Kermit and company return to the big screen

“The Muppet Movie” will be screened at Bainbridge Cinemas in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25.

Released in 1979, directed by James Frawley and produced by Jim Henson, it was the first theatrical film featuring the Muppets. It depicts Kermit the Frog as he embarks on a cross-country trip to Hollywood, California.

Along the way, he encounters several of the Muppets — who all share the same ambition of finding success in professional show business — while being pursued by Doc Hopper, an evil restaurateur with intentions of employing Kermit as a spokesperson for his frog legs business.

It features cameo appearances by Dom DeLuise, James Coburn, Edgar Bergen, Steve Martin, and Mel Brooks, among others.

The movie received much critical praise, including two Academy Award nominations for Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher’s musical score and their song, “Rainbow Connection.”

In 2009, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Tickets, $12.50 for adults and $10 for children, are on sale at