The Muppets Take Manhattan

1984

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Critics Consensus

If it's not quite as sharp as The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan is still a smart, delightfully old-fashioned tale that follows the formula established by the first two movies -- a madcap adventure assisted by a huge group of human stars.

83%

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Jim Henson's Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway in this charming film that also chides show business and its foibles. Kermit the Frog has just put together a successful variety show at Danhurst college (probably somewhere between Amherst and Dartmouth), and although he would like to mount it on Broadway so he would have a hit and be able to marry Miss Piggy, he cannot find backers. The Muppets are then forced to take jobs to support themselves, and it is while working as a waiter that Kermit meets the friendly Jennie (Juliana Donald). Jennie is the daughter of the owner of the restaurant and a source of great jealousy for Miss Piggy, who does not like competition. With stunning musical numbers involving a hundred or so Muppets and on-scene locations in New York City, the film is impressive in its merging of technical achievements and acting. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast

Jim Henson
as Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Swedish Chef/Waldorf
Frank Oz
as Miss Piggy/Fozzie/Animal
David Goetz
as Gonzo/Chester Rat/Bill/Zoot
Steve Whitmire
as Rizzo the Rat/Gil
Richard Hunt
as Scooter/Janice
Jerry Nelson
as Camilla/Lew Zealand/Floyd
Joan Rivers
as Herself
Brian Muehl
as Tatooey Rat
Linda Lavin
as Herself
Bruce Edward Hall
as Masterson/Beth
Ed Koch
as Himself
James Coco
as Himself
Art Carney
as Himself
Ron Foster
as Man in Winesop's Office
Kathryn Mullen
as Jill the Frog
Gates McFadden
as Mr. Price's Secretary
John Bentley
as Train Conductor
Graham Brown
as Mr. Wrightson
Don Quigley
as Man in Bleachers
Gary Tacon
as Thief in Central Park
Joe Jamrog
as Cop in Central Park
Michael Hirsch
as Man in Winesop's Office
Vic Polizos
as Construction Worker
Alice Spivak
as Pete's Customer
Wade Barnes
as Customer at Sardi's
Jane Hunt
as Sardi's Customer
Milton Seaman
as Customer at Sardi's
John McGuire
as Elevator Passenger
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Audience Reviews for The Muppets Take Manhattan

  • Jun 17, 2012
    This is probably my favorite Muppet movie. It's really funny and the celebrity appearances are great!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    The Muppets Take Manhattan (and more) in this third Muppet film. In this tale the Muppets take to Broadway in search of glamour and fame, but find the world of showbiz to be harsh and cruel. Yet, Kermit perseveres in order to keep his friends together. This installment finds the Muppets at the top of their game, with human actors who seamlessly blend into the film (which is not always the case with the Muppets). The cameos are a bit toned down from previous films, but still deliver some wonder moments with celebrities such as Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Director Frank Oz has created a wonderful film that not only entertains, but delivers a positive message about following your dreams and the bonds of friendship. But first and foremost, The Muppets Take Manhattan is a comedy for all ages; wocka, wocka, wocka.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    The best of the Muppets.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2011
    I thought it was funny that on the On Demand description for this movie, it said, and I quote, "With Miss Piggy". As if Miss Piggy was a real actress. I don't know what it was about that but it gave me a good chuckle. Plus if this shit was real, you know that Miss Piggy would not take anything other than top billing. None of this 'after the description' bullshit. Anyway, I'm not exactly going to be unbiased with any Muppet related movie, series, what have you as I have mentioned that I love the Muppets. In fact I'm looking forward more to the new Muppet movie, written by Jason Siegel and Nick Stoller, than any other movie that's not The Dark Knight Rises. I REALLY wanna see that movie. Anyway, this movie is great entertainment. Just fun from beginning to end. I remember saying in my Rango review not all that long ago that it never worked when you tried to do adult humor with something that was meant, mostly, to appeal to kids. This movie doesn't go all balls-out adult humor on us, but there's just enough of it that kids and adults can enjoy this movie equally. They've managed to get away with some pretty crazy stuff over the years, and that's part of their charm. There's a LOT of hilarious scenes in the movie, mostly involving Miss Piggy, who's always a highlight. Despite her gimmick always being the same, she's still pretty fucking hilarious to this day. The movie is just FUN, and that's VERY important. It's not close to being the best movie ever made, but it will make you laugh and smile and I could probably watch this movie 300 times in a year and not get tired of it because it's just a lot of fun. So yea that's it...watch this movie or else I will kill you with death and kindness.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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