“I’m staying! You hear that, New York? THE FROG IS STAYING!”
Kermit and his Muppet friends head to Broadway, where they struggle to get their musical — “Manhattan Melodies” — produced.
The Muppets’ third big-screen adventure (directed by Frank Oz) will primarily appeal either to those who fondly remember watching it as a child, or, naturally, to hardcore Muppet fans. While it contains a few humorous moments (see Redeeming Qualities and Moments below), there are an equal number of embarrassments — including the insufferable “Muppet Babies” doo-wop number. Juliana Donald as Kermit’s sympathetic new friend is instantly forgettable, though it’s mildly amusing to watch Miss Piggy (with an ’80s perm!) fuming at her with jealous rage. Most entertaining are the scenes in which an amnesia-ridden Kermit — the indisputable star of the show — hangs out with his well-meaning, yet hopelessly square, new frog buddies: Bill, Gil, and Jill.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Amnesiac Kermit — a.k.a. “Phil” — interacting with his new colleagues
- Rizzo and his fellow rats singing and dancing while cooking breakfast in a diner
- Linda Lavin (as a doctor) testing Kermit’s “reflexes” after his accident
- A truly campy moment as Miss Piggy roller skates through Central Park while trying to catch a purse snatcher
No. This one is for Muppet fans only; it’s not clear why Peary listed it in the back of his book, other than perhaps its Oscar-nominated score by Jeff Moss.