Muppets from Space

Muppets from Space

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Director: Tim Hill

Cast: Jeffrey Tambor

     
 

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At long last, the secret of just what the Great Gonzo happens to be is revealed! As Gonzo and his friend Rizzo hit the road in search of their roots, Gonzo makes a shocking discovery: his parents are actually space aliens from another galaxy. After announcing this startling news on Miss Piggy's talk show (hey, if Ricki Lake and Rosie O'Donnell can do it, why not Miss… See more details below

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At long last, the secret of just what the Great Gonzo happens to be is revealed! As Gonzo and his friend Rizzo hit the road in search of their roots, Gonzo makes a shocking discovery: his parents are actually space aliens from another galaxy. After announcing this startling news on Miss Piggy's talk show (hey, if Ricki Lake and Rosie O'Donnell can do it, why not Miss Piggy?), Gonzo finds himself the subject of a dark and mysterious government conspiracy, led by the nefarious K. Edgar Singer (Jeffrey Tambor). In time, Gonzo is forced to choose: should he hop on board the UFO and sail off to live with his family, or stay on Earth with the friends he knows and loves? Muppets From Space once again pairs the late Jim Henson's creations with a stellar cast of human beings, including F. Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Ray Liotta, and Andie MacDowell.

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It wouldn't be insulting the legacy of Jim Henson to assume that a Muppet movie made in 1999 would have little new to offer. Children's movies had gone in a different direction, with puppets seeming like a holdover from a simpler era. But Muppets From Space finds it easier being green than one would expect, effectively trotting out the old formula of mid-level stars making game cameos amidst a bunch of giggly Muppet mayhem. Ray Liotta, Andie McDowell, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Arquette take their place among the franchise's proud fraternity of guest stars, and the creatures -- now under the auspices of Henson's son, Brian -- are equipped with as many endearing facial expressions and one-liners as ever. The movie kicks off with a rousing around-the-house montage to the Commodores' "Brick House," and never lets up steam. Miss Piggy's diva shtick may be a tad played out, but it's the new characters that breathe humorous life into the project, notably the foreign-accented Pepe the Prawn and Bobo the Bear, the befuddled yes-man to Tambor's plotting villain. And Kermit the Frog could never wear out his welcome; the plot may revolve around Gonzo, but Kermit is the heart and soul of this clan. Only a human hand could so perfectly scrunch up Kermit's face into that priceless look of "Why me?" embarrassment. Such details will always give the Muppets a human touch, increasingly absent in the animated fare marching toward further technological sterility.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
UPC:
0043396038981
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Goelz Birdman,Bunsen Honeydew,Gonzo,Waldorf
Jeffrey Tambor K. Edgar Singer
Steve Whitmire Kermit The Frog/Rizzo The Rat/Cosmic Fish No. 1
Jerry Nelson Robin,Statler,Ubergonzo
Brian Henson Dr. Phil Van Neuter,Sal Minella
Ray Liotta Gate Guard
David Arquette Dr. Tucker
Andie MacDowell Shelley Snipes
Kirk Thatcher Additional Performer
Ken Kaufman Actor
Mark Nutter Actor
Thomas Wolfe Actor
Kevin Clash Clifford
Frank Oz Animal,Fozzie Bear,Miss Piggy,Sam Eagle
F. Murray Abraham Noah
Rob Schneider TV Producer
Josh Charles Agent Barker
Kathy Griffin Female Armed Guard
Pat Hingle General Luft
Bill Barretta Voice Only
Hulk Hogan Actor

Technical Credits
Tim Hill Director
Stephanie Allain Executive Producer
Martin G. Baker Producer
Kristine Belson Executive Producer
Timothy M. Bourne Co-producer
Alan Caso Cinematographer
Allison Cowitt Casting
William Glenn Davis Art Director
Mike Fenton Casting
Brian Henson Producer
Jerry Juhl Screenwriter
Ken Kaufman Screenwriter
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
Joseph Mazzarino Screenwriter
Richard Pearson Editor
Alex Rockwell Co-producer
Carl Rudisill Sound/Sound Designer
Jamshied Sharifi Score Composer
Thomas G. Smith Special Effects
Polly Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director

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