Movie Review – ‘The Great Muppet Caper’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

After enjoying the third episode of ‘Muppets Now’ last Friday, my parents and I saw ‘The Great Muppet Caper’ on Disney+. I’ve never seen this movie before despite having watched a few Muppet movies in the past like ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, ‘Muppet Treasure Island’, ‘Muppets From Space’, the 2011 ‘Muppets’ film and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’. I’ve not even reviewed those films yet!

‘The Great Muppet Caper’ was released in 1981. At this point, the Muppets were at their peak from doing ‘The Muppet Show’. The film was directed by Jim Henson, who makes his directorial debut here. Neat! This was also after the Muppets had their first ‘Muppet Movie’ made in 1979. Also neat.

The movie has the Muppets caught up in a jewel heist whilst investigating a robbery in London. This includes Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great and Miss Piggy. I like how this film feels closer to home, especially with it being set in London. I also like the fourth-wall breaking in this film.

It’s amusing when certain moments of the film had the Muppets remembering that they’re making a movie and that they’re reminding it to us as an audience. It’s good the Muppets can do that and it makes the comedic antics enjoyable. The Muppets’ fourth-breaking is also better than Deadpool’s. 🙂

Deadpool: “Wash your mouth, bad Bradley boy!”

You know I’m right! You ALL KNOW I’M RIGHT!!!

As usual with these Muppet productions, there are certain amount of famous guest stars and cameos appearing in this movie. This includes the late Diana Rigg (who I was happy to see and honour her memory) playing Lady Holiday, a famous British fashion designer who becomes the victim of a jewel heist. I’m surprised Diana Rigg didn’t do any action-packed scenes like Emma Peel.

There’s also Charles Grodin, who I’ve seen in the ‘Beethoven’ movies, as Nicky Holiday, Lady Holiday’s brother, who turns out to be the criminal in the movie. Bit strange Diana Rigg has a brother with an American accent. Charles Gordin’s character ends up falling in love with Miss Piggy in the film. 🙂

I liked the love story between Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in the film. There’s always a formula with these Muppet movies where Kermit and Miss Piggy become love interests, which is contrast to how they are in ‘The Muppet Show’. The movie also features three fashion models who help Charles Grodin including Erica Creer as Marla, Kate Howard as Carla and Della Finch as Darla. A lot of ‘rlas’! 🙂

Incidentally, Gonzo likes to use his camera a lot in the episode. There’s also a strange ‘Footlight Parade’/Busby Berkeley dream sequence moment with Miss Piggy in the film. The film also features a number of guest star cameos that I got a thrill out of watching as I recognised some familiar faces. 😀

The guest star cameos include John Cleese as Neville and Joan Sanderson as Dorcas. I’m surprised these two are together after having watched them in ‘Communication Problems’ from ‘Fawlty Towers’. John Cleese must’ve been made to look older, mustn’t he? I’m surprised John Cleese didn’t question Miss Piggy and Kermit being in his and Joan Sanderson’s house once Miss Piggy broke in! 😀

There’s also Peter Falk as a tramp. Sadly Columbo didn’t do good detective work in this movie as Kermit said, ‘nothing he said had been right’. 😀 There are also people like Peter Ustinov as a truck driver, Michael Robbins from ‘On the Buses’ as a security guard an even Muppet performers like Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt and Jerry Nelson make small guest cameos at certain points in the film. I was quite surprised to see Oscar from ‘Sesame Street’ making a guest cameo in a ‘Muppets’ film.

‘The Great Muppet Caper’ has been an enjoyable film to watch. It was nice to sit through and it had a lot of laughs from Muppets and humans alike. I hope I’ll watch more ‘Muppet’ films I haven’t seen for a while or not at all to occupy my time. Muppets can keep you happy, especially in difficult times.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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