Stop the presses! It’s the crime of the century — and investigative reporters Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo are out to crack the case in this song-filled, star-studded extravaganza directed by the legendary Jim Henson. Our heroes arrive in London to interview Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), a high-fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace has just been stolen. But when Kermit mistakes lovely receptionist/would-be model Miss Piggy for her aristocratic employer; it’s love at first sight. Unfortunately, Lady Holiday’s scheming brother (Charles Grodin) is also wooing the sultry swine so he can frame her for another brazen jewel heist. Now it’s up to Kermit and his Muppet pals to clear Piggy’s name and catch the real culprits.
“Here is a thoroughly genial movie, a combination of A.A. Milne, Busby Berkeley and a small bit of Blake Edwards, in which Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the other Jim Henson–Frank Oz puppets become involved with Diana Rigg, Charles Grodin and a number of guest stars in a not quite all-singing, all-dancing romantic melodrama about jewel thievery in the London of haute couture” —Vincent Canby, New York Times (1981)
“As an adult viewer, much of the fun in re-watching these films is in seeing how they fit within the larger history of Hollywood comedy.” —Erik Adams, A.V. Club
“The 1981 film isn’t the best muppet movie — that would be 1979’s THE MUPPET MOVIE — but to my mind it’s the funniest and weirdest. From the opening credits, which feature Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo in a hot air balloon, to the bizarre and hilarious cameo by Peter Falk, to the fact that Charles Grodin and Diana Rigg play siblings (this is a movie where Kermit and Fozzie are twins, so it seems pretty normal), it’s just completely out there.” —Alex Dueben, Vulture
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