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In the past 28 years of my life I think I can safely say that this is the greatest, most beautiful, and the most magnificent muppet movie ever made in the history of mankind. Beautiful acting, singing, and dancing and just brings you joy and tears of joy especially the infinitely grand wedding scene. I think throughout the course of my lifetime I have seen this particular muppet movie about 3500 times. My mama and papa bought me the VHS back in 93 and the DVD in 2002 and love them and cherish them forever. My second favorite Muppet movie is The Great Muppet Caper which is infinitely fabulous too but Muppets Take Manhattan wins the gold. Muppet Caper I've seen 3000 times , but this Muppets Take Manhattan i've seen the most-maybe even 4000 times!!!
RIP Jim Henson I Was A Kid When The Movie Came Out (1984) Kermit The Frog Was Amazing In This Film, They Don't Make Films Like This Any More, Or The Music For That Matter,Really Funny Characters Like Fozzy Gonzo Animal & Scooter, Joan Rivers Gregory Hines Brooke Shields Big Names In Hollywood That Made The MOVIE Great DVD Style Muppets Take Manhattan Is A Classic Hands Down!!!!
This movie is almost like a rehash of the first, but with far less production value. Don't get me wrong, it's funny and has catchy music, but something is just... missing (as Kermit mentions several times). It feels more like a TV-movie when compared to The Great Muppet Caper. It also doesn't help that the waitress lady can't act her way out of a bag. How did she get this job? She's outperformed by felt!
This is my childhood film for 35 years. And I enjoy it every time I watch it. I think this one did really well (up there with The Muppet Movie) all actors and actresses I've seen in this did really well. They only have short scenes if you catch them. I'm not naming them til you see it. Definitely a family and a good-feeling film for all ages. It takes you on a muppet ride. I really recommend it for everyone. Enjoy!
I was a four-year-old tot when this movie came out. I remember watching it in the movies, but I only remember seeing a few scenes while there. When it came to video a year later, I remember watching it over and over, grossing my family members out. They liked it too, but it's hard to like it when one of your number is obsessing over it. My favorite part is probably when Kermit and Jenny are jogging in Central Park and Piggy's purse gets snatched. That sequence, leading up to the wagon ride and the Muppet Babies' song has always been so cool tome. And, the amnesia part where Kermit thinks he's part of a marketing agency is both cute and clever.
Two of the great things about this DVD are that you have a choice of aspect ratio, both wide and full, plus a collection of nifty interviews with the late, great Jim Henson about his work and the Muppets. Watching it sparks memories and opens up other vistas (including when you watch it in widescreen). If you don't have it, get it. (I think I said something like that in another review.)
It's amazing how you hear songs you haven't heard in decades. Then after a few opening notes the whole song comes back to you and you find yourself singing along with the film. That's what this movie is. After just a few moments in the opening scene the songs were all coming back. Even the little ones laughed and sang along after a few bars.
This is one of those rare funny movies where there aren't any scary parts for little ones and there's no needless use of foul language or sexuality. So grab the movie and introduce a new generation to the Muppets
Of note in this film: Jim Henson had a plethora of celebrities make cameo appearances and in this film we're first introduced to what would later become the "Muppet Babies."
The Muppet movies are among my family’s favorites. Go-to choices for all ages! And as we’re spending extra time inside together these days (and evenings) having such “choice” movies are well worth their price! 😉👍
This has always been my fav movie of all time, and will most likely always be. Love it. Success story, love story, friendship, comedy, dreams coming true, charm, wit, amusement, creativity, imagination and reality in one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2016
The best Muppet movies are the ones that use a high concept idea
The Muppet Christmas Carol
, while the worst tend to be the
latter-day television specials
which are cheap, and in-jokey with little substance. Even the newer movies sell themselves on pop culture cameos more than innovation. Muppets Take Manhattan is middle ground, being too inoffensive to stand out and not imaginative enough to impress.
It's all about Kermit wanting to put on a show (which is almost every damn Muppet movie in existence) on Broadway and his efforts to be taken seriously. The rest of the gang lose faith extremely quickly and abandon him (some friends!) leaving Kermit to bluff his way into an industry that wants nothing to do with him. Not taking no for an answer, he persists. If this is a somewhat autobiographical tale of Jim Henson and Frank Oz's humble beginnings it does lend a credible edge to the material. I think that Henson/Oz do their best work when being daring and edgy (
The Dark Crystal
Little Shop of Horrors
, and this Muppet adventure, being shot in and around the real Manhattan instead of studio sets, stops just a little shy of that. Kermit keeps complaining that the script for his big show is lacking "something" that he can't quite figure out. I believe that this was a meta moment for Henson/Oz as this movie also lacks just the little extra spark it needs to be a real classic.
Still better than the sanitized Disney Muppets we are stuck with these days.
The Blu-ray is in 1.85:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound and a tiny coupling of extras.
(Jason Voorhees fans will get the little joke in my review title)
For me this has to be the best Muppets movie to date, yes the first (THE MUPPET MOVIE) was great with a nice hippy vibe and very good songs but this third outing surpasses that with lots of memorable sequences. Piggy on skates combating a purse snatcher, the first appearance (and best) of the muppet babies, piggy going crazy with Joan Rivers in a make up dept. The Rats working in the kitchen, Kermit donning a curly wig to try and sell a stage show.....all excellent. Its no wonder the somgs/music were nominated for an OSCAR.