Reference the Muppet Movie (1979).

A conceit of the film is that it tells the story “more or less” about how the Muppets got to Hollywood. Consequently, it has a present bookend narrative in which the Muppets’ “The Muppets Movie” gets screened. And in fact, most of the The Muppets Movie (1979) then is the flashback adventure of the in-universe Muppets’ movie.

Many of the cars in the Muppets’ movie appear to be appropriate for the year filmed — it does not appear to be much of a “period piece.” On their travel, Kermit & Fozzie encounter a hitch-hiking Big Bird who has not yet started his Sesame Street career.

What year was the Muppets’ “the Muppet Movie” set within the Muppets’ universe?

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    But the Muppets are not just anthropomorphic animals. They at least include monsters, aliens, fantastic creatures, as well as human caricatures. Sweetums is a large ogre Muppet, and certainly ogres are fantasy enough even if one doesn’t think Muppets are. Dr. Bunsen and Beaker include mad-science, which comprises the film’s climax — certainly growth super-science is sci-fi enough elements. Their “growth pills” are literally science fiction in the form manifested by Animal’s super-sizing. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 15:10
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    I’m voting to close this question because this isn't about a science fiction or fantasy aspect of the show.
    – DavidW
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 15:32
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    So now a question about a sci-fi/fantasy film has to also include a sci-fi/fantasy hook to it? That doesn’t seem right? Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 15:34
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    The universe is on-topic, so this question surely should be on-topic as well
    – fez
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 16:16
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    Wait, wha—? Why wouldn’t Popeye be considered fantasy? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/174921/… Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 16:47

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Likely, in 1978. That was when the movie started filming, and Mean Mama is seen reading a copy of Variety discussing Holocaust sweeping the Emmy nominations, which happened in 1978.

Mean Mama reading Variety Click to enlarge

  • So the in-universe Muppets’ film canon takes place about a decade later than real world, or it’s similar but for Sesame Street debuting a decade later?!? 😲 Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 14:50
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    So... a real loose canon, eh?
    – Lexible
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 17:14
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    @SillybutTrue I think you meant “Wakka wakka” Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 18:09
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    Well I just watched it and he actually talks about being his dream of getting into public television, so I don’t think that can be any headcanon fix for 1979 Big Bird; also, if Sesame Street had been going strong for any amount of years before a break, Kermit & Fozzy would probably have recognized him? Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 1:06

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