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The Muppet Movie

A Special Leap (Frog) Day Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:

The Muppet Movie

Friday the 29th of February
Friday the 18th of April
Pot luck supper @ 7pm
Movie @ 8pm

Sorry, hope to see you next time. You can still RSVP to get on waiting list for this month.

Kermit, does this film have socially redeeming value?
--Sam the Eagle

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USA: 1979 -- Directed by James Frawley
Written by Jack Burns & Jerry Juhl
Starring the vocal talents of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz
With guest appearences by Charles Durning, 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

Statler: Well, how do you like the film?
Waldorf: I've seen detergents leave a better film than this.


This simply irresistible first feature from the Muppets has Kermit the frog going from the swamps to Hollywood to be a star. As he travels and picks up his usual friends (Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear), Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) is in pursuit, looking for Kermit to be the spokesman for his frog-leg cuisine. A loose rendition of The Wizard of Oz, the film incorporates the same cagey humor as their breakout syndicated TV series The Muppet Show. This is one of the few times that a human cast (notably Steve Martin, Orson Welles, and Carol Kane) are integrated seamlessly with nonhumans. Worth noting is Paul Williams's score, which includes the Oscar-nominated "The Rainbow Connection." Williams's music, much like Howard Ashman's work on The Little Mermaid and other Disney films, provides more than atmosphere; there's a degree of magic here. Williams did not work on the future Muppet films until A Muppet Christmas Carol. His contributions made these films the best of the Muppet series.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a rainbow.


Awards

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song; and Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score

Won Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film

Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Original Song

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Memorable Quotes

Fozzie: No problem.

Kermit: It's too bad the dancing girls are on vacation. This crowd's getting ugly.
Fozzie: If you think this crowd's ugly, you should see the dancing girls.

Doc Hopper: No frog's gonna make a monkey out of me!

Kermit: Life's like a movie, write your own ending.

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Trivia

The film was an analogy for Jim Henson's rise to fame.

This was the last movie to feature famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wooden sidekick, Charlie McCarthy. It held particular meaning for Jim Henson, who cited, on many occasions, how Bergen and McCarthy were the major reasons he took an interest in puppetry.

Jim Henson spent an entire day in a 50-gallon steel drum submerged in a pond for the opening scene of Kermit in the swamp.

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Goofs

Continuity: When Kermit and friends first enter the front office of Lew Lord and speak to the secretary, the fan is already turned on in the background. However, Kermit then turns the fan on from the off position to spread the animal dander.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Fozzie and Kermit are about to confront Gonzo in his truck, Kermit says, "Fozzie look at that funny little truck!" in which Fozzie responds, "Yeah...cute,huh?" But if you look at the mirror in the car, you can clearly see that Fozzie's mouth isn't moving; it remains shut.

Crew or equipment visible: When the freshly-painted Studebaker drives off and the Electric Mayhem band is waving goodbye, look closely at the bottom of Zoot. You can see the puppeteer's forearm quite clearly.

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