The Muppet Movie (1979)
As Kermit sits in his swamp singing away, an agent rows up and tells him he should go into show business. With nothing better to do, he heads west toward Hollywood. Along the way he meets up with the usual suspects: The Bear, The Pig, The Dog, The Whatever and the members of The Electric Mayhem, among others. It’s just basically how they all met interspersed with cameos from today’s (read 1979) biggest stars, all the while the owner of a chain of frog’s legs restaurants is hunting Kermit.
Alex’s Thoughts: The plot of this movie, like the Muppets themselves, is very basic but oh so rewarding. Like Tim, I grew up loving the Muppet Show and watching it whenever I could, which was followed by begging to go see the additional movies every couple of years. While probably not the best Muppet movie, it is a great example of the brilliance of Jim Henson and Frank Oz and what they could accomplish. Even as an adult I am baffled by some of the basic effects of this movies and how they are able to achieve so much with puppets, and how you forget that that is what they actually are after a while. Here’s hoping that the current Muppets resurgence continues to thrive, so new generations can love them as much as we did. Alex Rates This Movie 9/10
Tim’s Thoughts:This is my favorite of all the Muppet movies, but I will watch any of them at any time. This may seem a bit dated, (especially if you don’t recognize the people in the cameos) but the music and comedy should easily carry you through. I fully admit I am biased, but there are few movies that bring me more joy than this. The part most amazing to me is how they pull this off, the Muppets move around so naturally, and the effects still look good. Especially the Animal one at the end. If you haven’t seen this, get off your duff and get your family together for a great time. Tim Rates This Movie 10/10(This is one of my all time favorite movies.)