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I first saw this movie as a teenager when it came out in theaters, way
back when. Seeing it again, nearly 30 years later, I was surprised at
how well it has held up. The gags are still funny, the interaction
between characters works great, and the cameos come off better than
ever. (Steve Martin's has to be the best one.)
My kids (9, 11, and 14) all loved it, and the music is good enough that they are still humming the tunes many days later.
I would suggest that before seeing the movie, you should view at least a half-dozen episodes of the Muppet Show, to get a sense of the back-story behind the characters, otherwise the movie won't make all that much sense.
As Muppet movies go, this is easily and clearly the best. It features
loads of cameos by big named comedic stars of the age, a solid script,
and some great Disneyesque songs, and blends them together in a
culmination of the best display of Henson's talent. The story is basic,
and the jokes are many-leveled in order to amuse both the adults and
the kids to which this was marketed, without exposing them to
ideologies their parents may not find desirable.
This is simply fun, but it is also a well made, well written, beautifully endearing classic.
It rates an 8.9/10 from...
the Fiend :.
This wonderful movie captures so many elements of what makes a family
comedy funny, entertaining, sweet and memorable, it's difficult to
decide where to start.
From the opening number, "Rainbow Connection," Paul Williams's excellent score sung with gusto by Kermit D. Frog, which gives us a prologue of what the whole adventure is about, throughout the story, this is one fun movie.
Essentially, it's a road trip movie, where Kermit travels cross-country with a dream of pursuing a "rich and famous contract" to entertain. Along the way, our green hero meets a series of other aspiring actors, comedians, singers, and musicians, who coincidentally, are muppets like Kermit himself. Is this how the Muppets really started? "Approximately how it happened," Kermit tells us.
Not since "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" has the cameo formula been used so prolifically and successfully. The aspiring stars encounter many recognizable faces during their Odyssey; some just blink across the screen, but others have very memorable cameos. Steve Martin's amusing bit as a rude waiter is probably the best. Puppeteer Jim Henson's nod to his inspiration, Edgar Bergen, is especially touching.
Anyone who ever watched the Muppets TV show will get to see all of their favorite characters, they're all here. The puppetry work is magnificent; look especially for Kermit riding a bicycle (how dey do dat???) In-jokes and references to old movies are everywhere, but the best one-liners are reserved for Kermit himself. An example: when the crooks are terrorizing Kermit and Piggy, she affectionately says to her short, green, and handsome beau, "I wouldn't give up this evening together for anything, would you?" "Uhhh, make me an offer...." I also love the gunfight at the OK Corral scene: brilliantly absurd silliness.
Gotta get "Movin' right along" now, but to summarize: a good natured movie that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age or movie genre taste. Highly recommended.
The mature one-liners come with machine-gun rapidity right from the
Man in boat: I'm lost. Kermit: Have you tried Hare Krishna?
Kermit: That's pretty dangerous to be building a road in the middle of the street. If frogs couldn't hop, I'd be 'gone with the Schwynne."
Fozzie: The dancing girls are off tonight. Kermit: The crowd is getting ugly. Fozzie: You think the crowd is ugly...you should see the dancing girls.
Fozzie: I don't know how to thank you. Kermit: I don't know why to thank you.
The visuals are a real treat for the kids - will we ever forget seeing the muppets with real legs? Kermit riding his bike, Fozzie dancing...
Perhaps the screenplay can't compete with the modern use of computers (Shrek, Monsters Inc., Ice Age, Finding Nemo are sumptuous visual feasts); but the charm and timing of the Muppet Movie hearkens to a simpler time that warms the heart.
"The Muppet Movie" is one of those films that just puts a smile on your face. It is silly and totally outlandish, but it has a unique charm that makes it a worthy and endearing production in the end. Kermit is persuaded to go to Hollywood by agent Dom DeLuise to make it big as an entertainer and ends up escorting his Muppet friends along the way. He must also dodge Charles Durning though as he wants Kermit's frog legs. Cameos all over the place and the amazing theme song, "The Rainbow Connection" (which even received an Oscar nomination for that year), continue to make "The Muppet Movie" one of the more memorable fun trips to the theater in the late-1970s. 4 stars out of 5.
Quality entertainment all around. The spectacle of Kermit on his bicycle is one thats as memorable as ANY in cinema history. There's just not a bad thing to be said. Tons of muppets, great cameos, slapstick, puns, whatever you want, its here. The lovers, the dreamers, and me INDEED.
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The first of the Muppet films! And at the time there were skeptics who said
that A Muppet film couldn't be done. Boy, were they proved wrong! Jim Henson
and co. provide pure entertainment throughout the whole
The film is essentially a road movie. After meeting a Hollywood agent and learning that a big film studio is holding auditions, Kermit the Frog hits the road, picking up various friends on the way. First he meets Fozzie Bear, telling jokes in a nasty cafe. Then they meet Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and then Gonzo and his chicken friend Camilla, and then the incomparable Miss Piggy, and finally Rowlf the Dog. All of these guys decide to head for Tinseltown to hit the big time.
But there is trouble in the form of shady Southern businessman Doc Hopper. He intends to open a chain of frog-leg restaurants and wants Kermit to be his spokesman. Doc won't take no for an answer and tries just about every trick in the book to get his way.
The Muppets themselves are brilliant, Charles Durning as Doc Hopper is a suitably hissable bad guy, and the celebrity guest artists who cameo are all great, particularly Mel Brooks as a mad scientist and Steve Martin as an unbelievably sarcastic waiter. The best part of the movie is without a doubt the songs, the stand outs being the Oscar-nominated 'Rainbow Connection' and Gonzo's song 'I'm Going To Go Back There Someday' (which inspired the plot of the later MUPPETS FROM SPACE). A treat for all the family!
One of the greatest offerings of the 70's, the Muppets offer worthwhile entertainment for kids without speaking down to them. This movie is still as good 23 years later and the celebrity cameos really add entertainment value.
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The Muppets have all gotten together to view their very first motion picture. It tells the story of how they all met. The whole gang was there: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Bunsen, Beaker, Scooter, even Statler and Waldorf, the critics. The movie opens with Kermit in the swamp singing about rainbows. He's suddenly greeted by Bernie, a Hollywood agent lost in the swamp. He tells Kermit about Hollywood, where dreams come true. As much as he hated to leave the swamp, he wanted to fulfill his destiny, so Kermit hopped (pun intended) on his bicycle and headed for Hollywood. He didn't get very far, due to a steam roller ran over his bike. He arrived at the El Sleazo Cafe where he witnessed the worst comedian in the business: Fozzie Bear. Kermit saved his act by dancing with him on stage. The performance was witnessed by Doc Hopper and his assistant, Max. Hopper was opening a chain of frog leg restaurants. Yes, a restaurant that served frog legs for people to eat. Gross. He wanted Kermit to be his spokesperson, but Kermit declined. Fozzie wanted to accompany Kermit to Hollywood so they jumped in Fozzie's Studebaker that his uncle loanded to him while hibernating. The distance between Rhode Island and California was very long, but they could make it. Along the way they run into Big Bird. They ask if he would like a lift, but he declines. He's going to New York to be on public television. Maybe he could be on a children's show located on an inner-street where humans and monsters co-exist. 'Possibility, you know; They meet Dr. Teeth and his band, Floyd, Janice, Scooter, Zoot and Animal and a weird plumber, Gonzo. Gonzo and his chicken Camilla accompany Kermit and Fozzie who trade in Fozzie's classic Studebaker for an old Woody. They get it from used car salesman Milton Berle. They stop at a fair where Gonzo purchases a bunch of balloons from Balloon Vender Richard Pryor and Fozzie get's ice cream from Ice Cream Vendor Bob Hope. Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy entertain, and when first laying eyes on Kermit, Miss Piggy falls head over hooves. She joins them.
Doc Hopper continues to plague Kermit and pals. He hires a frog killer to go after him. They were even kidnapped while dining at a restaurant with Waiter Steve Martin. Mad Scientist Mel Brooks tried to electrocute Kermit, but Miss Piggy gives them whatfor; when experiencing car trouble, it's Dr. Teeth to the rescue! Kermit decides to stop running and stand up to Doc Hopper, so they stop at an old ghost town. Kermit meets Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, who show him their latest creation: Insta-Grow Pills. Animal eats some and it really comes in handy when Doc Hopper tries to eliminate Kermit and pals. So, on to Hollywood! When they get there, Lew Lord is fascinated and prepares a standard Rich and Famous contract for Kermit the Frog and Company. And there you have it!
A pretty good movie. Back when good old Jim Henson was around and did the Muppets. Now a bunch of other guys are in control and messed up everything he did. There's an all-star celebrity cast in the movie! Many have passed on, but some are still alive. If you're a fan of The Muppet Show, or even if you aren't, then I recommend The Muppet Movie!
I have just seen this movie for the first time in 23yrs...and oddly enough
those numbers should make me feel OLD...but infact the very opposite...its
amazing to think a soundtrack to a film can influence ur music tastes for
decades to come (should that be admitted or not?)
smart writing and clever (buffy the hand puppet episode?) it has stood the test of this cynical 34yr old's time...
the best of all 'road movies' with everything from a look to the stars (gonzo's lament) ala Lion King to a 4ft prune
and for godsake bring back a movie with obvious cameos
"life's like a movie write your own ending"
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