Hey, A Movie!: Muppet Treasure Island
A few years ago, I made what can be best classified as a rookie mistake online. There are so many ways to screw up online these days that it’s hard to keep track. But oh, I made a big ol’ gaffe in the summer of 2019. I hope you’re sitting down, because this is an earth-shaking admission I’m about to make here.
I…ranked a series of films online. Specifically, I ranked the eight Muppet movies for Slashfilm. Now, if you haven’t seen that list before, or if it’s been a minute, you can rest easy in the knowledge that I ranked the original Muppet Movie as the very best and Muppets from Space as their weakest. If I had to guess, though, the reason why some folks were bothered by the ranking is that I didn’t have The Great Muppet Caper as either the first or second choice.
(I realize that you may be dubious about whether or not this ranking actually bothered people. Fair enough! But when I see someone respond to the original tweet by dubbing the list a “crime against humanity,” I cannot help but leap to that assumption! And by the way, the guy who responded that way is married to Danielle Fishel. The real crime against humanity is that one of my earliest celebrity crushes got married to some dude who disagrees with me! Anyway, I digress.)
While the process of watching these films for this newsletter (and the march of time itself) has made it so I would probably shift at least a couple of these films around, I have not wavered on one of the films’ locations on the list that may well have caused some consternation.
If you can’t guess what I mean, well…look at the title of this post. Muppet Treasure Island is an underrated gem. It is the second-best Muppet movie. I did not stutter.