- There has been much debate as to whether The Muppet Movie or A Muppet Family Christmas is more of a Jim Henson victory lap. In any case, both are Crowning Moments for everyone involved and both feature a fantastic moment at the end that is somewhere in-between this and Heartwarming Moment:
- "Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you!"
- From a production standpoint, Kermit riding the bicycle. Decades later and people are still impressed by the puppetry work.
- Giant Animal.Animal: BAD MAN!!!!!!!!!!
- None other than Orson Welles providing the film's final cameo, fulfilling all of Kermit's dreams without even needing to see any of his act.
- On a meta-level, only Welles could provide a ton of characterization and depth to a character who appears for a grand total of 40 seconds. That's acting, folks.
- The speech by Kermit, and in a strange way, Doc's rejection of it, breaking from the standard kid's movie formula.Doc Hopper: Alright boys, kill him!*The whole Muppet crew shocked!*Max: No wait please!*Gian Animal pops out of the roof of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's laboratory and roars loudly at Doc Hopper and his troops and escapes! And Max shouts to wish Kermit good luck in Hollywood!*
- On another meta level, director James Frawley spent the entire shoot acting like the Muppets were simply the films actors, always talking directly to the puppets without ever letting on that he had any idea it was an act. Add on that he was uncomfortably out of his element as a TV director who had no idea if he could handle a feature film, and it becomes a mind-boggling performance that doubtlessly added a great deal to the filming process.
Awesome / The Muppet Movie