The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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This was a break from the virus outbreak movies that I have been watching lately.  What better way to break from viral pandemics than with the Muppets?

The second big screen Muppet movie, The Great Muppet Caper brought the gang to England to solve a jewel theft.  Kermit, Fozzie (who were listed as identical twins for some reason) and Gonzo were investigative reporters and they were on the story of who stole the jewels of Lady Holiday (Dame Diana Rigg).  Along the way, Kermit meets Miss Piggy and they fall in love.  When the real thief, Lady Holiday’s brother Nicky (Charles Grodin), framed Piggy for the crime, the Muppets take off on a crazy adventure to save her.

Honestly, The Great Muppet Caper is not as great as some of the other Muppet movies.  It is quite a step down from The Muppet Movie, for sure.  Still, there is an air of silliness and charm that carries it through.  The funny jokes and the slapstick fit very well with the Muppets and their constant breaking of the 4th Wall always works.

The film works because of our connections with these characters.  We love Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and the gang and so we let them slide with some of the less than perfect bits.

As in all Muppet movies, there are a ton of awesome cameos from famous actors including John Cleese, Joan Sanderson, Jack Warden, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley, Peter Falk and Jim Henson himself.


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