Movie Review – ‘The Muppet Movie’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I’ve seen ‘The Muppet Movie’ from 1979 at last! This has been talked about for a long time and it has been hailed as an original classic. I have seen bits and pieces of the movie when I was a kid, but never got to properly watch it all the way through. I’ve managed to see the whole movie on Disney+!

‘The Muppet Movie’ follows on from the success of ‘The Muppet Show’ on TV at the time. In fact, it was produced by Jim Henson during the first and second half of ‘The Muppet Show’s third season. So, the Muppets were pretty popular by then and there are quite a lot of laughs to enjoy in this film.

The movie follows the origin story of the Muppets – sort of. I’m not sure in terms of what time period this movie takes place, whether it’s before ‘The Muppet Show’ or whether ‘The Muppet Show’ never really happened. Anyway, Kermit the Frog embarks on a road journey to Hollywood. 😀

He encounters several of the Muppets along the way. This includes Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, etc. All share the same ambition of finding success in professional show business. However, along the way, Kermit’s being pursued by Charles Durning as evil restaurateur Doc Hopper.

He wants Kermit to be his spokesperson for his frog legs business, something which Kermit is wholly against. I find it funny that Doc Hopper keeps on pursuing Kermit and his friends all the way to Hollywood when he could’ve just given up. Honestly, every time I saw him, I went “Not him again!” 🙂

It’s funny when Miss Piggy and Kermit see each other and it’s…love at first, I think. At least from her point of view! Maybe Kermit likes her too but…it all seems so fast when you think they don’t know each other well. Maybe it’s expected Kermit and Miss Piggy fall in love with each other in any movie.

I do remember the car driving scene between Kermit and Fozzie on their way to Hollywood when they’re singing ‘Movin’ Right Along’. I remember it well for the Big Bird from ‘Sesame Street’ cameo. I used to watch ‘Sesame Street’ on VHSs when I was a kid and it was fun to see Big Bird appear here. 🙂

Speaking of cameos, other guest stars that appear in this movie include Charlie and the late Edgar Bergan (who makes his final film appearance here), Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Orson Welles and Paul Williams. 🙂

The main cast also includes Austen Pendleton as Max, Doc Hopper’s sidekick. There’s also other Muppets like Rowlf the Dog; Dr. Teeth and his Electric Mayhem Band which includes Animal, Janice, Floyd and Zoot; Waldorf and Statler, the Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Sweetums and more.

A song I recognised in ‘The Muppet Movie’ was ‘Rainbow Connection’. That song was also played in the 2011 ‘Muppets’ movie! I guess that must be a popular song on Kermit’s part. It did receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards in 1980. Brilliant! 🙂

It’s funny how the film began with the Muppets sitting down at a private screening to watch the movie which is a pastiche of how they all met. So, whether the film is surreal or a fantasy for the Muppets in real-life, I’m not sure. It’s amusing when Sweetums ‘crashes through’ at the fil’s end. 🙂

‘The Muppet Movie’ has been fun to watch. I would like ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’ to be on Disney+ sometime as I have been enjoying these ‘Muppets’ movies lately. Maybe I might watch ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ and ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’ on Disney+ soon. I’m pretty sure that I will.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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