Family Fridays: Muppet Treasure Island

Picking a movie for family night can be a monumental task when you’ve got a bunch of people to please. Finding the balance between something kid friendly and funny and something that won’t put the adults to sleep can be difficult, especially when little ones want nothing more than to watch the same movie at least fifty times in a day. Rather than give up and put in The Lion King for the 18th time today, try browsing for something new in our kid’s DVD section.

An easy way to change up the movie pick is by looking at movies that are a bit older but underrated. A personal favorite would be Muppet Treasure Island.

Muppet Treasure Island is an underappreciated Muppet movie that features some well known actors as well as the typical Muppet characters. An upbeat take on the classic novel, Muppet Treasure Island follows the story of young Jim Hawkins as he searches for the long lost treasure of the notorious Captain Flint. Along the way he and best friends Rizzo and Gonzo come across a plot by pirates to steal the treasure away and finds himself pulled into an adventure he never expected.

Tim Curry, starring as the villainous Long John Silver, finds himself perfectly cast as he hams it up alongside his Muppet costars, showing equal parts over-exaggerated villainy and sweet sentimentality. Baby-faced Kevin Bishop is a sweet Jim Hawkins, just longing for a simple adventure.

Beyond the human leads, Kermit the Frog takes a turn as the serious and anxious Captain Smollett, but it’s Kermit’s friends Fozzie and Miss Piggy that shine in the movie. Fozzie stars as the dimwitted Squire Trelawney who spends most of the movie conversing with Mr. Bimble, the man who lives in his finger. It’s a silly gag but a funny one nonetheless. Miss Piggy, meanwhile, makes a grand and hilarious turn as Benjamina Gunn, ex-fiance of Kermit’s Captain Smollett. Since their breakup, she has found herself the leader of an island of wild pigs – and has her own glamorous secrets in true Miss Piggy style.

Of course, the movie features classic Muppet humor with characters such as Gonzo and Rizzo frequently breaking the fourth wall and references to real world events.


It’s all in all a cute movie with a humor that appeals to both children and adults in that typical quirky Jim Henson style.

written by: kassie