5 Great Comedy Movie Sequels (And 5 That Were Disappointments)
5. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
When they brought back The Muppets a few years ago, nobody was more delighted than I was. The 2011 movie did The Muppets franchise justice, I thought, even if it could not quite compare to The Muppet Movie. There seemed to be a genuine joy in revisiting the world of the Muppets that I appreciated and even though the plot line was not particularly original, it did bring a smile to my face. But nothing brings a smile to my face more than the second Muppets movie, "The Great Muppet Caper." Shot entirely in England, Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo play investigative reporters who are assigned to investigate a thief who has stolen jewels from Lady Holiday, the biggest fashion designer in London. When Miss Piggy gets framed for the crime, it's up to Kermit and his crew to help clear her name. "The Great Muppet Caper" is one of those rare comedy sequels that manages to retain the charm of the first without rehashing all the same old jokes. Overall, I think I've revisited this one more than the first and it always makes me feel like a kid again. There's fewer celebrity cameos, better songs, and it's just a lot of corny fun. Charles Grodin plays the main antagonist, who is responsible for the jewel heist. Watching Grodin make an attempt to seduce Miss Piggy never fails to make me laugh. Aside from the usual gang, Dame Diana Rigg, John Cleese, and Jack Warden also make memorable appearances in the film. It's the last great "classic" Muppets movie.