I just watched Muppet Treasure Island again all the way through, and I have to say that, despite its faults, it's a pretty great movie. (And by watched, I mean I sat and actually looked at the screen the whole time--no sewing, no embroidery, no reading, no editing--just sat there and tried to look at everything.) Here are some of the things I enjoyed: Sam the Eagle has cute feet. We don't often see them, but there are some nice shots of him in the lifeboat. Kermit's tattoo of Miss Piggy on his chest. His holding onto her picture and sighing while he looks out at the night sea is sweet, but having your chest tattoo'd--now that's commitment! Tim Curry, who is usually over the top and always very watchable, turns in an emotionally believable performance. It's easy to imagine that he is really a pirate with a soft spot--a good man with a bad heart, or perhaps a bad man with a good heart. He's one of those actors that can go over the top with little effort, and to great effect. Inept muppet pirates--always an intellectual treat. Clueless and Polly and Angel Marie outdo themselves here. The cockroach is an icky little touch--when the cockroaches are bigger than the rats, it's time to find a new ship! Seeing Bunsen and Kermit with long hair. It's a nice look for them. (And Beaker with a ponytail makes me think of Steve Whitmire.) Piggy's leopard-print dress-with the matching feather-boa. Classic Piggy. Not to mention her plump little legs, which are shown off to advantage by the high heels with feather poufs. (Not that I'm a fangirl, or anything.) Lew Zealand knitting a pirate flag while the pirates are lounging around the ship. Kermit's sword-play. He is quite dashing in his captain's duds, and I especially liked the pirate shirt he wore. Piggy shows up at the end wearing the same style of shirt (started to say "the same shirt" but realized that had a different connotation!) with a skirt and some flirty black and red-striped stockings. Gonzo and Rizzo together. Hard to go wrong there. Gonzo's impossible-to-predict lunacy, and enjoyment of all things odd, and Rizzo's avarice (selling cruise tickets, literally moving into the apple barrell in the kitchen) are a wonderful combination any time. Also, Goelz and Whitmire show off one of the few remaining original muppet pairings. Very nice. The wild boars. Piggy is stuck on the island (I started to say "planet") with her pick of wild, big-tusked, bare-chested he-man boars who literally worship her and....the one she wants is still scrawny little Kermit. (Piggy: Hey--who wrote this script anyway? The frog? It was the frog, wasn't it? Kermit!!!) And the sight of her sitting on the log with her arms crossed and her leg jiggling angrily is downright irresistible. Kermit's ire and annoyance with Piggy when he finds she apparently dated a whole slew of pirates is nicely tempered by Piggy's swat and, "Well, if you'd married me...! I'm a pig! We need commitment!" The playing in the pirate treasure is great. Cabin Fever is also fun to watch--for the costumes alone! But the singing and dancing is good, too. Oh, and the BAND! Oooh! The Band! The Electric Mayhem are kickin'--why does it not surprise me that they make such believable pirates? Floyd's "Hey--just play the gig" attitude is hysterical. Statler and Waldorf as two petrified old coots is, well, just about right, wouldn't you say? But I guess I had forgotten what a nice, measured and sensitive performance that Kermit turned in. It is a pleasure to watch him in this. I was still smarting over the loss of Jim--yeah, like that will ever go away!--but it made me, I don't know, veer away from examining Kermit as closely as I might have at the time the movie came out. And after that, it was just easier to lump him in with the movie as a whole. But it is a fine-tuned and lovely performance by Steve. Kudos. Okay--I'll leave some for the rest of you. What say?