Other than “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” which I’ve seen a number of times, I’m fairly new to the Muppet universe, having grown up in French-speaking Quebec. Even as an adult though, “The Muppet Movie” is like catnip for the brain. Maybe it’s because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there’s something so touching, so innocent and good-natured about the movie that you can’t help but feel your entire body relax as you watch it. The Muppets break the fourth wall and address the audience, and even though the movie was released four decades ago, it still manages to let the positivity and good humor reach out from the screen and grab the audience by the funny bone. There’s a lot of plot going on as Kermit the Frog and company travel to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune as a ruthless frog-leg restaurateur chases them, and there are also plenty of celebrity cameos throughout (my favorite being Dom DeLuise’s), but this is all about the Muppets, all the time: They’re extraordinarily well-written and performed by a litany of top-tier creative talent, while their onscreen mobility is never anything less than joyfully arresting. It’s got buckets of charms and silly laughs, and it’s worth every minute of it.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)