The last of the original trilogy of Muppet feature films made by Jim Henson, released in 1984. It was also Frank Oz's directorial debut.Another take on the origins of the Muppets, this has them having all known each other during college and making a musical together (Manhattan Melodies); upon graduation, they decide to go to New York City and try to put the show on Broadway rather then just split apart. But after countless failures in trying to sell the show, they do split up, going to different parts of the country to make ends meet. Kermit gets a job at a diner and continues pursuing the dream of getting the show produced. Just as he succeeds and calls all the others back, he is hit by a car; now amnesiac, he winds up getting a job in the advertising industry. With the show two weeks away, the Muppets have to try and find him or, failing that, press on without him.One of the musical numbers, featuring baby versions of some of the characters, turned out to be the debut of the Muppet Babies; their subsequent Saturday Morning Cartoon kicked off the Spinoff Babies craze.
This film provides examples of:
Accidental Marriage: At least if you consider the original script, or the comic book adaptation. The movie itself never actually confirms this.
All Part of the Show: It is made intentionally vague whether or not Kermit and Piggy's wedding was this or something that happened for real and took place after the show they were putting on.
"Interviews" of Kermit and Piggy after the movie was released had Kermit stating it was all part of the show, while Piggy insisted it was real.
Joan Lunden of Good Morning America even gave them a toaster.
Bindle Stick: Fozzie during his part in the "Saying Goodbye" number.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Surprisingly, subverted. This is the only major Muppet movie where nobody breaks the fourth wall, even once.
Chekhov's Gunman: In a "Blink And You'll Miss It" moment, Ronny Crawford can be seen during the Travelling Salesman Montage. One of the cops who comes to arrest the con artists also reappears, when Piggy borrows his skates.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Piggy; somewhat understandable since she and Kermit are supposed to be getting married soon.
Darker and Edgier: It's still basically a comedy, but compared to the two previous Muppet movies, The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, this is a darker, more solemn movie with much less over-the-top silliness. This was, apparently, because The Great Muppet Caper, by far the craziest and least serious Muppet movie, hadn't done particularly well in the box office, so they toned the wackiness down for this one.
Deadpan Snarker: Rizzo the Rat, here in his first major film role and seriously starting his career as the resident cynical wiseguy.
Digital Destruction: Of all the original Muppet movies, this one probably is the worst victim of it. The current version of the movie has far too much contrast, making the movie look incredibly dark (it's also odd in a scene where Kermit is at the top of the Empire State Building at night, and his tongue appears to be glowing), there are a number of cropping inconsistencies from widescreen to 4:3 from previous versions, slight music alterations, among others.
Dissimile: "Ocean Breeze Soap: It's just like taking an ocean cruise, only there's no boat and you don't actually go anywhere"
Early-Bird Cameo: In the scene where Kermit tells the assorted characters that they can all be in the show, check out the bear standing in the back of the group. That's Bobo Bear, although he wouldn't actually be Bobo for 12 more years.
Easy Amnesia: Happens to Kermit, he remembers nothing. His reaction to news of his relationship with Miss Piggy is priceless.
Kermit: Me? In love with a pig? Wait 'til I tell the guys in marketing! Ha ha! Maybe you expected me to go HOG-wild? Perhaps you could bring home the BACON! Ahhh... the sounds of love, SU-EEEEE! Oink, oink!
Miss Piggy: Cancel the show! Hi-yah!
'80s Hair: Miss Piggy's perm, as seen in the page image.
Gallows Humor: Right before they walk into Pete's, knowing they have no money to pay and will have to beg:
Travelling Salesman Montage: It's really no surprise that it fails, however. You can't have twenty pairs of eyes staring through a cafeteria window watching someone take a bite out of a sandwich and expect that you're going to endear yourself to that person.
Pete: Hey, I tell you what is. Big city, hmm? Live, work, huh? But not city only. Only peoples. Peoples is peoples. No is buildings. Is tomatoes, huh? Is peoples, is dancing, is music, is potatoes. So, peoples is peoples. Okay?
Kermit:(blankly) Uh, yeah.
What Could Have Been: In-universe: Miss Piggy wonders what it would be like if they've known each other since they were babies.