Muppets from Space (1999 Movie)

After the success that the Muppet Show was, I decided to take a chance on one of the “later” movies, that way even if it was bad I was sure to have some good stuff left over. This wasn’t so much bad as childish and mediocre.

The movie starts out with Gonzo having a dream that he couldn’t get on Noah’s ark because there was only 1 of him and he didn’t even know his species. All the muppets are living in some sort of house that they share and Miss Piggy is trying to be a news anchor. Gonzo’s cereal tells him that they are looking for him and he leaves a message cut in the lawn in return. At the same time, a US Government Agency is picking up the signals and kidnap Gonzo to use him as a bargaining chip with the aliens. Who are all gonzos, noses and all. They play a great rock concert, agree to take the Government Agency Man as their new ambassador and Gonzo decides to stay on Earth with his friends.

Despite the bold statement on the dvd cover that “the magic is back”, it most definitely was not. This was much more of a sequel to the short lived “Muppets Tonight” show that lasted for 22 episodes than anything else. I should have watched that before this to ease me into the changed circumstances of the Muppets. Kermit is done by a different voice actor, Fozzie barely appears, Miss Piggy got a new hairstyle and Animal can almost control himself. It was just too much of a change from the Muppet Show or even the Muppet Movies for me to easily take in.

I can imagine a 7 year old loving this, maybe even a 10 year old. But after that? It’s just too stupid and simple, things that the Muppets didn’t use to be. There is a difference between Zany, Silly, Insane & Stupid. Plus as shallow as it sounds, I really didn’t like Miss Piggy’s hair.

31 thoughts on “Muppets from Space (1999 Movie)

    1. That is good to know.
      At some point I will get to it. I suspect a couple of years though. And that way I can see if they’ve made any improvements or it’s all bland crap….


  1. I didn’t dislike this as much as you, but I definitely agree that it’s one of their weaker, more childish movies. Along with the things you mentioned, I think that it really undercuts Gonzo’s character as a “whatever” by defining what kind of being he is.

    Of their newer movies, I think that “Muppets Most Wanted” is probably the best (including the couple extra jokes from the “unnecessarily extended edition”)…the entire first song is a giant fourth wall break.

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          1. I have the workhorse attitude of Kermit, the avant-garde devilry of Gonzo, the cool energy of Rowlf, the sweet optimism of Fozzie, the original and iconic humour of Statler and Waldorf, and the panting of Animal. What more do you want?

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