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Muppet Movie, the

Jim Henson , Frank Oz , James Frawley    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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This simply irresistible first feature from the Muppets has Kermit the frog going from the swamps to Hollywood to be a star. As he travels and picks up his usual friends (Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear), Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) is in pursuit, looking for Kermit to be the spokesman for his frog-leg cuisine. A loose rendition of The Wizard of Oz, the film incorporates the same cagey humor as their breakout syndicated TV series The Muppet Show. This is one of the few times that a human cast (notably Steve Martin, Orson Welles, and Carol Kane) are integrated seamlessly with nonhumans. Worth noting is Paul Williams's score, which includes the Oscar-nominated "The Rainbow Connection." Williams's music, much like Howard Ashman's work on The Little Mermaid and other Disney films, provides more than atmosphere; there's a degree of magic here. Williams did not work on the future Muppet films until A Muppet Christmas Carol. His contributions made these films the best of the Muppet series. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

Pepe Profiles Presents -- Kermit: A Frog's Life: Pepe the King Prawn takes an insider's look at the life and times of Kermit the Frog.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie but poor DVD quality March 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Bottom line - if you like the Muppets, you will love this movie! However, the DVD's video and audio quality is poor (that is why the movie has 4 instead of 5 stars). I am not an audiophile but it is really noticeable. The movie looks and sounds like a copy of a VHS tape. I can't believe that they haven't re-mastered this and re-released it. Maybe Disney will help us out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Way for Muppets Nov. 17 2002
By Clew
Format:DVD
This is a classic film to any child who is a child of the Muppets. Jim Henson took something that was already great and decided to make it even better. Giving people a look at how the Muppets all actually met, Henson provided the much needed background for people to truly love these furry little people/animals/and Gonzos that much more. Plus, who could not love this movie for the shear fact that it opens with one of the greatest songs ever..."The Rainbow Connection." It has that childlike innocence that allows children to love it, however, having watched this movie so many times in my life, I find that even as an adult I find jokes I missed as a child. Every child should be forced to watch this movie to find out what it means to have friends who care about you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films of my childhood May 4 2003
Format:DVD
I don't care if I'm 22 or not,I just love this film.The Muppet Movie si the best of the Muppet films,it's funny,cute,charming and just plain fun to watch.Filled with cameos from some of Hollywood's best and with some of the best songs like my favourite which is The Rainbow Connection sung by Kermit and the begining of the film.The film as some very memorable lines but the most memorable are Kermit's at the end "Life's like a movie,write your own ending."The Muppet films aren't as good as they were in the past,so just watch the first three Muppet films and love them.Jim Henson will always be a genuis and will always be Kermit The Frog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a Bucket of Doc Hooper Frog Legs! April 22 2004
Format:DVD
I had the pleasure of introducing my two and half year old son to the magic of the muppets through DVDs of the original "The Muppet Show", the syndicated TV program, that I had watched and enjoyed, while growing up in the 1970s. He loved Kermit & company's surealistic, yet hilarious comedy and music, so the next logical step was to move on to the Muppet's various adventures on film. Luckily, the first DVD I bought was the original 1979 film, "The Muppet Movie". The plot is quite simple.In his hometown swamp, Kermit meets up with a lost and nervous agent (played by the ever hammy, Dom DeLuise) who informs him that a major Hollywood studio is looking for frogs with talent.Armed with a dream of making people happy through his dancing and singing, Kermit goes on a road trip to the West Coast to break into the movie biz. Along the way he picks up new found friends Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Miss Piggy (starting their long running, tumultuous romance), and the rock group, Dr.Teeth & the Electric Mayhem, who all share in dreams of Hollywood fame .Unfortunately, Kermit also gets the attention and ire of Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), a Col. Sanders knock-off, who wants to force our hero to be the spokesfrog for his fast food, frog legs chain, "alive or stuffed". What an adventure! This is a wonderfully entertaining film, which will appeal to both kids and adults alike. Its obvious, that Muppet creator, Jim Henson and his fellow performer, Frank Oz were at their creative peaks.The writing is sharp and never 'dumbed down' ("I think I've lost my way"..."Have you ever tried Hare Krishna?") and the musical numbers are well staged (including Kermit's now classic, "Rainbow Connection"). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie--but what the HEY? Censorship! Nov. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I love the Muppet Movie. Its nods to film noir and buddy films, the music by the fabulous Paul Williams, the celebrity cameos, the characters--especially Miss Piggy and Fozzie.
Now then, I always watched the Muppets very aware that the movies were working on both the child and adult level, and happily put in the DVD anticipating my favorite muppet joke of all: when Kermit walks into a bar after having lost Piggy and says, sadly, "I'll have a grasshopper, please."
Great joke! Kids won't know what a "grasshopper" is or that he is boozing over being stood up--they'll just tune out til the music!
So why did they cut it from the DVD?
Especially when they kept the visual that Kermit drank alllll the champagne after Piggy left, and Rowlf's assertion that every night he has "a coupla beers." This PC thing has gone too far. I suppose it's not enough to deduct a whole star--except it's my all time fave muppet moment.
Oh well, love the movie. And love the DVD option of watching it in French, where they have to change Piggy's trademark "Moi!" to "Me."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for kids and adults July 7 2003
Format:DVD
The Muppet Movie is a classic movie that shows how Jim Henson's Muppets made it big. The story begins with Kermit the Frog sitting on a log in a swamp when a Hollywood agent finds him and tells him to go to Hollywood for a casting call for frogs. Kermit hits the road and along the way picks up plenty of new friends while also running into some trouble. The evil Doc Hopper wants Kermit to be his spokesperson for his new frog legs restaurant, but Kermit refuses. Along the way to Hollywood, Kermit meets Fozzie the Bear, Miss Piggie, Gonzo the Great and many others. This is a great movie that has humor for both kids and adults. There are very funny parts that intermingle the talents of many real movie stars in small cameos.
All the Muppets are here from Kermit to Miss Piggie, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rolf the dog, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Dr. Munson Honeydew and Beaker, and many others. There are plenty of cameos including Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom Deluise, Elliot Gould, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Orson Welles, and Paul Williams. Steve Martin and Mel Brooks are the funniest as a sarcastic waiter and a mad scientist. Charles Durning is also very good as Doc Hopper with his bumbling assistant, Max played by Austin Pendleton. Fans of the Muppets of all ages with love this classic about how the Muppets came to be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Muppets Movie it's great!
What can you say ? It's the Muppets Movie it's great!
Published 1 month ago by W.Jabbusch
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je déplore que le français ne soit pas disponible dans le "setting" car la pochette semblait bilingue.sinon très beau film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Holds up
Just wanted to say that this film truly is a classic and it holds up well. We bought it for our 3 year old...as my husband and I held fond memories of it... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment l'obtenir???
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Published on July 7 2004 by Herold F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creme de la Kermie.
Mini review of one of my alltime 10 favorite films.
Many people question why this is on my top 10. I think the question is why is it not on theirs? Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by David C. Roller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Movie that's Great For All Ages!
I saw The Muppet Movie in a movie theater when I was around 14 years old. I didn't want to go see it because I thought it was a kiddy movie and I was too old for it but my mother... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Calinira
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
I have this movie on vhs. It's an excellent movie if you want to find out how the muppets supposedly started. It's a must buy for true Muppets fans.
Published on Dec 16 2003 by N. Hendrix
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality DVD -- and the movie is not very good either.
Plenty of other reviewers have already commented, correctly, on how low-quality the image is on this DVD. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by Tihocan
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