Muppet movies mentioning names of performers, employees, different productions, and other pieces of inside information.

The Muppet Movie

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Bernietheagent
The opening scenes feature Bernie the Agent (Bernie Brillstein).
TMM reference to Moreno
The scene in The El Sleezo Cafe where Kermit meets Madeline Kahn at the bar, features a couple in the background involved in an apache dance. The pair are wearing nearly identical attire to that of Rita Moreno and a Humanoid Muppet from The Muppet Show episode 105 and follow a similar choreography from the apache-style "I Get Ideas" number.
TMM-EMBus-BigBird
When driving to Hollywood, Kermit and Fozzie encounter Big Bird, who is walking to New York City with dreams of breaking into public television. Later in the film, a picture of Big Bird can be seen in the Electric Mayhem Bus.
Lew-Lord
Kermit and the gang audition for Lew Lord (Lord Lew Grade).

The Muppets Take Manhattan

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MTM Variety Broadway Producer Directory
Composer Jeff Moss' name appears in the Broadway Producers directory in Fozzie Bear's copy of Variety.
MTM-PuppetStreetVendor
As the Muppet gang is walking down the street, shortly before discovering Pete's Luncheonette, a street vendor can be seen in the background, selling hand puppets to passersby.
MTM dogs 01
Two of the dogs in Rowlf's pet shelter are named Jim and Frank (although they were played by Dave Goelz and Karen Prell).
Babyrowlf-bigbird
Baby Rowlf has a plush doll of Big Bird during the song "I'm Gonna Always Love You." For the scene, a rubber duckie can be seen sitting on a shelf behind him.

Muppet*Vision 3D

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Sonny Daze
A poster for Beach Blanket Beaker in the queuing area features Dr. Bunsen Honeydew in the role of "Sonny Daze"

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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MCC-Duncan
Amidst the shops in Victorian London, one sign reads "Duncan & Kenworthy, Booksellers."
Micklewhites
There is a store called "Micklewhite's [Something] Candie Shoppe" - Michael Caine's real name is Maurice Micklewhite.
Statlershopsign
Another sign, on a haberdashery near the end of the film, says "Statler & Waldorf."
Louisechicken
Louise the chicken was named in an ad lib by Dave Goelz after fellow Muppeteer Louise Gold, who had been assisting him with Gonzo.[1]
Hey its frank
Although part of the gag reel, there is a scene where Gonzo and Rizzo are sitting on the shelf with the busts. Rizzo takes one look at the bust of Shakespeare and exclaims, "Hey! It's Frank Oz!". Gonzo adds, "They coated him with plaster! Frank, speak to us!"

Muppets from Space

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MFS123
According to the book Muppets from Space: The Making of Muppet Movie Magic, the "door in a jar" provided by Muppet Labs was intended to be a replica of the front door of 123 Sesame Street. As realized, there are several differences. 123 Sesame Street's stoop has 6 steps and the "door in a jar" had 7, and the window above the door differs from the Sesame design. The "door in a jar" was also red whereas 123 Sesame Street's door was green (the door of 123 Sesame was red for a period of time but that did not happen until 3 years after Muppets from Space was released). However, the door is a replica of the the door used in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, which was filmed concurrently with Muppets from Space.
MFS-Newspaper
The newspaper that Kermit reads during the breakfast scene is called the "Hensonville News Observer".

Kermit's Swamp Years

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There are several behind-the-scenes references in the pet store. Performer names include Frank and Steve's Monkey Shines, Goelz Guppy Grub, Nelson's Super Fine Cat Food and Lazer Pet Academy. Products include Salmon Friends fish food and Puppet Chow.
KSY-JMH-licenseplate
Wilson's license plate is JMH-924 -- James Maury Henson, September 24 (his birthday).
KSY Mary's car
Mary's license plate is DG-529 -- David Gumpel (the director), May 29 (his birthday).
KSY-AnimalKeychain
Wilson also has an Animal keychain (made from a Walt Disney World PVC figure) on his truck keys.
KSY-CallMyName
When Kermit speaks to the star from the swamp, he says, "You called my name," a reference to the lyric from "Rainbow Connection."
KSY Hartis
The Hartis movie theater is name after Muppet builder Paul Hartis, who was heavily involved with this film.
In the bloopers, Kermit messes up his line in the opening scene, and does a Swedish Chef imitation.
Leland-SwampYears
The story takes place in Leland, Mississippi - Jim Henson's home town.
KSY-Pig
When Kermit is chased by an animal and told that it's a pig he says, "A pig, huh? I hope I never see another one of those my entire life."
KSY Henson reference
Kermit encounters a young man from the "Henson" household who lends him a hand.
KSY-Rowlf
A boy who visits the pet store has a dog named Rowlf.

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

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VMX-Barrettas
The Italian restaurant to the right of The Muppet Theatre is called "Barretta's Italian Ristorante and Pizza."
DocHopper's In The World in which Kermit was Never Born, Doc Hopper's Frog Legs appears and is a thriving and growing fast-food restaurant, with a franchise in Bitterman Plaza
VMXDVD-SantaSwitch
A deleted scene featuring Santa Claus is titled The Great Santa Claus Switch.

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

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Danpayne-wizardofoz
When Dorothy storms into her bedroom after she missed the audition, the weather man is heard reporting on "Barretta City."
MWOZ-Galley-oh-hoop-hoop
The call of the Galley-oh-hoop-hoop can be heard edited into the soundtrack as part of the noises of the forest.
PepeSamBigBird
Toto calls The Emerald City Guard "Big Bird."
KermitScarecrowFrankOz
Scarecrow Kermit asks the Wizard if he is related to Frank Oz.
Floyd Pepper remarks that the Electric Mayhem has "been driving the same lousy bus since 1978."

The Muppets (2011)

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Themuppets2011 jh cameo
The Hollywood Walk of Fame's Jim Henson pole banner can be seen during the dance routine on Hollywood Boulevard. A framed photo of Jim also appears on Kermit's office wall among other celebrities.
M11 station wagon
The vehicle that Mary and Carlos work on in her classroom is the same one the gang gets from Mad Man Mooney's.
Kermit appeals to Richman
"The Standard Rich and Famous Contract" Kermit signs in the movie is used.
Mad man mooney and sons
Mad Man Mooney's makes a re-appearance, now renamed "Mad Man Mooney's and Son." Sweetums is shown working there again and is forced to chase after the gang's car again.
At the beginning of the film, a few Playhouse Videos are seen on top of Gary and Walter's TV. Later in the opening, a copy the Muppets from Space DVD is sitting on top it. During "Life's a Happy Song", DVD copies of The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Movie and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz are seen on their shelf.
Walter touching TV
Clips from The Muppet Show are used during Walter's origin story at the film's beginning. Later, short audio clips are used when Kermit first enters the dilapidated Muppet Theater.
Walter Together Again
When Tex Richman reads in a magazine that the Muppets have gotten together again, Uncle Deadly and Bobo begin to sing "Together Again." Later, Walter plays a few bars from it on a backstage piano.
TheMuppets-(2011)-TheaterCurtainRailSystemInstalledOnJimHensonsBirthday
The Muppet Theatre's curtain rail system is branded with its installation date - September 24, 1936, Jim Henson's birthday.
Walter Kermit Jim Shore
The cake topper on Walter's birthday cake is a repainted Kermit figurine.
Walter's bedroom collection
Walter's bedroom is filled with Muppet collectibles and memorabilia, including a Muppet Babies lunchbox.

Muppets Most Wanted

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MMWtrailerNov20-0035
To study Kermit's speech patterns, Constantine is seen watching a tape of a Sesame Street News Flash sketch, the opening to the Lynn Redgrave episode of The Muppet Show and "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie.
MMW Robin
After the question is raised of Walter leaving the Muppets after a whole film was made about him joining them, Rizzo and Robin point out that it was made at the expense of other well-known characters being left out, referencing their reduced roles in the previous film.
MMW this never happened on Sesame Street
In an outtake that appears on The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppet History bonus feature, Kermit says "This never happened on Sesame Street."
MMW extended cut 1.34.26 bear left right frog
Referencing dialogue in The Muppet Movie, Kermit and Fozzie give each other directions when coordinating their escape with their feet through the bottom of Le Maximum, "Bear, left." "Right, frog."
Noimage
When Constantine first talks to Walter, he says to him, "Let us get on with the show and enjoy our family-style adventure during which we shall bond and learn heartwarming lesson. Perhaps about sharing, or waiting your turn, or the number three."
MMWNadyaKermitShrine

Nadya shrine
Nadya's shrine to Kermit in The Gulag features Luke Skywalker Kermit from the Star Wars Muppets PVC figures, Debonair Kermit, Lying down Kermit, and Britto Kermit.

Sources

  1. Personal communication, from Dave Goelz, to Emma Shane, April 2003.

See also