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Muppets From Space
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"It's strange to see Jeffrey Tambor carry a movie."
3 stars

It’s odd that Muppets from Space and another holiday offering, Bicentennial Man, should both be concerned with a character’s uniqueness. It’s also rather strange to see character actor Jeffrey Tambor carrying much of a movie, in the role of the head of a national security agency vitally interested in communications of extra-terrestrial origin. What’s more, the star of this movie is neither Kermit the Frog nor Miss Piggy, but their less-glamorous confrere, The Great Gonzo.

The story opens with Noah (F. Murray Abraham) overseeing animals entering his ark two by two. When Gonzo turns up, Noah turns him down, because there’s only one of him. After Gonzo wakes up from his nightmare, he is tormented by the realisation that there is only one of him in the world.

Soon, the communications start. The letters of Gonzo’s alphabet cereal spell out “Watch the sky” and “RU there”. When “RU there” appears on landmarks all over the world, security chiefs get involved, convinced the message is aimed at contacts on earth prior to an alien invasion. But the aliens are trying to contact their long-lost brother, Gonzo -- which explains why Gonzo is unique. With the help of his Muppet friends -- Pepe the Prawn in a prominent role -- Gonzo evades the Feds, to be reunited with his outer space kin in a musical finale.

The Muppet Christmas Carol set a high standard for any subsequent Muppets movie to follow; but Muppets from Space succeeds in its more modest aims. It has a story which even small children could follow easily enough, starting with an atmospheric beginning and going on to plenty of comedy and action, all in very attractive colour. There’s little to go above small heads, as in the pop culture references which now seem obligatory in children’s movies. And although The Great Gonzo stars, all the Muppet characters make an appearance to please their fans.

I should add that, by all rights, Miss Piggy deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as a TV reporter. I should add that, because she knows where I live. (Shane

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User Comments

5/21/04 Sean Scanlan Funny, but no Pokemon movies 4 stars
11/10/03 KING EDWARD this makes me put on mommy's makeup and masturbate with broken glass. 5 stars
5/30/01 Chevy Murray Pepe the Prawn rocked the show! 5 stars
4/13/01 Andrew Carden The Muppets have kind of taken a turn for the worst, but this isn't the worst...or the best 3 stars
4/07/01 Xand No exceptions, uh huh. Credits go to Pepe. 4 stars
3/04/01 Steve Taylor Was a great film "Classic muppet caper", my favourite character was pepe the prawn 5 stars
1/24/01 Lavan Chandran Wonderful, a classic muppet movie - almost as good as The Great Muppet Caper 4 stars
1/20/01 Mirror222 Oh-Yea! Classics Muppets, So funny i had to watch it again and again. 5 stars
10/10/00 Jed As good as Galaxy quest as for films of 1999. 4 stars
1/21/00 Jedi15 Actually, I kinda liked it. 4 stars
12/26/99 Joel Harwood TOPS funny in a weird kinda way 5 stars
10/25/99 focus it was funny, but Brats of the Lost Nebula was good. 4 stars
8/10/99 Jill I really liked Pepe the prawn. He was hilarious. 3 stars
7/31/99 javachik I'm really glad that they didn't break into song at all! 4 stars
7/27/99 Jimmy-Bond If your not 4yrs old or a die hard muppet fan and saw this movie, your a retard - it rocked 5 stars
7/20/99 Movie Freek Can't recapture the magic of the original. Disappointing, only spordacially funny. 3 stars
7/20/99 Negative Creep Nice funky soundtrack and the first time Muppets havent sung, but it's not a great film... 3 stars
7/20/99 Dane Jackson Actually quite good, amusing if you like the muppets. 4 stars
7/16/99 Jenn Santee Horrible, you could count the funny parts with one hand. 1 stars
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  26-Dec-1999 (G)

Directed by
  Tim Hill

Written by
  Jerry Juhl
  Joey Mazzarino
  Ken Kaufman

  Dave Goelz
  Jerry Nelson
  Frank Oz
  Steve Whitmire

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