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The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

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Peter Harris

Writer:

Jerry Juhl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Ernie / Dr. Teeth / Rowlf / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman / The Swedish Chef / Waldorf / Mahna Mahna / Harry the Hipster / Himself (voice)
Frank Oz ... Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Sam the Eagle / Bert / Animal / Grover / Cookie Monster / Marvin Suggs (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Camilla / Count von Count / Crazy Harry / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Lew Zealand / Robin the Frog / Louis Kazagger / Sgt. Floyd Pepper / Two-Headed Monster (Frank) / Gobo Fraggle (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Beaker / Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Two-Headed Monster (Stein) / Tug Monster (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Beauregard / Zoot / Uncle 'Travelling' Matt Fraggle / Boober Fraggle (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Lips / Rizzo the Rat / Sprocket the Dog / Wembley Fraggle (voice)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Carol Burnett ... Herself (archive footage)
George Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Charles ... Himself (archive footage)
Cher ... Herself (archive footage)
James Coburn ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Dean ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary and honor the one who brought them together: Kermit the Frog (and by doing so, Jim Henson). Written by Il Tesoro

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Comedy | Family

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Official Sites:

Henson.com

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USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die große Muppet-Party: Jim Henson zu Ehren See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The clip of "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" from The Ed Sullivan Show is incorrectly dated as 1958, nine years prior to its actual appearance. See more »

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[first lines]
Fozzie Bear: Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but the Muppets are thirty years old!
Waldorf: [to Statler] That's okay with me. I love being thirty!
Statler: You old fool, your pacemaker's older than that!
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Alternate Versions

When this special re-aired on Nickelodeon, the opening title card was cut; the montage subsequently went directly to the first scene following the first commercial break. Also edited was the position of the commercial break intro that originally occurred after the "Pure Imagination" song: on Nickelodeon, it was moved to after the previous scene: the "Galley-oh-hoop-hoop" scene. See more »

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Features The Muppet Show: Elton John (1978) See more »

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There's No Business Like Show Business
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Ethel Merman and The Muppets
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Truly Muppetational!
26 November 2003 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

All the Muppets (except the ones who could not make it) gather together to celebrate their (at that time) 30 year history. Most of them are wearing tuxedos, even the gang from Sesame street and Sprocket and Traveling Matt from 'Fraggle Rock' are in attendance, though in order to preserve continuity, the remaining Fraggles, Gorgs and Doozers remain blissfully unaware of this gathering.

With all of the most important Muppets sitting at a banquet table in the style of the Dean Martin Roast, this viewer suddenly noticed that the Sesame Street characters have much larger heads than those from the Muppet Show. The rest of the Muppet menagerie are seated in select groups at tables like they're attending the Golden Globes. Statler and Waldorf are joined by Pops, all the monsters share a giant size table and Big Bird is forced to sit next to the dreaded Miss Finch and those dimwitted Dodo kids from 'Follow That Bird'. BB also gets in a plug for 'Little Muppet Monsters', which had already been pulled off the air by the time this show was first broadcast.

This is of course nothing more than a clip show, but what a sensational selection of clips!. Kermit the Frog and all the regulars take turns introducing a lot of great compilations of everything they were ever involved in, from 'Sam and Friends' to 'Muppet Babies'. So many of these gems pass by so quickly that it leaves you wanting more, especially the early material and almost forgotten stuff, such as their stint on 'Saturday Night Life' (shown for about 2 seconds). The Dark Crystal is not mentioned at all, since those characters can hardly be referred to as 'Muppets'.

The constant praising of Kermit does begin to get a little bit tedious when Fozzie refers to him as 'Frog of my heart' (shouldn't that be Piggy's line?). But of course the one they are really thanking is Jim Henson, for realizing his dreams and bringing so much joy and entertainment to the world. To drive this argument home, the man himself appears near the end when Grover the waiter presents him with the bill (this would become a tradition in Muppet Specials until his death in 1990). The only problem with shows like this is that you can celebrate an anniversary only once, so this will probably never be broadcast again.

9 out of 10


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