Wow. I’m looking through my Muppet Monday archives, and somehow I have not written about The Muppet Movie yet.
How is that possible?
Truth be told, The Muppets Take Manhattan was always my favorite Muppet movie. Why? Because I loved NYC. There was a musical being made, and how can you not love the Sesame Street cameos in the “Somebody’s Getting Married” scene? But it was one of those cases where I just hadn’t seen The Muppet Movie and it probably wasn’t fair of me to make some generalization like that. So when I finally sat down to watch it about a year ago, for the very first time, I had tears rolling down my cheeks and knew, just knew, that choosing between the FIRST movie and Manhattan was one of the hardest decisions I would ever make.
(Okay so I’m being dramatic but you know what I mean.)
To celebrate tomorrow’s re-release of the movie on DVD and the Blu-ray release (buy it!), here are some of the reasons why I think the movie is epic-ly amazing (despite that terrible, atrocious cover art):
Kermit and Fozzie are the ultimate duo, aren’t they? So how did they become best pals? Did a frog walk into a bar one night? Um, well. Maybe but the whole story is better than that. They even go on a road trip, and I just adore road trips. (Especially when it means hearing a frog and bear singing “Moving Right Along.”)
I have no idea if Kermit and Piggy are actually married RIGHT NOW but I know there was some love at first sight happening at a country fair. There also might be a date with a pretty crappy waiter named Steve Martin. Who doesn’t want to see these two fall for each other?
THIS FACE. THAT IS ALL.
The movie opens with Kermit strumming his banjo in the comfort of his swamp. When someone tells him his songs and talent could help so many people, he is instantly moved to get out of that swamp and find his way to Hollywood. I know it’s kind of corny. But we all have things we want to do in this life. In some ways, we all want to make a difference. Jim Henson and the Muppets came a long way before they were able to make The Muppet Movie so there are so many parallels all over the place as we watch Kermit come into his own as a leader, coordinate an eclectic group of whatevers, and make something big and magnificent happen.
I think that’s all you really need to know.
So glad we all have the chance to add The Muppet Movie to our collections, or to experience it for the first time! If you want a look into the Special Features portion of the movie, be sure to head on over to Melissa’s post at Mouse on the Mind today!
We’re also helping her out with a contest to WIN a copy of the movie!
P.S. Especially excited for the kids who have only seen The Muppets, so many TMM moments in there!