The Muppet Movie Movie Review
The plot loosely follows the odyssey of Kermit the Frog from his swamp home to Hollywood in search of celebrity. The desirability of fame and stardom is never questioned. The Hollywood worship becomes pretty maudlin at the end, thanks mainly to songwriter Paul Williams, whose songs are palatable at first ("Rainbow Connection" was a hit) but become too much before the end of the movie.
What saves the movie is the Getting There, as Henson sends Kermit on a tongue-in-cheek tour through America, passing and poking fun at many cinematic clichés. (Of course, the subsequent explosion of road-trip movies makes the whole thing a cliché now, but that's OK.) The cameos are fun to watch and a pleasant reminder of Hollywood's veneration for its past... Edgar Bergen judging a small-town beauty pageant where Miss Piggy first appears, Milton Berle as a used-car salesman, and Martin as a rude restaurant waiter ("Sir, would you like to smell the bottle cap?").
They make a lot of road-trip movies now, but I still like this one the best.
Cast & Crew
Director : James Frawley
Producer : Jim Henson
Starring : Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton, Scott Walker, Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Orson Welles, Paul Williams, Carroll Spinney