The Muppet Movie Minute 4: These Are One Way Fish

The film finally starts and we learn way too much about a guy named Sir Lew Grade.

NOTES AND RESEARCH

Miss Piggy: Roll Film

Animal: Roll Film!

15 second mark: hand; center back row; tossing a paper airplane

Mean Mamma and Fletcher Bird get up to leave

Fletcher Bird turns around to come back

Lew Zealand totally tossing fish at people!

  • Gonzo
  • Hound
  • Miss Piggy

How rude messing up the theater

It’s not theirs

What about the Cleaning Crew

Robin

  • Can see his head earlier in the minute
  • Robin the Frog is Kermit’s nephew
  • PERFORMER : Jerry Nelson 1971-2003
  • Robin made his debut in the 1971 television special The Frog Prince
  • His relationship to Kermit wa s not established until episode 212.
  • “Halfway Down the Stairs,” which appeared on the first Muppet Show album in 1977.
The Cassette Tape Nick references in this episode
The Casio Keyboard Annie references in this episode (out of box)
The Casio Keyboard Annie references in this episode

Music Stars Before Film Rolls; yet seems to supposed to be part of the film the Muppets are watching.

“Sort of Approximately” the story of the Muppets

Presenting Credits:

Sir Lew Grade

  • A British television and film impresario who was influential in getting The Muppet Show on the air.
  • When Jim Henson was shopping the concept of the series around to the American television networks, Grade was the only party to take serious interest.
  • He offered to provide financial backing for a series to run in syndication, on the condition that they would be taped in England.
  • Grade retained a share of the show’s profits and subsequently served as executive producer or “presenter” of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Dark Crystal.
  • Despite common myth, Grade was not the model for Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, but did inspire the movie mogul character Lew Lord for The Muppet Movie.
Lew Grade
Lew Grade meeting Lew Lord played by Orson Wells
Lew Grade and Fozzie Bear

Martin Starger

  • Martin Starger executive produced The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Go Hollywood.
  • President of ABC Entertainment (1972-1975)
Martin Starter

A Jim Henson Production (The Jim Henson Company)

  • Founded in 1958
  • In 1989, the company entered merger negotiations with The Walt Disney Company, but the deal fell through following Jim Henson’s unexpected death in 1990.
  • In 2000 Henson was sold to EM.TV & Merchandising AG, a German media company, but by the end of that year, EM.TV’s stock collapsed, and the company was sold back to the Henson family in 2003.
  • In 2004, Henson sold the rights to the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House to The Walt Disney Company, but retains the rights to the rest of its characters, program library, and assets.
  • Since 2000, The Jim Henson Company has been headquartered at the Jim Henson Company Lot, the historic former Charlie Chaplin Studios, in Hollywood, California.

(These are mostly my thoughts and observations. I have occasionally added some of Annie’s thoughts after the recording. I have done my best to attribute info where needed. Many of the more common facts about the film and The Muppets are not directly attributed to any one source. It is not my intention to claim all of the above information as my own. If you find a place that needs attribution, please contact me with the source and I will be happy to add it.)