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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
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 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 ... Self / 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!


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Trivia

When several celebrities who were scheduled to do cameos had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, and others were brought in, writer David Odell was hired to re-write the script and make each new cameo fit. His work on this movie led Jim Henson to offer Odell the job of writing the screenplay for The Dark Crystal (1982). See more »

Goofs

After the Miss Bogen County Beauty Pageant emcee announces Debbie-Sue Anderson as the first runner-up, she is clearly seen wearing a third place sash as the audience applauds. 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

After the last credit, Animal is shouting,"GO HOME! GO HOME!", then he gets sleepy, "Bye-bye..." then falls asleep. See more »

Alternate Versions

The longer 97 minute version, as originally released in theaters (in the UK at least) and released on video in the UK in the 80s, contains the following extended scenes:
  • Extended shots of Kermit entering the El Sleezo Cafe where Fozzie is performing, after the James Coburn cameo.
  • More of Fozzie being heckled in the bar. He honks a horn which falls apart, then says, "This is not my night."
  • Extra shots as Doc Hopper and Max watch Fozzie and Kermit dance at the El Sleezo. A little bit more dancing and more of the crowd manhandling Kermit and Fozzie.
  • An extended commercial for Doc Hopper's Frog Legs. More of Doc Hopper asking Kermit to be his spokesman.
  • Extra Fozzie in "Moving Right Along." "A bear in his natural habitat - a Studebaker."
  • Even more Doc Hopper trying to convince Kermit. "Shut up, Max!"
  • In the church, an extended recap of the entire movie by Dr. Teeth - we see shots from previous scenes. It's not clear if this was actually in the version which screened in theaters, or if it was added for the video version, as the laserdisc version seems to have been edited on video.
  • Doc Hopper and Max chase Kermit and Fozzie. Max asks what his cut of a million is. A whole extra car chase scene of Max trying to catch up to Fozzie and Kermit, and failing.
  • An alternate musical arrangement of "Never Before, Never Again".
  • Greatly extended version of Rowlf and Kermit dueting on "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along," with about two or three more verses. "A laddie needs a lassie." "Come Father's Day, the litterbug's gonna get ya."
  • Extra shot of Giant Animal laughing at the bad guys (possibly deleted because Animal's fingers were thought to look unconvincing - just a guess from me).
  • Extra reaction shots in Orson Welles scene.
  • A lot more explosion and set destruction footage when Crazy Harry blows up the set at the end, before "Life's Like a Movie." Seems like padding really. It's set to circus-y music.
  • Extended and alternate ending in the movie theater - Sweetums says "I just knew I'd catch up with you guys." All Muppets talk and say funny things over ending credits. Robin says Kermit is a great actor. Fozzie repeatedly asks if he was funny in the movie, but no one will tell him that except Kermit. Muppets are in character for the entire credits. Music is also different in this section.
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Connections

Referenced in Diff'rent Strokes: Arnold's Hero (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Can You Picture That
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher
Performed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and Dave Goelz
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User Reviews

 
"Why are there so many songs about rainbows?"
3 January 2006 | by Polaris_DiBSee all my reviews

Y'know, it's very interesting watching this... half the people involved with it are now dead...

Anyways, it's been a long time since I've watched anything Muppet related, but this stuff is pure gold. I'm a great fan of puns, and this movie has them quite well placed, but one of the amazing aspects of it is its pacing: it's not really high-speed children's pacing where the filmmakers just randomly decide to move the story along without giving the character's depth, it's just kind of moves along with the characters wherever they want to go.

Kermit the Frog is just an awesome character. His voice and the expressions on his puppet-face are fantastic. But above all, he points out why he's popular--"he can sing and make jokes too!"--but more appropriately why he's so endearing--he, without any effort, inspires everyone to search for their dreams. In the meantime, he also has to deal with himself, which is an uncommon theme in family movies.

It also contains quite an ensemble of comedians making appearances here and there, some to great effect, others to a little less (I think Mel Brook's part was just a bit overplayed, do you?). Some parts of the film are just kind of odd. But it's highly imaginative and takes itself to the same destination from a very different direction.

Moving right along...

--PolarisDiB


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Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$65,810,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,810,475
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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