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Muppets from Space Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Plenty of jokes and mayhem to keep kids and parents amused.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Muppets from Space is classic Muppet fare with jokes to keep the parents happy and a fun story for kids, with the valuable theme of an outcast trying to find his place in the world. There are some mildly suspenseful moments and lots of comic action sequences in which some of the beloved Muppet creatures, particularly Gonzo, are in danger --  lightning hits, a kidnapping, pratfalls, a Miss Piggy "punch-out" -- all exaggerated and meant to be funny rather than scary.

  • Families can talk about why the Muppets are so popular. What do kids like about them? How about parents?
  • Have you ever flet like an outcast fro being different, the way Gonzo does?
  • How do you think Muppets from Space compares with other Muppet movies?

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Generally intended to entertain rather than inform. There are scenes showing the relationship of Earth to space with visuals of galaxies, stars, and planets.

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    Messages: Muppets from Space stresses that individualism is a plus. It's far better to respect differences (someone might be described as "distinctive" or "unique") rather than to ridicule them with words like "freaky" or "weird." Teamwork plays an important part in the story.

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    Role models: The Muppets stay true to form -- they are loyal, brave, understanding, and excel at problem solving. The villainous government baddie’s behavior is motivated by a history of being laughed at.  Authority figures are mostly insensitive, "just following orders" stereotypes.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Frequent cartoon action and peril. At the center of the story, Gonzo is electrified, kidnapped, squashed into a tube, threatened with brain surgery, and shot out of a cannon. An oven explodes; characters fall, catch on fire, and are subject to lab experiments. There’s some spooky music, a blinding rainstorm, and several instances of comic hand-to-hand combat. The outrageous villain threatens the Muppets with a futuristic gun. 

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    Sexy stuff: A security guard kisses Animal.

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    Language: Some insults: "wacko," "freak-boy," "paranoid delusional psychopath."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue