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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: The Muppet Movie
by Michael Maltsev
One of our final movies on our Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time list is the 1979 classic, The Muppet Movie. This Jim Henson creation is arguably one of the top family films of all time, and it had to make our list of the best outdoor movies. There are a handful of reasons why this film made the list, but before we go any further, here's the original theatrical release trailer (it's far different than trailers today!):
The Muppet Movie is a film-within-a-film, and begins with a crowd of muppets in a screening room about to watch a movie in which they all star. Their movie opens with Kermit the Frog singing in a swamp and riding his bicycle. The song is the famous "Rainbow Connection", and was nominated for an Oscar, although it didn't win. Kermit is then approached by a movie agent, who recognizes Kermit's great talent, and encourages him to go on to Hollywood to "make millions of people happy". Encouraged by his words, Kermit sets out across the country in hopes of reaching Hollywood to influence families everywhere. Along the way, he meets his muppet friends, including Fozzie the Bear, Animal, and others. But Kermit is also sought after by the owner of a frog leg fast food chain, who wants Kermit to be the spokesfrog for his company. However, Kermit is determined to get to Hollywood, and against all odds, continues on his path of fulfillment.
The Muppet Movie is a story about America, and is a great example of diversity and unity as we all work together in our great nation. It is a reminder that no matter who we are or where we come from, we can achieve great things. The Muppet Movie is a great choice as your next outdoor movie, whether you're looking to entertain thousands at your next city parks and recreation event, or want to spend time with your family enjoying backyard cinema under the stars!
A pre-show activity could include a puppet show, and even could feature the stars of the movie! You'll likely have many families and young children attending your outdoor movie night, and so this would be a great way to keep everyone entertained while you wait for the sun to go down. You could have a number of muppet related games and trivia, with prizes donated by local companies. Thus, you can engage your local businesses and community in general, while entertaining those families at the event.
If anyone has shown this movie, please send us some images, or post your comment to the section below! We can't wait to hear how your outdoor movie screening of the Muppet Movie went!