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On The Offensive: Muppet Treasure Island


A few days in the past Muppet Wiki’s Twitter account requested individuals to rank the eight theatrical Muppet films so as of greatest to worst.  There have been some apparent outcomes, like The Muppet Film being within the prime 2, and Muppets From Area usually in direction of the underside.  I submitted my rating, which was as follows:
– The Muppet Film
– The Nice Muppet Caper
– Muppets Most Wished
– Muppet Treasure Island
– Muppet Christmas Carol
– Muppets Take Manhattan
– Muppets From Area
– The Muppets

I knew there’d be some controversial opinions in there, like Most Wished being so excessive when lots of people had it fairly low.  What I used to be largely shocked at although was individuals questioning why I’d have Muppet Treasure Island so excessive, over Christmas Carol or Manhattan.  Upon additional investigation, I noticed that most individuals had Muppet Treasure Island low on their listing, and actually didn’t have quite a lot of optimistic issues to say about it.

I’ve a smooth spot for Muppet Treasure Island for a lot of causes, one being that it was the primary Muppet movie I used to be ever obsessive about.  My mom took me out of faculty specifically sooner or later to see it, simply the 2 of us. Then we went to the native superstore to get merchandise, which actually solely consisted of a ebook of the movie and a Captain Smollet plush, which, enjoyable truth, I nonetheless have, and could be seen within the background of my interview with Kermit (I did slightly set dressing).  I bought the video, watched it relentlessly, and I even satisfied my childhood Scout group to carry out Cabin Fever at an area camp which I’m positive was AWFUL. For years I’ve been remembering that point Billy Connelly mentioned ‘Bloody’ in a Muppet film, and the truth that he died.  I actually love this film and it’s exhausting for me to see why others don’t.

So I went to considered one of these individuals, my buddy and Muppet artist extraordinaire Richard Gomez, aka Starmans Artwork, and requested for his reasonings.  He’s allowed me to call and disgrace him right here as I defend considered one of my favorite movies towards his frankly outrageous points.  Let’s dive in:

Challenge One: The Music
Richard’s first situation is that he doesn’t like several of the film’s songs, moreover ‘Skilled Pirate’.  Which is straight up bonkers.  The movie begins with ‘Shiver My Timbers’ sung by a refrain of pirates and island animal life, even some skulls and statues become involved.  That tune has no proper to be as a lot of a banger as it’s.  I’ll give it to him that ‘One thing Higher’ is nowhere close to pretty much as good as that different Muppet tune with ‘one thing higher’ within the title and is a snoozefest.  However ‘Crusing For Journey’!? I imply, come on! That tune signifies pleasure and the joys of the chase and all method of different cliche phrases.  ‘Love Led Us Right here’? What’s funnier than a beautiful love tune sung by a frog and a pig dangling over a cliff about to die? Frank Oz’s excessive be aware as he sings the phrase ‘dreaming’ is likely one of the greatest components of the movie, and goes to indicate why Frank Oz by no means grew to become a chart topper.  So I’ve to disagree on the music argument right here, Richard, except for ‘One thing Higher’.  “However Jarrod”, I hear you ask, “What about Cabin Fever?” Effectively…

Challenge Two: Cabin Fever
Richard put this as an entire separate dot level, saying the tune is annoying and outstays its welcome. YOU’RE ANNOYING AND YOU’VE OUTSTAYED YOUR WELCOME, RICHARD! Ahem, sorry about that, I didn’t imply that. The tune is barely 2 minutes and 5 seconds lengthy, so I’m unsure how lengthy it might must be to suit throughout the acceptable timeframe? It’s considered one of Jerry Nelson’s best achievements, enjoying (at my rely not less than) 6 characters in a tune the place solely 11 or so get solo traces. Are you saying Jerry has outstayed his welcome, Richard? Wow. You’ve modified, bro. (I’d wish to make it recognized now that I like Richard and instructed him I’d be going after him, to which he mentioned he’d create a brand new weblog simply devoted to going after us. Like that doesn’t exist already.) It’s a rollocking tune about going insane, it’s zany, it’s Muppety, it has Bunsen in a bizarre pretend mustache. I’m unsure what else anybody wants to listen to to grasp that is the world’s greatest pirate movie.

Challenge Three: An Unlikeable Lead
Richard’s subsequent level was that he finds Kevin Bishop’s Jim Hawkins ‘extremely unlikeable’. Whereas the character of Jim Hawkins is inherently form of whiny, I feel Kevin did a terrific job at making him genuine. Kevin was solely a younger teenager when he bought the position, and there are quite a lot of baby actors who would have gone far too cartoony or ‘Barney’ with that character. However I imagine that Jim is a poor orphan who solely needs journey in his life. I imagine that he feels betrayed by Lengthy John Silver. I imagine that he’s truly speaking to Gonzo and Rizzo and Mr Bimbo. Maybe we’re presupposed to essentially discover Jim Hawkins likeable, I feel we’re supposed to seek out him relatable. And I feel Kevin did an exquisite job at that.

Challenge 4: Emotional Whiplash
Richard in contrast Muppet Treasure Island to Muppet Christmas Carol when he talked about ’emotional whiplash’. Muppet Christmas Carol is much from a comedy, it’s one thing The Muppets had barely executed earlier than which was a primarily dramatic piece. It’s about having an existential disaster and realising the error of your methods, however The Muppets simply threw in Gonzo to provide it slightly levity. Treasure Island, by nature, is an journey movie, and has much more probabilities to throw in comedy the place the story possibly didn’t have it. Whereas Muppet Christmas Carol needed to be slightly extra subdued in what they may do comedy sensible so we wouldn’t lose the pacing, Muppet Treasure Island was going for one thing quick paced. So they may throw in comedy as a lot as they wished to, then give us a beat for a dramatic second, like Lengthy John pretending he’s going to throw Jim’s compass within the ocean.

Richard singled out Mrs Bluveridge (Jennifer Saunders) beating up a bunch of pirates in such a comedic approach simply moments after Billy Bones had died as a second of emotional whiplash, however I’ve to disagree. Billy’s demise is performed as comedy, with the ‘Jimmy Jim Jim Jim’ and ‘He died? That is presupposed to be a children film!’ traces in that scene. Had it been a real dramatic second, then maybe we’d want simply one other few moments earlier than we have been able to chuckle at Bluveridge kicking some puppet pirate butt.


In order that’s my protection of Muppet Treasure Island, a film I feel very extremely of. I’m not making an attempt to vary your minds about it, however I hope possibly I’ve shed just a bit mild on why I’d fee it greater than a few of my different decisions. Plus. not less than this film had an ending. Keep in mind when the decision to the 2011 film occurred through the credit? Man, that film’s pacing stunk.

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By Jarrod Fairclough – Jarrod@ToughPigs.com

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