The Muppet Movie came out in 1979, which means it turns 40 this year. It is a movie that has been a staple in pop culture ever since. It is full of wit and humor and heart. For these reasons it has endured all this time. It starred the whole cast of the Muppets, from Kermit and Miss Piggy to Fozzie Bear and Gonzo. Every Muppet you know and love made an appearance in this film.
The movie tells the story of how the Muppets came together and made their way to Hollywood and became big stars. It follows Kermit as he leaves his place in the swamp to follow his dreams to make others happy through entertainment. Along the way he meets the other Muppets, who join him on his trip to Hollywood. All the while, he is being pursued by Doc Hopper who would like Kermit to be the spokes-frog for his fried frog leg commercial.
The film itself is full of great puns, huge Hollywood cameos including Orson Wells, Steve Martin, and Bob Hope, and many, many others. Then there’s the music. We dare you to talk about The Muppet Movie without singing along a little bit. We couldn’t do it, as you’ll hear in this episode.
Jake, Tracy, and Val talk about all of this. They talk about what their favorite puns and cameos in the film are. Tracy sings like Kermit the Frog, and the team talks about what this film meant to them growing up. And, at one point, they even talk about which Muppet is their individual Spirit Muppet.
Let us know who your Spirit Muppet is, as well as any other feedback about The Muppet Movie and this episode by sending your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d also love to hear any suggestions you might have for future episodes and any overall feedback for our show. And, be sure to join us for our Movies That Make Us podcast live recording at FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Friday, September 6, at 11 am. We would love to see you all there!