Today we’re talking about the 1996 Muppet Treasure Island.
The story is disturbingly faithful to the original; as with all Muppet movies they add mostly flavour and silliness to the mix.
Other than the Muppets, we have two main human characters. The innocent, daddy issue laden Jim; and the devilishly handsome Long John Silver. Both are portrayed with nuance and depth that is impressive. The Muppets themselves do a great job as well, but the nature of the story and the lack of time between gags means the characters feel less fleshed out than they should.
The Muppets almost never disappoint when it comes to quippy, quotable, and cute dialogue. This was no exception.
Visuals and Music
This was a beautiful movie and the ship scenes set my childhood brain’s idea of pirate ships. The music was definitely an influence on future pirate movies. The songs however fell a little flat. Tim Curry is a fantastic singer and they definitely underused him and the actor who played Jim had a nasally falsetto that irked me. The rest of the songs were forgettable with the exception of Cabin Fever.
The majority of the time the Muppets deliver on fun. This is no exception. It had my daughter glued to the screen and me laughing most of the way.
This is one of my favourite Muppet movies and I enjoyed rewatching it. It’s nice watching a movie you loved as a kid and finding out it doesn’t suck.
If you want a fun watch with pirates and Muppets, this is your choice.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars