It's hard to believe but it's been 40 years since The Muppet Movie was first released, and to celebrate the milestone anniversary it's coming back to theaters, but just for a limited time. Fans of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Gonzo, and the rest of the Muppet family will no doubt be eager to introduce their own kids to the lovable puppet characters that were a huge hit on both television and the big screen.
Fathom Events, the Jim Henson company, and Universal Pictures are re-releasing the movie in select theaters on July 25 and July 30, at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The movie will play in 700 different theaters across the country to celebrate the big anniversary.
"The Muppet Movie’ is a cinematic treasure, a delightful film that may have been made 40 years ago but is truly timeless, thanks both to its iconic characters and to its always-stirring theme of following your dreams and believing in your own abilities," said Tom Lucas, vice president of Studio Relations for Fathom Events.
"This film’s return to the big screen is very well deserved and we are happy to work with The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures to give it a proper nationwide re-release."
In The Muppet Movie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, his chicken Camilla, Scooter, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem all decide to take a road trip to Hollywood where Kermit is pursuing his dreams of being a big star. There is lots of fun to be had on their big adventure and an impressive line up of some of Hollywood's biggest stars too. James Coburn, Madeline Kahn, Milton Berle, Elliott Gould, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and Mel Brooks, as well as many other stars, make guest appearances throughout the movie. The movie even earned an Oscar nomination for the theme song “The Rainbow Connection,” performed by Kermit with music and lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.
If you want to find out if The Muppet Movie is playing near you visit the Fathom Events website where you can enter your zip code and find out where it's playing at a theater near you.