Coming to DVD from director James Frawley and Disney is THE MUPPET MOVIE (The Original Movie).
This film tells the story of Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) who is sitting on his stump strumming his banjo singing ‘Rainbow Connection. Bernie (Dom DeLuise) the agent approaches Kermit telling him that he needs to get into show business.
Kermit likes the idea of making millions of people happy and decides to go across the country to get to Hollywood. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s being pursued by Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) who wants Kermit to be the spokesman for his frog leg restaurant. Kermit keeps saying no which only makes Doc more vicious.
On his trip Kermit meets Fozzie Bear (Richard Hunt) who does stand-up comedy and Kermit invites him along. Next to join the group is Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem with Scooter, Gonzo and Camilla the Chicken until they find Miss Piggy.
Kermit and Miss Piggy are immediately taken with one another and don’t think Doc Hopper hasn’t noticed. Getting Professor Krassman (Mel Brooks) to join in on the evil plan they try to brainwash Kermit into doing the commercials!
Escaping their clutches and after a night in New Mexico by the fire light, the Muppets gather together and hit Hollywood where Lew Lord (Orson Welles), a producer takes on chance on the gang!
FINAL WORD: There aren’t enough words to talk about how excellent this film is. Seriously, you’d have to be from another planet (and even then I’d question it) if sitting down to this film doesn’t excite. Bringing it back for this blu-ray edition is nothing short of stellar.
Watching this film again is a joy that I will experience again and again. There are movies that can be watched over and over, then there are films that are experiences time and time again. This is one of those.
Henson and the voice of Kermit is so filled with innocence, wonder, friendship and yes, even a little love. Frank Oz as the voice of Miss Piggy is diva-licious with her wardrobe still impeccable and her rough exterior paved with good intentions.
I can’t wait until my grandson is old enough to watch this with me. Until then I suppose the closest we will get is Kermit’s song ‘Rainbow Connection’ and that my friends is perfectly all right with me!
Other cast include: Elliott Gould, Madeline Kahn, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Austin Pendleton, Dave Goelz, and Mr. Bob Hope.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE MUPPET MOVIE: The Original Classic five tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a classic film that deserves every kudo it can get. I don’t think there is anyone in this country (and a few countries elsewhere) that didn’t grow up knowing Kermit and Miss Piggy. When this film came out in 1979 it felt like the first film families went to where everyone could enjoy it.
The DVD includes Muppetastic bonus features with Disney Intermission (pause and see what happens!), Frog-E-Oke sing-along where the family can sing, howl and crock along with Kermit and the gang, Jim Frawley’s Extended Camera Test, Doc Hopper’s Commercial, the original trailers and a classic bonus of Kermit: A Frog’s Life.
This is completely a no brainier to own. If your family loves having Disney classics in your home then THE MUPPET MOVIE is the next addition to the library!
In the end – more entertaining than humanly possible!
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