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I just finished a refresher marathon of all the Muppet films, except "Most Wanted" since that's not out on DVD/BD yet (but I saw it in theaters).

So I figure what the heck, let's rank the films. Me personally I'm not including any of the numerous TV specials, TV movies, direct-to-video endeavors, etc. Just the theatrical releases.

Here's my ranking:

1) The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
2) The Muppet Movie (1979)
3) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
4) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
5) The Muppets (2011)
6) Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
7) Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
8) Muppets from Space (1999)

The 2011 sequel almost beats out Manhattan, but a severe lack of Rizzo in 2011 made me think twice.

What about you guys? Any Muppet fans want to weigh in with their favorites?

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I've only seen the first four on your list, and I agree on each. Caper does not get enough love in my book, it's a really entertaining movie.

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The only "Muppet" production I ever saw (outside of Sesame Street) was

"Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas", and it was good.

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I haven't seen Most Wanted, and it's been awhile for the others, but I mostly agree with your list. I'd put The Muppet Movie at the top, and move Take Manhattan down one or two, but in general I agree.

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1) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

2) The Muppet Movie (1979)

3) Muppet Treasure Island (1996) 

4) The Great Muppet Caper (1981) 

5) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 

6) Muppets from Space (1999)

7) The Muppets (2011)

8) Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Pending a fresh viewing of the franchise everything but the first two and last two are subject to change.

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I didn't even know there were that many. I should watch them all.

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Neglify said:

I just finished a refresher marathon of all the Muppet films, except "Most Wanted" since that's not out on DVD/BD yet (but I saw it in theaters).

So I figure what the heck, let's rank the films. Me personally I'm not including any of the numerous TV specials, TV movies, direct-to-video endeavors, etc. Just the theatrical releases.

Here's my ranking:

1) The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
2) The Muppet Movie (1979)
3) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
4) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
5) The Muppets (2011)
6) Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
7) Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
8) Muppets from Space (1999)

The 2011 sequel almost beats out Manhattan, but a severe lack of Rizzo in 2011 made me think twice.

What about you guys? Any Muppet fans want to weigh in with their favorites?

 I love the Muppet movies.  My personal order:

1) The Muppet Movie
1.5) The Great Muppet Caper
2) Muppet Treasure Island
3) The Muppet Christmas Carol
4) Muppets Take Manhattan (sad to place it so low on the list, as it was the movie that I first watched and loved as a child)
5) Muppets from Space

I have not seen either of the newest.  I love a number of other Muppet products, such as the shows and non-theatrical movies.  Great stuff!

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1. Muppet Christmas Carol

2. Muppet Treasure Island

They aren't just 2 of the best Muppets films, they're 2 of the best Musicals, 2 of the best comedies, 2 of the best kids films and 2 of the best best adaptations of the source novels ever. Perfect in every way, I don't really care where the other films come in a list, as long as those two are at the top.

The key to making great madcap comedy, much like the Marx Brothers before them. The Muppets are at their best when they have something respectable to totally disrespect. For the Marx Brothers it was the Opera Il Travatore, for the Muppets it was two literary classics.

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I watch Treasure Island probably twice a month with my kids.

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1) The Muppet Movie (1979)
2) Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
3) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
4) The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
5) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
6) Muppets from Space (1999)
7) The Muppets (2011)

I'd love to see "Original Henson Trilogy" and "90's Trilogy" Blu-ray sets. The fact that Treasure Island comes with Caper is odd to me.

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doubleofive said:

I'd love to see "Original Henson Trilogy" and "90's Trilogy" Blu-ray sets. The fact that Treasure Island comes with Caper is odd to me.

 I had somehow failed to realize they were so easily groupable! So, maybe one more new one (although I don't know how likely that is)

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1)The Muppet movie(Not only the best Muppet movie but one of my favorite films of all time.)

2)The Great Muppet Caper(This is a Muppet movie with Diana Rigg my favorite actress of all time in it,what more do you want?!)

3)The Muppets Take Manhattan

4)The Muppets(The Muppets returned to the big screen and they are brought there by a creative team that really seems to understand them.  I wasn't expecting much when i went into the theater but this movie perfectly captured the feel of the Muppets and I laughed and even shed a few tears. This was tied with Tin Tin as my favorite big Hollywood production of it's year.)

5)The Muppet's Christmas Carol(I would rank this higher but they screwed up a few things with Scrooge's character that took away from his overall depthlike making him already obsesed with money when he met Bell and removing fran from the story so we have no idea where Fred came from and why Scrooge was so cold to him. It changed Scrooge from being a complex character to just a greedy SOB who turned good. This movie has a lot going for it but I can't rank it any higher then this because of those problems. Still the songs are good even if the widescreen cut does cut out the most important song in the film.)

6)Muppets Treasure Island

7)Muppets from space(after all the mystery having Gonzo turn out to be an alien in what was really a lifeless spoof of the X-Files was a real let down and as far as I am considered it didn't happen.  Gonzo is special because he is one of a kind and taking that away was really stupid if you ask me.)

I have not had a chance to see the latest Muppet movie yet so i can't rank it.

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DrCrowTStarwars said:

The Muppets returned to the big screen

The Muppet Show Intro Redux on that big screen was incredible.

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Yeah that was my favorite moment of any movie in a long time.

Oh and I cheered when Micky Rooney's cameo came up,everyone else in the theater looked at me like I was a loon. I don't think anyone else in that packed theater knew who he was or why I was so excited to see him:)

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I found The Muppets to be one of those movies with so many callbacks as to be detrimental. I was reminded so many times of the better movies/moments that I decided that I would rather be watching them than the movie they were making.

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doubleofive said:

I found The Muppets to be one of those movies with so many callbacks as to be detrimental. I was reminded so many times of the better movies/moments that I decided that I would rather be watching them than the movie they were making.

 How did you feel about Bret McKenzie's songs?

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doubleofive said:

I found The Muppets to be one of those movies with so many callbacks as to be detrimental. I was reminded so many times of the better movies/moments that I decided that I would rather be watching them than the movie they were making.


 How did you feel about Bret McKenzie's songs?
Completely forgettable. I couldn't even hum one to you. I do remember crying at the Rainbow Connection, but that's cheating.

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timdiggerm said:

doubleofive said:

I found The Muppets to be one of those movies with so many callbacks as to be detrimental. I was reminded so many times of the better movies/moments that I decided that I would rather be watching them than the movie they were making.

 How did you feel about Bret McKenzie's songs?

 I have been watching it with kids every time I have seen it so I don't really get to watch the credits but if he wrote the song that Kermit sang in his house and the Tex Richman song,I love them and find myself humming them all the time.  He may not be Paul Williams but I think he did a good job filling in.

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Seems as good a Muppet thread as any for this…
 

‘Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (Trailer)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDwL-oPhXKk (the video channel has a few other Muppet videos too 😃)
 

The actual website - http://muppetguystalking.com/

 


 

The Muppets - : Official Website : IMDB : Wikipedia : Twitter : Wikia : YouTube : MuppetCentral fan site : ToughPigs fan site

Sesame Street - Official Website : IMDB : Wiki : Twitter : Wikia : YouTube : SesameWorkshop site : SesameWorkshop twitter
 

OT•com’s own very special Count-ing thread:-

The Anyone (formerly Vampire) Sharing Counting Thread (was The Count’s Counting Threat)

 


 

For me… Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol are the Muppet films I enjoy the most, with a special place in the heart for the 2011 Muppet film - for bringing it to a new generation of kids (and a reminder for us oldies that there is plenty of life for more Muppet releases).

That’s not to say I dislike any of the other Muppet films (I’ll still stop and tune in when there’s a Muppet film on tv 😃) - just that those three films stand out above the enjoyable other films for me.

 

 

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I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?