmosphere allows for the pure enjoyment of the Hollywood dream, the "happy" ending, unnecessary cameos, and bursting into song at the drop of a hat. Usually these aspects are anathema to quality in film, but the self-deprecating manner under which the story is delivered makes for guilt-free viewing. One of the few films that can truly be called "suitable for all ages."

The other muppet-related films (including "The Empire Strikes Back"), while palatable, do not touch the simple grace of this film. Take, for instance, the musical number "Hope that Something Better Comes Along," the duet of Kermit and Rowlf. Amusing in its vaudevillian goofiness, yet makes a bitingly crucial point about the motivations behind life choices. Brilliant.


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