The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

97m, 8,763 feet
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

A British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson.

Plot Summary

Newspaper reporters Kermit and Fozzie travel to to interview wealthy fashion designer Lady Holiday. They arrive in time to cover the theft of Lady Holiday's priceless diamond necklace and they meet her secretary, Miss Piggy. Kermit falls in love and has to save Miss Piggy from prison when she is framed by the jewel .


Directed by: Jim Henson
© ITC Entertainment Limited MCMLXXXI [1981]
Jim Henson Pictures [logo]. Lord Grade presents a Jim Henson film. From ITC Entertainment
Executive Producer: Martin Starger
Produced by: David Lazer and Frank Oz
Associate Producer: Bruce Sharman
Written by: Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses and Jerry Juhl & Jack Rose
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Ralph Kemplen
Music and Lyrics by: Joe Raposo
Sound Recordist: Peter Sutton
Costume Designer: Julie Harris
Make-up Supervisor: Stuart Freeborn
Hairdresser: Joan Carpenter
Special Effects Supervisor: Brian Smithies
Muppet Designers and Builders: Caroly Wilcox, Tim Miller, Leslee Asch, Nomi Frederick, Ann Keeba-Tannenbaum, Janet Kuhl, Kathy Lazar, Joan Garrick, Tom Newby, Tom McLaughlin, Perry McLamb, Lyle Conway, Maria McNamara, Ed Christie, Connie Peterson, Jane Gootnick
Muppet Technical Designers: Faz Fazakas, Tim Rose, Tad Krzanowski, Larry Jameson
Muppet Costumes: Calista Hendrickson, Mary Strieff, Joanne Green, Carol Spier, Danielle Obinger
Production Designer: Harry Lange

The Muppet Performers
Jim Henson (Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr Teeth/Waldorf/Swedish chef)
Frank Oz (Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle)
Dave Goelz (The Great Gonzo/Beauregard/Zoot/Dr Bunsen Honneydew)
Jerry Nelson (Floyd Pepper/Pops/Lew Zealand)
Richard Hunt (Scooter/Startler/Sweetums/Janice/Beaker)
Steve Whitmire (Rizzo the Rat/Lips)
Louise Gold and Kathryn Mullen

Also Starring
Charles Grodin as Nicky Holiday
Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday
John Cleese [Neville]
Robert Morley [British gentleman]
Peter Ustinov [truck driver]
Jack Warden [editor]
Bob Payne
Robert Barnett
Brian Muehl
Hugh Spight
Mike Quinn
Brian Henson
Carroll Spinney as Oscar the Grouch

Alternative Titles

Die Große Muppet Party – German title
Les à Londres – French title

Sequel to
Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (1972)
The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets Tonight! (1996)
Muppets from Space (1999)
Muppets TV (2006)
Muppet Moments (2015)
The Muppets (2011)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
The Muppets (2015-2016)

Extracts included in
Muppet Race Mania (2000)
Precious Images (1986)
Screen Test: 13 October 1981


Empire no.128 (February 2000) p.118 – illustrated video review
Films vol.1 no.9 (August 1981) pp.44-45 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.571 (August 1981) pp.155-156 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Product Digest vol.9 no.3 (8 July 1981) pp.9, 11 – review
Screen International no.302 (25 July 1981) p.15 – review
TV Times 22 December 1984 – 4 January 1985 p.81 – credits

The BFI Companion to Crime by Phil Hardy (ed) p.150 – credits, review
Film Review 1982-1983 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.152 – credits, review
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.230

Other sources
British National Film Catalogue vol.20 (1982) – credits