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Believe in the dream.

  • Kermit literally talking to himself, in a What You Are in the Dark moment.
    Kermit: I didn't promise anybody anything. What do I know about Hollywood, anyway? Just a dream I got from sitting through too many double features.
    Kermit's Conscience: So why did you leave the swamp in the first place?
    Kermit: 'Cause some agent fella said I had talent. He probably says that to everybody.
    Kermit's Conscience: On the other hand, if you hadn't left the swamp, you'd be feeling pretty miserable anyhow.
    Kermit: Yeah. But then it would just be me feeling miserable. Now I got a lady pig, and a bear and a chicken, a dog, a thing, whatever Gonzo is. He's a little like a turkey.
    (Kermit's Conscience manifests itself, sitting on a rock nearby. Kermit walks up to literally talk to himself.)
    Kermit's Conscience: Yeah... a little like a turkey, but not much.
    Kermit: No, I guess not. Anyhow, I brought them all out here to the middle of nowhere, and it's all my fault.
    Kermit's Conscience: Still, whether you promised them something or not, you gotta remember - they wanted to come.
    Kermit: But... that's because they believed in me.
    Kermit's Conscience: No, they believed in the dream.
    Kermit: Well, so do I but...
    Kermit's Conscience: You do?
    Kermit: Yeah! Of course I do.
    Kermit's Conscience: (coaxing) Well then?
    Kermit: Well then... I guess I was wrong when I said I never promised anyone. I promised me.
    • And the very moment of that personal epiphany, The Electric Mayhem band finds the gang who were stranded in the desert and are delighted to give them a lift to Hollywood.
  • "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday"
  • Also the finale to the closing number "The Magic Store", where the camera pulls back to show virtually all of the Muppets that had been created by Jim Henson up to that point, singing together and celebrating Henson at his crowning time of success.
    • What really does it is that it happens right after the movie set got trashed, destroying all their hard work and, had the ending not been a Foregone Conclusion, would have turned it into a Shoot the Shaggy Dog moment. Then, when everybody looks like they're at their absolute peak of despair and about to give up, a real rainbow appears through the gaping hole in the ceiling, the reprise of "Rainbow Connection" plays, and everybody starts singing. Dawww...
    ...Thanks to the lovers...the dreamers...and you!
  • And just before the above, everybody working to get the set ready, not to mention the performance of "The Magic Store." Seeing everyone psyched up to get started after their epic journey was seriously encouraging.
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  • It's a easy to miss one, but during the credits gags, after the film is done, Fozzie is asking the rest of the audience if he was funny, getting no replies. Kermit quickly makes his way down to assure Fozzie he was very, very funny.
  • Nothing for "Never Before, Never Again"? After blatant Love at First Sight for her and Kermit, Miss Piggy swells into a lovestruck number, complete with a fantasy montage of their budding romance.
  • Kermit and Piggy's dinner together.
  • Max's Heel–Face Turn after he realizes he cannot let his boss bring harm to Kermit and his pals, and goes so far as to disguise himself as a policeman at the risk of Hopper's wrath to warn Kermit of how far Hopper is willing to go to get his way. In the final confrontation, it is clear that Max has become completely disillusioned with his employer's obsession, and protests when Hopper prepares to have Kermit's entire gang killed. When they are finally all scared away for good by the enlarged Animal, Max is ecstatic and wishes the best to all the Muppets before also leaving the scene.
  • The cameo from Orson Welles when he gives the Muppets their break and their reaction, particularly Kermit's, afterwards. Made even more heartwarming when one considers that Welles's character, Lew Lord, was based on the man who helped Jim Henson into stardom, Lord Lew Grade.
    • What really makes it is that Welles looks quite intimidating, making you worried that he's going to give them yet another hard time before the Foregone Conclusion. And then he simply tells his secretary to get the "standard rich and famous contract."
    • Welles also showed that he could act even in a 30 second cameo. Notice the brief hesitation Lew Lord makes before paging his secretary, as the impulse to give them that contract wasn't an immediate one.
  • Kermit's plea to Doc Hopper when his posse catches up to them in the western ghost town. Even after about half a dozen times Hopper has made it clear he wants Kermit dead, Kermit is nothing but forgiving toward him.
    Kermit: Well, I've got a dream too, but it's about singing, dancing, and making people happy. That's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share with. And, well, I've found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And...and that kinda makes us like a family.


  • Frank Oz stated Orson Welles taught him a lesson after shooting his scene.
    Orson invited me and Jim to dinner with his wife. Orson spoke beautifully that night. Memorably he said, "Some people create out of experience, I create out of innocence." That has become my mantra.
  • Toughpigs' series of articles for the movie's 40th anniversary concluded with an appreciation of its then-recently deceased director, James Frawley.
    At his core, James Frawley was a playful artist with a strong sense of humor, but also an ability to urge his performers, whether they be Monkees or Muppets to slow down and take in what they were doing. Disney, the current owners of The Muppets, would be wise to revisit the work that James Frawley did on The Muppet Movie when looking at the directions that future projects could take. Maybe it’s time for The Muppets to take a trip back to the desert, sit around a campfire and contemplate who they are and why they’re here. I think James Frawley would have liked that.


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