Muppet Treasure Island / The Great Muppet Caper

(Movie 2-Pack)

 

Walt Disney Studios

 

Rating: G / G

 

Reason for the Rating: N/A

 

Plot Summary: Muppet Treasure Island retells Robert Louis Stevenson's classic swashbuckling adventure...with Muppets! The Great Muppet Caper spoofs classic heist films of days gone by.

 

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Don't look now but your family's home theatre is about to get a Muppet-tastic makeover! The two-movie "Of Pirates and Pigs Collection" on Blu-ray is all it takes to let the fun begin.

 

The first film in this 2-pack is one of my all-time favorites from Jim Henson's team of puppeteers: Muppet Treasure Island (1996). A surprisingly faithful, yet funny, adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island that stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest in all their swashbuckling glory.

 

Young Jim Hawkins (played by Kevin Bishop) discovers a mysterious treasure map that propels him on a seafaring adventure filled with pirates and betrayals and witty banter and more. The adventure is no less exciting because Jim-Jim-Jimmy-Jim-Jim is surrounded by our favorite puppets on his journey. And, let's face it, Tim Curry in the role of ruthless (and funny) Long John Silver is just perfect. I could watch him all day. This film also holds up on multiple viewings (which your young ones are likely to want to do), so be sure to catch all the little extras you missed the first time when you watch it again.

 

The second film in this pack is also a winner (though I still think Muppet Treasure Island is better). The Great Muppet Caper was originally released in 1981 as a spoof of great heist movies from the 1950s and 1960s (think To Catch a Thief or Ocean's Eleven). Playing to all the stereotypes, Kermit and the gang travel to England where they must track down a burglar who stole Lady Holiday's priceless diamond necklace. Along the way, Miss Piggy (who plays Lady Holiday's snooty receptionist) must pose as a fashion designer to catch the thief. Tres chic! Mystery, intrigue, and a fair amount of hijinks ensue. Definitely entertaining.

 

As the older of the two films, The Great Muppet Caper comes across as more dated, and some jokes fly over kids' heads because of it. Muppet Treasure Island, though, feels just as timeless as Stevenson's original story. In all, though, both are warm family fare for all ages, and easily worth the time together.

 

The Blu-ray collection also includes a few bonus features members of your family may enjoy, such as "Frog-e-Oke Singalong," a music video, and a fun "making of" style featurette.

 

PS. After watching Muppet Treasure Island, I dare you to NOT go around calling each other, "Jim-Jim-Jimmy-Jim-Jim!" It's too infectious!

 

--MN

 

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