The Muppets Take Manhattan – Why It Might be the Best Muppet Movie

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♪ What’s going on ♪ ♪ Together again ♪ ♪ Now we’re here and there’s
no need remembering when ♪ – It’s pretty hard for me
to pick just a few things that I love about “The
Muppets Take Manhattan”. It’s definitely my favorite Muppet movie. It’s the film that I grew up with. Just being a child of the 80s. What I think I like most
about it is how dark and gritty it is. – This is turning out to be a
little tougher than I thought. – Originally “The Muppets
Take Manhattan” was to be directed by Jim Henson,
who of course, had directed the previous two films. But Jim’s schedule was
getting really busy, and he also realized
that this was the perfect time for his long time
collaborator Frank Oz to shine. Frank Oz of course is
well known for doing Yoda, and various other Muppets,
including of course Bert to Jim Henson’s Ernie. So these two always came as a pair. His directing of “The
Muppets Take Manhattan” I think is phenomenal. He really balances this sort
of vaudeville slapstick shtick with a modern take on the Muppets, throwing them in this very modern scenario of being down and out in New York City. (rat grunts) – Hey, that waiter’s a rat! – I’m glad we got no money. Now I got no appetite. – “The Muppets Take Manhattan”
is a really great look at what Broadway was in
New York in the 1980s, and it’s really invested
in Broadway history. The theater where they’re
trying to put on their show is the Biltmore, which
is a really really famous and historical Broadway venue
that really sadly burned down a couple years after this film. “The Muppets Take Manhattan”
is kinda one of the last looks of this very very important
New York landmark. ♪ Do ya do ya be dee dee be boop ba ♪ How could it be “The
Muppets Take Manhattan” and be about Broadway
without incredible songs? For me, obviously I love
“The Rainbow Connection” and some of the more famous Muppet songs that Kermit sings, but I
think every song in this film is really a masterpiece. The songs were so well thought
of that they were nominated for Best Music for the Academy Awards. (rat screams)
♪ A doo wa, yeah ♪ The other reason why I really love “The Muppets Take Manhattan” is, kinda the love story between
Miss Piggy and Kermit. This is the film where you really, really see it come to fruition. The Muppet wedding that takes place in “The Muppets Take Manhattan”
between Piggy and Kermit is a veritable who’s who of
not just “The Muppet Show”, but of “Sesame Street” and
“Fraggle Rock” as well. The other thing I love about
“The Muppets Take Manhattan” is it’s the birth of “Muppet Babies”, a cartoon that I loved as a child. In “The Muppets Take
Manhattan”, you have a flashback sequence, where the Muppets
are remembering where they first met, in nursery school. And Jim Henson and Frank Oz
and all of the Muppeteers actually built baby
versions of the Muppets, and it’s one of the cutest
sequences in the film, and the song is really wonderful. It’s also what gave birth
to the cartoon that became a huge huge hit. It’s really kind of a
milestone in Muppet history. (upbeat music)

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