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Is the Muppet Movie censored on DVD?

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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   rob kilbride

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Posted March 28 2004 - 04:11 PM

From IMDB:

In the original theatrical version of the film, when he meets Kermit the first time, Rowlf the dog asks Kermit if he wants a drink, to which Kermit says, "I'll have a grasshopper." This small scene has been deleted from all subsequent versions. (Perhaps the filmmakers didn't want a children's movie to advocate an alcoholic beverage?)

I did a search at yahoo and although other sites have this info they all refer to either IMDB or a particular Amazon.com review. Does anyone have any personal recollection as to whether this line was in the original movie or any other sources that confirm or deny this?

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted March 28 2004 - 05:52 PM

Seems unlikely as Rowlf was the piano player at the restaurant. Steve Martin was the waiter. Plus, Kermit ordering wine is still in there.
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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   rob kilbride

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Posted March 28 2004 - 06:13 PM

Yeah, this claim seems dubious because if it were true I would think there would be more written about it online than there is. I seem to remember the joke but perhaps it is from one of the other movies or a Muppet Show episode. Are there any Muppet experts out there?

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Dave S.G.

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Posted March 28 2004 - 09:42 PM

I haven't seen the movie in years, but I do have the OOP soundtrack and Rolf does indeed have this exchange. After Kermit asks for the drink, Rolf calls to the bartender, "hey, can we have a grasshopper for the frog." Within a minute they're singing "I Hope that Something Better Comes Along"

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted March 28 2004 - 10:56 PM

Maybe it was recorded as part of the song, but was cut from the movie before its release. That's happened with a lot of musicals; Little Shop of Horrors stands out in my mind. I don't know, though. Just a thought.
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Posted March 29 2004 - 12:57 AM

The song on the soundtrack is different from the song in the movie, with different exchanges and an extra verse. I don't think it was ever in the film.
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#7 of 8 OFFLINE   rob kilbride

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Posted March 29 2004 - 05:49 AM

I bet the soundtrack is the source of the confusion. I think only Disney is capable of censorship of such inconsistency, ie Melody Time in which Pecos Bill's cigarrette is digitally erased while Jose Carioca's cigar remains untouched.

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Posted March 29 2004 - 05:51 AM

Yeah- the soundtrack has this exchange (and for those keeping score the 45 single version is even slightly different as well)-- but i don't recall it ever being in the film (although when i saw it in theaters, I was 4).

But, my cousin and I used to do a little lip sync/mime show to that song from teh 45 single (to entertain family and friends), so i have it memorized like 50 times over.

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