The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie
  • G
  • 1h 35m
  • 1979
Certified Fresh88%
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After a chance meeting with a great talent scout, Kermit goes to Hollywood dreaming about the world of show business. Along the way, Fozzie, Gonzo and Piggy to join him in hopes of also becoming big stars. But everything goes awry when Kermit falls into the clutches of Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), a villain who wants to promote, at all costs, its network of fast food that sells fried frog-legs!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: The Muppet Movie, the big-screen debut of Jim Henson's plush creations, is smart, lighthearted, and fun for all ages.
TIME Magazine
John Skow

The transition from the yank-'em-off-if-they-bomb lunacy of the TV show to the coherent narration...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

Jim Henson, Muppet originator, and Frank Oz, creative consultant, have abandoned the successful fo...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Chris Petit

Slapstick chases and weak movie references look tired, while the attitude towards Miss Piggy and C...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
First Muppet movie has wonderful songs -- and a few guns.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Muppet Movie is a likeable road trip romp with singable songs -- as well as some guns and slapstick violence. Throughout the movie, Kermit (voiced/puppeteered by Jim Henson) is pursued by men with guns, and a couple shots are fired. Miss Piggy (Frank Oz) and Kermit are captured, Kermit almost gets his "brains scrambled" in a crazy electrical machine, and there's a final stand-off with guns drawn. There's also quite a bit of discussion about preparing/eating frogs' legs, much to Kermit's dismay. But the Muppets always get away from the bad guys in a fun way (often thanks to Miss Piggy's karate chops). There's some flirting and drinking -- Miss Piggy and Kermit drink wine with straws -- and minor characters smoke cigars. Themes include integrity, perseverance, and teamwork, and there are clear messages about following your dreams, getting by with a little help from your friends, and facing bullies.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Educational Value
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:June 22, 1979
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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