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Encyclopedia > The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Muppets Take Manhattan

The Muppets Take Manhattan DVD cover
Directed by Frank Oz
Produced by David Lazer
Jim Henson
Written by Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Starring Jim Henson
Frank Oz
Dave Goelz
Jerry Nelson
Richard Hunt
Steve Whitmire
Music by Ralph Burns
Jeff Moss
Cinematography Robert Paynter
Editing by Evan A. Lottman
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release date(s) July 13, 1984
Running time 94 minutes
Country UK/USA
Language English
Preceded by The Great Muppet Caper
Followed by A Muppet Family Christmas
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The Muppets Take Manhattan is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets, and the final film before Henson's death. This film was produced by Henson Associates, ITC Entertainment and TriStar Pictures, and originally released in movie theatres in 1984. It was the first film directed solely by Frank Oz, who also performs Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Animal, as he previously co-directed The Dark Crystal with Jim Henson. Image File history File links The Muppets Take Manhattan DVD cover This is a DVD cover. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Jim Henson, born James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Jay Tarses (born 3 July 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American television comedy writer and producer. ... Jim Henson, born James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Dave Goelz (born July 16, 1946) is a puppeteer best-known for his association with The Muppets, and in particular with the Muppet character Gonzo. ... Jerry Nelson (born July 10, 1934) is a Muppet puppeteer. ... Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets. ... Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1910) is a puppet with the Jim Henson Company. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jeff Moss (June 19, 1942–September 24, 1998) helped to create the childrens television series Sesame Street. ... ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Great Muppet Caper is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... A Muppet Family Christmas is a made for TV movie produced in 1987, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Jim Henson, born James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... Henson Associates (commonly abbreviated ha!), is the former name of The Jim Henson Company, which held from 1976 to 1988. ... The ITC Entertainment logo The Incorporated Television Company (ITC) was founded by television mogul Lew Grade in 1954. ... The TriStar Pictures logo from 1993 to the present TriStar redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... The Dark Crystal is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. ...


The film introduced the Muppet Babies, as toddler versions of the Muppet characters in a fantasy sequence. The Muppet Babies later received their own Saturday morning animated television series, which aired from 1984 until 1992. Ò‰Jim Hensons Muppet Babies is an American animated television series that aired from 1984 to 1990 on CBS in first-run episodes, and then until 1992 in reruns. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...

Contents

Plot summary

As the film opens, Kermit and ten of his friends are graduating from college and are performing in a variety show on campus. Instead of splitting up and going their separate ways after graduation, the gang decides to try to take their act to New York and try to make it on Broadway. Kermit and the others are so confident in the show that they anticipate becoming instant stars, but as the months pass and their funds run dry, they are forced to go their separate ways and find jobs. Kermit remains in New York and gets a job at a local diner, befriending the owner, Pete (Louis Zorich), and his daughter Jenny (Juliana Donald) who works there as a waitress. She is a student in fashion design and is near completion of her studies. Louis Zorich (born February 12, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Juliana Donald (b. ... Fashion design is the applied art dedicated to the design of clothing and lifestyle accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time. ...


Complications arise in the form of unsavory jobs for Kermit's friends (Scooter becomes an usher at a movie theater; Rowlf runs the desk at a dog kennel), a jealous Miss Piggy who remains behind to keep an eye on Kermit and Jenny, and Kermit's additional failed attempts to break into stardom. After finally finding a producer who is willing to fund the show, however, Kermit is so excited that he unknowingly steps into the path of an oncoming vehicle and is knocked unconscious. He awakens with no memory, decides his name is Phil when he sees an advertisement with similar diction, and eventually falls in with a group of fellow frogs who write ad campaign slogans. Kermit, as "Phil", then begins to work as an advertising executive.


Kermit's companions are reunited in New York, along with the many friends they've each met along the way. Despite the fact that Kermit is missing, they decide the best thing to do is to go on with the show in his honor. After the amnesiac Kermit visits the diner and his friends recognize him, they recover him and Miss Piggy manages to knock him back to his senses. The show is a tremendous hit, and during the finale, Miss Piggy and Kermit are joined together in marriage.


Cast

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Celebrity appearances

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Soundtrack album track listing

  1. Together Again (Kermit and Friends)
  2. You Can't Take No For An Answer (Dr. Teeth)
  3. Saying Goodbye (Everyone)
  4. Something's Cooking (Rizzo and the Rats)
  5. Together Again (Carriage Ride)
  6. I'm Gonna Always Love You (The Muppet Babies)
  7. Right Where We Belong (Everyone)
  8. William Tell Overture (The Chickens)
  9. Somebody's Getting Married (Everyone)
  10. Waiting for the Wedding (Everyone)
  11. She'll Make Me Happy (Miss Piggy and Kermit)
  12. The Ceremony (Everyone)
  13. Closing Medley: Overture/Saying Goodbye/Together Again (Everyone)

External links

  • The Muppets Take Manhattan at the Internet Movie Database
  • Muppet Wiki: The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Muppet Movies Lyric Archive

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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) (2571 words)
After the success of Kermit’s self-penned “Manhattan Melodies” stage show, he and the others are encouraged to take it to Broadway, which they attempt to do.
Manhattan isn’t Se7en, after all, so I don’t think it’s unfair to reveal that the film has a happy ending.
Ultimately, The Muppets Take Manhattan provided a positive image; were it not for the grain and other minor print flaws, the picture might have entered “A” territory.
The Muppets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1549 words)
The word "Muppet" itself was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words "marionette" and "puppet"; however, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the "marionette/puppet" story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.
Muppets are distinguished from ventriloquist "dummies", which are typically animated only in the head and face, in that their arms or other features are also mobile and expressive.
Muppets may represent humans, anthropomorphic animals, realistic animals, robots or anthropomorphic objects, extra-terrestrial creatures, mythical beings or other unidentified, newly imagined creatures.
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