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->'''Robin:''' ''Uncle Kermit, is this how the Muppets really got started?''\\
'''Kermit:''' ''Well, it's sort of approximately how it happened.''

In the summer of 1979, JimHenson brought his beloved characters from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' to the big screen to tell their story. After a very meta ColdOpening where we see the Muppets attending a private screening of their own film, we see how Kermit was inspired to leave his home in the swamp and head to Hollywood.

Along the way, he picks up a familiar assortment of friends: Fozzie Bear, a struggling ursine comedian; The Great Gonzo, "prince of plumbing" turned would-be actor; Miss Piggy, self-proclaimed "actress/model"; Rowlf the piano-playing dog; the eccentric inventors Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker; and the psychedelic Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and their road manager Scooter. Unfortunately, Kermit also attracts the attention of Doc Hopper, an unscrupulous restaurateur who's dead set on getting Kermit as a spokes-frog for his fried frog-legs stands. Throw in some catchy musical numbers by PaulWilliams and an assortment of celebrity cameos, and you've got the makings of a much-loved movie.

To date, ''The Muppet Movie'' remains the most profitable and highest grossing (accounting for inflation) live-action children's film in history.

Not to be confused with the 2011 movie ''Film/TheMuppets'' (though that one's technically a sequel of sorts).

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!!This film features examples of:
* AsideComment: A few.
-->'''Kermit:''' ''(to camera)'' Good grief, it's a RunningGag.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: Piggy wants Kermit to whisper sweet nothings in her ear.
-->'''Kermit:''' Um... motorcycle cop.
-->'''Piggy:''' "Motorcycle cop" is a sweet nothing?
-->'''Kermit:''' A motorcycle cop is chasing us!
* [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Attack of the Fifty Foot Animal]]: After he eats Bunsen's growth pills.
* AuthorAvatar: Kermit's journey from Mississippi to show biz is an allegory for Henson's career. Doesn't hurt Henson plays Kermit, too.
* BadGuyBar: "El Sleezo Cafe"
* {{Balloonacy}}: Happens to Gonzo at one point.
* BerserkButton: Prof. Krassman pushes two of Miss Piggy's at the same time - threatening Kermit, and pig/pork jokes. It doesn't go well for him.
-->'''Prof. Krassman:''' Say goodbye to the frog, pig!
-->'''Miss Piggy:''' Why should I?
-->'''Prof. Krassman:''' Because in sixty seconds, he won't know you from kosher bacon!
-->'''Miss Piggy:''' '''THAT DOES IT!''' [[IKnowKarate HIIIIIII-YAAAAAAAAH!]]
** Dr. Teeth almost pushes it by referring to the incoming motorcycle cop (actually Max in disguise) as a "P, I...", but luckily Miss Piggy manages to cut him off successfully before he can get to the "G" by snarling, "DON'T... YOU... DARE."
--->'''Dr. Teeth:''' Wouldn't dream of it.
* BetweenMyLegs: Seen during the showdown.
* BootstrappedTheme: "The Rainbow Connection" has become the unofficially official theme for the Muppets in general.
* BrickJoke:
** Sweetums ''finally'' catches up to Kermit and the gang at the end...by bursting through the screen of the theater.
** Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem finding the gang by reading the screenplay they gave them.
* TheCameo: Dozens of them, mostly human, though at one point Kermit and Fozzie run into Big Bird, who tells them, "I'm on my way to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, [[HeroOfAnotherStory to try and break into]] [[Series/SesameStreet public television]]."
** All right, let's see... Creator/SteveMartin is serving wine, Elliot Gould is a beauty contest emcee, Creator/RichardPryor is selling balloons, Milton Berle is a used car salesman, Carol Kane keeps showing up when someone says "Myth", Creator/MelBrooks is a mad scientist, Creator/DomDeLuise is chased by an alligator and sets Kermit off on his journey to Hollywood, Madeline Kahn is a patron at The El Sleezo Cafe with Telly Savalas as her boyfriend (and where Creator/JamesCoburn is the owner), BobHope sells ice cream cones, and Cloris Leachman is secretary to Creator/OrsonWelles, who gives The Muppets the standard 'Rich & Famous' contract. Plus Edgar Bergen and Charlie [=McCarthy=] as themselves. Tada!
** On the non-human side, the final shot features many of the puppets used in Henson's previous projects.
* {{Callback}}: The scene where Kermit over-enunciates "Al-li-gat-ors" to Dom [=DeLuise=] is a callback to a scene in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', said by Piggy.
** Miss Piggy ''still'' hates jokes made at the expense of her species. ''Especially'' if a non-pig makes such jokes.
* CaptivityHarmonica: Rowlf in the campfire scene.
* ChekhovsGun: Who knew The Electric Mayhem would have ''kept'' that copy of the screenplay?
** Also, Bunsen's insta-grow pills.
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Fozzie's newly painted car in front of a billboard.
* ComicallySmallBribe: Doc Hopper initially tries to get Kermit to perform in his ads by telling him he could earn five hundred dollars "every year."[[note]]due to inflation, it becomes more comically small over time, but even when the movie was made, that was not a lot; roughly the equivalent of $1300 per year in the 2010s.[[/note]] Fozzie is tempted.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The gang stumbles upon Miss Piggy hitchhiking in the desert.
--> '''Miss Piggy''': What an unbelieveable coincidence!
* CoolCar: Fozzie's 1951 Studebaker, which is now in the Studebaker National Museum collection.
** Also the 1946 Ford "woodie" station wagon that they buy from Mad Man Mooney.
** For that matter, the Electric Mayhem's tour bus.
* CreatorCameo: James Frawley, the director, is the waiter at the El Sleezo Cafe.
** Paul Williams, who wrote "The Rainbow Connection" and all the other songs, is El Sleezo's piano player.
*** The {{badass biker}} who tosses Fozzie at the El Sleezo Cafe was played by Fozzie's own puppeteer, Frank Oz.
*** Other Henson performers and employees who make cameos also include Steve Whitmire, standing behind Kermit in the audience during the Bogen County Beauty Pageant, and Lisa Henson, who is one of the contestants.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Miss Piggy, though she's really a moron only around Kermit.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kermit has his moments.
--> '''Fozzie:''' I don't know how to thank you guys!
--> '''Kermit:''' I don't know ''why'' to thank you guys.
* DirectionlessDriver: Fozzie's route from Louisiana to California goes through Rhode Island and Saskatchewan.
* DumbAndDrummer: Animal is portrayed this way.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Sweetums is only known in the movie as "Jack."
-->"Jack not name. [[{{Pun}} Jack job!"]]
** For those that don't get it, his job is moving cars around at Mad Man Mooney's... which he does by lifting them up by the bumper.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: "The Rainbow Connection," of course. It even provides the ''page quote.''
* {{Expy}}: Lew Lord (Creator/OrsonWelles) is Lew Grade, who gave Henson his big break, and shepherded his career (and [[PunnyName actually was a Lord]]).
* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: Doc Hopper, since he's sort of an evil CaptainErsatz of Colonel Sanders.
* FollowThatCar: In this movie, this command's bound to go awry...
-->'''Doc Hopper:''' Follow that frog!
-->[Max drives off]
-->'''Doc Hopper:''' MAX!!!!!
-->[Max backs up]
-->'''Doc Hopper:''' Follow that frog ''with me in the car!''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Gonzo mentions that he wants to move to Bombay, India to become a movie star. He'll follow up on this in Season Four of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', which aired after the film's release.
** While the other Muppets try to explain to Gonzo that one goes to ''Hollywood'' to become a movie star, Bombay (now Mumbai) was then and is now the center of the massive Bollywood industry, meaning that [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Gonzo may not have been entirely random]].
--->'''Gonzo:''' Sure, if you want to do it the ''easy'' way.
** Also, be honest, how many of you already guessed Gonzo's origins ([[spoiler:He's an alien]]) just by listening to him sing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryEjm3k6uY0/ '''this''' song?]]
* FramingDevice: The Muppets attending the premiere of the movie, making the main movie a ShowWithinAShow. The film even breaks at one point.
** "Huernder hinder flip-flip-flip-flip-flip!"
** Fortunately, "der flim is okey-dokey".
* GirlishPigtails: Miss Piggy wears some for part of the movie. [[StealthPun Get it]]?
* GhostTown: Where they find Bunsen and Beaker.
* HeelFaceTurn: Max, Doc Hopper's nerdy right hand man. When Hopper hires the deadly professional frog killer to take Kermit down, Max realizes just what kind of guy he's been working for, and dresses as a cop in order to pull over the Muppet bus and warn them.
* HerrDoctor: Prof. Krassman. Definitely of the MadScientist variety.
* HilariousOuttakes: While technically not outtakes as such (as they were never intended to be part of the finished film), the footage shot by director James Frawley to test the cameras while setting up at exterior locations includes some wonderful ad-lib work by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLGkux56Ar0 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcMP90xT0sQ here]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Krassman gets stuck in the mind-melting machine and starts blurting, "Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!"
* HonestJohnsDealership: Mad Man Mooney.
* {{Hulkspeak}}: "Jack not name. Jack job!"
* IWantSong: "The Rainbow Connection", also something of an EarWorm.
** Also "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday".
* InMemoriam: The movie is "dedicated to the memory and magic of Edgar Bergen", who'd died shortly after filming his cameo appearance in 1978.
* ItsAllMyFault: Kermit when his group is stranded in the desert.
* JustAStupidAccent: Seriously, what do you expect in a movie when Mel Brooks shows up? In fact, when Miss Piggy freaks out and starts beating the crap out of the thugs, Krassman briefly drops the accent and speaks in Brooks' normal voice for a couple of lines.
* KitschyLocalCommercial: Doc Hopper shows Kermit the current advertisement for his restaurants when he first tries to talk him into becoming a spokesfrog -- it features Hopper in a goofy frog suit performing a song about the varieties of french-fried frog legs available.
* LamePunReaction:
-->'''Kermit:''' ''(on the oft-used Hare Krishna gag)'' Good grief, it's a RunningGag.
* LateToTheParty
-->'''Sweetums:''' I just ''knew'' I'd catch up with you guys!
* LetsMeetTheMeat: Doc Hopper's proposal for Kermit to advertise for "Hopper's French-Fried Frog Legs". Kermit is fully aware of the inherent horror of this trope, however. ("All I can see are millions of frogs with tiny crutches.")
* LiteralMetaphor
--> "I hear this movie is dynamite."
--> '''BOOM'''
** Fork in the road, start with a bang, drinks on the house--it's a RunningGag.
* LoveAtFirstSight: When Miss Piggy meets Kermit (and even follows it up with a romantic montage!)
--> '''Piggy (singing)''': "Never before! And never again!..."
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Kermit's inner self literally appears to help him with a moral crisis.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Fozzie's Studebaker is painted in psychedelic colors by the Electric Mayhem to help Kermit elude Doc Hopper. The paint job doesn't fool Hopper, but it does hide it surprisingly well when they stop in front of a similarly-painted billboard.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Max. He works for Doc Hopper but immediately takes a moral stand against him the moment Kermit mentions frogs on tiny crutches. While he then continues to work for him when offered a hefty raise, when Doc hires the frog killer he goes out of his way to warn the Muppets. When Doc and his men are scared away, he can't get the grin off his face.
* NoFourthWall: Perhaps the best example is Kermit and Fozzie explaining their story to the Electric Mayhem by ''giving them a copy of the movie script''. The band later saves Kermit and company from the desert, having found them by referring to the script they left behind.
--> '''Dr. Teeth''': See, "Exterior, desert, night". We knew right where you were!
* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: "Have you tried Hare Krishna?"
* NotHyperbole: "When a German scientist tells you to hold onto your hat, it's not casual conversation. Hold on to your hat! Hat! Hold!"
* NumberOfTheBeast: Visible on the digital readout on Prof. Krassman's mind-melting machine.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: In an ImagineSpot, Miss Piggy pictures herself doing this with Kermit. Also depicted in one version of the movie poster and on the cover of the original soundtrack album.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: After Max's HeelRealization, he only continues to serve Doc Hopper because Hopper offers to double his percentage (i.e. his share of the company). However, when the Frog Killer is hired, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere not even money will keep him attached to Hopper, and he flags down the Muppets while disguised as a motorcycle cop simply to warn them about Hopper's plans]].
* OriginsEpisode
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: "One of the finest wines of Idaho."
* ParentalBonus: Some of the jokes are way obscure, though the outside is usually funny enough.
-->'''Gonzo:''' I always wanted to go to [[{{Bollywood}} Bombay, India]], and become a movie star.
-->'''Fozzie:''' You don't go to Bombay to become a movie star. You go where we're going, Hollywood!
-->'''Gonzo:''' Sure, if you want to do it the ''easy'' way.
** For that matter, most of the pop culture references may be too far out-of-date for some viewers to get them today.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "It is indeed a problem for us to ''probosculate'' upon!"
* ThePianoPlayer: Paul Williams, his own self. In real life, Williams does ''not'' play the piano, and all piano playing was mimed.
* PieInTheFace: Variation: Doc Hopper's car gets a giant pie in the windshield! (See ThisBillboardNeedsSomeSalt below.)
* PunnyName: Prof. ''Krass''man. Appropriately, a crass comment he makes to Miss Piggy leads to his downfall.
* ReadingAheadInTheScript: The Electric Mayhem come to rescue Kermit and the others when they get stranded in the desert. How did they knew they were there? [[CallBack They read it in the script Kermit had given them earlier.]]
* RedemptionRejection: Hopper appears affected by Kermit's PatrickStewartSpeech, but then orders his men to kill them all. Henson actually wanted him to be redeemed at first, but Frank Oz talked him out of it.
* RetCon: Scooter and the band had different and unconnected origin stories in the first seasons of the series, but are now shown as being a single unit before the show got together. (Handwaved by Kermit to Robin in the opening. "Well, it's sort of ''approximately'' how it happened.")
* RoadMovie
* ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse: Fozzie defuses a BarBrawl by impersonating the bartender and shouting "Drinks are on the house!" Of course, this being the Muppets, this causes all of the brawlers to race to the roof of the bar where they [[LiteralMinded look futilely for the drinks.]]
* RuleOfThree: "Lost? Have you tried the Reverend Hare Krishna?" (See RunningGag below.)
* RunningGag: "Have you tried Hare Krishna?" Also, the "Myth! Myth!" thing.
** Yeth?
** Kermit has a classic LampshadeHanging referring (in disgust) to the Hare Krishna bit... "Good grief, it's a running gag."
** Don't forget Sweetums pursuing the gang...which also turns into something of a BrickJoke.
*** Not to mention Gonzo landing on Kermit's car.
---> '''Gonzo:''' I'm back!
---> '''Miss Piggy:''' I don't understand any of this.
*** At the end, Sweetums literally bursts through the movie screen and joyfully shouts, "I just KNEW I'd find you guys!"
* ScenicRoute: What we see as Fozzie sings "America the Beautiful".
--> '''Kermit:''' This is the patriotic part.\\
'''Robin:''' Should we stand up?
* SettingOffSong: "Movin' Right Along". The first few bars get replayed when they drive off anywhere. Just to drill it into your head further.
--> '''Kermit:''' Move it right along Fozzie.
* ServileSnarker: SteveMartin, in yet another cameo, as an extremely rude waiter.
* ShoutOut:
** Kermit to Piggy: "[[GoneWithTheWind Frankly, Miss Piggy, I don't give a hoot.]]" Doubles as a reference to Woodsey Owl.[[note]]"Give a hoot, don't pollute"[[/note]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: DomDeLuise only gets a small cameo at the beginning of the movie, but his suggestion that Kermit go to Hollywood sets the whole plot in motion.
* StockAnimalDiet: At the County Fair, Fozzie goes to BobHope to get ice cream. He orders a cone of honey flavor for himself, and a cone of "Dragonfly Ripple" for Kermit.
* TalkingToThemself: Kermit literally talks with another version of himself in the desert scene.
* ThereIsAnother: In this case, many others. For the finale, ''two hundred and fifty Muppets'', all preexisting, appear. As mentioned above, a whole bunch of extra people (including Tim Burton and John Landis) had to be called in to operate all of them.
* ThisBillboardNeedsSomeSalt: One for Aunt Amy's Custard Pies has an actual, giant custard pie on it, and it inadvertently brings both Gonzo's {{Balloonacy}} escapade and Doc Hopper's latest attempt to get Kermit to an end: Fozzie's car hits the billboard, and this sends the pie flying onto Hopper's car. Hopper accidentally fires his shotgun into the air when that happens, which bursts the balloons and causes Gonzo to come back down to Earth. As Hopper rants over his latest defeat, Max enjoys some pie.
* TriumphantReprise: "The lovers, the dreamers, and '''''you'''''."
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Within the film itself; see the page quote.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Okay, who's the idiot who threatened Kermit in front of Miss Piggy?
* VisualPun: Kermit tells Fozzie to turn left at the fork in the road. Sure enough... a giant fork is stuck in the road like a landmark.
--> '''Kermit:''' I don't believe that.
* WallpaperCamouflage: With ''a car!''
* WhatsAHenway: "Gonzo! What are you doing?" "About seven knots!"
* WhoIsDriving: Neither Kermit nor Fozzie, it seems.
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: "Movin' Right Along" is one long RunningGag about how terribly lost Kermit and Fozzie get on their drive to California.
* YouAreWorthHell: When Kermit and Miss Piggy are being held captive by Doc Hopper's minions and the mad scientist who is preparing to give him what amounts to a new form of lobotomy, Miss Piggy plays this straight then Kermit subverts it:
--> '''Miss Piggy''': Whatever happens next, I wouldn't trade this night for anything. Would you?
--> '''Kermit''': Make me an offer.

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