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Muppets From Space [DVD]
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12 of 12 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2011
The Muppet films you really should see are the Muppets Christmas Carol (one of the best films of any kind ever made in my opinion) and the Muppets Treasure Island which is excellent fun.

This one, Muppets from Space, begins well and has a reasonably good but slightly emotionally cliched ending (will the Great Gonzo having discovered he is not originally of this world choose to stay here with his friends? You can probably guess the answer).

There are also scenes meant to echo scenes from some famous films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind (or was it ET?) and the definitely not child film The Shawshank Redemption. Some people seem to find it clever and funny just to have Muppets act a similar scene to one in a well known film although to me it needs something more than that to be funny.

In between the plot involves human scientists kidnapping Gonzo for research. This part is not bad but not brilliantly original overall, and suffers from the problem with most other Muppet films I have seen that the Muppets work better when they let humans into their world rather than vice versa.

Muppet films and TV shows are lively, have strong characters and are visually interesting, but are less good on plot, except when they are able to use great stories already written by someone else (e.g. Charles Dickens & Robert Louis Stevenson) that can be envigorated by the Muppets; so if you have not already seen any of their films, see The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD]and Muppet Treasure Island [DVD](or if you have already seen them once, see them again and you will still enjoy them).

Muppets from Space on the other hand has some interest, but is not a 'must see'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The most recent Muppet feature sees Gonzo experiencing an identity crisis, which is exacerbated when he receives mysterious messages from the ether telling him that `he is not alone'. As he embarks on a quest to find the source of the messages and discover his true identity, Gonzo encounters shadowy government agents and is mocked by his friends, until eventually the beaky one has the last laugh.

Featuring all your favourite Muppets from sage Kermit the frog to amorous Miss Piggy, this is the usual fun family romp with a bit of a story tacked on. From Animal's wild behaviour to Statler and Waldorf's acerbic comments, there is something here for all Muppet fans, young and old.
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You may need serious medical help.

I can't start anywhere describing this. My son (who can do voices sometimes better than the originals) only had to say "cunningly disguised as a cement factory" at one stage and I wouldn't be able to breathe for about ten minutes without howling with laughter. The movie as an entirety is so far off the scale that nothing I can write can possibly do justice to this.

OK, OK, you win. Calm down a bit. Gonzo - this strange little character with the nose has some alien cousins, who eventually catch up with him, but we spend a lot of the film catching up with secret government organisations run by a bear (I must say, the most improbable bear I have ever seen, but that's the fun of it), a TV news channel highjacked by a certain pig, and what might be arguably the best pop video EVER, of a tune called Brick House which I have seen no less than thirty times over the last five years and each time I know I'm not ever, EVER going to get as good as that... Followed of course by mice on steroids, Cosmic fish, medical students and talking sandwiches. Though possibly not in that order.

It's a major act of certifiable insanity, one thing after another, but to top it all; and this is incredible, just as it was with their earlier "Christmas Carol"; tremendously warm and deeply touching.

It's bizzare that such a film goes right to the heart and says so many beautiful things in such bold letters about what it means to be alone, and yet not - to be loved, and what it means to belong; and it suddenly rushes at you like a locomotive out of control and hits you. I've seen this goodness knows how many times and still don't see this coming.

Worse awaits. If all the above was not enough, the commentary track will kill you. Several familiar voices appear (in character) and it's a bit stiff for all of five minutes while they get settled, and then it starts. Oh my, you might have to take a break or two. These guys - they never stop. not EVER! IT is almost too much - the comment about the moose ("not being a decaptitated moose, he was just standing the other side of the wall") and you realise that this thing works because of the absolute unrepressed genius of these people. They never take time off! They must be like this ALL THE TIME!

And at the end of all this, it's still the Muppets. Over here, calling someone a "Muppet" is a vague kind of insult; but as far as I'm concerned, sign me up.

I'm convinced.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2005
This movie makes for a very, very funny time. Start laughing from the very first scene until the very end; whether you are 5, 25 or 55, just let Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo unleash the very child within you.
Unforgettable cameos by the likes of Andie McDowell, Hollywood Hogan and Ray Liotta add humour and wit.
Do check it out!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2004
Once you've finished getting down to the quality Soundtrack, you are treated to a solid and accessible Muppet movie, with pretty much every character you'd expect, including Pepe the King Prawn - my personal favourite!
Great opening sequence, giving Gonzo a quest to find out who he really is, and the Muppet House "Waking up" to the Commodores is way funky, and funny. Excellent Cameos and set pieces make this a cool film for ages 2 to whatever.
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VINE VOICEon 18 June 2015
Gonzo is distraught; he seems to be one of a kind. Then his breakfast cereal informs him that he is an alien. He is tracked down by government alien hunters and incarcerated.

It is up to the other moppets to rescue Gonzo from being disassembled by having his brains sucked out.

It is like an x-files script. All the standard characters and speeches. Lots of great actor cameos. I cannot get enough of this movie. I even like hearing the one-liners over again. There is lots of great music from the time era of the movie.

Music:
Brick House
Celebration
Dazz
Flashlight
The Gambler
Gateway
Get UP Offa That Thing
It's your Thing
Outa-Space
Shining Star
Theme from "Star Trek" (T.V. series)
Survival

Do not forget to take advantage of all the DVD extras.

I can't wait for my people to find me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2000
This muppetastic film was a great laugh. It stars all the best love charactors E.G.rizzo.This film is good but it doesn't have enough songs that the family could sing along to, but it is still enjoyable and i found (as a muppet fan)a exellent film.
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Muppets from Space is the last Muppet film made before the straight-to-video era, and fortunately doesn't show any of the weakness that those efforts bore.

Gonzo finds out that he's actually an alien, however when a shadowy government agency finds out about this, the rest of the gang must rescue Gonzo from governmental clutches.

Featuring the best new cast members from Muppet Show revival Muppets Tonight (Bobo the bear and Pepe the King Prawn) as well as classic characters like Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy, this is really very funny, and despite not being a musical has a fantastic funk soundtrack!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2012
What more could you want? Muppets, a great script, fab sets, and a soundtrack so funky you could slice it....I bought this film 'for my daughter'....right..
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