With The Muppets doing quite well at the box office over the last couple weekends, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at the earliest cinematic entry in their filmography, The Muppet Movie (1979), to see if they have any advice for you filmmakers out there looking to hit the big time. Clearly they know how to succeed, and if you look at some of the advice below, you too could have a hit on your hands!
1: “You could make millions of people happy!”-Bernie the Agent to Kermit the Frog
Dom Deluise meets Kermit in the swamp and plants an idea in Kermit’s head: “Millions of people happy!” Start with a dream. Start with something you are passionate about, something positive, and with that motivation pushing you forward it’s a lot easier to accomplish your goals.
2: “And if they need frogs, they must need bears, too!”-Kermit the Frog to Fozzie Bear
Kermit meets the “comedian” Fozzie Bear, and rather than continue on his own, he invites the lovable bear on his journey to Hollywood. It’s always good to have a friend or two along to collaborate with and to offer support. What’s success without a good friend to share it with?
3: “I guess I was wrong when I said I never promised anyone. I promised me.”-Kermit the Frog to Kermit the Frog
When you’re down in the dumps, and you’ve had a string of bad luck, and you don’t think you can take it anymore, have a conversation with yourself and remind you about your dream of making millions of people happy. Remember that one person out of those millions is yourself.
4: “Please, sir, I’m Kermit the Frog. We’ve… we’ve come to be rich and famous!”-Kermit the Frog to Lew Lord
Lew Lord, big-wig studio executive, played by Orson Wells, is an intimidating figure. But Kermit doesn’t back down or shy away from saying exactly what he wants. And he’s rewarded with the standard Rich and Famous Contract. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, or people may not know to give it to you.
5: “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending…”The Muppets to You
Best advice ever. I don’t think I need to add anything to that. Go make movies, everybody. Create! Follow your dreams! Your story is in your own hands.
What advice have you gotten from the Muppets that sticks with you? Sound off below!