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Muppet Treasure Island

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Original Air Date:
1996
Channel:
Theatrical
Prod. Co.:
Jim Henson Productions
Genre:
Film
 

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Characters & Voices
Long John Silver - Tim Curry
Jim Hawkins - Kevin Bishop
Billy Bones - Billy Connolly
Mrs. Bluveridge - Jennifer Saunders
Gonzo - Dave Goelz
Dr. Levesey (Dr. BunsenHoneydew) - Dave Goelz
Figurehead (Waldorf) - Dave Goelz
Zoot - Dave Goelz
Captain Abraham Smollett (Kermit the Frog) - Steve Whitmire Rizzo the Rat
Beaker - Steve Whitmire
Bean Bunny - Steve Whitmire
Figurehead (Statler) - Jerry Nelson
Floyd Pepper - Jerry Nelson
Robin - Jerry Nelson
Blind Pew - Jerry Nelson
Mad Monty - Jerry Nelson
Lew Zealand - Jerry Nelson
Trelawney's Butler - Jerry Nelson
Polly - Kevin Clash
Spa'am - Kevin Clash
Black Dog - Kevin Clash
Real Old Tom - Kevin Clash
Clueless Morgan - Bill Barretta
Rowlf - Bill Barretta
Pirate (Sweetums) - John Henson
Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy) - Frank Oz
Squire Trelawney (Fozzie Bear) - Frank Oz
Mr. Erroll (Sam the Eagle) - Frank Oz
Animal - Frank Oz
Short Stack Stevens - Danny Blackner
Black Eyed Pea - Peter Geeves
Easy Pete - Harry Jones
Unknown - David Nicholls
 
Following in the footsteps of 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol, this 1996 outing of Jim Henson’s beloved puppet creations took an established and oft-filmed classic and Muppetized it. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island got the treatment this time, with Kermit, Piggy and the rest of their felt-covered pals taking most of the good roles. Human players were limited to Tim Curry as Long John Silver, 14-year-old Kevin Bishop as Jim Hawkins, and a handful of others.

The film opens in a dark, dank tavern, where Billy Bones gives young Jim Hawkins a map to buried pirate treasure. Together with Muppet chums Gonzo and Rizzo, Jim charters an oceangoing vessel for a treasure hunting expedition. Captain Smollet (Kermit) pilots the craft, and the crafty Long John Silver is the ship’s cook.

Silver charms the young Jim into revealing the location of the map, and soon Silver’s pirate shipmates engineer a mutiny. Landing on the island, the pirates set off to seek the treasure, while Smollet and the loyal crew members escape to the island themselves, finding treasure, danger and a tribe of warthogs presided over by one very lovely pig (who happens to be an old flame of the Captain’s).

The essential ingredients of a Muppet movie were all present-the in-jokes, the famous Muppet cameos, and several show-stopping production numbers (“Cabin Fever,” “Shiver My Timbers” and more). The characters proved to be as popular as ever, keeping the Muppet franchise alive for years to come.
 
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