Directed by Jim Henson, USA, 1981, G.
Jim Henson took over directorial duties for this sequel to The Muppet Movie, this time taking his creations and their puppet-based musical mayhem across the Atlantic. The Great Muppet Caper finds the Muppets playing themselves in a riotous Pink Panther-esque lark involving stolen diamonds and the world of high fashion. Kermit and Fozzie are identical twin reporters (don’t ask) who miss the story of the century when fashion heiress Lady Holiday has a valuable diamond necklace stolen right under their noses. In true Muppet can-do attitude they chase the story and travel to England with their trusty, albeit easily distracted, photographer Gonzo to solve the mystery. But crimefighting soon takes a backseat to romance when, in a farcical mixup, Kermit mistakes Lady Holiday’s new secretary Miss Piggy for the heiress herself.
The human cast members contribute mightily to the madcap fun, Diana Rigg plays the haughty (real) Lady Holiday, while Charles Grodin delivers as her ne’er-do-well brother Nicky Holiday who falls head-over-heels for a certain glamorous pig. John Cleese, Peter Ustinov and Peter Falk deliver hilariously nonsequitous cameos. While Kermit and Fozzie are the nominal heroes of the story its Miss Piggy that steals the show with not one but two spectacular Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers, not to mention a daring prison break and a display of motorcycle skills that would make Evel Knievel blush. As always, the Muppets do all their own stunts!
“It’s full of action, romance, excitement and non-stop energy in the greatest Muppet tradition!” – New Beverly Cinema
“All hail Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy! They’ve been around for a while, but their romantic possibilities are the revelation of The Great Muppet Caper, the new, sometimes riotously unruly Muppet movie” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
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The 1979 feature that represents the film roots of the Muppets, The Muppet Movie received two Academy Award nominations and is listed in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
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When the Muppets’ college show is a big hit, they decide to take it to Broadway, having adventures that could happen only in the Big Apple; with cameos including Gregory Hines, Brooke Shields and Liza Minelli. The movie ends with a wedding between Kermit and his porcine love, which is part of the show within a show – or could it be for real?