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“The Muppet Movie” was the first in a long series of movies starring Jim Henson’s Muppets. The Muppets are a group of puppets that were the stars of their own variety show in the 1970’s. Just like later Muppet films, this original movie featured a ton of famous celebrity cameo performances from the Hollywood “A” list. The superstar cameos included special appearances from Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Milton Berle, Dom DeLuise, Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Telly Savalas, James Coburn and Elliott Gould.

The film featured several critically acclaimed original songs. “Movin’ Right Along” and “I Hope that Something Better Comes Along” were two of the most popular. The Kermit the Frog song “Rainbow Connection” that started off the film was nominated for an Academy Award and won the “Golden Globe” award for best original song. The movie starts in a Florida swamp where Kermit the Frog is singing away and playing his banjo. He is greeted by a lost talent agent who encourages Kermit to head to Hollywood to start in television and movies. Kermit sets off on his quest to make people happy with his singing. He starts the trek across the country alone but soon meets several friends who choose to join him on his quest.

He first meets Fozzie Bear in a nightclub where he is failing as a stand-up comedian. Fozzie joins Kermit on his journey. As Kermit and Fozzie head across the country they eventually hook up with other Muppets Gonzo, Dr.Teeth, Ms.Piggy and Rowlf the Dog.

Not every face that they meet is a friendly one. Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) is a restaurant magnate who is trying to start a chain of frog leg restaurants and sees Kermit as the perfect spokes-frog for the role.

The Muppets have to deal with many adversities including the meddling Doc Hopper. They work together to get a movie deal and attempt to make a musical to introduce the Muppets to the world.

The Muppet Movie is an Music, Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family movie that was released in 1979 and has a run time of 1 hr 35 min. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6 and a MetaScore of 74.

Where do I stream The Muppet Movie online? The Muppet Movie is available to watch and stream, download, buy on demand at Disney+, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube VOD, Vudu online. Some platforms allow you to rent The Muppet Movie for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

| 1979 | 1 hr 35 min | 7.6/10 | 74/100
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt
Henson Associates, ITC Entertainment
James Frawley
Produced By
Jim Henson, Co-Producer:, David Lazer, Executive Producer:, Sir Lew Grade, Martin Starger

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