The Muppets

Muppets Take Manhattan

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At a time when motion picture musicals were nearly unheard of, Jim Henson and Frank Oz continued their tradition of putting on a good show with The Muppets Take Manhattan. Aside from the deliciously entertaining story line, the film featured terrific, unforgettable music and lyrics by Jeff Moss. "Together Again" is a Broadway inspired introduction by the classic Muppet gang. The film is really centered on the idea of Kermit finding himself (due to true soul-searching and not just the amnesia he suffers from a car accident). "Saying Goodbye" is a sentimental tearjerker and is that much harder to hear following Jim Henson's untimely death. Probably most memorable is the song which first introduced the Muppet Babies and turned them into immediate stars, "I'm Gonna Always Love You," sung by a preemie-size Miss Piggy and her choir of baby Muppets who made the song line "mama dadda poo poo sha wa wa" embarrassingly hummable. The songs here lack a "Rainbow Connection" but they are as much fun as the ones from the original Muppet Movie and certainly better than those from The Great Muppet Caper. What remains a mystery to Muppet lovers is how Kermit and Miss Piggy married at the end of Manhattan yet show up in later years on The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight as boyfriend and girlfriend. Are the Muppet films separate from their television spoofs and antics? For all we know, when Piggy sings her wedding vow "He'll Make Me Happy" it is the real thing. If anyone knows of any reason why these two should not be'll get a "Hah!" and a "Hi-YA!"

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