The Muppets Go to the Movies aired on ABC on May 20, 1981 to help promote The Great Muppet Caper. The special was taped between March 9 and 17, 1981.

In this one-hour special, Lily Tomlin and Dudley Moore join the Muppets in a tribute to film classics.

Kermit the Frog hosts the program, which begins with an all-cast rendition of "Hey a Movie!" from The Great Muppet Caper.

Film spoofs include:

Additionally, Floyd and Janice perform "Act Naturally" backstage, and this special includes three clips from The Great Muppet Caper: "The First Time It Happens", Beauregard's taxi-driving sequence, and "Steppin' Out with a Star". A clip from the finale of The Muppet Movie also appears during the special's opening sequence.

This special is unique because it's the first time the entrance to the Muppet Theater is shown at the end of the special. There is a close up of the exit door and the back entrance during the credits as Kermit is locking up.


Muppets (speaking):  *Kermit the Frog Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear Gonzo Rowlf the Dog Scooter  Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Beaker  Statler and Waldorf Sam the Eagle Lew Zealand  The Swedish Chef  Beauregard  Rizzo the Rat Pops Louis Kazagger  JaniceFloyd Pepper,  Dr. Julius StrangeporkLink Hogthrob. Foo-FooPenguins Mulch Pigs  The Scarlet Pimpernel

Background Muppets (non-speaking): Angus McGonagle,  Animal, Bobby Benson, The Babies, one of the Atrics, Pops Chickens Frackles Sopwith the Camel,Luncheon Counter Monster, Flower-Eating Monster Miss Kitty, Gaffer and others

Muppet Performers: Jim Henson  Frank Oz Dave Goelz Jerry Nelson Richard Hunt Kathryn Mullen Steve Whitmire:Mike Quinn Louise Gold Karen Prell Brian Muehl and Michael Earl

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