- Award Snub: "Rainbow Connection" lost the Oscar for Best Original Song to the now-virtually-forgotten "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae.note
- Awesome Music: Paul Williams' score is packed with this.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The big finale song "Magic Store".
Life's like a movie
Write your own ending
We done just what we set out to do
Thanks to the lovers
- "Prepare the standard 'Rich and Famous' contract for Kermit the Frog and company."
- "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday"
- Dude, Not Funny!: There are wineries in Idaho, and they didn't see the humor in Steve Martin's "sparkling Muscatel" bit. Then again, Muscatel is not produced in Idaho, which specializes in seasonals like Reisling and Chardonnay.
- Also, keep in mind that in 1980, wine made in places other than France or Italy or whatever (for example, California wine) was seen as a joke or mediocre. Nowadays, it's different. That said, to most folks outside of Idaho, wine is not something that comes to mind when that state is mentioned.
- Ear Worm: "Rainbow Connection", "Movin' Right Along"
- First Installment Wins: The Muppet features that followed have their fans and are certainly beloved in their own right, but the one that started it all is almost universally considered the best.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Crazy Harry is a terrorist.
- Kermit imagines thousands of other frogs going around with tiny crutches. Real-life wild frog populations have suffered a decimating rash of leg deformities in the years since the film was made, some from pollution and others from natural parasites or predators.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Gonzo's dream to go to Bombay, India and become a movie star!
Gonzo: I always wanted to go to 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.Fozzie: We've picked up a weirdo.
- Which, for most American kids, probably just sounded like nonsense at the time. Hey, what did we know?
- Jim Henson once said that they wanted Gonzo to dream of being a movie star at the least likely of places, unaware until the film was completed that India produces more movies per year than Hollywood.
- Kermit's reasoning for not doing the frog leg ad, is because he can imagine frogs with tiny crutches. Years later his Nephew Robin plays the crutch toting Tiny Tim in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
- It only took 40 years, but Western stars are finally making it big in Bollywood, making this exchange that much funnier.
- Moral Event Horizon: Crossed by Doc Hopper during the climax. "All right, boys... kill 'em."
- Jim Henson actually wanted Hopper to be redeemed at the end, but Oz overruled him.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Doc Hopper's frog suit in his commercial is kind of creepy.
- also the idea of Doc Hopper threatening Kermit and wanting to make him a frog burger is really unsettling.
- Professor Krassman's electronic cerebrectomy machine.
- Miss Piggy's wide angry eyes◊ when she karate-chops the kidnappers.
- It doesn't help when she's above them and says, "Oh, boys." When the camera pans up to her, she looks like a creature out of hell!
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Alas, many of the jokes and wackiness have been copied by countless followers (both Gremlins 2: The New Batch and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie have done meta gags about their films being watched in theaters, for example), that, to anyone watching the film for the first time, it might seem less remarkable.
- That meta gag had been used, to hilarious effect, in Blazing Saddles, five years prior to this film.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Kermit riding a bike near the beginning. Don't wonder how they did it, just accept it.
- Actually, according to Frank Oz, the effect was relatively easy to do,note compared to the monstrous effort required to get Gonzo to float along on his balloons. But since the bike was the effect everyone kept gawking over, they included an entire parade of Muppets on bikes in the next movie. Just because.
- Plus Kermit in the swamp, which was created by the 6'1" Jim Henson cramming himself into a diving bell for a whole day.