Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Muppet Movie DVD Review

Written By Jack Burns and Jerry Juhl
Directed By James Frawley

Genre
Family, Comedy, Musical

Cast

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Dr Teeth, Waldorf, Doc Hopper's Men, Link Hogthrob and Swedish Chef
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Doc Hopper's Men, Marvin Suggs, Swedish Chef, Motorcycle Guy
Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper, Robin the Frog, Crazy Harry, Lew Zealand, Camilla, Dr Bunsen Honeydew
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler, Janice, Sweetums, Beaker
Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo, Zoot, Doglion, Pig
Charles Durning as Doc Hopper
Austin Pendleton as Max

Cameo's

Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas and Orson Welles

Synopsis

Jim Henson's Muppets make their film debut in this charming story that chronicles their rise to fame. It all begins with Kermit the Frog sitting in a swamp singing and strumming a guitar. Realizing he can use his talent to "make people happy," Kermit decides to head for Hollywood.

During his trip, Kermit meets fellow Muppets Fozzie the Bear, the Great Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and an odd assortment of others who join Kermit on his song-filled journey. But before Kermit and friends achieve their dreams of stardom, Kermit must confront the man who''s been trying to catch him since he left the swamp--a man who sees Kermit as a potential meal ticket.

The Muppet Movie is a lovingly made, touching story for kids of all ages as only Jim Henson could make it. The film includes clever, very funny cameo appearances by Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, and Orson Welles.

Special Features
  • Pepe Profiles Present - Kermit: A Frog's Life: Join Pepe King Prawn as we profile the life of Kermit the Frog

Review

Just recently, Jim Henson's The Muppets are having a bit of a resurgence in the public eye thanks to the awesome movie starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams.  However, this is where it all began movie wise.  The very  first movie featuring The Muppets.

After gaining a fan base with their television show, Jim Henson decided to take them to the next step in a rather risky move.  But did the risk pay off?

Oh come on guys, you all know it did.

The word classic is banded around a hell of a lot when describing movies but I honestly think that  this is one of the few that actually deserves that reputation.  You can honestly see the love and effort put in to throwing this movie together.  While some of the later movies lost what made these characters special, this one makes the characters feel like living, breathing people and not puppets.

That's down to the superbly intelligent writing.  This is a family movie that truly has something for every one.  I watched it with my nearly four year old son and I'm not sure who laughed more.  Me or him.  The story itself is pure classic Muppets.

The movie stands with Kermit in a swamp quite happily singing to himself, singing about rainbows.  He then meets a lost talent agent who convinces him to go off and find his fortune.  That's when the adventure begins and he meets all the Muppets one by one.

The entire movie is framed as if the Muppets themselves have gone to see it's premiere and that really adds a lot to some of the in jokes during the movie.

Cameo's wise, there are some absolutely brilliant people in this movie that really hold up their own next to the beloved Muppets.  You have every one ranging from Telly Savalas, from television's 'Kojak', and mega stars like Steve Martin and Richard Pryor.  While not all the cameo appearances are as successful as others but there are some brilliant ones, the best of these being Steve Martin as a rude waiter and Mel Brooks as an evil genius, who tries to help Doc Hooper, played with glee by Charles Durning, get Kermit to be the spokesperson for his restaurant train that sells fried frog's legs.

The only disappointing part of this DVD is the lack of special features.  There's only one special feature and that's a funny profile of Kermit the Frog presented by Pepe the King Prawn.  I wish they could have added a few more bits and pieces but no sense complaining considering how brilliant this movie is.

I honestly think that if you are a fan of The Muppets than you will more than likely have this movie already.  If not then why not?  As for everyone else out there, I can't recommend it high enough.  It's funny, heart felt and a hell of a lot of fun so I urge you all to pick it up.

Movie 4.5/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 4/5
Special Features 2.5/5
Overall 15/20


"I like Kermit.  He my favourite.  He green and hops"










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