(out of 5)
The first of many big screen adventures that would bring Jim Henson’s loveably furry creations to the big screen, and possibly still the best of them. Fans of The Muppet Show will have a wonderful time finding out the origins of their favourite vaudeville revue, which begins with a banjo-slinging Kermit The Frog singing the lovely “Rainbow Connection” in a swamp before being discovered by talent agent Dom DeLuise, who fills Kermit’s mind with dreams of Hollywood. The affable amphibian decides he wants to leave behind the idyll of his home to become rich and famous, not for his own personal glory but because his talents could bring joy to millions of people. He heads west for the land of promise, along the way picking up new friends like Fozzy Bear, Gonzo, and of course the woman who will become his great love, Miss Piggy. Featuring wonderful sight gags, a host of terrific cameos (Steve Martin and Mel Brooks among the best of them, but also including Madeline Kahn, Telly Savalas, Carol Kane, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, James Coburn and Elliott Gould) and the Muppet brand of sweet, sassy humour, it’s a terrific family classic that has barely aged a day since its original release.
Directed by James Frawley
Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky
Produced by Jim Henson
Production Design by Joel Schiller
Costume Design by Gwen Capetanos
Film Editing by Christopher Greenbury