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Muppets From Space

Craving contact with his own indeterminate species, Gonzo, a strong sympathetic character, becomes convinced he hails from outer space. But this puppetry-effects vehicle, set to overused soul classics, demonstrates such a twisted relationship to sex and gender that his spiritual journey can't always compete. Muppet-actor interactions—including Rob Schneider in the role of a TV producer who treats Miss Piggy as more than a Muppet and less than a woman—are the focus of much of the action and comedy. But the main agenda is to justify such stunts as a catfight between Miss Piggy and anchorwoman Andie MacDowell, in a scene suggesting that Miss Piggy's combat skills are as ironic an attribute as her vanity. A surprising amount of gratuitous sexual innuendo makes the whole bland spectacle reek of desperation. Tim Hill directed a screenplay by Jerry Juhl, Joseph Mazzarino, and Ken Kaufman; with Jeffrey Tambor, David Arquette, Ray Liotta, and Muppet performers Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, and Frank Oz (1999). G, 82 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Tim Hill

Cast:

  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • F. Abraham
  • Rob Schneider
  • Josh Charles
  • Ray Liotta
  • David Arquette
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Pat Hingle
  • Hollywood Hogan
  • Dave Goelz
  • Steve Whitmire
  • Bill Barretta
  • Jerry Nelson
  • Brian Henson
  • Kevin Clash
  • Frank Oz
  • Veronica Alicino
  • David Lenthall
  • Richard Fullerton
  • Mark Joy
  • Carl Espy
  • Deron Barnett
  • Christina Mullins
  • Elaine Nalee
  • Alice Dinnean
  • John Henson
  • John Kennedy
  • Peter Linz
  • Drew Massey

Writers:

  • Jerry Juhl
  • Joey Mazzarino
  • Ken Kaufman

Producers:

  • Stephanie Allain
  • Martin G. Baker
  • Kristine Belson
  • Timothy M. Bourne
  • Brian Henson
  • Alex Rockwell

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