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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films of my childhood May 4 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Make Way for Muppets Nov. 17 2002
By Clew
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 It's the Muppets Movie it's great! July 4 2014
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What can you say ? It's the Muppets Movie it's great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Muppet Movie Nov. 4 2012
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See the movie that started the phenomenon!
Looking for a way to show your children The Muppets?
Complete your collection with the movies you grew up with!
The Muppet Movie does that!
Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzy Bear!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original and the Best! Oct. 27 2002
Back when they use to only put noteworthy people on stamps, I always wondered how long it would be before Jim Henson would grace our envelopes. The man was a genius and his wonderful talents were put to the greatest use: to make millions of people happy. I am one of those millions of people. The Muppet movies were among my favorites as a child and today, in my early 20s, they entertain me on a whole new level. The Muppet Movie is easily the best of the six Muppet feature films. It's sharply satirical, highly imaginative and, at its core, is extremely heartfelt. I love Kermit sitting in his swamp, humbly singing "Rainbow Connection." I love Gonzo's quote "Look at all those stars...you get lost in a sky like that," followed by his wonderful song. And I love Kermit's final words in the film: "Life's like a movie, write your own ending." Thank you Mr. Henson, on behalf of all those you made happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Par With Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffanies? March 19 2002
Is "The Muppet Movie" on the same level of quality as "Casablanca" and "Breakfast at Tiffanies"? What about "Citizen Kane" and "Gone with the Wind"?
I'd like to think that a seven year old might consider this among the greatest films ever. With no heavy message, "The Muppet Movie" is sheer joy. The singable songs, the colorful characters, the incredible silliness of it all make it a movie worth watching with your family without hesitation.
As a DVD, you won't find many of the extras you might see on other films, but the kids won't care. In fact, as fun as the trailers are, your young ones simply want to watch the movie.
I first saw this movie as a child, and still know the words to "Rainbow Connection."
I fully recommend "The Muppet Movie".
Anthony Trendl
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The Muppet Movie, even by todays standards, rocks my socks off. I can't get enough of Gonzo and his foul girlfriend Camilla. He should have received "best supporting actor". When I was younger I remember knowing that the funny puppets were not real but I just couldn't get over the genuineness of Kermit and Fozzie's relationship with eachother. Their warm and hilarious dialogue is convincing to me even now as a 23 year old. Henson and Oz were truly jedi masters of their trade. It's disappointing that the recent Muppet releases are lacking the magic that the first three movies had. I can't wait to share this film with my daughter. I like the fact that it is a fun family movie but it still manages to reveal real profound contemplations on life and relationships and dreams without overkill. I will never tire of this film. It leaves me happy and warm and fuzzy all over. tee hee
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie but poor DVD quality March 1 2004
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray +...
je déplore que le français ne soit pas disponible dans le "setting" car la pochette semblait bilingue.sinon très beau film
Published 6 months ago by Micheline Benoit
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???
Bonjour...je voudrais juste dire que j'Aimerais bien obtenir ce DVD sur votre site, malheureusement il n'est jamais disponible!!!Alors SVP... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Never give up your dreams.
A simple story with simple themes: Don't give up on your dreams; sharing your dreams brings you more friends to help you find your dreams. Read more
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a Bucket of Doc Hooper Frog Legs!
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,... Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Kenneth M. Gelwasser
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 17 2003 by N. Hendrix
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie--but what the HEY? Censorship!
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003
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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