When I was a kid, I would watch The Muppet Movie quite often, it was a favorite of mine. I haven’t watched it in quite awhile, though. So, when Fathom Events announced a fortieth anniversary screening, and I saw that it would be showing at the Lufkin Cinemark, I knew I would have to go watch it.
And, since it was a Fathom Events release, matinee prices didn’t apply, but I went to the matinee, anyway.
For the first twenty minutes of preshow, there were trivia questions on the screen, the last ten minutes before the show, commercials for touring Broadway productions & other Fathom Events coming up. No special introduction or closing from Turner Classic Movies, which threw me off, since they’ve been done at previous films I’ve gone to see the last few years.
If you haven’t seen the movie, its a road trip comedy with Muppets. Kermit the Frog is singing the Oscar-nominated ‘Rainbow Connection’ in his swamp when he’s discovered by a Hollywood agent that tells him he could be rich & famous and make millions of people happy if auditioned in California. Kermit leaves the swamp behind, and meets Fozzie the Bear, Gonzo & Camilla, Sweet ‘Ums, Miss Piggy, Big Bird, Rolph the Dog, Electric Mayhem, Dr. Honeydew & Beeker. And he’s pursued by Doc Hopper, a Colonel Sanders-type fast food owner that wants Kermit as a spokesman for his fried frog leg restaurants.
And there is a slew of celebrity cameos that went completely over my head when I was a kid. Dom DeLuise. Mel Brooks. Richard Pryor. Steve Martin. Madeline Khan. Telly Savalas. Paul Williams. Milton Berle. Orson Welles. Bob Hope. And more!
It’s still a fun movie, and there are still parts that I enjoyed watching. But I also noticed a lot more fourth wall breaking than I remember, the most obvious being the Electric Mayhem getting a copy of the script, reading it to get caught up on the plot, and then using it to rescue Kermit & Company when they are stranded in the desert.
Still, I’m glad I went. And I had the theater to myself, which is always nice. Makes it feel like a private show just for me.
Added bonus, there was a commercial before the movie, that if I take my ticket from The Muppet Movie to the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, I’ll get a discount off the eight dollar admission fee.