Does the use of the footage in a SpongeBob episode count as a reference? It seems odd to list it under "Muppet Mentions," as the showrunner indicated that they weren't aware it was from a Muppet film and just used the crowd from Getty.
Yes, a Muppet Mention can be unintentional. For example, when Noises Off filmed in Times Square, a Kodak billboard with Big Bird and Elmo was already there. They didn't intentionally put it in the movie, but it's there just the same.
The pilot episode of Seinfeld used an exterior shot of Pete's Luncheonette, and now I wonder if that was b-roll footage. I instantly recognized the shot when I saw it but noticed the scene zoomed in when the scene in the movie hadn't, I just wondered if they used some kind of visual effects to zoom in.
Yeah, I think the Seinfeld footage was shot by The Muppets Take Manhattan crew... the angle, camera setup, and details of the location are way too similar to have been a pick-up shot made 5 years later for the sitcom (or even 5 days later by another camera crew).
Doing a search for "1984 Sony Pictures Entertainment" brings up a bunch of other clips of NYC footage that look vaguely familiar... and some (like this and this and this) are obviously Muppets Take Manhattan footage.
There's a bunch of establishing shots and locations from the looking for Kermit montage and aerial footage from the opening (hey, if you're renting a helicopter, get your money's worth)... 1, 2, 3, 4, 56, etc.
These are outstanding. I'm gonna save em all. Too bad they're all each 200 bucks or more to get in full resolution.
And yeah, I absolutely think a Sandbox page is warranted. I was just going to list them on the MTM article, but there's a good deal of footage here with enough notes to justify an article, I think. "B-roll footage from Muppets Take Manhattan", I guess.
It looks like the title of that article will have to broaden to "B-roll footage from Muppet movies."
Miami Vice used the aerial swamp shot from The Muppet Movie (from about the point where Jim Henson's name appeared over it in the credits) before cutting to angry revolutionaries somewhere between Miami and Cuba in the third season episode "Cuba Libre." NBC has the episode streaming with commercials online (the shot occurs around the 21 minute mark).
I very much doubt the long helicopter shot (exterior day, to quote Dr. Teeth) was previously extant footage. It takes up the entire opening titles and also includes a bit of rainbow for thematic reasons.
P.S. Looking around, seems like that aerial might be of the Lake Sherwood area (promotion for the region often cites parts of Muppet Movie having been shot there; a 2008 issue of New Mexico gives credit for the opening scenes to Lake Sherwood while also incorrectly claiming the rest of the movie was only shot in New Mexico, so.)