MUPPETS FROM SPACE
Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, Rob Schneider VOICES OF: Frank
Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
1999, 82 Minutes, Directed by:
The film that answers the immortal question: what species is Gonzo?
Kermit the Frog's curly-nosed friend feels alone in the world. When his
breakfast cereal starts spelling out questions and he hears voices, Gonzo is
convinced he must be from outer space, and his alien brothers are coming to
earth. Of course, there are evil scientists (led by Jeffrey Tambor) who
kidnap Gonzo to learn his secrets (like "What do you do with a nose like
the Muppets may seem sort of quaint to kids weaned to Pony SlayStations, er
sorry, Sony PlayStations and all kinds of CGI wizardry in movies such as Phantom
Menace and its ilk. To be honest I don't know whether kids find them
"Muppets?" I can hear them say. "That's so old
fashioned." I don't know. Kids seem so blasé nowadays. When Lisa and
Bart tell Homer in The Simpsons that the TV spent more time raising
them than he, their father, did you know exactly what they mean. Some
overpaid twat in Madison Avenue who drives a BMW, sniffs cocaine and who is
no doubt OD'ing on the cold tile floors of his bathroom right now should
probably get the blame for turning your kids into the media saturated drones
"How can anyone not like the Muppets?"
So I don't know whether I can recommend that you pop Muppets From
Space into the VCR for the little 'uns. They'd probably think you dorky
for doing it. Me? I enjoyed the movie even though it isn't exactly the best
Muppet movie ever made, but it's fluffy light, harmless and packed with
clever one-liners and puns.
the movie's intended audience isn't kids at all, but people like me who saw
the first Muppet movie back in the late 1970s, were hooked and are now
nostalgic for their childhoods. I don't know, but to be honest the Muppets
always ensured that parents taking their kids to see it won't be bored. I
can imagine a lot of the puns going over the heads of young kids.
Best would probably be for you to send the little ones to bed and then
watch it on your own. However, whatever you do don't miss the opening
credits and sequence: it's excellent!
(How can anyone not like the Muppets? That's like not liking cute kittens
or adorable puppies. Psychiatric help is in order then . . .)