Family Matinee: Musicals
The Muppet Movie (Original 1979 Version)
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.
Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.