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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

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Jim Henson
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf / The Muppet Newsman / Zeke / Man having Snapshot in Restaurant (voice)
Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Gramps / Swedish Chef (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Beauregard / Zoot / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Lobbuck Lou (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Floyd Pepper / Pops / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry / Louis Kazager / Slim Wilson / CB Voice / Man in Park (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Beaker / Bubba / Monster (uncredited) / Cab Driver (uncredited) (voice)
Charles Grodin ... Nicky Holiday
Diana Rigg ... Lady Holiday
John Cleese ... Neville
Robert Morley ... British Gentleman
Peter Ustinov ... Truck Driver
Jack Warden ... Mike Tarkanian
Steve Whitmire ... Rizzo the Rat / Lips (voice)
Louise Gold Louise Gold ... Muppet Performer / Annie Sue Pig / Lou
Kathryn Mullen ... Muppet Performer / Chickens / Gaffer the Cat
Bob Payne Bob Payne ... Muppet Performer
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Storyline

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday (Dame Diana Rigg), a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace was stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time, frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and The Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Trivia

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 this movie debuted. See more »

Goofs

In the DuBonnet Club, a gentleman declines Gonzo's request to take his picture by saying "No thank you, no pictures". At the end of the scene as Gonzo walks away, you can hear the gentleman repeat his previous line but his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Kermit: I hate to be rude, but we're trying to do a movie here.
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Crazy Credits

When the final copyright credits appear, Gonzo appears under them and says "Whoa, wait, don't go home yet. Say cheese!" Gonzo then takes a picture of the whole audience and the screen goes black when he takes it because the flashbulb "blinded" the audience. After the screen goes black, Gonzo's voice is heard saying, "I'll send you each a copy." See more »

Alternate Versions

Among the audio changes on the 1993 video release (and carried over to every video release since, including DVD and Blu-ray): -- At the beginning of "Happiness Hotel," a trombone gliss is heard after Pops's first line. -- Also, during "Happiness Hotel," after Zoot mentions Animal's being upset about missing a Rembrandt exhibit, Animal shouts "Renoir!" -- The song "Night Life" has lyrics; it was instrumental before. -- The music during the Muppets' "checklist" (whoopie cushion, rubber raft, bag of chickens, etc.) is different. In the 1993 version, it's more comical-sounding. -- When Miss Piggy crashes through the window and leaps off the motorcycle, her trademark "Hi-yaaah!!!" is removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Silver Spoons: The Great Computer Caper (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Piggy's Fantasy (Miss Piggy)
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Performed by Charles Grodin, Jim Henson, and Chorus
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"The First Time It Happened..."
15 April 2002 | by happiscotsmanSee all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorites! I am 23 and I still need to view this movie at least once a year. Jim Henson was at the height of his creative powers when this was made, and it shows brilliantly. As opposed to "The Muppet Movie", the songs aren't as dated, and the celebrity cameos have been cut back which lessens the distraction from the Muppets themselves. The cameos of John Cleese, Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Robert Morley, and Jack Warden all are funny and fit the plot's movement. The highest performance praise though, must go to Dame Diana Rigg and Charles Grodin, who may have deserved an Academy Award for being the only human ever to attempt to make love to Miss Piggy! ("Miss Piggy, don't put a wall between us...we could have had the world on a silver platter") I also love the music, especially the number in the Dubonett Club, which harkens back to the old-time musicals, with just a hint of satire. Even after seeing "The Score" and "Ocean's 11", the Muppet heist scene is still the most entertaining I've ever seen! My advice is swallow your pride, grab the kids, and "check right in, to the Happiness Hotel"! (SAY CHEESE!)


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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Muppet Movie II See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,968,990, 28 June 1981

Gross USA:

$31,206,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,206,251
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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