Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1999. Jim Henson Pictures, The Jim Henson Company. Screenplay by Jerry Juhl, Joey Mazzarino, Ken Kaufman.Cinematography by Alan Caso. Produced by Martin G. Baker, Brian Henson. Music by Jamshied Sharifi. Production Design by Stephen Marsh. Costume Design by Polly Smith. Film Editing by Richard Pearson, Michael A. Stevenson.
In this charming entry in the Muppet film series, Gonzo finds himself unable to continue his lonely existence without some answers: what species is he, where does he come from, and why is there no one else like him? He gets his answer when his breakfast cereal spells out a message from above, telling him that aliens from another world are coming to take him back where he belongs. This alerts a paranoid Mulderesque government agent (Jeffrey Tambor) who insists on bringing Gonzo and his little rat friend in for questioning. Lots of humour and warmth, with the Muppets themselves performed to perfection and the human guests (including Andie MacDowell, David Arquette and Kathy Griffin) appearing absolutely delighted to be involved.