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The Muppets Go to the Movies US title and UK commercial bumpers card.


Dudley Moore and Lily Tomlin with Kermit the Frog and Animal.

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Lily Tomlin with the cast for A Frog Too Far


Rowlf presents a silent movie.


The opening number ”Hey a Movie!”


Link in a J. Arthur Rank parody.


The Muppets Go to the Movies aired on ABC on May 20,1981 to help promote The Great Muppet Caper. The special was taped between March 9 and 17, 1981.

In this one-hour special, Lily Tomlin and Dudley Moore jointhe Muppets in a tribute to film classics.

Kermit the Frog hosts the program, which begins with an all-cast rendition of ”Hey a Movie!” from The Great Muppet Caper.

Film spoofs include:

Additionally, Floyd and Janice perform ”Act Naturally” backstage, the entire cast and guest stars (in multiple roles) sing ”We’ll Meet Again” as the finale, and the special includes three clips from The Great Muppet Caper: ”The First Time It Happens”, Beauregard‘s taxi-driving sequence, and ”Steppin’ Out with a Star”. A clip from the finale of The Muppet Movie also appears during the special’s opening sequence.

The special is unique because it’s the first time the entrance to the Muppet Theater is shown at the end of the special. There is a close up of the exit door and the back entrance during the credits as Kermit is locking up.




Muppets: Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy,Gonzo, Scooter, Statler and Waldorf, Beauregard, Lew Zealand, Sam the Eagle, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Animal,Rowlf the Dog, Link Hogthrob, Rizzo the Rat, The Swedish Chef, Beaker, Rats, Dr. Strangepork, Mulch, Foo-Foo,Penguins, Pigs, The Scarlet Pimpernel

Background Muppets: Angus McGonagle, Bobby Benson, The Babies, one of the Atrics, Koozebanian Phoob, Pops, Sopwith the Camel, Chickens, Frackles, and others.

Guest Star: Dudley Moore

Special Guest Star: Lily Tomlin

Muppet Performers: Frank Oz with Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, Kathryn Mullen, Brian Muehl, Robert Payne, Rollin Krewson andJim Henson


  • The American and international airings of the special both feature different versions of the endings. The scene used internationally is from a different take and the alignment of the credits is changed as well.
  • When aired on Nickelodeon, Statler and Waldorf’s comments following the ”Wizard of Oz” medley were cut.



“ This is not, obviously, the most elegantly witty humor. It is, by turns, silly, outrageous, sophomoric and hilarious. Old vaudeville gags compete with brisk standup routines. When the energy threatens to wane, an elaborate production number is hauled in… Miss Tomlin is especially suited to the special world of the Muppets. She takes them quite seriously and enters their routines with totally zany but understandable dedication… And so on, right to the entire company finale in which everyone joins in singing ”We’ll Meet Again.” I hope so. ”
— John J. O’Connor, The New York Times. May 20th, 1981.

Video releases

This special was released on video in the United Kingdom by Palace in the 1980s. It was also released on DVD in Israel. The PAL VHS release omits the original UK commercial bumpers and substitutes them for a shot of the Muppet audience applauding Rowlf at the end of his tribute to the Silent Era.

See also


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