Director: Brian Henson
Original Release: 1996
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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The biggest difference for me between this viewing and my first is the fact that I have since read the book. The "good guys" in Stevenson's story - that is, the gentleman sailors who unexpectedly find themselves pitted against Long John Silver and his gang - are portrayed more or less as idiots in the book. Thus, casting them as goofy Muppets works pretty well. Mind you, most of the pirates on Long John's side are felted, too. But the success of any Muppet movie is dependent upon the buy-in of the human cast. Long John is the key role and in a master stroke, Tim Curry was cast in the part. Billy Connolly and Jennifer Saunders also appear. Kevin Bishop is the protagonist, young Jim Hawkins. The only other human of note is Jessica Hamilton, Brian Henson's wife, who has a memorable cameo as Big-Fat-Ugly-Bug-Faced-Baby-Eating O'Brien.
I think I have fallen asleep both times I have watched the movie, though I missed different parts each time. There's really nothing wrong with the film but it doesn't maintain the same consistently goofy energy as others in the series. The same is true for 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol but that movie's adherence to the source material more than makes up for it. Treasure Island's music is, it must be said, eye-roll inducing, especially Jim's songs. But it's still the Muppets and Muppets are wonderful.
My Rating System:
5 = The best of the best. These are the films by which I judge other films.
4 = High quality films which I feel could hold up well in repeated viewings.
3 = The vast majority of films. They're fine. Once was enough.
2 = I wasn't even sure I wanted to finish it. It's not a 1 because I'm not prepared to say it's a terrible film - just not my cup of tea.
1 = A terrible film. An insult to the art form.