"Muppet Treasure island" has all the right ingredients for a kiddie matinee: familiar stars (Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Tim Curry) in larger-than-life roles, a cute little boy for audience identification and catchy tunes like "Cabin Fever" by the legendary Girl Group scribes Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to sing and dance on the way home. But the press screening was at ten o'clock on a Saturday morning and that, according to MY night owl time clock, is the crack of dawn, so I nodded in and out during the film's running time. Nor was I the only grownup catching a few blinks: when the movie had to be spliced a few minutes before the finale, I saw that another reviewer was sleeping peacefully in his aisle seat. Not so the kiddies who seemed to adore every frame of "Muppet Treasure Island," which opens nationally this Friday.
Copyright 1996 Monica Sullivan
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