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Favorite Scenes: The Muppet Movie Standard Rich & Famous Contract Scene

July 22, 2010

There are some films that define a genre, like Star Wars (1977)for Sci-fi.  There are some films that help a genre to evolve beyond what people expect of it, like Unforgiven (1992) for the western.  Then there are some films, Like the Muppet Movie (1979), that transcend genre.  At once, it is a kids’ movie, a drama, an action movie, a hilarious comedy, a buddy picture, and an amazing journey.  You could really attach any genre to it.  There is even a dash of horror/ sci-fi when Mel Brooks stops by for his mad scientist mind swapping scene.  This film showed the same respect for story and the audience that Walt Disney did with his early films.  Jim Henson made films not just for children, but for the whole family.

My favorite scene in the Muppet Movie occurs in the final few minutes:

“Please sir, uh,  my name is Kermit the Frog, and we read your ad, and well we’ve come to be rich and famous.”

The Movie Exec, played brilliantly by Orson Welles then removes the cigar from his mouth as he glares down at the barnyard annoyance spread out before him.   His face softens as he activates the intercom to his secretary.

“Tracy, prepare the standard ‘rich and famous’ contract for Kermit the Frog and company.”

A moment like that is undeniably brilliant whether you are 8-years-old or 80.  The respect shown to Hollywood and the history of cinema, by having one its most brilliant auteurs welcome the Muppets, is wonderful.

Being able to watch a film like the Muppet Movie as an adult and  experience pure wonder is what I go to the movies in hopes of finding.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2010 7:16 pm

    I think the other brilliant thing about the Muppet movie is that it has stood the test of time. I watched it as a kid and loved it and now my niece is watching it and loving it and I’m laughing right along with her. Thanks for reminding us about a truly great film.

  2. June 9, 2014 4:42 am

    I wanna be rich

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