Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Tim Curry makes a fine, flashy Long John Silver, and charming newcomer Kevin Bishop is a lively, toothy young Jim Hawkins, but it's Gonzo and… G PT99M Action/Adventure Sci-fi and Fantasy Tim Curry Kevin Bishop Frank Oz
Movie Review

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

MPAA Rating: G
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: G; Length: 99 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Tim Curry and Kevin Bishop

Tim Curry makes a fine, flashy Long John Silver, and charming newcomer Kevin Bishop is a lively, toothy young Jim Hawkins, but it's Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat who make Muppet Treasure Island, the Muppets musical adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson, novel a hoot. The chatty pair play Jim's chums as he tries to keep a treasure map from Silver aboard a ship commandeered by Captain Smollet, played by Kermit the Frog in a dainty Napoleonic uniform. As directed by Brian Henson (The Muppet Christmas Carol), the film is notably handsome in a dark, foreboding way. The Muppet action blends seamlessly with the human actors, and adults will be kept giggling with wittily anachronistic jokes about codependence, water-skiing, and Henry Kissinger. A few of the songs could have been shorter (but, as written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, probably no more clever), and the young audience is restless whenever that overrated windbag Miss Piggy (as, natch, Kermit's love interest) is on screen. B+

Originally posted Feb 23, 1996 Published in issue #315-316 Feb 23, 1996 Order article reprints