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The Muppet Movie

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Director: James Frawley

Cast: Charles Durning

     
 

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Studios have generally done a pretty poor job releasing family films on DVD; perhaps they believe that younger viewers don't care about all the things that make DVDs such a good alternative to video. Thankfully, as this good Columbia DVD release of The Muppet Movie attests, the studios are starting to realize that there is a large, often adult fan base for high…  See more details below

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Studios have generally done a pretty poor job releasing family films on DVD; perhaps they believe that younger viewers don't care about all the things that make DVDs such a good alternative to video. Thankfully, as this good Columbia DVD release of The Muppet Movie attests, the studios are starting to realize that there is a large, often adult fan base for high quality family films. This edition of the witty, slyly subversive Jim Henson feature comes in a widescreen transfer, which shows some scratches and blemishes, and a somewhat cleaner Dolby Digital 5.1 audio transfer that comes in Surround Sound. While these transfers are far from perfect, at least the film doesn't only come in a pan-and-scan version like most family features. The Muppet Movie is divided into separate chapters that make perfect sense and highlight each of the film's ace musical numbers. Extras include a funny, improvised Muppet screen test and numerous theatrical and television trailers. This isn't a perfect edition by any means, and the print could be remastered for future editions, but overall The Muppet Movie is a marked improvement over the cheap, cavalier treatment that other excellent family films (such as Witches and Fly Away Home) have received on DVD in the past.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The first, and best, Muppet feature film is a swamp-to-Tinseltown saga in which Kermit the Frog embarks on an odyssey to become “rich and famous” in Hollywood. Along for this wild and wonderful ride are the classic Muppet characters we know and love: aspiring comedian Fozzie Bear, county-fair beauty queen Miss Piggy, and Gonzo, whose own star-crossed dream is to go to Bombay, India, to become a movie star. “You don’t go to Bombay to become a movie star,” he is informed. “You go to Hollywood.” “Sure,” Gonzo replies, “if you want to do it the easy way.” Blocking their path is Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who will stop at nothing to make Kermit the amphibian face of his frog-leg restaurant chain. Nearly three decades have neither dulled nor dimmed The Muppet Movie’s pleasures. The vaudeville ethos at the heart of The Muppet Show beats strongly here, with jokes both clever and corny, and a ratifying, inclusive spirit that allows Kermit and his company of misfits their place in the world. The puppetry, too, is amazing. You will believe that a frog can ride a bicycle. The stellar and staggering roster of cameos is a show business who’s who, although younger viewers will be more inclined to ask, "Who’s that?" Among the highlights are Jim Henson’s muse, Edgar Bergen, in his final film appearance, plus Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin (as a very sarcastic waiter), Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, and Big Bird, who announces, “I’m on my way to New York City to break into public television.” Paul Williams’s jaunty and dreamy score includes the Oscar-nominated “Rainbow Connection.” The Muppet Movie is all about following one’s dream and the importance of friendship. Mainly, though, it’s about fun, right down to Animal’s final post-credits command to “Go home!”
All Movie Guide
When The Muppet Movie was released in 1979, there was some doubt that Jim Henson's beloved puppets could successfully cross over from TV to feature films. The fears were assuaged as children and their parents lined up to see the off-the-wall Muppet humor and energy on the big screen. The film was such a hit that TV's The Muppet Show quickly went off the air and a sequel, The Great Muppet Caper, was released in 1981. Similar to the series, which featured a different celebrity every week, the movie parades a series of big-name cameos: Orson Welles, Richard Pryor, Bob Hope, and James Coburn, to name a few. Also like the TV show, the Muppets crew proves itself adept at staging -- and simultaneously parodying -- musical numbers. Henson voiced and operated five of the characters, but journeyman director James Frawley helmed the film. The Muppet Movie would be nominated for Academy Awards for best score and best song (the memorable "Rainbow Connection").

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
UPC:
0043396053939
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround], Spanish, French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Jim Frawley's camera test; Muppetisms: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Rizzo; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Henson Kermit the Frog,Rowlf,Dr. Teeth,Waldorf
Frank Oz Fozzie Bear,Miss Piggy,Animal,Sam the Eagle
Charles Durning Doc Hopper
Dave Goelz Great Gonzo,Zoot,Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Michael Davis Muppet Performers
Lawrence Gabriel Sailor
Ira Grubman Bartender
Richard Hunt Scooter,Statler,Janice,Sweetums,Beaker
Kathryn Mullen Muppet Performers
Jerry Nelson Floyd Pepper,Crazy Harry,Robin the Frog,Lew Zealand
Bob Payne Muppet Performers
Steve Whitmire Muppet Performers
Austin Pendleton Max
Scott Walker Frog Killer
Edgar Bergen Himself
Milton Berle Mad Man Mooney
Mel Brooks Prof. Max Krassman
James Coburn El Sleezo Cafe Owner
Dom DeLuise Bernie - the Hollywood Agent
Elliott Gould Beauty Contest Compete
Bob Hope Ice Cream Man
Carol Kane Myth
Cloris Leachman Lord's Secretary
Steve Martin Insolent Waiter
Richard Pryor Balloon Man
Telly Savalas El Sleezo Tough
Orson Welles Lew Lord
Carroll Spinney Big Bird
H.B. Haggerty Lumberjack
Tommy Madden One-Eyed Midget
James Frawley Waiter
Madeline Kahn El Sleezo Patron
Paul Williams El Sleezo Pianist
Bruce Kirby Gate Guard

Technical Credits
James Frawley Director
Kenny Ascher Songwriter
Jack Burns Screenwriter
Gwen Capetanos Costumes/Costume Designer
Les Gobruegge Art Director
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Calista Hendrickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Henson Producer
Jerry Juhl Screenwriter
Robbie Knott Special Effects
David Lazer Co-producer
Charles Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Isidore Mankofsky Cinematographer
Kurt Neumann Production Manager
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Martin Starger Executive Producer
Paul Williams Score Composer
Ron Wright Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:27]
2. "The Rainbow Connection" [3:17]
3. Hollywood agent [2:38]
4. Gone with the bike [3:14]
5. Fozzie Bear [4:12]
6. Doc Hopper [2:47]
7. "Movin' Right Along" [3:21]
8. A moral decision [2:25]
9. The Electric Mayhem [3:36]
10. "Can You Picture That?" [3:42]
11. The Great Gonzo [1:31]
12. MadMan Mooney [3:09]
13. Miss Bogen County [1:58]
14. "Never Before" [3:44]
15. Good humor man [:28]
16. "I'm flying!" [4:25]
17. Dinner for two [4:16]
18. "Something Better" [3:46]
19. Professor Krassman [2:19]
20. Snake Walker [5:56]
21. "I'm Going Back There Someday" [3:17]
22. "We read the screenplay." [5:26]
23. Bunsen & Beaker [3:43]
24. Ghost Town showdown [1:41]
25. Worldwide Studios [3:46]
26. Mr. Lord [1:58]
27. "The Magic Store" [1:25]
28. "The Rainbow Connection" (reprise) [2:57]
Side #2 -- FULL SCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:27]
2. "The Rainbow Connection" [3:17]
3. Hollywood agent [2:38]
4. Gone with the bike [3:14]
5. Fozzie Bear [4:12]
6. Doc Hopper [2:47]
7. "Movin' Right Along" [3:21]
8. A moral decision [2:25]
9. The Electric Mayhem [3:36]
10. "Can You Picture That?" [3:42]
11. The Great Gonzo [1:31]
12. MadMan Mooney [3:09]
13. Miss Bogen County [1:58]
14. "Never Before" [3:44]
15. Good humor man [:28]
16. "I'm flying!" [4:25]
17. Dinner for two [4:16]
18. "Something Better" [3:46]
19. Professor Krassman [2:19]
20. Snake Walker [5:56]
21. "I'm Going Back There Someday" [3:17]
22. "We read the screenplay." [5:26]
23. Bunsen & Beaker [3:43]
24. Ghost Town showdown [1:41]
25. Worldwide Studios [3:46]
26. Mr. Lord [1:58]
27. "The Magic Store" [1:25]
28. "The Rainbow Connection" (reprise) [2:57]

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The Muppet Movie 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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dbock More than 1 year ago
After the jokes, the best part is the guest stars.
Wei More than 1 year ago
We had a great time watching this movie. It is fun and the characters are wonderful. My granddaughter sat still the whole movie and has watched it 4 or 5 times since the first time we played it for her. Great family fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really great movie . A lot of singing , dancing and comedy .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What great memories. Great music and fun for the whole family. Animal is so funny he will make people laugh.
MegaWatt More than 1 year ago
We hadn't seen this movie since it was first released years ago, but when we saw it on DVD, we thought our daughter (17 months old), might enjoy it. As it turns out, it is the first movie she has sat all the way through, and she hasn't done that for a Disney movie yet. I think she finds the Muppets entertaining, as do her mom and dad. The story is fun (aside from the frog legs salesman that is constantly going after Kermit), and there are a lot of fun cameo appearances.
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i luv the muppets!!!!!!!! and this movie is sooooo good. it's cute, funny and great for anyone, of any age. I also think that jim henson is really cool and i luv all of his work.