Muppets Haunted Mansion

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Spooky musical special is as good as the Muppets get.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Facing your fears sometimes means facing yourself. It takes courage to do that. As Kermit tells Gonzo, "You don't have to be the Great Gonzo to be great." 

Positive Role Models

Gonzo is brave in the face of fear, and the rest of the Muppets support him. Pepe is happy to be along for the ride (as long as he meets some celebs). 

Diverse Representations

Pepe the Prawn speaks some Spanish and finally gets a home of origin (Malaga, Spain) instead of being vaguely Latino, though his accent could still be considered stereotypical. Ghosts and human characters are Black, White, and Asian.

Violence & Scariness

The vibe is spooky throughout, with lots of dark hallways, ghosts, and gravestones. A human character's face morphs into a scary visage. A screaming Muppet goat is pretty disturbing. 

Sexy Stuff

Pepe talks about texting with his girlfriends. There is a threat of being "loved to death" by a ghost.

Consumerism

Lots of Muppets merch available. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pepe gets drugged by some ghostly grapes. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Muppets Haunted Mansion is an hour-long special inspired by the famous Disneyland ride. It follows Muppets Gonzo and Pepe as they attempt to stay in a haunted mansion overnight. Will Arnett (doing a take on Vincent Price) plays the mansion's "ghost host," and tons of celebs make cameos -- including John Stamos, Darren Criss, Yvette Nicole Brown, and many more. As on the ride, gravestones come alive, and the deceased's deaths are explained in comic ways. Other spooky moments and images may be hard for younger or more scare-sensitive kids, including a red-eyed, screaming puppet goat. But for families who like their fun a little on the creepy side, this is a great watch-together option for Halloween.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMCMG3 October 15, 2021

Disappointing

This movie was way darker than expected. I trusted the muppet brand, a PG rating and Disney+. Lesson learned. This movie terrified my 8, 6, and 4 year olds. It... Continue reading
Adult Written byMarissaleslie October 19, 2021

Horrible

Too dark for young children. I was on the fence the entire time but once they went to room 999 and the number plate flipped it was time to turn that trash off
Teen, 13 years old Written byAshlyn188282 October 24, 2021

Pretty good!

It's a pretty good kids movie with very low stakes. There is a part early in the movie with John Stamos that might spook little kids but other than that it... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAwesomeWhozat October 22, 2021

It was actually pretty good.

I didn't expect a whole lot from this but they honestly didn't do too bad. I think that the cameo's were cool. I think the whole plot was interes... Continue reading

What's the story?

While the rest of the Muppets are partying for Halloween, Gonzo (a weirdo, voiced by originator Dave Goelz) and Pepe (a king prawn voiced by Bill Barretta) have chosen to take up a Halloween challenge: spend a night in the great magician MacGuffin's mansion. Pepe is hoping to meet some celebrities, but it seems like everyone they meet on the property is pretty weird. Gonzo makes his way through the mansion, advised to seek room 999 for all the answers he needs to escape. Meanwhile, Pepe falls under the spell of a lovely woman (Taraji P. Henson) who may want to spend forever with him ... but what exactly does that mean? 

Is it any good?

Recent Muppet offerings haven't always quite hit the tone of their earlier hits, but this hilarious (and a little scary!) special gets pretty close. Gonzo and Pepe make a great team, the guest stars are game (especially Arnett and Henson), and the puns are on point. A handful of new songs and a fantastic cover of Van Morrison's "Dancing in the Moonlight" will keep toes tapping.  

Fans of the Disneyland ride will recognize lots of Easter eggs, including music cues and a request for no flash photography, and Muppet fans will see tons of their favorite puppets (with wild cards like the fish-throwing Lew Zealand, Uncle Deadly, and even an otter). Plus, the messages about facing your fears are woven in seamlessly with the goofy fun. A new classic? It could be. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Muppets: They've been around a long time. How have they changed? In what ways have they stayed the same? 

  • How much do you like to feel scared? What do you do when a movie or show is too scary for you? 

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