|A frog and a bear as identical twins? A pig fashion model? Only in the world of Jim Henson’s Muppets could anyone get away with such wonderful silliness. After the success of 1979’s The Muppet Movie, Henson and company reunited for a follow-up. This second installment in the Muppet film franchise took the gang to England for a comic heist movie.
Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear star as identical twin brother reporters, sent to England to cover the theft of fashion designer Lady Holiday’s jewels. While attending a glamorous dinner, Kermit notices the dazzling Miss Piggy, a wannabe model. The pretty porker also catches the eye of Holiday’s brother, Nicky, but the flirtations are interrupted by a sudden blackout.
When the lights return, Lady Holiday’s famed Baseball Diamond has been stolen, and Piggy is framed for the crime. While Piggy plots a jailbreak, the other Muppets set out to find the real criminals and recover the jewels.
While the film wasn’t as popular as the first Muppet movie, The Great Muppet Caper did continue the tradition of star cameos (John Cleese, Peter Falk, Peter Ustinov), original songs (including the Oscar-nominated “The First Time It Happens”) and zany sight gags (like Piggy riding a motorcycle and a Busby Berkley-style water ballet that has to be seen to be believed.) The film was also the only Muppet feature directed by Jim Henson himself, who passed away in 1990.