Muppet Treasure Island

Muppet Treasure Island

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Director: Brian Henson

Cast: Brian Henson, Tim Curry, Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop

     
 

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Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young orphan who becomes involved with pirate Long John Silver is given the Muppet treatment in this vibrant children's musical. As in The Muppet Christmas Carol, the film stays loyal to the original storyline but casts the well-known puppets in many of the supporting roles. Young Jim Hawkins remains human, as does

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Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young orphan who becomes involved with pirate Long John Silver is given the Muppet treatment in this vibrant children's musical. As in The Muppet Christmas Carol, the film stays loyal to the original storyline but casts the well-known puppets in many of the supporting roles. Young Jim Hawkins remains human, as does Long John Silver, played by an amusingly exaggerated Tim Curry. However, Captain Smollet is played by the evergreen Kermit the Frog; Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Rizzo the Rat serve as roving narrators; and numerous other Muppets assume smaller roles. The familiar adventure plot is enlivened by the Muppets' good-natured, winking sense of humor, and a number of anarchic musical numbers are reminiscent of the original Muppet Show. Long-time followers of the Muppets may find the film less fresh than Jim Henson's original creations, but the combination of old-fashioned storytelling, intriguing design, and clever humor will undoubtedly amuse younger audiences.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure gets Muppetized in this 1996 delight, complete with savvy cameos, rollicking musical numbers ("Cabin Fever" is a showstopper), self-referential humor, and Miss Piggy as the Island's treasure-bedecked "queen of the warthogs." Purists offended by any of this are free to walk the plank. But if you're anything like the tour group that passes through one of the climactic scenes ("This is where they filmed Muppet Treasure Island," explains the guide) you'll be very impressed indeed. Kevin Bishop heads the human cast as plucky young Jim Hawkins, who comes into possession of a treasure map. Tim Curry is in his element as the scheming "professional pirate" Long John Silver. The Muppet cast includes Kermit as Captain Smollett, with Rizzo the Rat and the Great Gonzo shouldering most of the comedy. It wouldn't be a Muppet movie without a Kermit-and-Piggy love scene, and here the duo wind up tied together upside down, dangling over a cliff, where they share the tender ballad "Love Led Us Here." Funny and faithful (in its way) to Stevenson's story, this is a film families will long treasure.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/1996
UPC:
0786936001938
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Curry Long John Silver
Jennifer Saunders Mrs. Bluveridge
Kevin Bishop Jim Hawkins
Billy Connolly Billy Bones
Frank Oz Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy),Squire Trelawney (Fozzie Bear)
Steve Whitmire Capt. Abraham Smollet (Kermit the Frog)/Rizzo the Rat
Dave Goelz Dr. Levesey (Dr. Bunsen Honeydew],Gonzo (Gonzo the Great)
Jerry Nelson Figurehead (Statler),Floyd Pepper,Robin,Blind Pew,Mad
Kevin Clash Polly,Spa'am,Black Dog,Real Old Tom
Harry Jones Easy Pete
David Rudman Swedish Chef
Frederick Warder Calico Jerry

Technical Credits
Brian Henson Director,Producer
Nick Allder Special Effects Supervisor
Martin G. Baker Producer
Alan Cassie Art Director
Allison Cowitt Casting
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Karen Dawson Makeup
John Fenner Camera Operator
Mike Fenton Casting
Pat Garrett Choreography
Jim V. Hart Screenwriter
Michael Jablow Associate Producer,Editor
Jerry Juhl Screenwriter
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Mann Songwriter
Frank Oz Executive Producer
Gilly Poole Casting
Selwyn Roberts Producer
Polly Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Val Strazovec Production Designer
Kirk R. Thatcher Screenwriter
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Weil Songwriter
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Muppet Treasure Island 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
best muppet movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A wicked film that you can sit through without having to think that much, great acting from Tim Curry and Kevin Bishop!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch/listen to this every time I'm cramming to get homework done. You work faster when you're having fun!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is so a classic that's like treasure island just with muppets. ms piggy has always been my fave puppet when i was little next to kermit and gonzo especially the bear forgot his name and the rat.
MFDB More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Muppet movies. The Muppet spin on the classic story from Treasure Island is very entertaining. Tim Curry is fantastic as Long John Silver. We took our children to see this in the theater and bought the vhs version when it came out. Our oldest child wanted the dvd to watch with friends in the university dorm as a stress reliever during exams. For an evening of great family time you can't beat the Muppets!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I gave it 4 stars on "intellectual stimulation". That might be an exaggeration, but I did see this movie TWICE in the theater! One of the funniest kid-friendly movies ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adventurous! Joyable and funny for the whole family!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best muppet films I've seen in a long time. My husband and I have gotten so much laughter out of the jokes that have been on this film, since we both first saw it. He quotes them all the time! I really love the story and how it all links together in the great tradition of awesome muppet story telling. I will be forever grateful to Jim Henson for giving us such a wonderful gift of entertainment that many generations will be able to enjoy for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie i love how tim curry brought out the character of long john silver and the way he interacted with the muppets was hilarious. he is one of my idols.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great! My 4 year old and 2 year old LOVE this movie. They watch it almost every day and have memorized all of the songs. This film is also for adults, and I find myself sitting down to portions of it every time it is on. Definitely a keeper.