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The Muppets Movies Ranked By Weirdness
Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin sorts the odd from the bonkers

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The following feature lists each theatrically released Muppet movie from least weird to most weird, with help from Muppets Most Wanted and The Muppets director James Bobin. As a TV movie, The Muppets' Wizard Of Oz does not feature on this list, but if it did, Quentin Tarantino’s violently enthusiastic action sequence pitch to Kermit would get a mention, since it’s about as muppetational as you could possibly imagine. If you’re interested, watch QT being interviewed by Pepe The Prawn here. Naturally, weirdness is in the eye of the beholder, so if there are any especially nutzo moments not mentioned, be sure to say so in the comment box at the bottom.

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THE MUPPET MOVIE (1979)

Director: James Frawley
Tagline: ‘More entertaining than humanly possible!’

The Muppet Movie

Simplest IMDb summary: “Kermit the frog wants fame. Persuaded by an agent to pursue acting, he hops west towards Hollywood! Tagging along: Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, 'The Great Gonzo', and a motley group of Muppets help dodge evil Doc Hopper and a cameo-filled cast on the trek to Tinseltown!”

Weirdest bit: It’s a film-within-a-film, which is inherently weird. The pre-credits section features a few brilliant gags, including Sweetums asking “Is this seat taken?” before wrenching the cinema recliner in question out of the floor and walking off with it. And there's Lew Zealand and his boomerang fish act! You can’t fail to love Lew Zealand and his boomerang fish act.

Weirdest cameo: Richard Pryor, who flogs inflatables at a fairground. “A beautiful chicken like that deserves TWO balloons!” Also, some guy called Orson Welles.

James Bobin’s thoughts: “The least weird Muppet movie is the first, The Muppet Movie, because it’s an origin story – a great idea about where Kermit came from and how he got to Hollywood.”
 

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