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The Muppet Movie, the big-screen debut of Jim Henson's plush creations, is smart, lighthearted, and fun for all ages. Read critic reviews

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After Kermit the Frog decides to pursue a movie career, he starts his cross-country trip from Florida to California. Along the way, he meets and befriends Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and rock musicians Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. When Kermit is offered a job by Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) to advertise the fried frog legs at his restaurant chain, Kermit turns Hopper down. However, Hopper refuses to relent and pursues Kermit and his companions to a final showdown.

Cast & Crew

Steve Martin
Insolent Waiter
Mel Brooks
Professor Max Krassman
Edgar Bergen
Himself , Charlie McCarthy
Voice
Milton Berle
Mad Man Mooney
James Coburn
El Sleezo Cafe Owner
Dom DeLuise
Bernie the Agent
Elliott Gould
Beauty Contest Compere
Bob Hope
Ice Cream Vendor
Jack Burns
Screenwriter
Jerry Juhl
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Paul Williams
Original Music
Isidore Mankofsky
Cinematographer
Gus Schirmer
Casting
Joel Schiller
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Critic Reviews for The Muppet Movie

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  • Jolson sang, Barrymore spoke, Garbo laughed, and now Kermit the Frog rides a bicycle... If you can figure out how they were able to show Kermit pedaling across the screen, then you are less a romantic than I am: I prefer to believe he did it himself.

    June 1, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • With his Muppets, Henson found a balance between fuzzy post-hippie positivism and self-deprecating wit, and he added in the same quality that made many of the era's cultural phenomena so charming: simple problem-solving.

    August 13, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The transition from the yank-'em-off-if-they-bomb lunacy of the TV show to the coherent narration of the film is not a complete success.

    May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Jim Henson, Muppet originator, and Frank Oz, creative consultant, have abandoned the successful format of their vidshow, and inserted their creations into a well-crafted combo of musical comedy and fantasy adventure.

    May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Slapstick chases and weak movie references look tired, while the attitude towards Miss Piggy and Camilla the Chicken is, well, less than progressive.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There's always room in movies for unbridled amiability when it's governed by intelligence and wit.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Muppet Movie

  • Dec 27, 2012
    I love the Muppets, so it's no surprise I love this film. It's everything you expect from the Muppets. A lot of musical numbers, a lot of breaking the fourth wall, a lot of celebrity cameos and just overall lighthearted fun. It's a film that's been made several times and as long as they're smart, funny and clever then I don't really care watching what is, essentially, the same film over and over again. If you know the Muppets, then you know what to expect. It's a lighthearted story about the importance of believing in yourself and having friends who believe in you too. It's corny stuff, but the Muppets always pull this off in a heartwarming fashion. There's really not much else to say, this is an excellent film and great for families.
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  • Jun 03, 2012
    Jim Henson's Muppets hit the big time in The Muppet Movie. In their first feature film, the Muppets retell the story of how Kermit the Frog set off for Hollywood and found a group of friends who shared his dream of stardom. Like the television show, the film is full of witty, campy humor, and features a number of celebrity cameos from the likes of Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, and many more. Additionally, the musicals are immensely fun and entertaining, delivering such classics as "The Rainbow Connection" and "Can You Picture That." The Muppet Movie is a classic family film that's fun for all ages.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2012
    Many Muppet movies have come and gone since the 1979 original, but none come close to capturing the magic of the Muppets like The Muppet Movie. Good script, good songs, fun scenes and cameos, and genuinely tender moments performed with such skill and care that we often forget we are watching hand puppets and not real, living creatures. And who can forget Kermit singing The Rainbow Connection on his log (in a first-ever full-body shot made possible by submerging an obviously committed Jim Henson in a waterproof box under water)? That song should have taken the Oscar for best song. All the magic and joy Jim Henson infused into his life's work, the Muppets, is all on screen in this fantastic road movie.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    The first Muppet movie from the 70s, ive not seen the 70/80s movies and from this i want to, enjoyed seeing all the charactors and in a way a origin story, all the gang get their moments to shine, and a fantastic 70s feel,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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