- Alternative Character Interpretation: This article posits that Doc Hopper isn't a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk so much as someone intended to be dark reflection of the Muppets and especially a Foil to Kermit. It notes that he has several of the same characteristics that the Muppets have and that ultimately he does briefly consider a better way before recognizing his own dream won't allow him close friends like Kermit has.
- 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. [Hint: The state license plate says "Famous Potatoes".] Additionally, the wine bottle had a bottle cap.
- 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: 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.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: The behind-the-scenes picture of Steve Whitmire goofing around with a Kermit puppet.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
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.
- 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 'im."
- 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— though it also has an air of Comical Angry Face.
- 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!
- One-Scene Wonder: Numerous examples (Steve Martin's waiter, Mel Brooks' Krassman) but taken Up to Eleven with Orson Welles' cameo as Lew Lord, who's not only in just one scene but has exactly one line, yet manages to be one of the most memorable characters in the film.
- "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.
- So Bad, It's Good: Doc Hopper's ad.
- Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Someday, we'll find it/The rainbow connection/The lovers, the dreamers/And me..."
- 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.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Played with. It isn't inappropriate for children or families, but is clearly meant to be viewed as any other Hollywood feature which just happens to star puppets (indeed, Jim Henson himself always saw the Muppets as more of a theater troupe than as characters). Still, it was not an easy pitch to sell.