The following is a list of Muppet Mentions made in movies outside of the Henson/Sesame fold, all of which are too brief or minor to constitute having their own page in the Movie Mentions category. See also: Minor TV Mentions and Minor Documentary Mentions.

All Nighter

In the 2017 film about the adventures of an estranged father (J. K. Simmons) and ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) of a seemingly missing girl, the father refers to the ex as Kermit several times due to his banjo playing.


Animal Crackers

A 2017 computer animated film about magical animal crackers. When leaving the circus after a memorial service for their aunt and uncle, Owen and Zoe receive a box of animal crackers. When their daughter Mackenzie discovers them, they claim that it'll turn her into a Cookie Monster. Later, when returning to the circus, Chesterfield the clown greets Owen, who has turned into a bear as a result of eating the animal crackers, as Fozzie. Fozzie Bear's name also appears in the end credits of the film.


Another Perfect Stranger

A 2007 film about a teenage girl who has conversations about life and religion with a stranger she meets on an airplane. In one scene, a woman is holding a baby who is wearing Elmo overalls.


In this 2012 Best Picture Oscar-winning movie, Ben Affleck plays CIA agent Tony Mendez who's trying to convince his superiors to agree to his plan for the rescue of six US Embassy employees in 1980 Iran. When meeting with Cyrus Vance (US Secretary of State) and Stansfield Turner (Director of Central Intelligence ), his boss Jack O'Donnell tells him, "Brace yourself. It's like talking to those two old fucks on the Muppets."


Baby Driver

During an early scene where Baby talks with his deaf foster father Joseph, Baby holds a banana in his ear, referencing the classic Ernie and Bert routine from Sesame Street.


The Babysitter

A 2017 Netflix Comedy/Horror film about a group of teens in a demonic cult.

After getting covered in blood John complains to Allison, commenting on her yellow cheerleading uniform "What the hell are you wearing? Looking like Big Bird's side bitch."


Bad Moms

Amy, Carla and Kiki are out to dinner with their kids and discuss Amy's chances at the candidate night for the PTA president position. They begin to talk about their own kids flaws and Carla says "My son still watches Sesame Street. And he doesn't get it."


The Band's Visit


In a scene set in a child's bedroom, an Elmo doll is seen on the shelf.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

As Barb and Star gloss over a menu, Star wants to try the frogs' legs. Barb is immediately reminded of the bicycle scene with Kermit in The Muppet Movie; the scene itself is excerpted later in a "life flashing before eyes" montage.

In the audio commentary, Greenbaum refers to the title characters as having "Bert and Ernie beds."


Bart Got a Room

As Danny goes through a list of potential prom dates, he asks his friend for an opinion of Sokolov. He replies, "Too tall for you. Like, Big Bird tall."


Bee Movie

A 2007 computer animated feature by DreamWorks Animation, about a bee name Barry B. Benson deciding what to do after graduating from college. When Barry talks to Mr. Klauss Vanderhayden, since he is suing Honey Farms for taking the bee's honey, he finds the image of a bear as the jar of honey inappropriate to represent honey. However, Mr. Vanderhayden replies that they're very lovable creatures and names a few bears, including Fozzie.


The Benchwarmers

Muppets from Space on bottom shelf, farthest left

The Benchwarmers is a 2006 comedy film. On a video store shelf, Muppets from Space can be briefly glimpsed.


The Big Year

A 2011 movie about birding. In one scene, Stu Preissler (Steve Martin) is on a boat and get seasick. Commenting on his complexion, Preissler states, "It's not easy being green."



After a unsuccessful blind date, Jim and Lauren find themselves stuck together in a resort with their kids. After the arrival at the resort, they go to the dinning room where they are meet by Mfana, who says "Hello, Mr. Snuffleupagus", Jim corrects him by saying "Heh, Theodopolis"


Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

A sequel to one of the most popular domestically-produced Canadian films, this bilingual title was released in 2017. When David Bouchard inteoduces himself as from the Sûreté du Québec, the American cops decide he can't be speaking French. Suggesting German and Swedish, they conclude he speaks like the Swedish Chef.


In this 2014 movie featuring Robin Williams, a game show is playing on a hospital TV, where the contestants compete under a category called Famous Lovers. One of the questions is, "One of TV's most unusual romances involved two characters from The Muppet Show, one is a pretty porker named Miss Piggy." The contestant correctly answers Kermit the Frog.

The Bucket List

The 2007 movie about two elderly men, diagnosed with cancer. They make a shared "Bucket list" with things they want to do before they die of their cancer. While Carter watches Jeopardy, one of the questions are "These two Muppets are roommates on the long-running show Sesame Street". Carter says the answer out loud, "Who are Bert and Ernie?"


Carry On, Emmannuelle

1978 entry in the Carry On series of bawdy British comedies, with a repertory company broadly spoofing occupations or movie genres, and the final entry until the 1992 reunion Carry On Columbus. In this parody of the French sex comedy Emmannuelle, servants peep at their employer and his wife in the bedroom. The butler tells the elderly boot boy he should look through the keyhole. When he asks what he'll see, the butler says, "Well, it certainly won't be The Muppet Show."

Castle in the Sky

A 1986 Japanese animated film by renown director Hayao Miyazaki, known as Laputa: Castle in the Sky outside of America, about a young boy and girl who attempt to keep a magic crystal from military agents while searching for the titular castle. The film has two English dubs, one produced in 1989 by Magnum Video Tape and Dubbing to be played for international Japan Airlines flights, and distributed by Streamline Pictures in the United States, and a dub recorded by The Walt Disney Company in 1998 and released in 2003.

In the Magnum dub, after Pazu falls through the roof of his house, Sheeta falls on top of him, and asks if he's OK, he responds, "Are you kidding? I'm built like a brick Muppet if Muppets were made of brick."


Cats Don't Dance

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.png

A 1997 animated film that takes place in an alternate history 1939 where a dancing orange tabby cat named Danny wants to be a movie star like Fred Astaire. One of the movie posters parodied at the end of the movie before the credits is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with T.W. Turtle as Raphael.


A Christmas Kiss

2011 TV movie about an assistant who falls in love with her boss's boyfriend. After the two have decorated the Christmas tree of the future, Adam Hughes suggests that they see Charlie Browns Christmas, The Grinch, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Wendy asks him if he's sure that he's game to watch all of them, even the Muppets, and Adam says that he is.


In the 2006 comedy, a woman appears holding a Big Bird plush.


Crazy for Christmas

A 2005 Christmas TV movie, it features billionaire Fred Nickells, who has suffered a nervous breakdown, giving early retirement to all his staff. Two members stay on, the doorman and Nickell's lawyer, Arthur Finnegan. Finnegan is gay. Telling Nickell's new driver about his relationship, he says "he works on Sesame Street. He plays Snuffleupagus' back end." The boyfriend appears at the end, uncredited.


Death to Smoochy

A dark comedy following Sheldon Mopes' (Edward Norton) rise to stardom with his Barney-like character Smoochy the Rhino, and all the amoral inner workings of the children's entertainment that he encounters. Early in the film, Sheldon states "I was born on November 11th, 1970. You know what else happened on that day? [The] first broadcast of Sesame Street!" (The statement is factually incorrect by one year and one day.) Later, while Robin Williams' character Randolph Smiley (aka Rainbow Randolph) smashes Angelo's television set, he calls Smoochy a "Muppet from hell," during a barrage of expletives. The film also features the Leonard Bernstein song "I Feel Pretty," which the Muppets have performed numerous times.


Dinner for Schmucks

Barry tells a couple from Switzerland that he speaks some of their language, and proceeds to deliver some mock Swedish.


The Expendables

In this 2010 action film, Toll Road (played by Randy Couture) says, "It's not easy being green" while explaining how he got his cauliflower ear.



A 2010 made for TV Cartoon Network animated movie about the life of Duncan, the son of a human female and male kaiju.

  • During biology class, Duncan creates a distraction so he can rescue a tiny kaiju by bouncing around a frog set for dissection and screaming "They're waterboarding Kermit!"

The Five-Year Engagement

A scene between a woman and her friend involves an argument done in the voices of Cookie Monster and Elmo to amuse her daughter.


Fletch Lives

In the 1989 sequel to 1985's Fletch, following a scene in which he's made a man squeal like a pig in order to get a termite out of his ear, the title character begins an internal dialogue, "After my close call with Miss Piggy, I couldn't wait to get home."


Flushed Away

A 2006 computer animated feature by Aardman Animation, about a mouse trapped in the sewer. At one point, heroine Rita addresses the villainous Toad with "Hoy! Kermit!"


Gilda Radner: It's Always Something

A 2002 TV biopic of Gilda Radner based on her book of the same name.

At one point, Radner (portrayed by Jami Gertz) describes the upcoming Saturday Night Live series as "kinda like Monty Python meets 60 Minutes with puppets."

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

1985 comedy written by Amy Spies. Janey Glenn, arguing with her father about getting to go out at night shouts, "We made a deal when I was seven and a half, nightlife was The Muppet Show!"


The Glimmer Man

1996 action movie starring Steven Seagal and Keenen Ivory Wayans. In one scene a police detective is surprised by a couple of kids playing with toy guns as he makes his way through an apartment building. He quips to himself that it's a "Showdown on Sesame Street. Big Bird will pop out of one of these doors next."


Go Back to China

When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through most of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. When Sasha takes her father's designers to Hong Kong to look at products and get new ideas for toys, she takes them to a toy store where Sesame Street Backpack Buddies Elmo and Sesame Street Mini Collection Bert can be seen in the background.

Golden Age

A 2006 animated mockumentary by Augenblick Studios Inc. which parodies various animated characters in media. In the Hansel and Gretel segment, Ernie and Bert are shown as lovers as an example of romantic inclinations.

Grimsby (a.k.a The Brothers Grimsby)


2016 comedy film starring Sacha Baron Cohen. At the beginning of the opening credits a group of teenagers are walking down the street and a poster of The Swedish Chef promoting Warburtons Giant Crumpets can be seen at the background.


Hot Pursuit

In a fight over a gun, Rose Cooper calls Daniella Riva's slurs dirty and disgusting. Riva responds, "Dirty? I'm gonna show you dirty, Miss Piggy."


I Love You, Man

When Peter Klaven gets set up on a man-date with a guy from his brother's gym, he gives him the nickname Elmo because of his high, squeaky voice.


I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now

1975 comedy about a man who hires a hitman to kill his wife and changes his mind, only to find the hit was passed on continually to a weird array of characters. One of them, the vampire-like mad surgeon Dr. Binay, speaks with a Transylvanian accent, prompting a waiter to ask, "Are you on Sesame Street?"


In Search of the Ultra-Sex

Fisher-Price Miss Piggy puppet getting it on with Barbie's Ken.

The 2015 film is the English subtitled version of A la Recherche de l'Ultra-Sex, a French comedy film written, directed, and edited by the comedy duo Nicolas & Bruno, who used around a hundred (more or less non explicit) excerpts from vintage porn movies from the 1970s and 1980s, of which they re-dubbed all male and female characters to create a plot loosely revolving around a global pandemic that infects the world with infinite lust.

In one brief scene, a Fisher-Price Miss Piggy puppet can be spotted, simulating sex with a Mattel Ken doll. It is not directly stated which original porn movie the scene is to be credited to.

Just Go with It

In the 2011 film, someone refers to a big nosed person as Snuffleupagus.


The King of Staten Island

In the 2020 film, Scott's mom Margie says his first tattoo was of Kermit the Frog smoking a joint. He got it when he was 16. “I don’t remember that episode of Sesame Street.” Ray jokes.


The Kitchen

In the 2012 film, Pam (Catherine Reitman) says "Kenneth? It's like the Cookie Monster walked in here. So loud."



In the 1990 Jean-Claude Van Damme film, hero Lyon and his friend Joshua bring a plush Alice Snuffleupagus home for Lyon's niece.

Little Miss Sunshine

In a scene near the beginning of the film, Frank Ginsberg can be seen sitting in one of his sister's children's room with a Sesame Street pillow behind him.


Little Monsters

At one point in the film, Audrey serenades some children with "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."



Meatballs - Cookie Monster.jpg

1979 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) and starring Bill Murray as a summer camp counselor. One of the kids has a Cookie Monster on his bed.


Morning Glory

2010 film. When Becky Fuller is unsuccessful at rebooting a fourth place morning show, station executive Jerry Barnes sarcastically suggests that she might go to PBS, "to kill Sesame Street."


Mother's Day

2016 film. A standup comedian is talking about how his girlfriend is obsessed with their daughter picking up his British accent. "All the other kids are watching Sesame Street, our baby is sat down in front of Downton Abbey."


Mr. Jealousy

In the 1997 romantic comedy, Eric Stoltz's character says he does a "pretty good Muppet walk" as he bounces off-screen with his head tilted into the air.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins is a 2011 movie starring Jim Carrey loosely based on the 1938 children's book of the same name. At one point in the movie, while the main character, Thomas Popper Jr., is talking about penguins, he mentions that Big Bird is a Muppet.

The book was an optioned property by Jim Henson Pictures in 1995, but was never produced.



In the 2014 comedy movie (directed by Nick Stoller, starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen), while trying to make synonyms for "bros before hoes", Teddy (Efron) says "Bert and Ernie before Squirt and Spermy."

The trailer starts with an a capella version of "The People in Your Neighborhood". [1]

Office Christmas Party

When Clay Vanstone prays to God to bless the office Christmas party, he also says, "Oh, and tell Prince and David Bowie how much they meant to everybody. I mean, Labyrinth, Purple Rain....they know."


The Perfect Storm


2000 film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg about a fishing boat caught in a massive storm, when a nor'easter cyclone absorbs a hurricane. Meteorologist Todd Gross, when watching the weather patterns that would lead to "the perfect storm," has a plush Count von Count by his computer.


Please Stand By

2018 film about a young woman in assisted living who struggles to submit her Star Trek script to a writing contest.

  • Audrey tells her sister Wendy that her daughter Ruby can now say momma, dadda, and Elmo, "[laughs] she loves Elmo."

Private Parts

In this 1997 film loosely based on Howard Stern's memoir (and starring Stern as himself), when Howard goes to Detroit, the on-air morning man comments that Stern looks like Big Bird. He also jokes that Big Bird will have Kermit the Frog on the upcoming show.


Problem Child 3


In this 1995 TV movie sequel, a plush Big Bird appears in the background when Junior talks to a therapist.


The Pursuit of Happyness


A scene from the 2006 film, which is set in 1981, shows protagonist Christopher Gardner (Will Smith) with a Sesame Street lunchbox featuring Grover, Big Bird, Prairie Dawn, Oscar the Grouch, Barkley, Lefty the Salesman and Sherlock Hemlock.



A picture of Elton John's performance of "Crocodile Rock" from The Muppet Show is shown during the end credits.



In this 1977 crime drama directed by James Goldstone, two kids are throwing a frisbee over a man's car while he's washing it. The man yells at them, "Go home and watch Sesame Street!"




In the 2010 movie, an old Ernie plush doll could be seen in the desert in the opening along with other old junk.

Rumble in the Bronx


In the 1995 Jackie Chan movie, a little girl wears a blue sweater with Bert's head on it. She can be seen playing within a large sandcastle and is rescued by Keung (Jackie Chan) from an approaching hovercraft.


The Sasquatch Gang

The 2006 film features a scene in which Gavin (Jeremy Sumpter) and Sophie (Addie Land) discuss their favorite fantasy films, including Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.


Set It Up

The 2018 Netflix film features a scene in which Harper tells Charlie that her boss, Kristen, is if Miss Piggy and Voldemort had a baby.


She's All That

Mackenzie asks Laney when was the last time she tweezed her eyebrow. When Laney mentions she never did, Mackenzie asks if she watches Sesame Street and if she knows the character Bert.


A Simple Wish


In the 1997 family comedy, an Elmo figure can be seen in the background in Anabel's room.


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The 2005 film based on the novel of the same name features a scene in a department store in which a muzak version of "Sing" is playing over the sound system. The subtitles describe it as "bland music." Joe Raposo is credited for the song which was performed by "With The Quickness".


Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon

Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon

1990 buddy cop martial arts comedy movie starring Sammo Hung as a policeman. In one scene, when he impersonates a jewel thief to foil a robbery, he finds several robbers wearing cartoon masks (mostly Sesame Street characters).

The Smokers

2000 movie directed by Kat Slater, starring Dominique Swain and Thora Birch. One character does a Kermit the Frog impression and laments over what kids would call him when he was short and ugly in the eight grade, "Kermit the Frog coming to you live from The Muppet Show".

Step It Up 2: The Streets

Moose says, “Yeah, we're her crew! We're getting ready to battle at the streets.“ Felicia replies back, “What street? Sesame Street?”

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

1974 movie about a New York subway car that's hijacked and held for ransom.

Lt. Zachary Garber (played by Walter Matthau): Rico, you want to make yourself useful? Get personnel and tell them to get together a list of all motormen discharged for cause during the past five to ten years.
Lt. Rico Patrone: What are you looking for?
Lt. Zachary Garber: Somebody down there knows how to drive a train. You don't pick that up watching Sesame Street. Tell them we want it today.


Together Together

During a conversation scene in the 2021 comedy, main character Matt (played by Ed Helms) compares his father to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew while talking to his child's surrogate mother Anna. Anna, being 21 years his junior, is unfamiliar with the character. Matt explains to her who Honeydew is and his dynamic with Beaker, to which Anna bluntly responds "I guess that makes me your Beaker."

Tower Heist

Tower Heist.jpg

The titular heist in the 2011 comedy is set at a tower on the route of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. A Kermit balloon is featured in the parade, his theme music being "Disco Frog" from Sesame Street. When Charlie, the building manager, wonders if anything suspicious is going on at The Tower, a CCTV monitor responds that Miss Piggy has been cut from the parade.


The Trip

The Trip is a British 2010 comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Twice in the movie, Brydon's impressions are compared to Muppets.

The War of the Roses

1989 film about a couple's escalating divorce proceedings. About ten minutes into the movie, Barbara Rose is walking in the snow, and while the camera starts to zoom out, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", with the Sesame Street cast, starts playing in the background (although the movie implies it's a video being watched, the sound source comes from the 1976 album Merry Christmas from Sesame Street). As the camera moves across a rooftop, Oliver Rose is seen sitting at a desk saying "Okay, that's the sixth time, now turn it off honey," and the music stops playing.


The Wild and the Free

A 1980 television movie about a professor and an adventurer who rescue chimpanzees from being used as science experiments. At one point, the chimpanzees are seen watching a clip of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in The Muppets Go Hollywood on television.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.