Muppets from Space

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Plenty of jokes and mayhem to keep kids and parents amused.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Generally intended to entertain rather than inform. There are scenes showing the relationship of Earth to space with visuals of galaxies, stars, and planets.

Positive messages

Muppets from Space stresses that individualism is a plus. It's far better to respect differences (someone might be described as "distinctive" or "unique") rather than to ridicule them with words like "freaky" or "weird." Teamwork plays an important part in the story.

Positive role models

The Muppets stay true to form -- they are loyal, brave, understanding, and excel at problem solving. The villainous government baddie’s behavior is motivated by a history of being laughed at.  Authority figures are mostly insensitive, "just following orders" stereotypes.

Violence & scariness

Frequent cartoon action and peril. At the center of the story, Gonzo is electrified, kidnapped, squashed into a tube, threatened with brain surgery, and shot out of a cannon. An oven explodes; characters fall, catch on fire, and are subject to lab experiments. There’s some spooky music, a blinding rainstorm, and several instances of comic hand-to-hand combat. The outrageous villain threatens the Muppets with a futuristic gun.

 

Sexy stuff

A security guard kisses Animal.

Language

Some insults: "wacko," "freak-boy," "paranoid delusional psychopath."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Muppets from Space is classic Muppet fare with jokes to keep the parents happy and a fun story for kids, with the valuable theme of an outcast trying to find his place in the world. There are some mildly suspenseful moments and lots of comic action sequences in which some of the beloved Muppet creatures, particularly Gonzo, are in danger --  lightning hits, a kidnapping, pratfalls, a Miss Piggy "punch-out" -- all exaggerated and meant to be funny rather than scary.

What's the story?

The plot of MUPPETS FROM SPACE focuses on a question that has intrigued Muppet fans for years: Exactly what is Gonzo? Gonzo feels alone and outcast, even in the midst of the busy Muppet group house. He dreams that Noah refuses to let him on the ark because there is only one of him, and Noah wants only pairs. But then he begins receiving messages and learns that he is an alien, and that his alien family is coming to meet him. There is a problem, though. Edgar Singer (Jeffrey Tambor), who works at a mysterious government office that tracks aliens, captures Gonzo and orders a scientist to remove his brain for study. Gonzo's pal Rizzo the Rat is put in a cage with lab rats. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, and the others set out to rescue them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Like all Muppet movies, Muppets from Space has plenty of jokes to keep the parents happy while the kids are enjoying the story. There are sly references to just about every space movie classic, from The Day the Earth Stood Still to Independence Day and Men in Black (plus The Shawshank Redemption), and cameos from stars including Andie MacDowell, Ray Liotta, and David Arquette. The score includes music by James Brown, The Commodores and Sly and the Family Stone. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the Muppets are so popular. What do kids like about them? How about parents?

  • Have you ever flet like an outcast fro being different, the way Gonzo does?

  • How do you think Muppets from Space compares with other Muppet movies?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 14, 1999
DVD release date:October 26, 1999
Cast:Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Jeffrey Tambor
Director:Tim Hill
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Puppets, Space and aliens
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 12 years old November 25, 2010

Muppets from Space

I like the movie. It's funny, it's exciting, I like it. Not my favorite but not the worst either. There are some parts that are a little sad, but I like it!
Teen, 15 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 November 29, 2011

Really funny!!!

I've loved this movie for a long time. Definitely a must watch!!!
Kid, 10 years old March 1, 2014

Astounding!

My favourite muppets film in the series! this is really good, and will astound children who are above 3!
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