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- Rated: G
- Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Electric Mayhem
- Written By: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl
- Directed By: James Frawley
- Studio: Jim Henson Company
- Original Year of Release: 1979
- Distributor: Walt Disney
- Special Features: Sing Along, Test Footage, Screen Savers
The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review
One to stick on the shelf right next to your old VHS
By Kimberly McCall
August 14, 2013
With the hype of a new Muppet movie, we, once again, get to watch our beloved puppets be reborn over and over into new generations. Since Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang have spent the better part of 50 years thriving on making millions of people happy, it is only fitting that the original Muppet Movie (1979) should be honored with a Disney Blu-Ray release.
How I view the Muppets has not changed since childhood. As long as the gang is onscreen, I’m hooked and always have to remind myself that they’re not real. If anything, getting older and learning more about the late Jim Henson has just made me come to appreciate and love his beloved characters even more.
The film is as great as it always was. Filled with humor, heart, and quality entertainment, it gives us adults a breath of fresh air into our lives and reminds us of the things that really matter. Oh, and if you pause the movie, a surprise awaits in the form of a special intermission.
What is so special about the Blu-Ray are the special features. In addition to the original trailers and Doc Hopper’s full commercial, you also get Frog-E-Oke Sing-Along where you (or your kids) can sing your favorite Muppet songs right along with the gang. There is also Pepe Profiles Present: Kermit-A Frog’s Life, a Hollywood biography-style interview with Kermit the Frog and other special guests. Even the Blu-Ray menu is artistic and fun.
However, the real treat of the special features is Jim Frawley’s Extended Camera Test. Jim Henson, Frank Oz and other filmmakers take a few Muppets for their first outdoor screen tests. It is 17 minutes of footage as Fozzie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and even Sweetums banter back and forth while wandering in fields, driving in a car, or testing out their comedy on an audience of cows. Because of the crude camera work, you can occasionally catch a glimpse of Henson or Oz as they laugh and have fun with their characters. It is a joy to see “off camera” Muppets still being Muppets.
Whether you’re an old fan or a new fan, you won’t be able to wipe the smile from your face. This is one to stick on the shelf right next to your old VHS copy. The love that went into this edition of The Muppet Movie is enough to ensure that the rainbow connection is still alive and well.