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The Muppets perform six classic fairy tales.

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    • Author: Zan
    The Muppets are still the Muppets. I agree that since Jim Henson died, it seems to take a lot more effort to put together something worthy of their original off the wall charm, but it can and has be done in Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppets Tonight!. Muppet Classic Theater shows us that the focus has shifted to Gonzo and Rizzo since Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire are among the few Muppeteers still dedicated exclusively to Muppet projects. Granted, these stories are rushed and simplistic and the songs are mediocre, but the work Goelz and Whitmire put in reminds us that these are still the characters we love. It's much like seeing your favorite actors in a bad movie. The story isn't so hot, but you can tell they've still got it and will go onto do better things.
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    • Author: Pryl
    voices of Steve Whittemore, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Bill Baretta and David Goelz.

    6 stories from fables made with Muppets. It's very entertaining, not as much as Jim Henson's, but was still very fun. It has 6 songs that are all forgettable, but fun and briefly catchy. Story one is the Three Li'l Pigs with Miss Piggy, which was pretty good. Story 2 is King Midas, with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo, which was the worst. Story 3 is The Boy Who Cried Wolf with Gonzo and Kermit...which was interesting. Story 4 has Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo and is Rumplestiltskin. Story 5, the Empererors New Clothes, stars Fozzie Bear, Rizzo the Rat and Robin the Frog is the best segment. Story 6 is the Shoemaker and the Elves starring Kermit and Robin. The movie is fun, if not forgettable.

    my rating-B. 67 minutes long. rated G.
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    • Author: MisTereO
    I remember my family and I being greatly entertained by this straight-to-video release. The great thing about this video is that it's just as entertaining now that I'm an adult as it was when I saw it as a kid. As a matter of fact, I love it even more now that I'm an adult because I understand why some of these jokes are funny, and I get that they changed the ending to all of the stories.

    Gonzo and Rizzo host a theatrical performance of the Muppets' version of classic fairy tales: The Three Little Pigs, King Midas, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Rumpelstiltkin, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

    I have to say, this video feature is very, very funny! I love it! The spin and twist each story has is very unique and very funny! As a kid, I only knew certain stories. I didn't know stories like King Midas, so for a while I thought this version was accurate to the actual tale.

    The reason this video works is because it's entertaining for both children and adults. It's innocent enough that children can love it, and entertaining enough that it draws in adults as well. When I was a kid, my entire family and I watched this, and we were all laughing along with the video. Even today when we mention a scene or a joke from this video, my Dad laughs and says, "I remember that." He'll even watch the video with us when we put it in the VCR! The puppetry isn't too impressive; it's just your simply, basic puppet-operated Muppets. But that's OK. It focuses more on bringing these stories we all know and love to life, but in a new and unique way. On top of that, it's a good stand alone production. Of course we're attracted to it because it's the Muppets, but even excluding that from the picture, this is still a really good, really fun, really delightful film. Watch it, and expect a lot of laughs! BOOYIKA!
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    • Author: Arashilkis
    This is my favorite Muppet collection of stories. The wolf is a riot in both the Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Three Little Pigs. "Pigs in a blanket? Why, yes, I believe I will!" Hilarious. Miss Piggy is at her best especially in The Midas Touch...and the songs are right on target. My daughter and I still sing them when the situation fits: gotta get that name! And when I hear someone gargle, I have to say "How charming...NEXT!" You have to watch it to understand. Ha..ha...I highly recommend this for those who need to take life a lot less seriously. The only thing I think was a little overboard was Gonzo acting a little weird about his scenes (of course, he IS an alien, after all) but Rizzo the Rat is great and what can I say about The Shoemaker and the Elvises? The costumes, set design, "expressions" on the muppets are all fabulous. Now, if they would just put it on DVD!
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    • Author: Urtte
    Though most people consider The Muppets for kids, when I discovered this gem at the ripe age of 21 while working at summer camp I just couldn't get enough. Though all the stories are familiar, the usual Muppet hilarity and musicality shine through each and every segment. All of your favorites are showcased with Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie carrying you through some of the best fairy tales of all time.

    Considering that this great Muppet extravaganza is out of print, if you ever see it laying about, pick it up! It will be a well used 90 minutes of time. If anything, when the tape is over you will want to immediately rewind it and watch it all over again!
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    • Author: Paxondano
    The concept isn't that great: a quick run-through of old stories like 3 Little Pigs, etc. But then again, the Muppets are there and could spice things up, right? Wrong. This video is one of the very few Muppet projects that may entertain kids, but not adults in the least bit.

    Maybe their biggest mistake here was that they didn't feature many Muppets. In fact, it's just Gonzo, Rizzo, Kermit & Piggy - with brief appearances by Fozzie and Robin. No Animal, no Sam the Eagle, no Swedish Chef, Electric Mayhem, Rowlf, Statler & Waldorf, Scooter, Bunsen or Beaker. I don't know why, because most of the performers of these great characters are there, and there is too much repetition with the characters they DO use.

    Otherwise, it's just not well-done. These stories have been done better elsewhere, and there is none of the signature Muppet zaniness makes their TV shows and movies so great. They're just puppets here, doing extremely rushed, 5-10 minute renditions of these classic tales with no payoff.

    Maybe kids will like it, but I found it extremely dry and generally boring, as an adult and a Muppet fan. They're recent movies have been tackling classic stories and doing it well. This is a waste of talent.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Dave Goelz Dave Goelz - The Great Gonzo / Randy Pig (voice)
    Jerry Nelson Jerry Nelson - Robin the Frog / Big Bad Wolf / Loyal Royal Advisor / The Wolf / Montague the Rat / The Royal Jester (voice)
    Steve Whitmire Steve Whitmire - Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat (voice)
    Frank Oz Frank Oz - Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear (Emperor) (voice)
    Bill Barretta Bill Barretta - Elvis (voice)
    Julianne Buescher Julianne Buescher - Yolanda the Rat (voice)
    Brian Henson Brian Henson - Andy Pig / Mink in 'Gotta Get That Name' (voice)
    Bruce Lanoil Bruce Lanoil - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
    Allan Trautman Allan Trautman - Papa Pig / The Banker / The Royal Doctor / Villager (voice)
    Cheryl Blaylock Cheryl Blaylock - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
    Tim Blaney Tim Blaney - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
    Kevin Carlson Kevin Carlson - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
    Terri Hardin Terri Hardin - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
    Drew Massey Drew Massey - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
    James Murray James Murray - Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
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