- Directed by: James Frawley.
- Written by: Jack Burns and Jerry Juhl.
- Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton, Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Dom DeLuise, Milton Berle, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Orson Welles, Richard Pryor, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, James Coburn, Elliott Gould, Paul Williams, Edgar Bergen, Telly Savalas.
- Rated: G.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Animal, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf the Dog, Swedish Chef - like Batman, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, the Muppets is a language everyone speaks, a language so ingrained into our culture that it unites lovers of film and funny, whether they be 8 or 80.
Their silver screen debut tells the “approximate” story of how they got started, according to Kermit. An origin story at its best, we get to see the hilarious first encounters of best buds Kermit, Fozzie, Piggy, and Gonzo. The film is interspersed with cameos by famous Muppets (Beaker and Animal!) and famous humans (Steve Martin and Mel Brooks!) alike.
The music is perhaps another character in the film, with the most memorable, of course, the nostalgia-filled “The Rainbow Connection” and inimitable road song “Movin’ Right Along”, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem jam “Can You Picture That?” The Muppet Movie is a memorable, classic film, the perfect recipe: music, zany, witty humor, celebrity cameos, and a bunch of felt puppets. ☆☆☆½