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"The Muppet Movie" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

An ambitious singing frog decides to leave his swamp and conquer Hollywood, gathering a group of friends along the way (Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and more) and bumping into oodles of guest stars making tongue-in-cheek cameos (my favorite is the tip-of-the-hat appearance by Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy). Meanwhile, despicable fast-food king Charles Durning pursues Kermit, hoping to make him the spokesfrog for his Frogs-Legs restaurant franchise. Guest stars include James Coburn, Dom DeLuise, Madeleine Kahn, Steve Martin, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Elliot Gould, Orson Welles, and Big Bird. Paul Williams penned the bouncy, song-filled score. You'll believe a frog can sing!

Specifications

  • Disney Home Entertainment
  • 2013, Color, PG, 1 hour 35 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video: 1080p, MPEG-4 AVC
  • Audio: English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: The voices of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

If you see one Muppet movie in your lifetime, make it this one. I found the humor and songs to be far superior to the last one that was released a few years ago. The cameos are hilarious, as well, though youngsters may wonder who any of them are. The film has held up well for its age and, of course, the characters are ageless to begin with. This movie will make repeated viewings a joy and not a chore. The meriad one-liners will keep the adults smiling throught the feature, too. This movie is dedicated to all of the "kids" that dream big.

Technical

The film was blemish free and I did not notice any aliasing or artifacts, even in the dimly lit scenes. A few shots were a bit softly focused, but the movie as a whole was very colorful and richly detailed. The details reveal the Muppet “materials”, but that adds to the charm. Great workmanship! And who could ever forget Kermit riding a bicycle? How did they do that? Film grain can be heavy at times, but this was common for 80’s movies.

Extras

A sing-along (frog-e-oke), Jim Frawley’s extended test footage, featurettes and Doc Hopper’s commercial are all included. And being a Disney film, movie trailers as well.