Muppets at the movies

● The Muppets have a string of movies to their names already, including The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Great Muppet Caper.

● Never ones to shirk away from serious film, darling, they’ve also had cameos in Rocky III and An American Werewolf in London.

Musical Muppets

● Alice Cooper guest-starred in the show – a horror special – in 1978, with the show culminating in a raucous rendition of ‘School’s Out’.

● This was only bettered by Miss Piggy playing Kiki Dee to Elton John on a cover of ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, in 1979.

● The music video for Weezer’s 2002 hit ‘Keep Fishin’ is set around the group performing on The Muppet Show.

Dangerous dancing

● Sir Bruce Forsyth has revealed that a dance he performed on The Muppet Show over 30 years ago was axed for being ‘suggestive’.

● This mattered not to Liza Minnelli - in 1979, guest starred as an actress on the run from a killer, with the show offering up a rather devastating version of Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’.

Muppets on TV

● Chat shows have been ten a penny for our furry friends, with Kermit the Frog famously being interviewed by Jon Stewart for The Daily Show and Miss Piggy later appearing on The Late Show.

● Further TV fame would come later when they appeared in character in hit shows including The Cosby Show and The West Wing.

● The Muppets have presented, in character, at the Academy Awards and Emmy Awards.

Special episodes

● The Muppets were born when a young Jim Henson was trying to impress his college buddies by creating the then show, Sam and Friends. Many of the original characters remain.

● Muppets fan John Cleese wrote the episode of the show he appeared in 1977. NB Cleese played a galactic pirate as part of the sketch.

Muppet trivia

● In 2005, the United States Postal Service revealed a postage stamp series in Jim Henson and The Muppets honour.

● Frank Oz, the actor most famous for playing Yoda in the Star Wars films, also performed as at least nine of the Muppets.

● In 2010, they launched The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora their own online cooking show.

Modern Muppets

● Academy Award nominee Amy Adams plays Muppet Mary in the upcoming film.

● Lifetime Muppets fan and Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie has created some of the music for the upcoming Muppets movie, including the Oscar-nominated 'Man or Muppet.'

The Muppets Official Trailer

The Muppets

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: James Bobin
  • Written by: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones
  • UK release: 10 February 2012

When Muppet fans Gary (Segel), his girlfriend Mary (Adams) and brother Walter (a puppet) learn that oil millionaire Tex Richman (Cooper) plans to demolish the Muppet theatre, it's time to reunite the original cast. If the plot could be fresher, the well-chosen guest stars, self-referential humour and old-school bonhomie…

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