Genre Guesstimation – Muppet Treasure Island (1996)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to engarderichard@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Swashbuckler Films.

“”Take a cruise,” you said. “See the world,” you said. Now here we are, stuck on the front of this stupid ship.” – Statler

“Well, it could be worse. We could be stuck in the audience.” – Waldorf

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The Muppet version of the classic tale of a group of men searching for a lost treasure.

My Take on it – As a kid, I was always a fan of the Muppets and they do a great job adapting this classic story and keep it interesting and enjoyable the whole way through.

They masterfully integrate the Muppet characters into the story in a way that doesn’t feel forced.

The way that they manage to mix both live action actors with the Muppets into the story also works really well since it gives the storyline a youthful feeling, yet still retains much of its impact since it doesn’t try to shy away from some of the ore harsh aspects of this story.

Billy Connelly and Tim Curry are both superb here in the two main live action roles and they help make the story even more enjoyable to watch.

The film is also injected with some nice musical numbers that helps add to the atmosphere of it all, making it even more fun to watch.

Bottom Line – Enjoyable adaptation of the classic story.  Really liked the way that they integrated the various Muppets into the story since on a whole they don’t feel as if their roles are forced. The mixture of live action and puppets works to give this story more of a youthful feeling to it even if they don’t shy away from some of the more “harsher” aspects of the story.  The live action casting of Connelly and Curry helps make this even more enjoyable.  The musical numbers are done really well and add to the atmosphere of the whole thing. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Hormel Foods Corporation, makers of Spam, sued the film production company for making the name of a warthog character “Spa’am”. Their suit was defeated on September 22, 1995. The judge noted that “one might think Hormel would welcome the association with a genuine source of pork.”(From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Quite an enjoyable version of the story which works very well especially due to the musical numbers and the way that the Muppets are placed in the story.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

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