The Muppet Movie (1979)

For once, we are rated G!

We’re back after a week off as we chat about the iconic Muppets in their first movie. The Next 172 Project raves about the incredible puppetry and voice-work by Jim Henson, Frank Oz and their cohorts. Those guys are unquestionably amazing, but Bev isn’t thrilled that they are all, in fact, guys. Why weren’t ladies being given at least some of the jobs of putting hands up felt bums? And why—other than Piggy and Janice—are there so few lady Muppets? Most of this episode is light-hearted fun though…and it pretty much had to be. After all, we’re talking about a frog riding a bike, a bear flopping at stand-up comedy, a self-absorbed pig beating the tar out of a bunch of bad guys and a comic legend stealing the whole movie in his cameo. So move right along and devour our gab about Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and their film-making chums.

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For The Record: James Frawley worked as a TV director even longer than we said (from 1966 until 2009). Also, the Muppets buy the Woodie for $11.95, which means Milton Berle’s car salesman character owes them a nickel after the trade-in.

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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

National Film Registry in 2009

1979 in film

1979 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: The Muppet Show and the Muppet franchise and Easy Rider and Alien and Kramer vs. Kramer and Being Elmo

Previously on the Next 171 Project: Three Kings

December 2nd on the Next 173 Project: Being John Malkovich