The Muppet-A-Thon: The Muppet Movie (1979)

For the month of November, to celebrate the release of the new Muppets film I will be reviewing all the previous 8 Muppets Films (Including those made just for TV). I hope you enjoy.

The muppets is a sacred piece of cultural entertainment that at times I feel surpasses criticism. It wasn’t created for the purpose of analysis but rather for enjoyment. You may be thinking that this can be said about a lot of films that I take ludicrous amounts of time to bring a peg (or two) off of, but in this case it’s almost impossible to see the incredible genius that goes into creating these characters for the world the world to enjoy.

While the plot of the film, and this can be said of most all Muppet films, can be summed up as a glorified road film filled with number of pretty much random sketches and an unlimited number of very memorable and talented cameos by the biggest name in Hollywood, it still doesn’t stop the critic in me having to shut off completely and just enjoy watching Ms. Piggy use her karate (I assume it’s karate) skills to subdue a room full of Germans, or Fozzie fall completely flat on stage telling corny one liners, or Rowlf playing the blues.

The film decides to propose an origin story for how all the Muppets actually got together and eventually do The Muppet Show. A talented green frog, Kermit, is spotted by an agent who just happens to be rowing around in the middle of the swamp and mentions to him that he may be perfect for a part being advertised in Hollywood. This immediately prompts him to pack his banjo, hop on his bike and head West to the coast. Along the way he manages to meet Fozzie, Gonzo, Rowlf and Miss Piggy and together they all head to Hollywood together.

At the end of the day the film is an enjoyable mess. I love The Muppets and I love everything about them – let’s hope not every review will just be a copy and paste of that thought. I mean, what’s not to love about a film which happens to not only feature Muppets, but also: Bob Hope, Steve Martin, Dom DeLuise, Elliot Gould, Richard Pryor, Madeline Kahn and Mel Brooks.

The Muppet Movie feels like a sketch show mainly because that’s what the show always was. It’s a show of bits and a sum of its parts may not be the best way to represent itself, the film still manages to entertain me in its bits.

I will say however, as whimsical as a Muppets Movie is allowed to be, I’m never a big fan of massive MacGuffins like what was used in this film.

Rating: 5.5/10

  • Ryan McNeil

    “I’m lost”
    “Have you tried Hare Krishna?”

    Never gets old. 

    Rewatched this film this weekend for the first time since I was an itty bitty boy…and just like back then I was grinning like a fool the whole way. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series as I too go back and rewatch the films.

  • Andrew Robinson

    and it never will get old… that’s for damn sure.