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Family Matinee: Musicals

The Muppet Movie (Original 1979 Version)

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Saturday 7/12
2:00 pm
$5 Adults & Children (over age 2)
FREE IHP Members

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, Tickets ARE Also Available From the IHP Box Office, which is normally open Tue-Sat from noon-8pm (or, for events outside of those times, from one hour before until one hour after the scheduled starting time).  call 215-387-5125, menu option 2. 

dir. James Frawley, USA, 1979, 35mm, color, 95 min.

By 1979, the Muppets had conquered television, and were ready to move on to something bigger. Could puppets work convincingly on the big screen, and sustain a feature-length motion picture? The wild success of The Muppet Movie helped answer this question with a resounding "Yes." Jim Henson broke new ground with this film by taking puppets to unheard-of locations through the use of special effects, skillful editing, and performance magic. Kermit and friends travel from a humble lily pond to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming rich and famous. Along the way, they encounter some familiar faces as they try to stay one step ahead of Evil Doc Hopper, who is trying to force Kermit to endorse his chain of French-fried frogs' legs restaurants. Cameo appearances include Dom DeLuise, Edgar Bergen, Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Richard Pryor, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Steve Martin, and Mel Brooks.


All year long, International House Philadelphia entertains families when we open the doors to all ages for our series of family friendly matinees, two  Saturdays each month at 2pm. The series brings the big screen to children, inspiring their imaginations, and yours, too! Take this opportunity to encourage a love of film and art from a young age. Filmgoers of all ages will delight in this carefully curated selection of inspired educational and entertaining cinema from around the world. These films will bring the best of both worlds – education and entertainment. With a diverse line-up of programming geared towards children, teens, parents, and grandparents, there’s no reason to leave anyone at home!

Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.