Review: ‘The Great Muppet Capper’

Muppet creator Jim Henson took over the directorial reins this second time out and, buttressed by a $14 million budget and top professionalism down the line in the production department, shows a sure hand in guiding his appealing stars through their paces.

Muppet creator Jim Henson took over the directorial reins this second time out and, buttressed by a $14 million budget and top professionalism down the line in the production department, shows a sure hand in guiding his appealing stars through their paces.

Story hook has hapless reporters Kermit, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo literally plunked down in London Town to follow up on a major jewel robbery involving fashion world magnate Diana Rigg. Once there, Kermit mistakenly takes Miss Piggy for beautiful Lady Holiday and instantly falls in love with the rotund aspiring model.

At the same time, Rigg’s sly brother Charles Grodin puts the make on Miss Piggy himself while also setting her up for arrest in the jewel robbery case.

As before, much of the dialog neatly walks the line between true wit and silly (and sometimes inside) jokes.

Grodin and Rigg are both fine, and cameo appearances are limited to nice turns by John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov and Jack Warden.

1981: Nomination: Best Song (‘The First Time It Happens’)

The Great Muppet Capper

UK

Production

Universal/AFD. Director Jim Henson; Producer David Lazar; Screenplay Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses, Jerry Juhl, Jack Rose; Camera Oswald Morris; Editor Ralph Kemplen; Music Joe Raposo; Art Director Harry Lange

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Charles Grodin Diana Rigg John Cleese Robert Morley Peter Ustinov Jack Warden
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