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Gonzo's classification as a "whatever" is officially cemented in this film, as this is the label affixed to his shipping crate en route to Great Britain.
The end of the bicycle scene (where all the Muppets are shown riding together) was actually done by putting all of the Muppet characters onto their bikes, hooking them together, and pulling them. Brian Henson, on an oversized tricycle, was among those who pulled the bikes.
The girl in the park who thinks Kermit is a bear is Christine Nelson, daughter of Muppeteer Jerry Nelson (with whom she appears in the scene). Christine suffered from cystic fibrosis throughout her short life, and finally succumbed to the disease in 1982, one year after the film debuted.
During the opening credits Fozzie asks Kermit what B.S.C. stands for, but Kermit doesn't know either. B.S.C. stands for British Society of Cinematographers.
John Cleese (Neville) and Joan Sanderson (Dorcas) previously starred together in Fawlty Towers: Communication Problems (1979). In that episode, she was an annoying guest at his hotel; in this film, they're a married couple.
Miss Piggy's underwater musical number was the most difficult scene to shoot, mostly because of communication problems. Lighting, cameramen, cameras, speakers, and monitors were all underwater. There were also 18 professional swimmers who had to dive into the pool at the same moment. In the June 1981 issue of the children's magazine Dynamic, director Frank Oz said, "The water ballet scene with Miss Piggy was really wonderful. I was under the water for a week. I had three days of scuba training and then down I went. Having them swim for the first time really was exciting!"
Third highest-grossing Muppet film, earning $31,206,251 during its run at the box office.
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While Jack Warden was Jim Henson's first choice for the role of Mike Tarkanian, other actors Henson considered for the part included Jim Backus, Tom Bosley, (Jackie Cooper), Hume Cronyn, David Doyle, Charles Durning, Broderick Crawford, Edward Asner, Martin Balsam, Harvey Korman, Walter Matthau, Jack Klugman, Jack Lemmon and Lionel Stander.
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This is the second Muppet movie in which Scooter is serving popcorn, the first time being the opening scene of The Muppet Movie (1979).
Nicky Holiday's office door is labeled "Irresponsible Parasite" just as Lady Holiday had referred to him to Miss Piggy.
Shot entirely in England.
The running gag, "catch the thieves red-handed...what color are their hands now?" surfaces three times, twice by Beauregarde and once by Miss Piggy.
Nicky is connected with a running gag of wearing flowered socks, the first reference being when they are delivered to his office and the second and third being quick shots of his ankle during the supper club scene and later during the heist of the baseball diamond. During the fashion show, the only scene without a shot of his flowered socks, he is wearing a matching flowered bow tie and handkerchief.
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The cameo role of British Gentleman was offered to Trevor Howard.
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Lady Holiday refers to all three of the principal models' gowns as resembling birds - Carla as an ostrich, Marla as a pigeon, and Darla as a turkey.
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Another running gag is the subtle repetition of the exact phrase, "the fabulous baseball diamond." Lady Holiday is the first to use the phrase, followed by the reporter after Miss Piggy's arrest, then Lady Holiday repeats the phrase back to the reporter, and finally by Kermit during the heist.
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Jim Henson had various friends and relatives suggest titles for the movie. The winning title was suggested by Lisa Henson.
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A full body Miss Piggy was used in the film twice. Once when Miss Piggy was leaving the supper club, and another time when she was diving in a pool during her fantasy.
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The scene with Kermit's dancing shadow took 43 takes to get right.
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John Cleese and Peter Ustinov had previously made guest appearances on The Muppet Show (1976).
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Early sketches for the end credits sequence reveals that Oscar the Grouch was to have gone back to America with the Muppets.
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A working title for the project was The Muppet Movie 2.
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The film was a composite of two scripts - The Muppets Hit the Road (written by Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses) and The Good, The Bad, and The Muppets (written by Jerry Juhl and Jack Rose).
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Jim Henson's feature directorial debut.
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While they're flying through the opening credits, Fozzie asks Kermit what "B.S.C." stands for, which Kermit doesn't know. It stands for "British Society of Cinematographers".
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Among the main and cameo actors of the film who were American instead of British include Charles Grodin, Jack Warden, and Peter Falk. However, for supposedly being English instead of American, the characters that Charles Grodin and Peter Falk (along with who a few other cameos play) even use their American accents instead of having at least adopted English accents. One would think that at least ones like Nicky Holiday (played by Charles Grodin) would have an English accent unlike he does, since he is the brother of Lady Holiday who is a very English woman, even played by an English actress.
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Charles Grodin is clearly dubbed in his big musical number, as Miss Piggy points out afterward.
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In the opening, Lady Holiday, who is played by Diana Rigg who stared in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), is leaving the jewelry store that is called Bond
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Kermit's reporter role and outfit hearken back to his on-the-spot interviews of fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters on Sesame Street (1969).
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Cameo 

Peter Falk: watch-selling storyteller in the park with Kermit
Frank Oz: Bald man standing behind Gonzo when he yells "stop the presses!"
Jerry Nelson: man with daughter in the park and the voice on the CB radio of the truck Miss Piggy takes from Peter Ustinov.
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Robert Morley: British gentleman who greets the Muppets when they arrive in England.
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Peter Ustinov: truck driver that Miss Piggy hijacks.
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Richard Hunt: Cab driver.
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Director Cameo 

Jim Henson: the man that Gonzo takes a photo of in the restaurant.

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