Muppet Movie

Muppet Movie

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Director: James Frawley

Cast: Charles Durning

     
 

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Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, from of the large crew of loveably fuzzy characters created by puppetmaster Jim Henson, have embarked on a quest for stardom. They take a trip to Hollywood, riding in or on a wide variety of vehicles along the way. They begin their journey on a bicycle pedalled by Kermit, but friends accumulate along the way, and they change vehicles… See more details below

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Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, from of the large crew of loveably fuzzy characters created by puppetmaster Jim Henson, have embarked on a quest for stardom. They take a trip to Hollywood, riding in or on a wide variety of vehicles along the way. They begin their journey on a bicycle pedalled by Kermit, but friends accumulate along the way, and they change vehicles to accomodate them. They have the additional challenge of fending off the entreaties of the heartless Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who wants Kermit to make some advertisements promoting fried frog legs. Kermit must also cope with his amorous feelings for Miss Piggy, and hers for him. This appealing children's adventure movie has numerous scenes which do homage to classic films, and features a huge cast of Hollywood greats, from Edgar Bergen to Orson Welles, in cameo roles. A great box-office success, this movie paved the way for a number of sequels. One of the film's many songs, "The Rainbow Connection," was nominated for an Oscar.

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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:
11/29/2005
UPC:
0786936287769
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Pepe Profiles Presents - Kermit: A Frog's Life

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

Disc #1 -- The Muppet Movie
1. Main Title/"Rainbow Connection" [7:50]
2. Showtime At the El Sleezo [12:53]
3. "Movin' Right Along" [5:38]
4. Electric Mayhem [7:26]
5. Fair Maiden [12:40]
6. A Night At the Lodge [9:53]
7. The Electronic Beanie [8:10]
8. So Much for Hollywood [10:35]
9. Man-to-Frog Showdown [7:47]
10. Hollywood Audition [3:49]
11. "The Magic Store" [5:27]
12. End Credits [2:55]

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