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Like its predecessor, The Great Muppet Caper riotously strides between tongue-in-cheek absurdism and cornball movie pastiche. There is a great and knowing sophistication to it. Though on one level it is a talking animals film, The Great Muppet Caper hardly ever descends to the cutesy mawkishness one associates with the anthropomorphized animals of Disney et al. While operating on the level of wild comedy farce for the child audience, there are a number of sly gags thrown in the direction of adults with witty and effortlessly polished parodies of Fred Astaire dance routines and Miss Piggy getting to conduct an Esther Williams number. Jim Henson and his writing team have fun breaking down the figurative fourth cinematic wall Miss Piggy throws insults at Charles Grodin: You cant sing, even your voice is dubbed; as the opening credits roll, the characters sit in a balloon commenting on the oddities of the names Gee a lot of people worked on this movie, Whats a caper?; and Diana Rigg complains about the necessary plot development soliloquies she has to give.
A good deal of humour comes from the incongruous placing of the bizarre menagerie of puppets up against the real world as they go cycling through the park en masse, driving a bus through Piccadilly Circus, Miss Piggy riding a motorbike with and Kermit even getting up in the morning to have a shave. The film overflows with the sheer exuberant degree of fun being had by all. Diana Rigg overacts badly but there is a very funny cameo from John Cleese as an upper-class twit whose house is invaded by Kermit and Miss Piggy.
The subsequent Muppet movie were: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets from Space (1999), Its a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), Kermits Swamp Years (2002), The Muppets Wizard of Oz (2005) and The Muppets (2011).