Picks and Pans Review: The Muppet Movie

UPDATED 07/30/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/30/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

With charm for the kids and in-jokes for their parents (when Kermit's bicycle gets mangled, he quips, "I thought I was gone with the Schwinn"), Muppet creator Jim Henson tries to give everybody a little something. It's an On-the-Road-to-Hollywood story, as Kermit the Frog collects Fozzie, Gonzo and Co. to escape evil fast-food frogs' legs king Charles Durning and make it as a star. It gets a little mushy when Miss Piggy and Kermit meet and fall in love à la Elvira Madigan. Later, though, he tells her, "Frankly, Miss Piggy, I don't give a hoot." The mix of Muppet and reality is wonderful, anyway. The cameos are lively—Steve Martin is a waiter, Orson Welles a movie mogul, Bob Hope an ice cream man. Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher's songs are appealing. So what if it all seems a little fuzzy around the edges? (G)

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