The Muppet Movie (1979)

 


 

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Genre: Adventure,Comedy,Family,Musical

The Muppet Movie (1979)
   
Release Date: 22 June 1979 (USA)
Country: UK , USA
Director: James Frawley
Cast:
  • Jim Henson
  • Frank Oz
  • Jerry Nelson
  • Richard Hunt
  • Dave Goelz
  • Charles Durning
  • Austin Pendleton
  • Edgar Bergen
  • Milton Berle
  • Mel Brooks
  • James Coburn
  • Dom DeLuise
  • Elliott Gould
  • Bob Hope
  • Madeline Kahn


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33 Responses to The Muppet Movie (1979)

  1. HowdyHank
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    Think about it – half the people who woked on this movie are dead! It’s almost like the "Poltergeist" curse!

    – Milton Burle

    -Bob Hope

    – Madeline Kahn

    -Edgar Bergin

    -James Coburn

    -Jim Henson

    May they all rest in peace…

  2. mjmtlcjoy
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    I just love this movie:)!! Did anyone else like it? I love the whole movie but my favorite scene was at the end when Sweetums finally caught up with the group.

    And as for favorite Muppet I loved them all!!

  3. TheLittleSongbird
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    "Music comes from within, from your heart, and from your soul"

    Here are mine:

    The Muppet Movie

    The Great Muppet Caper

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Muppet Treasure Island

    Muppets Take Manhatten

  4. the_great_fault
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    Was that green screened or did they actually create a giant muppet?

  5. marklar95
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    I seen this game on another message board and I decided to bring it over here. It seems to be growing popular. It can be really fun and entertaining reading some of the creative answers people come up with. (Although, just like any thread, from time to time you might have to brush off some people with a SEVERE lack of imagination)

    The game is simple: I ask a stupid question, the next person has to give a stupid answer to the question then ask another stupid question.

    Eg.:

    (In my post.)

    Q: What kind of creature is Kermit the Frog?

    (In the next persons post.)

    A: !!!!! (Create any stupid answer to the best of your creativity)

    Q: ????? (Then post another stupid question that either follows it, or you can start a new one)

    Okay, I’ll start.

    Q: Why didn’t Kermit bring his banjo with him when he left?

  6. radioriot
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    I saw this movie 30 years ago when it first came out. I was a 21 year old male college student. One day me and my two roommates and the girlfriend of one of them went to the afternoon $1 showing. It was us and 2 other people in the theater. I have always been a huge Muppet fan, but when they got to the bicycle scene… OMG… I must confess, I slide out of my seat, down to one knee and laughed so hard I cried. I have never laughed so hard before or since in a movie theater. I still laugh at how hard I laughed. My friends just sat there looking at me like I was crazy. But I didn’t care, I just cracked up seeing a frog ride a bike. I can watch it now without cracking up, but it is still funny. I love when they have animals doing human things. I think I scared the other two people in there, but they were on the other side of the theater. But who cares. A couple of years later I got to see Jim Henson in person, but was unable to get close enough to him to tell him how much I loved that movie. The "bike" scene and the "running gag" are my favorites. I just had to get that off my chest. I feel better now.

  7. mcspunkle
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    My grandparents were huge Muppet fans, and got my siblings and me into them at a very young age. They would record the Muppet Show and and the movies or anything related onto VHS for us to watch when we visited. Years later I was looking at one of the tapes, and my grandpa’s handwriting (chicken scratch) looked like it said The Muffet Show. I looked at the other tapes, they all said The Muffets! He was very hard of hearing and his vision wasn’t all that great either. I said (yelled really), "Grandpa, who are The Muffets?" then I put one of the tapes in, pointed to the screen and showed him those were p’s not f’s! He took a look, realized his mistake, laughed a little, then looked embarassed. All these years he was enjoying Jim Henson’s Muffets!! I actually felt kind of bad after pointing it out to him. Anyway, I’ve been on a Muppet kick lately and thought that was a funny story. Love this movie.

  8. wallywest84
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    Animal Kingdom of Pop: 10+ Prominent Pigs

    http://popfessor.com/2010/01/22/animal-kingdom-of-pop-10-prominent-pig s/

  9. TygerBug
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    When originally released in theaters in England (and possibly elsewhere), the runtime of the film was 97.5 minutes or so. Many small scenes were cut from the film to reach the current 94 minute running time. The original longer version has become very rare for some reason, but was released in England on PAL laserdisc and home video during the 1980s. Most notably the longer version has a different (and better) ending, where the Muppets talk to each other during the credits, talking about how they did in the movie. This is a very funny scene. Also, the full version of "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along" is performed by Rowlf and Kermit, with several more verses than in the 94 minute version.

    The longer 97 minute version, as originally released in theaters (in England at least) and released on video in England in the 80s, contains the following extended scenes:

    Extended shots of Kermit entering the bar where Fozzie is performing, after the James Coburn cameo.

    More of Fozzie being heckled in the bar. He honks a horn which falls apart. "This is not my night."

    Extra shots as Doc Hopper and Max watch Fozzie and Kermit dance in the bar. 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 on Never Before, Never Again.

    Great extended version of Rowlf and Kermit dueting on "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along," with about two or three more verses. "A laddy 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 to you guys." All Muppets talk and say funny things over ending credits. Robin says Kermit is a great actor. Fozzie wants to hear that 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.

    Original trailers for the film contained some minor footage not seen in the final film. There was also a short Super8mm version of the movie released for home movie projectors – this ran about 18 minutes and was a very shortened version of the movie. The opening and closing title cards of this version seem to be taken from the theatrical trailers for the film.

  10. toplaycool
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    1. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

    2. The Exiles (1961)

    3. Heroes All (1920)

    4. Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)

    5. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Agree!

    6. Jezebel (1938) Agree!

    7. The Jungle (1967)

    8. The Lead Shoes (1949)

    9. Little Nemo (1911)

    10. Mabel’s Blunder (1914)

    11. The Mark of Zorro (1940) Agree!

    12. Mrs. Miniver (1942) Agree!

    13. The Muppet Movie (1979) Agree!

    14. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

    15. Pillow Talk (1959) Agree!

    16. Precious Images (1986)

    17. Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)

    18. The Red Book (1994)

    19. The Revenge of Pancho Villa (1930-36)

    20. Scratch and Crow (1995)

    21. Stark Love (1927)

    22. The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) Agree!

    23. A Study in Reds (1932)

    24. Thriller (1983)

    25. Under Western Stars (1938)

  11. orlandoflorida2002
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    I know that in 2004, Disney bought The Muppets, and have rereleased several of their movies on DVD…The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island, as well as seasons of the Muppet Show and a few TV specials. But why haven’t they released Muppets from Space, or The Muppets Take Manhattan? Also, other TV movies and specials have been released by other companies. I know that most of these releases took place before Disney acquired the Muppets, but then do these other distributors still hold some rights to the films?

    Sorry if this is confusing, but I was just wondering. It seems weird to me that Disney would have released some of the movies, but not all, if they had the opportunity to.

  12. cartbeforethemuel
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    Anybody’s lover,

    Everybody’s brother

    I wanna be your lifetime friend.

    Crazy as a rocket,

    Nothing in my pocket,

    I keep it at the rainbow’s end.

    Never than of money,

    I think of milk and honey,

    Grinnin’ like a Cheshire Cat.

    I focus on the pleasure,

    It’s something I can treasure,

    Can you picture that?

    Let me take your picture,

    Add it to the mixture,

    There it is I got ya now.

    Really nothing to it,

    And anyone can do it,

    Its easy and we all know how.

    Now begins the changin’,

    Mental rearrangin’,

    Nothing’s really where its at.

    Now the Eiffel Tower’s

    Holding up a flower,

    I gave it to a Texas Cat

    Fact is there’s nothing out there you can do,

    Yeah, even Santa Claus believes in you,

    Break down your walls,

    Begin, believe, begat

    Be a better drummer

    Be an up-and-comer

    Can you picture that?

    CAN YOU BAGGY THAT? (shouted by Animal)

    All of us are winnin’

    Pickin’ and a-grinnin’

    Lordy how I love to jam.

    Jelly belly giggling

    Dancing and a wiggling

    Honey that’s the way I am.

    Lost my heart in Texas,

    Northern Lights affects us,

    I keep it underneath my hat

    Aurora Borealis,

    Shinin’ down on Dallas,

    Can you picture that?

    Can you picture that?

    Use it if you need it,

    But don’t forget to feed it,

    Can you picture it?

    Even as a child there was something about Dr.Teeth and the Electric Mayhem that seemed "tongue in cheek", it wasn’t until as an adult I rewatched the film and happened to turn on the subtitles during their song that I realized just how overtly pro-pot those puppets are. Its the kind of stuff you just can’t get away with anymore. Damn, I wish Jim Henson was still alive!!

  13. wermuth601
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    I’ve been thinking, a lot of times, in fiction, when explosions happen and things get destroyed, they are funny. But in The Muppet Movie, when the set starts crashing and getting destroyed, it’s not funny. It doesn’t seem to be played for laughs. So, I wodner, does anybody else think that the set crashing was unfunny in that scene/ context?

  14. DGHours1
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    Does it exist? I can’t find it for the life of me.

  15. dnljack01-1
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    There was a part of the movie where Fozzy sings America the beautiful and everytime I watch it it’s not there. Was it edited out of the DVD I have?

    Slimer! That was my clean uniform!" Winston Real Ghostbusters Episode Lost and foundry

  16. windup0326
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    steve martin is such a smart ass in this movie lol. remember? he’s the waiter for kermit and miss piggy.

  17. windup0326
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    in the scene when kermit is at the cafe, he is talking to Madeline Kline and this guy says hey you hittin’ on my girl actually don’t remember the quote anyway he says something bout frogs and kermit says yeah that’s a myth and the guy says what and kermit says myth myth! and a woman says yes? again when doc hopper and max stop kermit and fozzy with a build board of kermit, she shows up again. what’s with that?

  18. churlyryan
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    Luke Skywalker: Gonzo

    Princess Leia: Janice (that’s right, NOT MISS PIGGY!)

    Han Solo: Kermit (Haha, Kermit falls in love with Janice this time)

    Chewbacca: Sweetums (I almost didn’t want to put this…)

    C-390: Bunsen

    R2-D2: Beaker

    Obi-Wan: Sam the Eagle

    Jabba the Hutt: Miss Piggy (That’s right, Jabba wants Han [Kermit] so he can freeze him in carbonate, plus Miss Piggy is ugly, just like Jabba)

    Greedo: Swedish Chef

    Darth Vader: Oscar the Grouch (in a cameo)

    Lando Calrisian: Rowlf

    Emperor Palpatine: Waldorf & Statler

    Dack (Luke’s Gunner at Hoth): Scooter

    Yoda: Fozzie

    Boba Fett: Rizzo

    Nien Numb (The name of the alien who is Lando’s Co-pilot in Return of the Jedi): Big Bird (in a cameo)

    Ewoks: A whole bunch of Animals

    Helmetless Darth Vader: Miss Piggy (because she is ugly)

  19. churlyryan
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    She is UGLY.

  20. bluesummersparrow
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    The cemetery showing was awesome! Of course it was. But, um, were you the girl sitting in front of me? You had short brown hair and you were wearing a blue tank-top. When it got chilly you put on a white, I think it was white it was dark, short-sleeved hoodie. And earlier you were enjoying the two-buck chuck from trader joes. You had a friend, she showed up earlier and saved a spot for both of you. You seemed like you really enjoyed the movie. I know I will most likely never ever see you again but I just wanted to ask if you wanted to get some ice cream sometime. Oh and you had a copy of Gone With the Wind with you. Unfortunately you will probably never read this.

    Best wishes.

    I am not weird, well I am but sometimes I just remember things for some non-weird reason. And I think you are weird for thinking I am weird.

  21. daneprincess
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    I know it sounds pretty silly, but I’d really like to start a screen-play for "The Muppet Mordor Adventure" or something along those lines, but I really can’t think of a good cast. Here’s what I have so far, just toss in anything that you think would work. Feel free to tell me whether or not some of these casting choices are terrible too.

    Frodo: Kermit

    Sam: Fozzie

    Boromir: Sweetums

    Treebeard: Nanny from Muppet Babies

    Gollum/Smeagol: Gonzo and Rizzo

    Orcs: An army of Animal!

    Mouth of Sauron: Swedish Chef

    Miss Piggy: Galadriel

    Elrond: Beaker

    Saruman: Sam the Eagle

    Rowlf: Aragorn

    Janice: Eowyn

    Merry and Pippin: Statler and Waldorf

    Scooter and Skeeter: Gimli and Legolas

    This is pretty much where I ran out of ideas. If any LOTR/Muppet fans can think of anything, let me know!

  22. matineeidyll
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    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=W2whAl_v9IE

    Go take a step outside – see what’s shaking in the real world.

  23. EDGEYPOOH
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    Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the MUPPET MOVIE at the LA FILM FESTIVAL 2009!!!!

    Hit the road with Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and all their friends in this beloved classic for all ages, bursting with cameos, comedy, and fantastic songs like “The Rainbow Connection.”

    Bring the Family and see it for FREE!!!!

    For more info go to http://www.festselects.com/family

    Thanks,

    K.M.

  24. shilo_mifsud
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    5 actors from the muppet movie r in history of the world pt 1.

    …mel brooks, dom deluise, madeline kahn, cloris laechman & orson welles

  25. shilo_mifsud
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    just read on the imdb’s main page that dom deluise had died!

    i got such a shock :(

  26. mljp85
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    In Disneyworld a few years ago, I remember hearing a version of the song with what seemed like the entire muppet cast singing the song. Is that version available on a CD somewhere? Don’t recall hearing that on the DVD or soundtrack.

    Thanks for your help!

  27. ijonesiii
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    I love when the Muppets finally make it to the big agent’s office and manage to get by prissy secretary Cloris Leachman so they can get Orson Welles to offer them the "Standard Rich and Famous Contract."

  28. italianfoodfan2001
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    I know that Fozzie wasn’t driving the car, it was "driven" by a midget in the trunk by remote control with a closed circuit TV, and Jim Henson spent 5 days underwater in that swamp in a bathysphere, also with CCTV, when they did the Rainbow Connection. But I want to know, how long it took them to do Gonzo’s balloon scene? I’m sure it took several bunches of balloons and a few days to do this, and if you look very closely you can see the balloons being pulled up by fishing line, or some type of thin wire. And when Gonzo is afloat looking down at the car, depending on the aspect ratio of your TV, you can see some wire just above the balloons. I wonder if the puppet was dangling from a helicopter? I wish I could see some behind the scenes of this movie, and of that scene. Oh, and how in the name of ground beef did they get Kermit to ride a bicycle?

    Don’t Genius Live in a Lamp?-Patrick Star

  29. italianfoodfan2001
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    Whats your favorite scene in this movie?

    Personally, I like when Gonzo takes flight via helium balloons from the fair. I have many more! Tell me your favorite moment! Seen this movie about a million times.

  30. kevinsmithf1master02
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    What’s the best cameo in all of the muppet movies you think?

    Orson Welles’s one is up there.

  31. italianfoodfan2001
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    In "Never Before," near the end, Miss Piggy is sitting on a rock near a waterfall while Kermit is in the water struggling, splashing, and trying to stay afloat(?). And right after that, Kermit is standing at a lamppost in the foggy evening and then Miss Piggy walks by, takes one look at him and walks away. He was in a brown raincoat or something. Can anyone clear this up for me?

    Don’t Genius Live in a Lamp?-Patrick Star

  32. shilo_mifsud
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    just thought of this 2day lol …4 travelling all that way 2 hollywood

    u never saw the muppets pull up at a service station!!! lol

  33. patrick101085
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    10. Only classic characters for the main and supporting roles please. The newer, “Muppets Tonight”-era characters were a good idea in theory to breathe some new life into the Muppets, but Pepe or Clifford should not have starring roles in this production. Go back and look at the older characters and see how well-written they were. I’m talking about Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Camilla, the Electric Mayhem (all of them! Even Lips), Sweetums, Robin, Sam, Rowlf, Scooter, Lew Zealand, Pops, Beauregard, the Newsman, Crazy Harry, Bunsen and Beaker, Statler and Waldorf, and the Swedish Chef. There is no need to have anyone else in the cast detracting from these characters or stealing their glory. Be true to the characters. The ones listed above are more than enough to move the plot forward, and Jim and Co. have already done the hard part. The characters are established; now just roll off of that.

    9. Let’s get the classic Muppets speaking again! Although it was appropriate and respectful to “semi-retire” some of the characters in the wake of Jim and Richard’s deaths (Rowlf and Scooter for example), enough time has passed now to get them back in the mix. It would be a shame to simply stop doing these great Muppets, and it does a disservice to the memory of Jim and Richard to simply put their creations to rest. How much fun would it be to see Scooter, Rowlf, Janice, Dr. Teeth, and Sweetums take center stage again? Who remembers the last time we heard Zoot or Floyd talk.

    8. Moving right along, it needs to be mentioned that this might by the end of an era for the original performers. With Jim and Richard gone, and Frank and Jerry’s participation up in the air, that leaves Dave Goelz as the only “original” voice left. This goes back the previous point, but keep the characters alive no matter what, even though the original voices are gone. No amount of words can describe how much Jim and Richard are missed, and seeing Frank, Jerry, and Dave involved would be nothing short of thrilling, but just because the original performers will not be involved does not mean that you can’t recast the roles. Some of the voice work in the “From the Balcony” series was phenomenal. Just because the creators of Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, or the Peanuts gang have passed on doesn’t mean that the characters have to be put away as well.

    7. The Muppets were always about the music. Great care should be taken in writing and performing songs in this film. The music in the last few Muppet productions has been atrocious, and it reflects on the quality of these films. Bring Paul Williams back; his involvement with the Muppets was just as important as any puppeteer’s performance. The songs in TMM, TGMC, TMTM, and even Emmit Otter were moving, energetic, and beautiful. The rumor is that Ween was originally tapped to write songs for MFS. If Williams is unavailable, something creative along these lines would improve the film ten-fold.

    6. Wow us with the puppetry again. Think of the first time you saw Kermit playing his banjo in the middle of the swamp, or Muppets riding bicycles, or the entire cast singing from parachutes and hot-air balloons. Who can forget the final scenes of TMM and TMTM that were comprised of hundreds of puppets? These are iconic scenes and are mind blowing when trying to think about all of the work involved in achieving them. It’s been 24 years since TMTM. Say what you will about the film, but the puppets from the Creature Shop in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” were incredible. There should be little to no CGI in this film: show us what can be done with puppetry in the 21st century.

    5. Keep it clean. A PG rating would be fine, but there really isn’t a valid reason for not aiming for a G-rated film. Look at the success Pixar has had with their films. Although their movies are loved by children and adults alike, Pixar films are NOT kiddie films. They are movies to be enjoyed by EVERYONE, and will truly stand the test of time. Throwing in some sly winking to the adults or spicing up the dialogue with a few sexual innuendos would be out of place in a Muppet movie. This isn’t Triumph the Insult Dog or Crank Yankers: The Movie.

    4. While we’re at it though, give us some laughs. Go back and watch TMM; it is hysterical. It doesn’t cater to a young audience, but they are still entertained. This is how you appeal to the older and younger audiences alike: make the film entertaining enough for children, but have the writing be clever and sophisticated enough for the adults. Let’s face it: the core audience for this film are people in their 20’s and 30’s. Young people today don’t know the Muppets as well as we do, and what a perfect way to introduce them to the characters. Don’t dumb it down for the children; instead give them a movie that they can revisit ten years later and pick up on stuff they never even noticed

    before.

    3. Be careful with the cameos. Think of how memorable Orson Welles, Steve Martin, Milton Berle, James Coburn, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Dom Deluise, and Richard Pryor were. And that’s just in one movie! Now try to recall, without groaning, how jarring Hulk Hogan and Dawson’s Creek were in MFS. Cameos can either strengthen or ruin a film, and the earlier Muppet films cast perfect stars for the roles, and their performances were timeless. Let’s get some respectable stars in this picture. People have already been talking about Dame Judy Dench squaring off with Miss Piggy, or Ricky Gervais popping in. One of the problems with the more recent Muppet movies is that the human actors outshine their Muppet co-stars, when it should be completely the other way around. And believe it, true Muppet fans want to see classic Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock characters make a brief appearance.

    2. Don’t be afraid to sneak in a message or to make us tear up a little. There are some incredibly touching moments in the first three Muppet flicks; try watching TMM without getting a lump in your throat. Jim Henson was one of the most inspiring people of the 20th century, and I’m sure was one of the primary reasons why I became an elementary school teacher. That old theme of “following your dream” was prevalent in all of the Muppet projects and is synonymous with Kermit’s personality. Jim was very quotable guy, and his philosophy on life can only improve the final product of this film.

    1. Keep on doing exactly what you are doing. All the news so far about this project has only gotten fans more and more excited. We love hearing comparisons of Kermit to Tom Hanks, that the aim is for the early 80’s vibe, and even rumors that Charles Grodin is now attached. The tentative plot line of saving the theater and putting on a show is perfectly simple. It is evident that Jason is a huge Muppet fan, and nothing is more reassuring than hearing that the Muppets will be treated like actors and that character will be emphasized. The past few years have been slightly rough for Muppet fans; the brilliant video by Weezer probably being the biggest highlight. The Henson Co. has resorted to doing the “Unstable Fables” series, which is somewhat sad to think about. However, the near future looks very optimistic for Muppet fans. With the Dark Crystal sequel, the Fraggle Rock movie, and this new film on the horizon, we could be experiencing a new era of interest and quality films with the Muppets. Certainly this beloved franchise will not go the same route that Underdog, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have. After seeing “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” it is safe to say that the Muppets are in perfect hands with Jason, and we can only look forward to an inventive return back to Henson’s original creation.

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