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Muppet Treasure Island [VHS] (1996)

Tim Curry , Kevin Bishop , Brian Henson  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Dave Goelz
  • Directors: Brian Henson
  • Writers: James V. Hart, Jerry Juhl, Kirk R. Thatcher, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Producers: Frank Oz, Brian Henson, Martin G. Baker
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Jim Henson Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 11, 1996
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304089627
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Kids love this Muppet take on Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate classic, about the pirate Long John Silver (Tim Curry) and his takeover of a ship in order to track down buried treasure. His friend and then nemesis is earnest cabin boy Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop), who teams with the captain of the ship (Kermit the Frog) and several shipmates (including Gonzo, Ratso, and Fozzie) to foil Long John's nefarious plot. An odd subplot finds Captain Kermit stopping at a desert island to find his long-lost love (Miss Piggy--who else?). The Muppets have not lost their wild sense of humor, which works on enough levels to amply entertain children and their parents in imaginative fashion. --Marshall Fine

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Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale takes on a life of its own in the hands of the hilarious Muppets(TM)! MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND(TM) -- the Muppets' very first action-adventure -- is the fun-packed, music-filled, high-seas swashbuckler the entire family will enjoy over and over. It all begins when young Jim Hawkins inherits a long-lost map to a pirate's treasure. Jim hires the great ship Hispaniola where he meets the good Captain Smollett (Kermit the Frog) and the evil yet charming Long John Silver (Tim Curry). With adventure in their hearts and treasure chests of gold in their eyes, they set sail on the bounding main only to discover danger at every turn -- including Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy), Treasure Island's worshipped love goddess who's dressed to kill! Featuring a rollicking musical score by Academy Award(R)-winning Hans Zimmer (THE LION KING, 1994), MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND is a real gem that "explodes with wit, weirdness, and wildy inventive fun." (New York Post)

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
I've seen all the muppet movies, but this one is my favorite. Granted, the first Muppet Movie had awesome songs by the great Paul Willaims, and the Great Muppet Caper was a terrific spoof on classic Hollywood films. But this movie is different.
I believe it was Brian Henson who said that the difference in this movie is the world that we see. In the previous muppet movies, the muppets were strange creatures living in the human world. But in Muppet Treasure Island, it's the humans who are the odd ones. This is a "Muppet World" through and through. The first clue as to the validity of this statement is the opening credits. The main characters are played by Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, the Great Gonzo, and the other muppets. Not by puppeteers. By muppets.
Despite the fact that the movie stays pretty true to the book Treasure Island in terms of plot, the execution of it is completely wild muppet madness. Anything and everything is made fun of in this movie (including the fact that it's a movie!) For instance, in several of the excellent songs sung by the muppets (and a wonderful Tim Curry playing Long John Silver), the characters make reference to the fact that it IS a musical number.
And speaking of musical numbers, the songs in this movie are absolutely great. My family bought the soundtrack, and they listen to the songs all the time (especially "When You're a Professional Pirate"). And let's not forget the excellent background music by Hans Zimmer, who still knows how to crank out a good old-fashioned film score.
This movie is filled with all sorts of wackiness, right down to the names of some of the charcters (old Tom, real old Tom, Dead Tom), and jokes made in the movie come back later to make them ever funnier ("Dead Tom's Dead! Long John shot him!").
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Muppet Treasure Island" will keep you laughing! December 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The story of Treasure Island will never be the same after you watch this movie. The Disney movie "Treasure Island" may be interesting and good to watch, after watching this movie, you'll have to confess this is much more fun.
Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop), Gonzo, and Rizzo are working in an inn when Captain Billy Bones (Billy Connolly) dies. Before he does however, he gives them a map to a great treasure. They escape from the inn before they're killed by Blind Pew and his pirates. With the financial aid of 'rich, half-witted son' Squire Trelawney (Fozzie the Bear) and the 'man who lives in his finger, Mr. Bimbo', they set off to get the treasure with Captain Abraham Smollet (Kermit the frog). But they watch out for 'the one-legged man' but that doesn't mean it's Long John Silver (Tim Curry)? And while watching the whole movie you'll enjoy seeing all the fun Muppets Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy), Mr. Samuel Arrow (Sam the Eagle), Polly Lobster (Spa'am), and an assortment of other Muppets.
"Muppet Treasure Island" is so very, very funny! I love the humor in it. One of my favorite lines is when Squire Trelawney doesn't seem to understand what and 'ocean' is. Rizzo says to him, "You know, the big, blue, wet thing?" to which Trelawney answers, "Oh, the big, blue, wet thing!" I also love all of the songs, especially "Cabin Fever", "Love Let Us Here", and "Boom, Shalakala". They're hilarious!
Don't also miss the other Muppet movies. 1) "The Muppet Movie", the very first Muppet movie in which the Muppets go to Hollywood. 2) "The Great Muppet Caper" is where the Muppets stop thieves from stealing the great baseball diamond. 3) "The Muppets Take Manhattan" do just what the title suggests.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Film chopped to death. June 23, 2002
...As far as the quality of the Jim Henson production and story it could have been and was top notch. That is until Disney got a hold of the file and cropped the screen. It really does affect the musical numbers on the show. Disney should have simply released a two-sided disk, one for full and one for wide screen. I'm hoping that Disney will wise up and re-release this DVD wide screen. Hopefully either refund or give current owners a rebate towards the wide screen version. So Disney if you're reading this take note of all the other reviews that also dislike full frame.
P.S. As for the story it's as good as all the other reviews say it is, if you can get past the missing chunks of the screen.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disapointing DVD of a great movie. January 2, 2003
I really liked both "A Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Muppet Treasure Island". I think the Muppets to a fantastic job adapting literature to the screen in an enjoyable manner and I sincerely wish that they would return to this type of work (especially after the abysmal "Muppets From Space").
HOWEVER -- unlike the first three Muppet movies, the DVDs for "Muppet Treasure Island" and "A Muppet Christmas Carol" contain the "fullscreen" version only. "Fullscreen" is a euphemism for the cropped image, instead of the "widescreen" image (also called "letterbox"). In other words you've lost bits of the image to the left and right of the parts you can see ... and with the Muppets there are always little interesting bits going on _everywhere_ in the image.
Kudos for the movies, but a BIG "shame on you" for not releasing the widescreen edition on DVD.
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Published 20 hours ago by Dale E. Komanec
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition. Great movie for a great price
Arrived early, great condition. Great movie for a great price.
Published 2 days ago by Random Awesomeness
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved watching this show with my kids. A new way to present a classic story.
Published 6 days ago by leonacv
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My grandson loved it:-)
Published 8 days ago by Florence M Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Muppet Movie
My favorite Muppet movie by far. Kids and adults will love this one.
Published 10 days ago by KRS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Such a fun movie. Cheesy, yes, but that's part of the Muppets!
Published 18 days ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
Favorite Muppet Movie! A++++
Published 20 days ago by joker ROCKS
4.0 out of 5 stars The Muppets are always great fun to watch
The Muppets are always great fun to watch. If more first mates were like Sam the Eagle there would probably be less troubles on the seas. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ravzender
4.0 out of 5 stars fun romp
I really enjoyed this when I first watched it, and I figured I'd get teh digital copy to watch with my kids. I love some of the music like Professional Pirate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Curry and the Muppets...You Can't Go Wrong
I'm just going to go ahead and say it...if you don't like this movie, there is something seriously wrong with you. This is a movie that everyone can enjoy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jules
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