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The Muppet Movie -- Trailer #1
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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
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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(268 articles)
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Misunderstood See more (86 total) »

Cast

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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 / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (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 / 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 (voice)
Bob Payne ... Muppet Performer (voice) (as Robert Payne)
Eren Ozker ... Muppet Performer (voice)
Caroly Wilcox ... Muppet Performer (voice)

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

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

Tim Burton ... Muppet Performer (voice) (uncredited)

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

Earl Kress ... Ernie (uncredited)

John Landis ... Grover (uncredited)
John Lovelady ... Muppet Performer (voice) (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)
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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95 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Cameo: [Steve Martin]the waiter in the small-town restaurant where Kermit and Piggy eat their first dinner.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Fozzie gets Kermit's "Dragonfly Ripple" cone from the ice cream man, it's a shade of bright lime green. When he gives it to Kermit, it's gray. After the group spots Gonzo floating with the balloons the cone is green again, but a different shade.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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Never Before, Never AgainSee more »

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52 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Misunderstood, 22 April 2004
Author: kintopf432 (kintopf432@hotmail.com) from St. Paul, MN

MINOR SPOILERS

Misunderstood classic remains one of Henson's finest and most personal films. It may seem funny to call a movie as beloved as this one 'misunderstood,' but people do seem to remember this one mostly for Jerry Juhl's snappy screenplay and Paul Williams's knockout songs. Now while these things are admittedly great, as is the movie's formal playfulness (screenplay-within-the-screenplay, film break, etc.), what distinguishes 'The Muppet Movie' from the other Muppet films is the serious, wistful thread that runs through the picture. It's a road movie, all right, but like most road movies, the pleasure is in the getting there, and the achievement of the characters' goals is tempered by uncertainty, and by the knowledge that they can never really go back again. Throughout the film, we are shown the down side of show business, even before the Muppets have 'made it': Piggy abandons Kermit without a second thought at a phone call from her agent, Gonzo expresses the loneliness and regret of a performer's life on the road in his haunting 'I'm Going to Go Back There Someday,' and, worst of all, Kermit is continually tortured and tested by Doc Hopper, who wants him to commercialize his art for the unholiest of purposes. (One can only wonder what Henson would have made of his family's management of the company after his death.) Kermit himself agonizes over his choices in the desert conversation scene, and the final 'Magic Store' number questions whether it's all been worth it, before concluding that it probably doesn't matter either way. All this is punctuated with the expected Muppet chaos and satire and deliciously awful jokes, and of course the serious stuff wouldn't work if it weren't. But 'The Muppet Movie' isn't just another jokefest, as the rest of the diminishing-return Muppet films would become. No, it's a lovely, gentle metaphor about the relationship between art and entertainment and business, and it's every bit as effective today as it was 25 years ago. 9.5 out of 10.

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