The Muppets Go Hollywood

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The Muppets Go Hollywood
Genre Family film
Television special
Created by Henson Associates
Marble Arch Productions
Written by Jerry Juhl
Don Hinkley
Directed by Stan Harris
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Rita Moreno
Gary Owens
Muppet performers:
Jim Henson
Frank Oz
Jerry Nelson
Richard Hunt
Dave Goelz
Steve Whitmire
Kathryn Mullen
Theme music composer Peter Matz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jim Henson
Editor(s) Daryl Sutton
Running time 50 min.
Production company(s) Marble Arch Productions
Original network CBS
Original release May 16, 1979 (1979-05-16)

The Muppets Go Hollywood is a one-hour television special that aired on CBS. It was used to promote The Muppet Movie.


Kermit the Frog throws a glamorous party at the Cocoanut Grove night club to celebrate the release of The Muppet Movie. Among the highlights of this special are:

  • The Muppets and the celebrities arriving in the limousine.
  • Sweetums, Timmy Monster, Doglion, Mean Mama, and the Mutations singing and dancing to "Hooray for Hollywood."
  • Rita Moreno conducts a poolside interview with Miss Piggy with Scooter interrupting Miss Piggy by asking for some change for the pay phone so that he can call Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford on her behalf.
  • Dick van Dyke has a conversation with Sam the Eagle about the party. Despite Sam the Eagle showing his disapproval of the Hollywood ways, Dick then notices that the small book that Sam the Eagle has been carrying is an autograph book containing the names of the celebrities attending the party (ranging from Rudy Vallee to Gary Owens). Sam asks Dick if he's seen his favorite actor Walter Pidgeon where Dick tells him that Walter Pidgeon isn't at the party.
  • Scooter calls Kermit the Frog into the kitchen where the Swedish Chef is doing his version of serving Swedish meatballs.
  • The Peter Matz Orchestra plays "How High the Moon," featuring a solo by Zoot on saxophone. Rita Moreno is seen dancing with Floyd Pepper while asking how the Muppets are adjusting to Hollywood.
  • Dick van Dyke interviews Phyllis Diller while bringing up his encounter with Fozzie Bear in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
  • Upon being introduced by Gary Owens, Miss Piggy arrives on a chaise carried by four bronzed bodybuilder pigs, to the strains of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and proceeds to sing "Baby Face" backed by the pigs.
  • Johnny Mathis sings "Never Before, Never Again" while backed up by Rowlf the Dog on piano.
  • Miss Piggy shows some footage from The Muppet Movie to Rita Moreno despite Kermit's objection.
  • Kermit the Frog tells Dick van Dyke that the Muppets are staying at the Bide-A-Wee Motor Court since it is the only area that gives the Muppets a good rate and they allow livestock. Kermit and Dick laugh at this until Miss Piggy karate chops both of them.
  • Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem sing "Can You Picture That?"
  • The Muppets and the celebrities do a dance on the dance floor.
  • Dick van Dyke serenades Miss Piggy with "You Ought to Be in Pictures."
  • While Animal tries to get at Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke interviews Jim Henson who mentions how lyricist Paul Williams and composer Kenny Ascher came up with "The Rainbow Connection." Footage of the pair performing the song cuts to a scene with Kermit the Frog singing "The Rainbow Connection."
  • Dick van Dyke asks Peter Falk on what the Cocoanut Grove was like back in the 1930s.
  • Rita Moreno does a Carmen Miranda dance routine backed up by the Mutations while forming a conga line with guests and Muppets alike.
  • After most of the guests have left in the conga line, Kermit and the other Muppets do a reprise of "Hooray for Hollywood."

Following the musical number, Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets clean up the Cocoanut Grove upon Kermit stating that they can save money by cleaning it up themselves.


Later syndicated alongside The Muppet Show.


Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppets performed by Steve Whitmire and Kathryn Mullen.

Special guest appearances[edit]

The following celebrities appeared at the party:


  • Executive Producer: Martin Starger
  • Producer: Jim Henson
  • Coproducer: David Lazer
  • Director: Stan Harris
  • Writers: Jerry Juhl, Don Hinkley
  • Music Arranger and Conductor: Peter Matz
  • Creative Consultant: Frank Oz
  • The Muppet Performers: Featuring Frank Oz, with Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, and Jim Henson
  • Special Guest Appearances by: Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher
  • Choreographer: Anita Mann
  • Lighting Director: Bill Klages
  • Art Director: Ray Klausen
  • Property Master: Jim Fox
  • Videotape Editor: Darryl Sutton
  • Associate Producer: Lynn M. Klugman
  • Muppet Workshop: Amy Van Gilder, Robert McCormick, Larry Jameson
  • Muppet Costumes: Calista Hendrickson
  • Costume Designer: Hazel Roy
  • Associate Director: Ellen Brown
  • Stage Managers: Bud Schweich, Shelley R. Jensen, Howard Ritter, Sheila Stewart
  • Assistant to Producer: Kerry Cummings
  • Production Assistant: Elaine Walker
  • Audio: Ed Greene
  • Production Executive: Doris Quinlan
  • Executive in Charge of Production: Richard L. O'Connor

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