The Muppet Movie
After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Kermit the Frog goes on a cross-country trek to find fame in Hollywood. Along the way, he meets Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the Muppets cast, and voilà, the Muppets are born.
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- Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Muppets, Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Orson Welles, Paul Williams
- James Frawley
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
- 1980 Academy Award®
- Best Music Score nominee
- Best Music Song nominee
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; trailer(s); Muppet camera tests; Muppetisms; closed captioned.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Muppet movie is a pretty likeable road trip romp with singable songs, but with some guns and slapstick violence. Throughout the movie Kermit is being pursued by men with guns and a couple shots are fired. Miss Piggy and Kermit are captured, Kermit almost gets his "brains scrambled" in a crazy electrical machine, and there's a final stand-off with guns drawn. But the Muppets always get away from the bad guys in a fun way (thanks to Miss Piggy's karate chops). There's some drinking -- Miss Piggy and Kermit drink wine with straws -- and minor characters smoke cigars.
- Sexual Content
- Miss Piggy and Kermit hug and kiss. In a Miss Piggy dream sequence, she and Kermit frolic in the park; you see Miss Piggy on top, then Kermit. Animal shouts, "Woman, woman!"
- Plenty of slapstick, including Miss Piggy's famous martial-arts skills. Kermit is also chased across the country by men with guns, and one particularly menacing-looking frog assassin, and his brains are almost scrambled by electricity so that he can be controlled by the owner of a frog legs restaurant (there's lots of frog leg imagery, too, that makes Kermit sick to his stomach). Miss Piggy is kidnapped, and Kermit and Miss Piggy are tied up and held at gunpoint. Shots are fired at Fozzie on stage, one car lands on top of another; Kermit is twirled around a ceiling fan and falls off; one Muppet really likes dynamite; and a giant Animal Muppet frightens away the bad guys.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Following your dreams and getting by with a little help from your friends are the two big take-aways. And Kermit insists it's better to face a bully than run away.
- Schwinn bicycles get a punny mention, and there's a Studebaker car and Variety magazine.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters in bars and the Hollywood agent smoke cigars. Kermit and Miss Piggy drink wine with straws and a woman asks Kermit to buy her a drink. Ralph the Dog sings about having a couple of beers before bed.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it