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Muppets from Space [1999] (1 disc)

Director:Tim Hill
Writer:Jerry Juhl
Joey Mazzarino
Ken Kaufman
Composer:Jamshied Sharifi
Length:87 minutes
(1 hour 27 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:63%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. He is kidnapped and it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help reunite him with his long-lost family.

Reaction: Odd and not as instantly classic as some of the previous outings, but still quite fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

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Tim Hill => Director
Jerry Juhl => Writer
Joey Mazzarino => Writer
Ken Kaufman => Writer
Jamshied Sharifi => Composer
Adam Hunt => Scooter / Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
Andie MacDowell => Shelley Snipes
Bill Barretta => Cosmic Fish #2 / Bobo as Rentro / Rowlf (voice) / Johnny Fiama / Dr. Teeth / Pepe the Prawn / Bubba the Rat
Brian Henson => Sal Minella / Talking Sandwich (voice) / Dr. Phil Van Neuter
Dave Goelz => Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Gonzo / Zoot (voice) / The Bird Man /Swedish Chef / Waldorf
David Arquette => Dr. Tucker
F. Murray Abraham => Noah
Frank Oz => Swedish Chef (hands) (voice) / Miss Piggy / Sam the Eagle / Animal / Fozzie Bear
Gary Owens => UFO Mania Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Hulk Hogan => Man in Black (as Hollywood Hogan)
Jeffrey Tambor => K. Edgar Singer
Jerry Nelson => Robin the Frog / Ubergonzo / Floyd Pepper (voice) / Statler
John Henson => Sweetums / Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
Josh Charles => Agent Barker
Joshua Jackson => Beach Scene (uncredited)
Kathy Griffin => Female Armed Guard
Katie Holmes => Beach Girl (uncredited)
Kevin Clash => Clifford (voice)
Kristina Donnelly => Baab the Sheep (voice) / Additional Muppet Performer
Pat Hingle => General Luft
Ray Liotta => Gate Guard
Rob Schneider => TV Producer
Steve Whitmire => Kermit the Frog / Beach Hippie (voice) / Cosmic Fish #1 /Bean Bunny / Beaker / Rizzo the Rat

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The original concept was based upon the song {I'm Going to Go Back There Someday} which Gonzo sings in The Muppet Movie. Muppeteer Dave Goelz recorded a new version of the song (in 4/4 time) but it was not used in the film. It was included on the soundtrack album, however.
  • The band Ween was asked to provide a song for this movie. It was to be for the scene in which Gonzo was sitting on the roof dreaming of where he might have come from. After the song was recorded, it was decided that all of the music in the movie should be funk/soul and they asked Ween to record a remake of {Brick House}. They declined.
  • Randal Kleiser was to direct the film, but was dropped before production began.
  • The voice of Baab the Sheep was eleven year old Kristina Donnelly, who was given the opportunity through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kristina wanted to be an actress in a [Muppet] film, but when given a choice between that and voicing a puppet of her own (the suggestion made to her by Steve Whitmire and Dave Goelz), she chose the puppet. Near the end of her time filming Steve and Dave presented her with a special edition of the Hensonville News Observer and a bag full of Muppet merchandise. The puppet she voiced, Baab, was also given to her.
  • The first [Muppet] film since the deaths of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt to have their signature Muppet characters (Rowlf, Scooter, and Dr. Teeth) talk. Rowlf's only line is "Awwww!" at the breakfast table, when he finds out they're having bologna. Dr. Teeth's only line is "Shalom!", on the way to a bar mitzvah. Scooter was voiced by Richard's brother Adam Hunt, and his line is "Get your Gonzo T-shirts. Only ten bucks!"
  • Kermit is seen reading the "Hensonville News Observer", a reference to Jim Henson.
  • Steve Whitmire has a cameo as the hippie giving Bunsen and Beaker a ride.
  • Originally the idea for the film was that aliens had seen Gonzo on [The Muppet Show] and came to visit him on Earth. Gonzo would believe he was one of them until he discovered the truth at the movie's conclusion.