Take a Drink: for each celebrity cameo
Take a Drink: for for every pun
Take a Drink: at each musical number
Drink a Shot: for any reference to frog legs
Write Down: your favorite bit part muppets (Example: Swedish Chef, Animal, Beaker etc) and Drink a Shot when they make an appearance.
By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
Kermit is just like any other frog who lives in the swamp; he plays Banjo, catches flies, sings songs about rainbows, and helps out the errant celebrity cameo who wanders along. On this particular occasion he meets an errant Dom DeLuise, who hears his singing and convinces Kermit that he’s got the talent to succeed in Hollywood. Excited at the prospect, Kermit hits the road, collecting other Muppets along the way (including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Animal).
Meanwhile Kermit’s progress is being watched by the evil Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who runs a chain of Frog Leg restaurants, and wants to strong-arm Kermit into being his new spokesperson. Will Kermit and friends make it to Hollywood, or fall victim to the corporate fast-food franchise feeding frenzy?
In 1979, the prospect of a feature-length movie starring the cast of the Muppet show was a tenuous one indeed. While the show was a massive success, television series hadn’t yet proven a track record in making the leap to the cinemas. Complicating matters even more is that the Muppet Show was not story-based to begin with, but a sketch/variety show. Muppets creator Jim Henson was nevertheless determined to bring the series’ self-aware humor to the big screen. Whereas the TV show bound the Muppets to sets, the movie literally puts the puppets out in the world, doing things puppets don’t do.
And in this regard The Muppet Movie is an unqualified success. With the Muppets characters, Jim Henson and his team developed a kind of meta-humor which was massively influential on modern comedic sensibilities. The Muppet Movie holds up incredibly well to contemporary viewings. Characters aren’t afraid to point out the plot-holes and contrivances of the story, while ridiculing the various trappings of show business. These knowing nods to clichés and pop culture are well chosen, and very few are direct enough to have aged the film. Celebrity cameos are abundant, but said famous people are actually given clever jokes, rather than relying on their mere appearance for the humor. Audiences who are too young to know who James Coburn, Orson Welles, or Madeline Kahn are will still find their scenes funny.
The film’s story is incredibly slight, serving as little more than a base from which to follow a series of comedic sketches. While the film’s performances, writing and music is compelling enough to stand on their own, the film’s conclusion left me wanting something with a bit more weight.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for heavy drama, just a story that isn’t so tentative.
The Muppet Movie is a family classic and well worth your time. It feels like a labor of love for the Henson Company.