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-->'''Miss Piggy:''' Um, why are you telling me all this?
-->'''Lady Holiday:''' It's [[MrExposition plot exposition.]] It has to go ''somewhere''.

A 1981 release by JimHenson and his studio, ''The Great Muppet Caper'' was a sequel to ''TheMuppetMovie'' and would prove to be the second in a long line of live-action Muppet movies.

The story goes that Kermit and Fozzie are identical twin newspaper reporters (Yeah, we know, their editor doesn't get it, either) and Gonzo's their photographer. After nearly losing their jobs for missing a massive jewelry robbery scoop right under their noses, the intrepid trio head to London to get the follow-up story to said scoop as an exclusive to save said jobs. The robbery victim is Lady Holiday, who just happens to have wound up with Miss Piggy in her employ. Pig meets frog, frog thinks pig is Lady Holiday, pig goes along with it because she's smitten with frog, and all the while the thieves are closer than Lady Holiday thinks.

This very silly movie has so many [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hangings]] they could open a store to sell them and have enough stock to last a week. Also very apparent are the highly increased production values compared to its predecessor, and the film debuts of some Muppets who showed up on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' after the first movie. The movie also stars Charles Grodin in a role that strikes the right balance between serious villain and [[LargeHam scenery chewing]].

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!!''TheGreatMuppetCaper'' includes examples of the following:
* ActorAllusion: Kermit's reporter role and outfit hearken back to his on-the-spot interviews of fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters on ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** Peter Falk's cameo features him sitting down next to Kermit and attempting to tell him his entire life story. Unlike Columbo, though, he is "100% wrong."
** John Cleese's character calls his wife [[FawltyTowers "my armada."]]
* TheAllegedCar: The Happiness Hotel bus.
* BigDamnHeroes: Miss Piggy during the museum theft.
* BritishStuffiness: The occupants of 17 Highbrow Street. The fact that it's played completely straight by the actors (one of whom is John Cleese) actually makes it even funnier.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber
* CallBack: A man knocks on the door to Nicky's office asking, "Mr. Holiday, did you order a gross of flowered socks?" Nicky can later be seen wearing said socks while unlocking the service door at the restaurant.
** He is, in fact, ''still'' wearing them during the heist at the Mallory Gallery, even though he's otherwise dressed head-to-foot in standard cat-burglar black.
* TheCameo: ''lots'' of them, sometimes {{Lampshaded}}. Including one from [[CreatorCameo Jim Henson himself]].
-->'''Peter Ustinov''': What are you doing here?
-->'''[[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]]''': A very brief cameo.
-->'''Ustinov [sadly]''': Me too.
* CardboardPrison
* CirclingBirdies: Piggy sees birds flying around Kermit's face during their LoveAtFirstSight moment.
* CoatFullOfContraband
* ContrivedCoincidence: Also lampshaded.
-->'''Miss Piggy (when motorcycle appears):''' What an unbelievable coincidence!
* CreatorCameo: Jim Henson gets his picture taken by Gonzo in the restaurant. Puppeteer Jerry Nelson is walking through the park with real-life daughter Christine (who mistakes Kermit for a bear).
--> No, that's a frog. Bears wear hats.
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration
* DigitalDestruction: The most current version of the movie uses the songs as heard on the soundtrack album. As a result, several things are compromised:
** During the "Night Life" number, Dr. Teeth isn't supposed to sing like he does on the album. This results in covering up some of Animal's "LOVE SONG!!" chants.
** During the "Miss Piggy" number, the three dancers ("Happiness, Miss Piggy!") are clearly shown singing underwater, and are actually supposed to sound like it. Because the version from the album (which doesn't have this effect) is heard, the effect is completely messed up.
** Not related to a song, but when Miss Piggy crashed through a window of the Mallory Gallery, there's supposed to be a {{kiai}} as she jumps towards Nicky. This is not heard in the current version of the movie.
* DisneyAcidSequence
* DoubleEntendre: Though not a sexual one.
-->'''Fozzie:''' ''[going over a checklist]'' Wax lips?\\
'''Zoot:''' Aw man, I just had 'em.\\
'''Dr. Teeth:''' Did you leave 'em in your other pants?\\
'''Zoot:''' I ain't ''got'' no other pants!\\
'''Fozzie:''' ''[going back to the checklist]'' Yo-yo?\\
'''Janice:''' ''[glancing at Zoot]'' Fer sure.
* DreamBallet
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Beauregard the cab driver.
--> '''Beauregard:''' What's your room number?
--> '''Fozzie:''' Oh, I don't know... we're on the second floor.
--> '''Beauregard:''' Oh, I'm sorry! I can only take you as far as the lobby!
* FashionShow
* ForTheEvulz[=/=]CardCarryingVillain:
--> '''Kermit:''' "Why are you doing this?"
--> '''Nicky:''' "[[CaptainObvious Because I'm the villain! It's pretty plain and simple.]]"
* GentlemanThief
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At one point everyone is talking at once, and Kermit screams for them to be quiet, causing them all to immediately shut up...[[SevenMinuteLull except for Janice]]:
-->'''Janice:''' ...and I said, Look, Mother, it's my life, okeeey? So if I want to live on a beach and walk around nak-- oh.
** This happens again to Janice in ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', and again about nudity.
* GranolaGirl: Janice, as usual.
* HulkSpeak: Animal, including the spoof about complicated issues (when Floyd claims Animal is crazed due to missing a Rembrandt exhibit, Animal corrects him: "Renoir!").
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Gonzo invokes this after yelling, "Stop the presses!"
* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}s: Fozzie and Kermit, lampshaded.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The Baseball Diamond.
** Even worse, the pedestal it's on at the museum is shaped like a baseball glove.
*** The Muppets and the villains then begin to play an impromptu Baseball ''game'' with said diamond, complete with Louis Kazager[[hottip:*: from Series/TheMuppetShow's "Wild World of Muppet Sports" segments]] doing commentary!
* InterspeciesRomance: Pig/frog of course, but also pig/''human''.
* LampshadeHanging: This movie is ''all about it''.
* LargeHam: Charles Grodin, and, in a BreakingTheFourthWall moment, Miss Piggy.
* LineOfSightName: Miss Piggy makes up a fake address out of a random number and Kermit's use of the word "highbrow". Subverted when it turns out that there actually ''is'' a 17 Highbrow Street.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Kermit and Miss Piggy, of course.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: The disturbingly hilarious crush Charles Grodin's character Nick Holiday has for Miss Piggy throughout the film.
-->'''Nick:''' Miss Piggy... You're a very different looking woman. I'm so tired of the same type, [[PurpleProse those tall thin creatures with the long legs, the aquiline noses, the teeth like pearls, soft skin]]...
-->'''Miss Piggy:''' Yeah, well I can see where that might make you sick to your stomach.
* MediumAwareness: "It's a movie!"
* MistakenIdentity
* MurphysBed
* NoFourthWall
** Possibly the best moment is as Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo in their hot air balloon discussing the credits:
-->'''Fozzie:''' "Nobody reads those names anyway, do they?"
-->'''Kermit:''' "Sure. They all have families."
** It's worth noting that this exchange comes in the first scene, and it keeps up from there.
** And then there's this gem:
--> '''Miss Piggy:''' And you know something else?! You can't even ''sing!'' Your voice was ''dubbed!''
** At one point, Kermit and Miss Piggy break out of character to attack each other's acting, and which one is carrying the film.
** And, of course, "Hey! A Movie!", the song in the opening scene, about how they're "going to be in a movie starring everybody... and me".
* NonIdenticalTwins: Kermit and Fozzie. A running gag has people somehow confusing the two, such as identifying Kermit as a bear.
-->'''Father:''' "No, Christine, that's a frog. Bears wear hats."
-->'''Editor:''' "Oh, yeah. I see [the similarity] now..."
** At one point we're shown a picture of their "father", who's an extremely odd-looking frog/bear hybrid.
** Well, even though the ''actors'' Kermit and Fozzie don't look anything alike, their ''characters'' are identical twins. (It's that kind of movie.)
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Played with by London cabbie Beauregard on why he doesn't have an English accent, despite having lived in London "all my life". "English Accent, I'm lucky I have a driver's license!"
** Nicky also has no trace of a British accent, despite being the (accented) Lady Holiday's ''brother''.
* ObviouslyEvil: Nicky. The first moment we meet him, he's staring rapturously at his sister's jewels.
* OptOut: Subverting the usual trope, ''everybody'' starts opting out when Kermit proposes his plan to stop Nicky's gang from stealing the Baseball Diamond. All except Gonzo and Fozzie, that is, the latter of whom uses a heck of a guilt trip to get everyone back in.
* ProperlyParanoid: Lady Holiday, who has already suffered one attempt on her jewels.
--> '''Lady Holiday:''' [with one hand over her necklace] I feel as though thieves are breathing down my neck.
--> '''Nicky:''' [ [[{{Foreshadowing}} while leaning over her neck]] ] Thieves aren't breathing down your neck!
* RousingSpeech:
-->'''Fozzie:''' HOLD IT!!! [[WhatTheHellHero Shaaaaaaame on you!]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether I thought we were in this thing together!]] I'm just as scared as you are, but this has to be done! We don't want the ''bad guys'' to win! We ''gotta'' do this! [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords For... for... for... justice! For... freedom. For... honesty.]]
-->'''Kermit:''' Fozzie, you okay?
-->'''Fozzie:''' That took a lot out of me!
* SevenMinuteLull: 15 Seconds Kermit Yells "Quiiiieeettttt!!!"
** And Fozzie ("Hold iiiiiiiiiiitttttt!!!")
** Also, Janice, when discussing nudity.
* StiffUpperLip: The couple living at 17 Highbrow Street react quite calmly to a strange pig breaking into their house.
* SuperWindowJump
* TakeAThirdOption: During the "Happiness Hotel" number:
-->'''Pops:''' Hey, how are you guys fixing to pay?
-->'''Kermit:''' What are our choices?
-->'''Pops:''' A) Credit Card, B) Cash, C) Sneak out in the middle of the night?
-->'''Fozzie:''' We'll take "C".
-->'''Pops:''' ''Veeeeeeery'' popular choice (swats fly).
* ThemeNaming
* TooDumbToLive: Kermit during the bike riding scene, from Statler and Waldorf's point of view. Doubles as a possibly AccidentalAesop about bike safety.
--> "Heh. Look ma, no brains!"
* TrrrillingRrrs: Lady Holiday, noticeably when talking on the phone about her "horrrrrendous" fashion designs.
* VeryFalseAdvertising: The Happiness Hotel. Granted, the people who live there ''are'' a very happy bunch, but it's more ''despite'' the living conditions than ''because'' of them.
** By way of example, the travel guide lists it alongside bus terminals and riverbanks in the section labeled "Places you can park your carcass."
* WronglyAccused
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** Nicky also has no trace of a British accent, despite being the (accented) Lady Holiday's ''brother''.


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* ProperlyParanoid: Lady Holiday, who has already suffered one attempt on her jewels.
--> '''Lady Holiday:''' [with one hand over her necklace] I feel as though thieves are breathing down my neck.
--> '''Nicky:''' [ [[{{Foreshadowing}} while leaning over her neck]] ] Thieves aren't breathing down your neck!
18th Oct '12 1:24:04 PM StevenT
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* StiffUpperLip: The couple living at 17 Highbrow Street react quite calmly to a strange pig breaking their house.

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* StiffUpperLip: The couple living at 17 Highbrow Street react quite calmly to a strange pig breaking into their house.
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--> No, that's a frog. Bears wear hats.
15th Jun '12 11:36:19 AM ekedolphin
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** This happens again to Janice in ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', and again about nudity.
13th Jun '12 2:52:19 PM SingingRain
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* ActorAllusion: Kermit's reporter role and outfit hearken back to his on-the-spot interviews of fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters on ''SesameStreet''.

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* ActorAllusion: Kermit's reporter role and outfit hearken back to his on-the-spot interviews of fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters on ''SesameStreet''.''Series/SesameStreet''.



-->'''[[SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]]''': A very brief cameo.

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-->'''[[SesameStreet -->'''[[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]]''': A very brief cameo.
11th Jun '12 8:11:55 PM PaulA
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This very silly movie has so many [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hangings]] they could open a store to sell them and have enough stock to last a week. Also very apparent are the highly increased production values compared to its predecessor, and the film debuts of some Muppets who showed up on ''TheMuppetShow'' after the first movie. The movie also stars Charles Grodin in a role that strikes the right balance between serious villain and [[LargeHam scenery chewing]].

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This very silly movie has so many [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hangings]] they could open a store to sell them and have enough stock to last a week. Also very apparent are the highly increased production values compared to its predecessor, and the film debuts of some Muppets who showed up on ''TheMuppetShow'' ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' after the first movie. The movie also stars Charles Grodin in a role that strikes the right balance between serious villain and [[LargeHam scenery chewing]].



*** The Muppets and the villains then begin to play an impromptu Baseball ''game'' with said diamond, complete with Louis Kazager[[hottip:*: from TheMuppetShow's "Wild World of Muppet Sports" segments]] doing commentary!

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*** The Muppets and the villains then begin to play an impromptu Baseball ''game'' with said diamond, complete with Louis Kazager[[hottip:*: from TheMuppetShow's Series/TheMuppetShow's "Wild World of Muppet Sports" segments]] doing commentary!



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14th May '12 8:39:47 PM StevenT
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* StiffUpperLip: The couple living at 17 Highbrow Street react quite calmly to a strange pig breaking their house.
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* RousingSpeech:
-->'''Fozzie:''' HOLD IT!!! [[WhatTheHellHero Shaaaaaaame on you!]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether I thought we were in this thing together!]] I'm just as scared as you are, but this has to be done! We don't want the ''bad guys'' to win! We ''gotta'' do this! [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords For... for... for... justice! For... freedom. For... honesty.]]
-->'''Kermit:''' Fozzie, you okay?
-->'''Fozzie:''' That took a lot out of me!
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