22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Muppets From Space (not to be confused with the original Muppet Show's Pigs in Space) is one terrific movie. The Muppets redefine themselves on the cutting edge of entertainment, put together a film of nonstop action and hilarity, pull off a rather touching ending, impart an important lesson about life to children as well as adults, and really bring their own special magic to the viewing audience. Feature films permit the Muppet universe to expand in altogether new ways. For one thing, you get to see full-body shots of Muppets doing extraordinary things (rather than having to settle for the old above the waist only shots). More significantly, in relation to this movie, there are some pretty good special effects that really make the Muppet world seem more believable than ever. All of the Muppets look great, and some relatively newer characters are nothing short of hilarious (Pepe the Prawn in particular).
Muppets From Space centers around Gonzo, the little guy with the big nose and no real history. He's tired of being a one-of-a-kind creature and yearns to know where he came from. First things first, though. The film opens with the start of a new day in the Muppet house; everyone gets up out of bed and quickly gets down with their bad selves to the funky music of "Brick House." The Muppets have definitely found the funk, and this makes for a really happening, memorable soundtrack. Just when Gonzo is really down about being alone in the world, he receives a communication from outer space (via his alphabet-shaped breakfast cereal). Soon, he is convinced that he is an alien and, what is more, he claims his alien family is on its way to earth. A certain secret agency picks up signs of the aliens and comes after Gonzo, thinking he can tell them what the aliens want and where they will land. The leader of this secret group, played by Jeffrey Tambor, is a little bit out of his mind, and Gonzo falls right into his pending trap by showing up at the local news studio to announce that the aliens are coming. The other Muppets don't really believe Gonzo's claims, but they are eager to help rescue him when he falls into the evil clutches of the Men in Black. The conclusion of the movie is a real hoot indeed, delivering a close encounter of the truly unique kind.
All of the Muppet characters are great; Kermit and Miss Piggy don't get as much screen time as usual, but that may well be a good thing. Gonzo and his roommate Rizzo the Rat (another fantastic, relatively new character) are more than capable of carrying the movie by themselves - of course, they don't have to do it alone because many of the Muppets play important parts. Pepe the Prawn absolutely steals the show, if you ask me; he may be the funniest Muppet yet created. As usual, a number of famous stars make cameo appearances in the film, including Andie MacDowell, Ray Liotta, F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Griffin, Hollywood Hogan (as his NWO self), and an always annoying David Arquette. Kids as well as adults should love this movie. Older viewers will appreciate some of the subtle nods to popular culture; for example, you will find parallels to big movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek, Men in Black, Independence Day, and The Shawshank Redemption.
This is as funny and enjoyable a Muppet movie as you will find. Don't let the kids get all of the enjoyment out of Muppets From Space, though; there are plenty of things incorporated into the plot and script to make adults smile and laugh, as well.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2005
The Muppets, in their long span of existence, have gone from making movies about Muppets, novel adaptations with Muppets. Now, the Muppets seem perfectly co-existent with the world, while Gonzo alone feels truly out of place.
The story goes as such: Gonzo feels left out, even when his comrades are already the motley crew, so he searches for answers. Then, through numerous signals varying from his breakfast cereal to the cosmic fish he starts getting contact from space, but no one believes him. Thus, Gonzo, and inevitably all, are taken for many tumultuous turns in understanding the origins of Gonzo, er, whatever.
Now this is not one of the finer moppets movies, but this one has a more modern feel, and I believe Director Tim Hill had that kind of approach. With no real singing on their parts, a surprise since that was a forte of theirs, the soundtrack is replaced by funk/disco, which is amusingly woven in.
In addition, many old characters take a back seat, while some new ones, or lesser-known ones, take the charge. Overall, this film was definitely funny, and a must for Muppet lovers, but remember that this is a bit of a new direction, and go with the flow.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2006
Muppets From Space is a fun movie for kids and adults alike, although it does lean more towards the kiddies. The makers of this new Muppet film put in a lot of the nostalgia of the amazing Muppet movies of the seventies and early eighties. So Muppets From Space has that "seventies" feel and vibe throughout, which adult fans like me of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan will appreciate. While lacking orginal songs, the soundtrack is also all seventies and early eighties like "She's a Brick House" and "Celebrate."
The story is kind of Gonzo meets X-Files. Gonzo is receiving strange messages from his breakfast cereal. His housemates Rizzo the Rat and Pepe the King Prawn are less than sympathetic. Even Kermit seems to think his friend has gone off the deep end. Meanwhile, Miss Piggy is trying hard to land a news anchor job at a local TV station. Will the alien craze be her ticket to the big time? One person that does believe Gonzo is the diabolical head of a secret government agency in charge of seeking out life in outer space. When Gonzo goes to them for help, he finds himself in big trouble.
Muppets From Space does not equal the great films of the 80's. It doesn't have that magic, although it has its moments. Nevertheless, an enjoyable film worthy of Jim Henson's beloved creations.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2006
This movie was freakin' hilarious! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys and appreciates Muppet hummor. Though, there were some jokes made that were probably geared more towards adults, children would love it as well. It is a light-hearted and fun film.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2000
This movie is not as funny as the muppets last two offerings ofTreasure Island and A Chrismas Carol the main reason being the lack ofsongs which are often so great remember "We Got Cabin Fever" from Treasure Island. However, this is an original story written especially for the muppets and Gonzo in particular. Its great to see the little guy get a starring role at last and he does it with an oscar winning performance. The film is slightly more serious than previous muppet films, not to say that the film isn't crazy beacuase it is. It's just that there is a serious element underlying the madness. The film does still offer classic muppet moments, the first fifteen minutes are especially fun. And is overall a great movie that will appeal to both young and old and will leave a smile on your face.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
This is for the Blu-ray. I had seen this film once before and didn't like it. I felt originally that it lacked the warmth and charm the previous Muppet films possessed. But, being a completest and the fact that my wife really enjoyed the film, I decided I'd have to own it. I was not happy however that the DVD was cropped for Fullscreen, despite it being originally a Widescreen film. Thankfully, the Blu-ray release has things covered with a Widescreen release of the film finally making it's appearance.
After I got my movie, I popped it in and discovered that I enjoyed the film more this time, and that in fact it does have the warmth and charm normally associated with the Muppets. I won't say it is their best film, but everything you'd expect in a Muppet film is here. Fans of the Muppets will enjoy it for the most part, kids defiantly will.
The DVD that comes with the Blu-ray is in fact the original Fullscreen version. Not too many extras as was the case with the DVD, but the ones that are on it are fun and enjoyable.
If you want to enjoy the best of the Muppet films, I'd suggest with this one picking up Muppet Treasure Island - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition,The Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition, and The Great Muppet Caper - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2011
I'm sure most people, at least those with a full, happy childhood, have already seen this movie, so I'm not going to bother going over any plot details or explanations.
When I was a kid, I had my two favourite movies: The Dark Crystal, and Muppets from Space. I was completely enamored with the puppet characters, they fascinated me. That was when I was small; I had no realisation of the sheer amount of effort or work that went into any puppet-centric film, Crystal especially, but now...?
I want to run away and join Henson Studios. And not the modern one where they're in Disney's corporate strangle-hold, but the one of old, when Henson was still with us, and the Muppets were fun and untainted by commercialism. I need to get me a TARDIS, or something.
But, anyway, back to childhood. When I was a kid, Gonzo had always been my favourite character; I wanted to BE him. He was everything I was: a weirdo, but he was accepted for it, kind of. I think what really got me into this movie, was his struggle to find acceptance, because...well, how many of you people who still watch the Muppets are accepted by society? Yeah, that's what I thought.
This movie gave me hope as a kid, and continues to give me hope as a teenager.
And, anyway...it's Gonzo. Who doesn't love the idea of a completely Gonzo-centric movie with aliens??
Long live the Muppets, and someone save them from the evil clutches of corporate Disney.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 1999
This movie has some big shoes to fill. The original Muppet Movie, Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol and the Muppet take on Treasure Island are classics in my mind. Muppets from Space ranks about fourth of the six, but these are six films at the top of the list of all time favorites. This film holds more tru to the earlier films, where our favorite fuzzy friends play themselves and the cameos fly fast and furious. Gonzo (The Whatever) decides that he is tired of being the only Muppet that is specialy challenged. A series of dreams and a sequence lifted directly from Contact help him to realize that he is actually from "Out there". Not only that, but his family is finally ready to come get him. From here the movie does what Muppet films do best- Vaudeville type gags and pop culture references that sometimes fly over children's heads, but help keep parents entertained. I originally saw this film with my wife, brother, sister in law and 6 year old niece. We adults (all raised on The Muppets on TV and at the movies) laughed longer, harder and more often than the moppet. References to contemporary science fiction films and TV series abound and are among the more clever gags peppered through the movie. Be sure to keep an eye open for a reference to Brent Spiner's appearance in ID4 once Kermit and friends get into the secret lab. It's a riot. The ending of the film is the only place it really misfires. It can be seen from a mile off and we all knew what would happen before we even entered the theater. Bu that's OK. We need the happy ending for the kids. The first 90 minutes were for us.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2002
Ok, I admit it. I'm a middle-aged Muppets freak. I have most of the movies and want to have Kermit's song from The Muppet Movie played when I die: it's the theme song for my life! Given my adoration for all things Henson, I can say that all Muppets are not created equally, both the characters & the media they "perform" in, if you will. Could have skipped some of them entirely. Way too saccharine to stand the test of time. But Muppets in Space is my thorazine! It's the funniest one, as far as I'm concerned, of all of them. No one seems to have picked up that it spoofs practically EVERY recent movie and genre and there are lots of in jokes that children would be as likely to get as Robin Williams's hysterical interpretation of William F. Buckley in Disney's "Aladdin" (ok, I WAS the only one in the theater who laughed-is it just me?). And how about the serious funk music? I danced around the room the first time I saw MIS (and yes, they do spoof MIB, along with buddy pix, prison pix, Star Trek, a certain girl band now considered passe, the classic psycho "no one understands me" monologue, ET, James Bond,& how about the visual jokes: "when is a door not a door? when it's ajar!"-very silly)& it made me jones for more funk. The trademark Henson attention to detail (have you ever looked at the sets? They're meticulous!)is showcased with a more hip, less cuddly-wuddly script. There's a bit more ...cynicism mixed in this time around. Kids will love it on a completely different level, and love that the movie celebrates individuality & accepting yourself as you are (ever seen a teen who can do that? very rare). Witty adults who are media-savvy and understand sarcasm and spoof will laugh their freaking heads off. The rest might enjoy it too, but you might have to draw them stick figures to explain the jokes. If I get depressed, no matter how many times I see this movie, I still laugh. It got me through the death of my mother last year. Hey,Get up offa that thang! Dance & you'll feel better! If you can't dig the movie, you can always dance to the groove. And remember to listen to the last song very carefully, too, over the credits. George Clinton's groove "Flashlight:, a funk classic, has been "augmented" by the Muppets. Too funny. Or maybe it's just me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2003
This movie has some big shoes to fill. The original Muppet Movie, Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol and the Muppet take on Treasure Island are classics in my mind. Muppets from Space ranks about fourth of the six, but these are six films at the top of the list of all time favorites. This film holds more tru to the earlier films, where our favorite fuzzy friends play themselves and the cameos fly fast and furious. Gonzo (The Whatever) decides that he is tired of being the only Muppet that is specialy challenged. A series of dreams and a sequence lifted directly from Contact help him to realize that he is actually from ?Out there?. Not only that, but his family is finally ready to come get him. From here the movie does what Muppet films do best- Vaudeville type gags and pop culture references that sometimes fly over children?s heads, but help keep parents entertained. I originally saw this film with my wife, brother, sister in law and 6 year old niece. We adults (all raised on The Muppets on TV and at the movies) laughed longer, harder and more often than the moppet. References to contemporary science fiction films and TV series abound and are among the more clever gags peppered through the movie. Be sure to keep an eye open for a reference to Brent Spiner?s appearance in ID4 once Kermit and friends get into the secret lab. It?s a riot. The ending of the film is the only place it really misfires. It can be seen from a mile off and we all knew what would happen before we even entered the theater. Bu that?s OK. We need the happy ending for the kids. The first 90 minutes were for us.