The Muppet Movie (1979)

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Directed by James Frawley

Written by Jerry Juhl & Jack Burns

Based on The Muppets created by Jim Henson

Starring The Muppet Performers: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, & Dave Goelz

With Charles Durning & Austin Pendleton

Cameos by Dom DeLuise, James Coburn, Madeline Kahn, Telly Savalas, Carol Kane, Paul Williams, Milton Berle, Elliott Gould, Edgar Bergen, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, & Orson Welles

Release Date: June 22, 1979

Running Time: 1hr 35min

Rating: G

Kermit the Frog decides to leave behind his ideal swamp life in Florida to make it big in Hollywood. Along the way he makes new friends, finds romance, encounters various celebrity cameos, and tackles with a fast food tycoon (Durning), who wants him to be the mascot for French fried frog legs.

Some of my earliest memories are watching reruns of The Muppet Show and Muppet Babies, so needless to say the Muppets have always been a huge part of my life.

The film was a huge hit, making $76.6 million against an $8 million budget. I’m sure it’s easy to guess it was also a hit with critics, and was nominated for two Academy Awards (Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) for Best Score and Best Original Song (Rainbow Connection also by Williams and Ascher), and in 2009 was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed  “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” And of course several more films would come out starring the Muppets.

I love this movie! It holds up incredibly well. Vaudeville humor rarely goes out of style, nor physical gags, and this movie has plenty of both. I love the wordplay that goes on between characters, the celebrity cameos are great, and the musical numbers are tons of fun. There’s a good reason people still love the Muppets! Should you see it? Yes! It’s a comedy classic!

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