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Great Muppet Caper, The (1981)

A frog and a bear as identical twins? A pig fashion model? Only in the world of Jim Henson’s Muppets could anyone get away with such wonderful silliness.

muppetcaper5After the success of 1979’s The Muppet Movie, Henson and company reunited for a follow-up. This second instalment in the Muppet film franchise took the gang to England for a comic heist movie.

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear star as identical twin brother (?) reporters for the Daily Chronicle, who are fired for botching up a story about a jewel thief and so follow the victim, fashion designer Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), to England.

While attending a glamorous dinner, Kermit notices the dazzling Miss Piggy, Lady Holiday’s spunky assistant and a wannabe model. The pretty porker also catches the eye of Holiday’s brother, Nicky, but the flirtations are interrupted by a sudden blackout.

When the lights return, Lady Holiday’s famed Baseball Diamond (one of the world’s biggest gems) has been stolen, and Piggy is framed for the crime. While Piggy plots a jailbreak, the other Muppets set out to find the real criminals and recover the jewels.

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The big showdown pits James Bond style criminals carrying blowtorches, walkie-talkies, and computerised safecracking tools against the Muppets with their Frisbees, yo-yos, and peanut butter.

muppetcaper3While the film wasn’t as popular as the first Muppet movie, The Great Muppet Caper did continue the tradition of star cameos (John Cleese, Peter Falk, Peter Ustinov), original songs (including the Oscar-nominated The First Time It Happens) and zany sight gags (like Piggy riding a motorcycle and a Busby Berkley-style water ballet that has to be seen to be believed.)

The film was also the only Muppet feature directed by Jim Henson himself. Henson passed away in 1990.

Lady Holiday 
Diana Rigg
Kermit the Frog 

Jim Henson
Nicky Holiday 

Charles Grodin
Neville 

John Cleese
Miss Piggy 

Frank Oz
Rowlf 

Jim Henson
Dr Teeth 

Jim Henson
Waldorf 

Jim Henson
Swedish Chef 

Jim Henson
Fozzie Bear 

Frank Oz
Animal 

Frank Oz
Sam the Eagle 

Frank Oz
Gonzo 

Dave Goelz
Beauregard 

Dave Goelz
Dr Bunsen Honeydew 

Dave Goelz
Zoot 

Dave Goelz
Marla 

Erica Creer
Carla 

Kate Howard
Darla 

Della Finch
Dorcas 

Joan Sanderson
Floyd Pepper 

Jerry Nelson
Camilla 

Jerry Nelson
Pops 

Jerry Nelson
Lew Zealand 

Jerry Nelson
Rizzo the Rat 

Steve Whitmire
Lips 

Steve Whitmire
Oscar the Grouch 

Carroll Spinney
Scooter 

Richard Hunt
Statler 

Richard Hunt
Janice 

Richard Hunt
Beaker 

Richard Hunt
Sweetums 

Richard Hunt

Director
Jim Henson