Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young orphan who becomes involved with pirate Long John Silver is given the Muppet treatment in this vibrant children's musical. As in The Muppet Christmas Carol, the film stays loyal to the original storyline but casts the well-known puppets in many of the supporting roles. Young Jim Hawkins remains ...
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young orphan who becomes involved with pirate Long John Silver is given the Muppet treatment in this vibrant children's musical. As in The Muppet Christmas Carol, the film stays loyal to the original storyline but casts the well-known puppets in many of the supporting roles. Young Jim Hawkins remains human, as does Long John Silver, played by an amusingly exaggerated Tim Curry. However, Captain Smollet is played by the evergreen Kermit the Frog; Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Rizzo the Rat serve as roving narrators; and numerous other Muppets assume smaller roles. The familiar adventure plot is enlivened by the Muppets' good-natured, winking sense of humor, and a number of anarchic musical numbers are reminiscent of the original Muppet Show. Long-time followers of the Muppets may find the film less fresh than Jim Henson's original creations, but the combination of old-fashioned storytelling, intriguing design, and clever humor will undoubtedly amuse younger audiences. Judd Blaise, Rovi
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There are some key differences between the 2002 and 2005 DVD releases of Muppet Treasure Island. I have viewed them both, so you can decide which version is the best for you.
The 2005 "Kermit's Anniversary" edition features both full screen AND widescreen versions available on the disc. This is a great option if you simply MUST have widescreen and will accept no less. However, if you're a hardcore Muppet fan and would like a little background information on the making of the film, you're out of luck with this version, which does not feature commentary or behind-the-scenes features of any kind.
On the other hand, the 2002 DVD release DOES include audio commentary with director Brian Henson (as well as the occasional scripted comment from Gonzo and Rizzo). Interspersed throughout the commentary are little behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with Brian Henson and Tim Curry. However, this version is full screen only.