My favorite Muppet movies in order
I'm including movies that were made for television as well (doesn't include specials an hour or less, like Muppet Family Christmas which would probably be in my top 4)
- •The Muppet Movie (1979)This movie is just great. The humor is spot on, The music is fantastic and it has the best cameos of any Muppet movie (Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Madeline Kahn, Milton Berle, Orson Welles, Cloris Leachman... and that's only about half. Charles Durning as the villain is great too)
- •The Great Muppet Caper (1981)A great follow-up to the first movie. The songs again are fantastic and again the humor is great too. Charles Grodin as the villain (funny, two actors named "Charles" as villains) is even better than Durning. The only reason why this gets a notch lower than the Muppet Movie is not as many great cameos, although John Cleese and Peter Falk are very funny and memorable.
- •The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)Again, great songs and great humor. The song "Saying Goodbye" is heartbreaking watching the Muppets go their separate ways. Cameos are almost b-listers in this movie, yet Joan Rivers and Gregory Hines are great. John Landis's cameo is fantastic, if you know how Frank Oz is in almost every Landis movie (Oz directed this one)
- •Muppets Most Wanted (2014)This is probably where most people will start not agreeing with me. I enjoyed this one more than The Muppets (2011). The songs I believe are even better than it's predecessor. It feels more Muppet-y. Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey are hilarious. Even the cameos are great. Seeing Danny Trejo sing with Jemaine Clements and Ray Liotta is worth the price of admission
- •The Muppets (2011)This movie is enjoyable and the songs are great, but it's so weirdly written. Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller write the characters as if they've been gone for decades, but as a Muppet fan, I never felt they were ever gone. They did a TV holiday special only 3 years before. For me it's a little too melancholy and too much of the story revolves around Segel, Amy Adams and new Muppet, Walter (although I do enjoy the Walter character)
- •Muppet Treasure Island (1996)Although Muppet Christmas Carol is great and it's one I watch every Christmas, I enjoy Treasure Island more. There are some great songs in it, Tim Curry as Long John Silver is great, it features more of Frank Oz's characters, and most importantly it's funnier than Christmas Carol.
- •Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)Michael Caine as Scrooge is fantastic. There are great Christmas songs in it and most importantly, this is the film that kept the Muppets alive after Jim Henson passed away. Gonzo and Rizzo as our narrators help keep that Muppet humor throughout, but unfortunately it's a little too serious and it's really only a film you can watch at Christmas.
- •It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)This is actually a good attempt at making a fun Muppet movie for TV. The characters feel like themselves, yet trying to push a little more adult humor, Joan Cusack as the villain is fun, and there are some decent cameos for a TV movie. Even David Arquette does an admirable job. There are only a couple songs in the movie and they're not very good. The funny thing about this movie is that the storyline is about saving the Muppet Theater, something Segel repeated 9 years later.
- •Muppets from Space (1999)Sigh, this movie could've been so good, but it just misses the mark. Gonzo is so sad and just completely out of character. The songs are just popular funk songs from the 70's and you can tell Frank Oz had no time to work on this movie. The cameos aren't great (first Ray Liotta Muppet cameo). Jeffrey Tambor as the villain is good and Bobo the bear as the henchman is funny. Another first, for Bobo would be a henchman/sidekick in two more Muppet projects
- •Muppets Wizard of Oz (2005)I'm not even sure if this one is worth mentioning. There are some good things in it, seeing all the main Muppet characters have significant parts being one of the biggest pluses. It looks impressive for being a tv movie, but the humor isn't great and the songs forgettable. Things that are of note: Jeffrey Tambor makes his second Muppet appearance as "The Wizard". Both David Alan Grier and Queen Latifah would coincidentally appear in the TV movie "The Wiz" 13 years later.