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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: This article suggests that instead of being a Card-Carrying Villain, Nicky Holiday is actual a complex character who is Driven by Envy of his sister's success and is also an Attention Whore who steals from his own sister not just because of those traits but also specifically to hurt her.
    • It also suggests that he's drawn to Miss Piggy not just because of the Fridge Brilliance mentioned below but also because other relations haven't been fulfilling and that she was captivating in personality rather than appearance while also being something that he could take away from his sister.
  • Broken Base: Though you can hardly call the film divisive since it’s a generally well-regarded film, there is a divide between Muppet fans regarding the tone of the film. Some fans enjoy the Medium Awareness of the film and the highly comical approach, but others felt it went a bit too far and prefer a more nuanced, grounded story. A more meager box office performance of this film led to the following film being Darker and Edgier without any fourth wall-breaking, leading fans to discuss which of the two sequels is the better one.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: It makes sense that Nicky would be tired of conventionally attractive women, since being the brother of a fashion designer, he naturally sees a lot of them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lady Holliday's first scene viciously disparaging a trio of dress designs now comes off as a preview of Diana Rigg's role in Game of Thrones.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Did you leave them in your other pants?" "I don't have no other pants!"
    • "You know, it's amazing, you're 100% wrong. I mean, nothing you've said has been right!"
    • "You are all weirdos!"
  • Parental Bonus: The Peter Falk scene, as long as you know about Columbo.
  • Tear Jerker: The "That's a frog, bears wear hats" scene, while funny on the surface, becomes incredibly bittersweet if you know the story behind it.
  • Uncanny Valley: After a Blinding Camera Flash gag that gives the Happiness Hotel crew exaggeratedly dilated pupils, characters who typically have Eyes Always Shut or Eyeless Faces like the Swedish Chef, Janice, Zoot, Lips and Bunsen Honeydew now suddenly have visible eyes as a result of the gag. It's a bit unsettling to see these characters who typically don't have eyes suddenly have them, especially given this is the only time that's happened for most of them.
    • In Miss Piggy's daydream, there's a shot where she dives into a pool, which couldn't be achieved very vividly using a muppet, and instead is a diver in a Miss Piggy suit. Seeing Miss Piggy, normally a puppet and moving with the limitations of such, move in an exact, human fashion is a little bit weird. The costume would return later in the film when Miss Piggy's on the motorcycle.
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  • Visual Effects of Awesome: This film outdoes The Muppet Movie's famous bike-riding scene by featuring Kermit and Miss Piggy sing a duet while riding bikes, going in circles and performing tricks in the process. And then it finishes off with an entire parade of Muppets on bicycles, which was a much easier visual trick: the bicycles are simply sharing axles which means they easily stand upright.


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