The third feature to star Jim Henson's ever-popular Muppets isn't quite as memorable or fun as THE MUPPET MOVIE or THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER, but it's still solid entertainment. This time, Kermit and the gang struggle to take their latest musical to Broadway after graduating from college. "We'll all be big Broadway stars tomorrow!" Fozzie naively states, which obviously sets the mood for the inevitable subsequent scenes of crushing disappointment as producer after producer rejects their proposals. The Muppets are forced to go their separate ways while Kermit tries to find other revenues to make their dream come true. Much more slow going and labored than the previous two MUPPET movies, THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN is actually at its strongest in the first thirty minutes, right up to the poignantly heartbreaking musical number "Saying Goodbye." The movie doesn't really take flight again until the last ten minutes (which include cameos from SESAME STREET mainstays such as Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, and of course, Big Bird), but that's not to say there aren't any moments that won't elicit chuckles in-between. The scenes where Kermit impersonates a hippie producer and a snobby, rich filmmaker in a restaurant are amusing, and the musical numbers, as usual, are tuneful and catchy, especially the opening number "Together Again" and Dr. Teeth's going-against-the-grain rock ballad "You Can't Take No For An Answer." Only one musical sequence in which we see the Muppets as babies in a nursery hits the false notes -- it's cloying, bland, and unnecessary (although it is, to its credit, technically impressive). Quibbles aside, THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, although the lesser of the first three Muppet movies, nonetheless delivers in genuine heart and humor.