The Muppet Movie Minute 93 – That Wasn’t Acting, It Was Real Life

The movie comes to the end and we go back to the Muppet’s screening room for reaction as the credits role for the puppeteers and guest stars.

NOTES AND RESEARCH

THE END

Sweetums Back!

  • Not an awful green screen effect; and not even sure it was
  • Do you realize how long it took for him to catch up!?
  • Playing the long game for that joke… very Muppets

A photo of Sweetums traversing against a sunset backdrop featured in the gatefold of The Muppet Movie vinyl record, but is absent from the film. Additionally, the June 12, 1978 draft included two Sweetums scenes not in the movie, where he operates a handcart on the railroad tracks and a scene where he runs past the parking lot at Mount Rushmore.

A photo of Sweetums traversing against a sunset backdrop
Early script with deleted Sweetums gag
Early script with deleted Sweetums gag

Alternate Cuts for the End scene

A 1987 home video release of this film in the United Kingdom lasted a few minutes longer than in America. Some of the extra scenes included a slightly longer comedy club performance from Fozzie including a longer dance number with Kermit, a short opening and closing speech from Doc Hopper on his French Fried Frogs Legs commercial, a longer conversation between Doc Hopper and Max before they encountered Kermit and Fozzie in the rainbow-painted Studebaker, Dr. Teeth gives a more in-depth reading from the script, and an extra verse of “I Hope That Something Better Comes Along.” A different instrumental track is used for Never Before.

Alternate End Credits

Also in this version of the film, the Muppets’ conversations during the end credits can be heard more clearly over a quieter, and different closing theme. (The original closing theme consisted of an instrumental reprise of “Can You Picture That?”, “Movin’ Right Along”, and “The Magic Store”; the American home video version only plays the first two songs twice.) These extra scenes were also available for the German dub Muppet Movie when it first aired on TV in the mid-1990s, but were later removed when the movie was released on VHS and DVD.

The DVD release features an English-language audio track and a French audio track. In the French version, an alternate version of the musical track for the closing credits can be heard (in which the piece written for the credits is heard in its entirety instead of the music being looped). The French version also has the music edited differently during the “Rainbow Connection” finale (after the sound stage is destroyed and the rainbow starts to creep through the hole in the ceiling).

All the dialogue 

Sam, What you think?

It was sick and wierd.

Glad you liked it.

Congratulations mister the frog. All you lacked was me and my fish.

You can be in the next one lew.

You hear that Tommy we’re going to be movie stars!

Uncle Kermit, I think you’re a great actor.

That wasn’t acting, it was real life.

Don’t hit that chicken!

That’s cruelty to chickens.

Hey mister Sweetums, my pet fish Tommy would like to meet you.

 

Talk about what the puppeteers were exactly credited with

(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.)