From 'Adaptation' to Zombieland': 10 great self-aware movies before 'This Is the End'
'The Muppet Movie' (1979)
"It starts here on page one." So says Fozzie Bear to Doctor Teeth as he hands over the screenplay to "The Muppet Movie" 30 minutes into the fourth-wall shattering big screen debut of Kermit and company. The film features a frame which has The Muppets watching a screening of the movie they're starring in which tells "sort of approximately" how the group got together. "The Muppet Movie" even goes so far as to have a scene where the Muppets are filming a movie within the movie within the movie (sadly we never get to see a screening of that film). Between those moments, Kermit literally talking to himself, the Electric Mayhem reading the script to figure out what to do and where to go, Fozzie staring into the camera to apologize to the audience, the film projector burning the movie, the "standard rich and famous contract" which reappeared in "The Muppets," and Sweetums quite literally breaking the fourth wall, it doesn't get more self-referential (or funny) than this 1979 classic.