The Muppet Movie (1979) Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz Movie Review

The Muppet Movie (1979)   4/54/54/54/54/5

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Marvel at the Muppets

Whilst strumming his banjo on a log in the swamp, Kermit the Frog meets a Hollywood agent who, whilst lost, thinks Kermit could make it big in tinsel town. With a chance of a big break Kermit starts to make his way across country a journey where he is joined by a whole host of new friends such as Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. But Kermit comes to the attention of Doc Hopper, the owner of a fast food chain selling frogs legs, who wants Kermit to be his new spokesman.

Marvel at the majesty which is The Muppets at their best. I am serious because "The Muppet Movie" is such a fantastic movie which tells an account of how The Muppets came to be. But it also delivers everything which made The Muppets and especially the movies so popular. Now I am tempted to end this review here but I kind of feel bad doing that but at the same time I really don't want to spoil all the great scenes which will put a smile on your face from the minute "The Muppet Movie" starts and keep it there even if you watch it immediately again after the first time.

The Muppet Movie (1979)

So what I will say is that firstly we have what is a road trip movie as Kermit crosses the country and that journey sees him meet many of the familiar Muppet faces, from meeting Fozzie at a back water club to coming across the guys in the house band. But alongside all the Muppets we also get the cameos, too many to mention but you have the likes of James Coburn, Bob Hope and Madeline Kahn turning up in various roles as well as Steve Martin. I would go as far as saying that back in The Muppets heyday you weren't a star if you hadn't performed alongside Kermit or one of the gang.

But on top of the familiar faces we have the songs and when after a false start we meet Kermit singing "Rainbow Connection" and just the songs grab your attention, whisking you away to another time. But then there is the creativity and I will always be impressed when ever I see a Muppet riding a bicycle, something which looks so natural but must have been a nightmare to make it look so effortless. And just for good measure deliver some of those classic 70s soft lit scenes of sun rising and glinting ripples on lakes.

What this all boils down to is that "The Muppet Movie" is a movie which in truth can't be reviewed and should just be experienced. It is simply a movie which no matter how many times you watch it will make you smile, make you marvel and make you miss the talent and creativity of Jim Henson.