Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: during each musical sequence

Take a Drink: for any scene that makes you nostalgic for when G-Rated films still could be a bit edgy

Drink a Shot: for each Pirate cliché (walking the plank, Argh, peg-legs, rum etc)

Write Down: your favorite bit part Muppets and Drink a Shot when they make an appearance. (Note: This game works with any Muppet film)

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Movie Review

By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Three Beers) –

Jim Hawkins is a young boy who dreams of sailing the seven seas.  Spending his free time listening to sailors spin yarns of their adventures, he is thrust head-first into an adventure of his own when one of those stories turns out to be true.  Hawkins happens into a treasure map, and gathers a crew to go find the treasure. But unbeknownst to him, the evil pirate Long John Silver (Tim Curry) has plans of his own for the treasure, plans which do not include everyone on board…

TimCurry
That’s what you get for trusting Tim Curry

A Toast

Continuing in the tradition of his last directoral outing; Brian Henson again adapts 19th century literature into the world of the Muppets, this time taking on the swashbuckling Robert Louis Stephenson classic.  There is much to admire about the detail which went into the film.  From the set design to the as-always immaculate costuming and design of the Muppets themselves, Muppet Treasure Island is a colorful and rollicking family film.

Like The Muppet Christmas Carol before it, the film does not stray away from many of the source-material’s darker aspects, making the movie gritty enough to keep adult parents interested.  The 1990s was truly the last time G-rated films were trusted with themes such as death and murder. Of course, these are still handled with some level of delicacy to keep from scarring children for life.  It is refreshing, though, to see these elements in a family movie.  Most contemporary family films get their crossover appeal via innuendo.

"I've got Crabs... just thought you should know"
“I’ve got Crabs… just thought you should know”

Actors such as Tim Curry and Billy Connelly are perfectly cast in their roles as human Pirates.  And while Curry’s performance certainly is as over the top as ever, he seems to revel in his role, and is nothing short of a pleasure to watch.  To best play off of the performances of Muppets, an actor must be able to be treat them as if they were real people.  Curry seems uniquely qualified for this task.

By now you're probably noticing that every image of the movie in this review features Tim Curry...
By now you’re probably noticing that every image of the movie in this review features Tim Curry…

The film’s soundtrack features a score by Hans Zimmer that fits the adventure story perfectly, with songs by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann which are often highly inspired. While the songs aren’t as consistently good as in some past Muppet films, the highlights are very worthy indeed:

We call this “opening on a strong note”

Beer Two

The young actor who plays Jim Hawkins… probably should not have been allowed to sing…

Something is wrong with your vocal chords kid… desperately wrong.

Beer Three

The film gets off to a wonderful start, but loses steam sometime shortly after the ship reaches “Treasure Island” itself.  From that point forward, scenes work in fits and starts.  Some particularly unexceptional moments include the sequence when the Pirates meet the Native Pig population of the island, which is really only an excuse to insert Miss Piggy into the film.  These scenes are really not plot-essential and just pad out the running time.

Verdict

An uneven viewing experience, with high-highs and low-lows, but if you’re a Muppets fan (or deeply appreciative of Tim Curry’s more eccentric side) this is still worthy viewing.

3beers

About Oberst von Berauscht

Oberst Von Berauscht once retained the services of a Gypsy to imbue in him the ability to accurately describe the artistic qualities of a film up to seven decimal points. To maintain this unique skill, he must feast on the blood of a virgin every Harvest Moon, or failing that (and he usually does), he can also make a dog do that thing they do where they twist their heads slightly (you know, when they're confused about something) at least a few times a week. I've gotten way off track here... The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so... yeah

One comment

  1. Love Tim Curry! Need to get this for movie night..kids will have their Muppets and me my Curry.

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