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|Best of the Muppet Show - Elton John / Julie Andrews / Gene Kelly|
Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television
Elton John: The pop superstar takes center stage with outrageous costumes and some of his greatest hits, including "Crocodile Rock" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Julie Andrews: The beloved musical star yodels the tal... more »
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D. Dion | 03/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the first muppet show episode i ever saw was the elton john episode, and it is well worth the price of the DVD. Though it is somewhat fused in my memory with the episode with melissa manchester, the musical acts of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Ms Piggy, "Crocodile Rock" With assorted muppet crocodiles "Bennie and the Jets" with the cast and "Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" are incredible. the other acts i remember, and i apologize for any mistakes i make, include the musical number of "tumbling tumbleweeds", the flying zucchini brothers, and pigs in spacewell worth the money, and worth your time, even if only for the elton john episode"
Elton is wonderful!
Kariann | 03/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would have given this Muppet Show DVD a higher rating but you need to know that the Elton John episode ranks higher than five stars. My three and five year-old children adore it! They want to keep playing this first show over and over again. They know the songs and love the costumes. In the Julie Andrews episode they loved when the monsters tried to scare Julie. With Gene Kelly, I explained Gene was one of the best dancers ever, so they went along with the Muppets trying to get him to dance.
This is their absolute favorite of The Muppet Show DVDs. Buy it and enjoy it whether you have young ones in your life or not!"
D. Dion | 11/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That's what my 4-year-old daughter says whenever he sings. My twins absolutely love this DVD and it's brought back fond memories for me as well. It has been my son's hands-down favorite video for quite some time now. As a previous reviewer said, tell the world it's for the kids and turn Elton up! Enjoy."
Wocka Wocka !!!
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Muppet Show ran for five seasons in the 1970s and it featured the incredible Muppets, those adorable and particularly well made puppets designed by Jim Henson and his crew. Every week the show would come on TV and I have fond memories of me, my mother and sister gathering around the TV to watch this show well before the days of VCRs and DVD recorders.
Every episode of The Muppet Show also featured a real life great entertainer; and this DVD gives us three very special episodes. We get the episodes in which Elton John, Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly guest starred. Each performer was only allowed to appear once on The Muppet Show; thus this DVD gives us a wonderful chance to go back in time and watch these classic episodes.
Elton John is the guest star of the first episode; look for him to wear an incredibly flamboyant outfit as he sings "Crocodile Rock" as he plays it on an off white grand piano. The Muppets also join in to add some humor and color to the scene--as if it needed more color after we see Elton all dressed up! We also get a segment called "Pigs In Space", or "Swine Trek;" this spoof on Star Trek features Miss Piggy and two other Muppet pigs goofing around on an intergalactic spaceship. The show ends with Elton and Miss Piggy doing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" which was performed by Elton and Kiki Dee in real life. It's very well done and often very funny as well.
The second episode gives us some great segments with Julie Andrews. She sings "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound Of Music as well as "I Whistle A Happy Tune" from The King And I. Excellent! Look for full size "Muppets" to join Julie as they dance their way through "I Whistle A Happy Tune;" we don't often get full size Muppets but of course they are people dressed up as Muppets. Julie Andrews and Kermit the frog also perform a lovely duet which is sure to please you.
Last but not least we get the episode in which Gene Kelly guest stars. Although Gene swears up and down that he won't sing "Singin' In The Rain," of course the Muppets eventually win out and Gene sings it very nicely. The sketch called "Vet's Hospital" features a dog as a doctor with Nurse Piggy and Nurse Janice cracking one liners as fast as they could have possibly ever thrown them. Very good indeed!
Other reviewers comment that the DVD is woefully short on extras--and they couldn't be more correct. You get three very brief clips of about one minute each. One clip spoofs the then popular show Riverdance and another clip features Kermit The Frog dancing while a musician Muppet plays the saxophone.
The quality of the image couldn't be any better; everything you see is crystal clear and the sound is excellent, too. The choreography for the puppets shines and the cinematography uses clever tricks in order to accomplish special effects like us being able to see Kermit in full length from head to toe while he takes a dancing lesson from Gene Kelly.
I highly recommend this DVD for Muppet fans as well as for anyone who has small children who would appreciate this form of entertainment. The show may be old but the humor remains fresh and relevant thanks to great script writing. The Muppet Show provides us with great comedy routines one after another--and it is wonderful family entertainment, too! If you like this DVD I suggest you try the DVD set entitled The Muppet Show - Season One which gives you all 24 episodes (with different guest stars, not the guest stars on this DVD) from the 1976 season completely restored and remastered.