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The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

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Peter Harris

Writer:

Jerry Juhl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Ernie / Dr. Teeth / Rowlf / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman / The Swedish Chef / Waldorf / Mahna Mahna / Harry the Hipster / Himself (voice)
Frank Oz ... Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Sam the Eagle / Bert / Animal / Grover / Cookie Monster / Marvin Suggs (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Camilla / Count von Count / Crazy Harry / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Lew Zealand / Robin the Frog / Louis Kazagger / Sgt. Floyd Pepper / Two-Headed Monster (Frank) / Gobo Fraggle (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Beaker / Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Two-Headed Monster (Stein) / Tug Monster (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Beauregard / Zoot / Uncle 'Traveling' Matt Fraggle / Boober Fraggle (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Lips / Rizzo the Rat / Sprocket the Dog / Wembley Fraggle (voice)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Carol Burnett ... Herself (archive footage)
George Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Charles ... Himself (archive footage)
Cher ... Herself (archive footage)
James Coburn ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Dean ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary and honor the one who brought them together: Kermit the Frog (and by doing so, Jim Henson). Written by Il Tesoro

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Official Sites:

Henson.com

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die große Muppet-Party See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

The clip of "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" from The Ed Sullivan Show is incorrectly dated as 1958, nine years prior to its actual appearance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fozzie Bear: Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but the Muppets are thirty years old!
Waldorf: [to Statler] That's okay with me. I love being thirty!
Statler: You old fool, your pacemaker's older than that!
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Alternate Versions

When this special re-aired on Nickelodeon, the opening title card was cut; the montage subsequently went directly to the first scene following the first commercial break. Also edited was the position of the commercial break intro that originally occurred after the "Pure Imagination" song: on Nickelodeon, it was moved to after the previous scene: the "Galley-oh-hoop-hoop" scene. See more »

Connections

Features The Muppet Show: Lesley Ann Warren (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rainbow Connection
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher
Performed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz and cast
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Fantastic and Rarely seen
23 December 2004 | by angels_egg1See all my reviews

I was six years old when I saw this on TV, it was one of the first things my family ever recorded with a shiny new VCR, and it was something we had on tape for fifteen years (until my brother taped over it ... grrrr!).

The through-line that connects all the clips of Jim Henson related projects is an awards show style format. Every Muppet you've ever seen is in the audience sitting around their respective dinner tables. All the Fraggles sit at one table, all the Muppet Show monsters at another, Sesame street characters make up another table etc. etc. etc.

On stage is a long table and podium ALA Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts. Kermit, Fozzie, Piggy, Ernie, Bert, and a few others sit along that long table, all dressed in tuxedos! They each come and introduce different clips of the Muppets history, with EXTREMELY funny banter that puts the pathetic banter of real awards shows to shame. Ernie and Bert introduce the Sesame Street clips. Ernie pulls Bert's nose right off his face, laughing wildly. Bert gets annoyed, asking why Ernie did that. Ernie uses the gag to set up the clips saying, "That's the old nose joke, Bert! Don't you remember? The first time we did that was over fifteen years ago!" The special also shows rare footage of commercials Jim Henson made, clips from his old Sam & Friends show, and Rolf the Dog on the Jimmy Dean Show. All around this special was amazing, I wish they would rerun it or put it out on DVD.


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