What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Muppet movie is a pretty likeable road trip romp with singable songs, but with some guns and slapstick violence. Throughout the movie Kermit is being pursued by men with guns and a couple shots are fired. Miss Piggy and Kermit are captured, Kermit almost gets his "brains scrambled" in a crazy electrical machine, and there's a final stand-off with guns drawn. But the Muppets always get away from the bad guys in a fun way (thanks to Miss Piggy's karate chops). There's some drinking -- Miss Piggy and Kermit drink wine with straws -- and minor characters smoke cigars.
  • Families can talk about the Muppets. This film was made in 1979. Why do you think it endures? What gives it all-ages appeal?
  • Parents can talk about all the cameos, from Orson Welles to Richard Pryor, and talk to kids about what makes the actors and comedians so influential.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
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