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The Muppet Movie (1979)

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

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James Frawley
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Link Hogthrob / Doc Hopper's Men (voice)
Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Doc Hopper's Men / Marvin Suggs / Swedish Chef (assistant) / Motorcycle Guy (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Floyd Pepper / Crazy Harry / Robin the Frog / Lew Zealand / Camilla / Blue Frackle (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Janice / Sweetums / Beaker / Fozzie Bear (assistant) (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Zoot / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Doglion / Iraqian in El Sleezo Cafe / Nigel / Pig (voice)
Charles Durning ... Doc Hopper
Austin Pendleton ... Max
Edgar Bergen ... Himself / Charlie McCarthy
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
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Storyline

While living the quiet life in a swamp, Kermit the Frog is approached by a Hollywood agent to audition for the chance of a lifetime. So Kermit takes this chance for his big break as he makes the journey to Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit comes across several quirky new friends including comedic Fozzie Bear, beautiful but feisty Miss Piggy and the Great Gonzo. But Kermit must also watch out for ruthless Doc Hopper, who plans to use him as his spokesman for his Frog Legs food chain. Written by Blazer346

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More entertaining than humanly possible


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Henson.com

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras dos Marretas See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$76,657,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gonzo is ridiculed when he says he wants to go to Bombay (also known as Mumbai), India, to become a movie star. According to International Business Times, the Bollywood film industry in that region produces roughly twice as many movies a year as Hollywood. Jim Henson once said that they wanted Gonzo to dream of being a movie star in the least likely of places, unaware until the film was completed that India produces more movies per year than Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

When Kermit the Frog goes into the El Sleezo Café, he leaves his banjo outside. He does not retrieve it before getting into the Studebaker with Fozzie, but he somehow reacquires it when he plays and sings "Movin' Right Along" with Fozzie. 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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Crazy Credits

Over first few credits, Sweetums bursts out of the screen, followed by many Muppet gags See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene in which Fozzie Bear is menaced by a sailor brandishing a broken bottle was cut by the New Zealand censors as being too violent for children. See more »

Connections

Followed by Muppet Classic Theater (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Going To Go Back There Someday
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher
Performed by Dave Goelz and Frank Oz
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Write your own ending: Existential awareness in hand puppets
28 January 1999 | by Mr PantsSee 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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