The Muppet Movie
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Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, from of the large crew of loveably fuzzy characters created by puppetmaster Jim Henson, have embarked on a quest for stardom. They take a trip to Hollywood, riding in or on a wide variety of vehicles along the way. They begin their journey on a bicycle pedalled by Kermit, but friends accumulate along the way, and they change vehicles to accomodate them. They have the additional challenge of fending off the entreaties of the heartless Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who wants Kermit to make some advertisements promoting fried frog legs. Kermit must also cope with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"The transition from the yank-'em-off-if-they-bomb lunacy of the TV show to the coherent narration of the film is not a complete success."
‑ John Skow, TIME Magazine
"There's always room in movies for unbridled amiability when it's governed by intelligence and wit."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"With his Muppets, Henson found a balance between fuzzy post-hippie positivism and self-deprecating wit, and he added in the same quality that made many of the era's cultural phenomena so charming: simple problem-solving."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The most condensed and purified expression of the starry-eyed optimistic humanism that defined all of Henson's best work."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the funniest family films of the 1970s."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Jim Henson, Muppet originator, and Frank Oz, creative consultant, have abandoned the successful format of their vidshow, and inserted their creations into a well-crafted combo of musical comedy and fantasy adventure."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As expected, Fozzie the Bear and the old geezers Statler and Waldorf receive the lion's share of the choice lines."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"'The Muppet Movie' is one big road trip, and like 'The Blues Brothers' there's a payoff not just at the end, but around nearly every corner. Music only sweetens the deal."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"First Muppet movie is a classic."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Cute without being insipid, funny without being childish, The Muppet Movie contains enough magic to please all ages."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Slapstick chases and weak movie references look tired, while the attitude towards Miss Piggy and Camilla the Chicken is, well, less than progressive."
‑ , Time Out
"while The Muppet Movie is certainly entertaining, the shift to a coherent, linear, feature-length narrative deprives the film the show's brilliantly structured inanity"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This isn't about one sock puppet's search to be all that he can be. It's about a community combining their talents to bring joy to the world."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The Muppets were formally inventive long before Charlie Kaufman came on the scene."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Not only was The Muppet Movie a great children's movie in 1979, one that viewers of all ages could enjoy, but it's still a great children's movie today."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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