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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 family film directed by Frank Oz. It is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets, and the second to last film before Henson's death (the last being Follow That Bird). This film was produced by Henson Associates and TriStar Pictures, and was filmed on location in New York City during the summer of 1983 and released in movie theatres in 1984. It was the first film directed solely by Frank Oz (who also performs Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Animal), as he previously co-directed The Dark Crystal with Jim Henson. The film introduced the Muppet Babies, as toddler versions of the Muppet characters in a fantasy sequence. The Muppet Babies later received their own Saturday morning animated television series, which aired on CBS from 1984 until 1992 and has since been syndicated worldwide. This is also the first (and so far only) Muppet film not to have a main antagonist; however, the closest thing to a villain that it has is a Broadway producer and crook named Martin Price (played by Dabney Coleman), but he has only one scene and plays a minor part.