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The Muppet Movie -- Trailer #1
The Muppet Movie -- Clip: Piggy Sees Kermit
The Muppet Movie -- Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.
The Muppet Movie -- Clip: We Picked Up a Weirdo
The Muppet Movie -- Clip: Movin Right Along

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Director:
Writers:
Jack Burns (written by) &
Jerry Juhl (written by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
More entertaining than humanly possible
Plot:
Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Life is a Movie See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Doc Hopper's Men / Link Hogthrob / Swedish Chef (voice)

Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Doc Hopper's Men / Marvin Suggs / Swedish Chef / Motorcycle Guy (voice)

Jerry Nelson ... Floyd Pepper / Robin the Frog / Crazy Harry / Lew Zealand / Camilla / Blue Frackle (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Janice / Sweetums / Beaker / Fozzie Bear (assistant) (voice)

Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Doglion / Iraqian in El Sleezo Cafe / Nigel / Pig (voice)

Charles Durning ... Doc Hopper

Austin Pendleton ... Max
Edgar Bergen ... Himself / Charlie McCarthy - (voice)

Milton Berle ... Mad Man Mooney

Mel Brooks ... Professor Max Krassman

James Coburn ... El Sleezo Cafe Owner

Dom DeLuise ... Bernie the Agent

Elliott Gould ... Beauty Contest Compere

Bob Hope ... Ice Cream Vendor

Madeline Kahn ... El Sleezo Patron

Carol Kane ... Myth

Cloris Leachman ... Lord's Secretary

Steve Martin ... Insolent Waiter

Richard Pryor ... Balloon Vendor

Telly Savalas ... El Sleezo Tough

Orson Welles ... Lew Lord

Paul Williams ... El Sleezo Pianist
Scott Walker ... Frog Killer
Lawrence Gabriel Jr. ... Sailor
Ira F. Grubman ... Bartender

H.B. Haggerty ... Lumberjack

Bruce Kirby ... Gate Guard
Tommy Madden ... One-Eyed Midget
James Frawley ... Waiter
Arnold Roberts ... Cowboy

Steve Whitmire ... Fletcher Bird / Scooter (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ... Camilla
Bob Payne ... Muppet Performer (as Robert Payne)
Eren Ozker ... Muppet Performer
Caroly Wilcox ... Muppet Performer

Michael Earl ... Animal / Beaker / Big Bird / Dr. Teeth / Fozzie Bear / Janice / Scooter (as Michael Davis)
Olga Felgemacher ... Muppet Performer
Buz Suraci ... Muppet Performer
Bruce Schwartz ... Muppet Performer
Tony Basilicato ... Muppet Performer
Adam Hunt ... Muppet Performer

Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Baker ... Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Tim Burton ... Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Melinda Dillon ... Woman with Balloon (uncredited)
Lisa Henson ... Beauty Pageant Model (uncredited)
Jerry Juhl ... Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Earl Kress ... Ernie / Bert (uncredited)

John Landis ... Grover (uncredited)
John Lovelady ... Muppet Performer (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Frawley 
 
Writing credits
Jack Burns (written by) &
Jerry Juhl (written by)

Produced by
Lew Grade .... executive producer (as Sir Lew Grade)
Jim Henson .... producer
David Lazer .... co-producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky 
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Greenbury  (as Chris Greenbury)
 
Casting by
Gus Schirmer 
 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
 
Art Direction by
Les Gobruegge 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard B. Goddard  (as Richard Goddard)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Capetanos 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist (as Ben Nye II)
 
Production Management
Kurt Neumann .... production manager
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penny Adams .... second assistant director (as Penny Adams Flowers)
Ron Wright .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
Julia Harmount .... set designer
Hank Kentop .... construction foreman (as Henry Kentop)
Julius King .... set designer
Roy Kirkpatrick .... construction coordinator
Eric Orbom .... assistant art director
Ken Richey .... greensman (as Kenneth Richey)
Tom Southwell .... illustrator
Tommy Tomlinson .... assistant property master
Sal Denaro .... foam technician (uncredited)
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... set dresser (uncredited)
Frank White .... labor foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ralph Babcock .... boom operator
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Lewis .... sound mixer
Paul Nelson .... playback operator
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor
Michael Perricone .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robbie Knott .... special effects
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Joe Collins .... key grip (as Joseph Collins)
Richard J. Edesa .... camera operator (as Richard Edesa)
Lee Heckler .... gaffer
Bruce Hill .... camera operator: video
Lindsay P. Hill .... video operator (as Lindsay Hill)
Robert Lowry .... video operator (as Bob Lowry)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Pat Campea Jr. .... best boy grip (uncredited)
George A. Clark .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Day .... costumer
Calista Hendrickson .... muppet costume designer
Charles E. James .... costume supervisor (as Charles James)
Marta McElroy .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robin Forman Howard .... post-production assistant (as Robin Forman)
Steve Polivka .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Kenny Ascher .... songs: music and lyrics by
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Ian Freebairn-Smith .... conductor
Ian Freebairn-Smith .... music arranger
Garry Ulmer .... music mixer
Garry Ulmer .... music recordist
Paul Williams .... music adaptor
George A. Martin .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Donald R. Casella .... transportation captain (as Don Casella)
 
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... associate auditor
Sherry Amott .... muppet designer
Martin G. Baker .... muppet technical coordinator (as Martin Baker)
Bill Beaumont .... craft service (as William Beaumont)
Ulla Bourne .... script supervisor
Edward G. Christie .... muppet designer (as Ed Christie)
Buck Edwards .... location manager
Bonnie Erickson .... muppet designer
Faz Fazakas .... muppet designer
Fred Fisher .... production assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Michael Flynn .... production assistant
Michael K. Frith .... muppet design consultant (as Michael Frith)
Dave Goelz .... muppet designer
Lew Grade .... presenter (as Sir Lew Grade)
Richard Holloway .... muppet technical coordinator
Larry Jameson .... muppet designer
Mari Kaestle .... muppet designer
Saul Kahan .... unit publicist
Lynn Klugman .... muppet production coordinator (as Lynn M. Klugman)
Janet Lerman-Graff .... muppet designer
Kermit Love .... muppet designer
John Lovelady .... muppet workshop coordinator
Mireille Machu .... secretary to director
Leigh Malone .... muppet visual consultant
Robert McCormack .... muppet workshop supervisor: New York
Wendy Midener .... muppet designer
Kathryn Mullen .... muppet designer
Frank Oz .... creative consultant
Lee Rose .... production associate
Don Sahlin .... muppet designer
Shirley Snyder .... production coordinator
Martin Starger .... presenter
Teresa Stokovic .... production coordinator
Amy Van Gilder .... muppet designer
Amy Van Gilder .... muppet workshop coordinator
Pamela Varney .... secretary to producer
Rusty Warren .... production auditor
Caroly Wilcox .... muppet designer
Tim Burton .... additional puppeteer (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... studio utility (uncredited)
John Landis .... additional puppeteer: "Grover" (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... set nurse (uncredited)
Harry Sabin .... additional puppeteer (uncredited)
Lee Solters .... publicist (uncredited)
Curt Vig .... puppeteer: "Pigs in Space D & E" (uncredited)
Rik Vig .... puppeteer: "J. P. Gross" (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Odell .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first Muppet project to take place in the real world.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Fozzie and Kermit are looking at the map, before they run off the road at the church, the road in the background makes two turns, but the steering wheel stays in basically the same position.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Henson's Place (1984) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Never Before, Never AgainSee more »

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43 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Life is a Movie, 31 May 2000
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

We all lost something important when Jim Henson died. But his magic alone wasn't sufficient to do more than clever skits, both before and after this gem. Some fated match of director, writers, songwriters and puppeteers came together to create an underappreciated masterpiece.

Forget the kids -- this is a great work, period. Among the best story-films ever. And nowhere is the enfolding of reality and fantasy more rich than here. Naturally, you have the mix of humans (accented by celebrity cameos) and puppets. And some puppets are of humans, some of human-like animals, and some of animal-like animals. But that's just the tokens.

The real novelty comes in the story. It is a film about the making of itself, with a wonderful sequence at the end where the film is represented in cartoonish props contrasted with a `real' rainbow. Throughout, one weaves between being in the story and observing the story. Kermit (Henson's alterego) says `I hope you appreciate I'm doing my own stunts.' Think about it.

The songs, themselves self-referential, are important frosting: `why are there so many songs about rainbows?'

`Life is a movie, write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending...' You don't get that in common fare. If you have kids, this is the most educational exposure you can give them among the kiddie offerings. There's nothing more powerful than the ability to perform abstract reasoning and the foundation of that is the play between what things are and what things represent them. Thanks and God bless you, Jim.

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