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->''"Kermit is a frog. Fozzie is a bear. Gonzo is...what exactly is Gonzo?"''
-->-- '''Creator/TheHub's commercial for this movie'''

''Muppets From Space'' is a 1999 [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets]] movie starring their regular cast of characters, focusing on Gonzo's back story. It is directed by Tim Hill. It is so far the only Muppet movie to not be a musical, with the score being filled with already-popular oldies soul and funk (some of which are covered for the film), and it also has the distinction of being the last Henson-related film featuring Frank Oz before he retired his characters to someone else. Additionally, it is the first Muppet film since Creator/JimHenson's death that has an original story and is not a spoof/tribute to a popular work of literature, and the humor is based on the more recent ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' show.

In this film, the Muppets are living communally in an old house ([[NegativeContinuity for some reason]]), with Piggy's motivation to become a successful TV reporter being the only clear source of their income. Gonzo feels lonely, because there's no one like him; he has friends, but no family, and everyone else does. Feeling despondent, he is contacted through his breakfast cereal (no, really) and told to watch the sky. Eventually, he is convinced that he is actually an alien that somehow wound up on Earth; elated at the thought that there may be more of his kind in space, he tries to communicate with the other beings, while being thought of as crazy by his friends. Between being duped into building a Jacuzzi for the aliens, being captured and interrogated by a [[TheMenInBlack anonymous government agency]] headed by Jeffrey Tambor, and nearly being dissected by a (Muppet) MadScientist, it takes a while before Gonzo finally gets to meet his space-brethren.

It received mixed reviews, with some minor InternetBacklash, though the majority seem to consider this to be a fairly good Muppet film. It also seemed, for a while, that it might be the last of its kind - the [[Film/TheMuppets next film]] would not come for another twelve years!
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!!The film provides examples of:

* AlienAmongUs: Gonzo.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: A mild case, as Gonzo's friends openly doubt his claims that he's from outer space. Granted, Gonzo's an oddball, but he is the only "whatever" they've ever seen before. Not to mention his alien status is being doubted in a world full of talking frogs, pigs, bears and rats.
* TheArk: The movie begins with Gonzo having a nightmare about Noah refusing to let him onto the ark because he can't identify his species.
* ArmiesAreEvil
* BadBadActing: Piggy as a newscaster.
* BerserkButton: Don't laugh at Ed.
* {{BFG}}: "The Really Big Gun" that Ed uses at the climax [[spoiler:...which Bobo disarms before Ed ever gets to fire it.]]
-->'''Kermit''': Gee, that was close...
-->'''Bobo''': Not as close as you think, my friend. [[spoiler: ...*Holds up the BFG's power source* "Please load weapon!"]]
* BlandNameProduct
* {{Brainwashed}}: Miss Piggy is given a container of a spray that will make people cater to her every whim.
* BrickJoke: In the beginning, Pepe and Rizzo trick Gonzo into building a jacuzzi because "If you build a jacuzzi, we will commmme, okaayyy..." Once the movie comes to a close, Gonzo wonders ''why'' he had to build a jacuzzi in the first place.
* BuffySpeak
-->'''Ed:''' ...The really big gun!
-->'''Bobo:''' Oh!
* CanonDiscontinuity: According to '''Boom! Kids''' ''TheMuppetShowComicBook''. This is likely not so much because of the quality of the movie though, more just for [[DontExplainTheJoke actually resolving]] what Gonzo is.
** It did get a brief MythologyGag in ''Film/TheMuppets'', though. In that movie, when Gonzo is preparing to blow up the plumbing factory that he owns so that he can rejoin the cast of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', he addresses the crowd of baffled onlookers as "People of Earth!", likely as a nod to his alien heritage.
* CallBack: The cheer Kermit does at the climax is ''exactly'' like the one he does in the opening of ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
* CerebusRetcon: All those one off gags about Gonzo being a "Whatever" are looked at here in a more dramatic light.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: You'd think Camilla, Gonzo's decades-long girlfriend, would be a major player in a movie about Gonzo being reunited with his alien family and potentially leaving the planet forever, but the chicken is nowhere to be seen.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Gonzo
* ADayInTheLimelight: Unlike most Muppet movies, this one focuses more on Gonzo, than on Kermit.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rizzo -- of course.
* DoctorDoctorDoctor: Kermit and Pepe.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Gonzo's speech about being an alien sounds an awful lot like coming out of the closet...
* DVDCommentary: A fun example, as director Tim Hill is joined by Gonzo and Rizzo. They spend as much time doing a ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' style riff or absurd in-universe stories as they do actual commentary, complete with the signature silhouettes. To make it even funnier, Kermit is initially with them, but leaves to get popcorn and doesn't return until the end of the film; he explains that on his way back, he accidentally entered the wrong DVD and ended up in a commentary for ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. It took him until the very end of that movie to realize that he'd mistaken Jar Jar Binks for Gonzo, prompting him to return to the correct DVD.
* ExpospeakGag: The sub-atomic neutro-destabilizer. In other words, "the really big gun," for those who are intellectually impaired, like Rentro.
* FishOutOfWater: Gonzo.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Animal was chasing a female security guard to distract her from the other Muppets. The next scene shows him being chased by her....[[SexyDiscretionShot with her hair down and begging him to come back.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Ed and Bobo, though Bobo wasn't all that bad to start.
** Dr. Phil van Neuter ends up befriending the lab rats, having been beaten into submission by them.
* IChooseToStay: Gonzo doesn't go "home" to his planet, but stays on his adopted home, Earth.
* IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime: Statler and Waldorf's 'life on other planets' exchange quoted up the top of the page was originally done on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' years earlier. Statler groans and screws up his face after he laughs for a moment, possibly remembering that this isn't the first time he's suckered himself in this specific manner...
* InsistentTerminology: Pepe is not a shrimp. He is a king prawn, [[VerbalTic okay]]?
* InvisibilityCloak: Well, spray.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: [[spoiler: Bobo makes sure Ed doesn't do any real harm.]]
* {{Lobotomy}}: It nearly happens to Gonzo. The man attempting to perform the lobotomy is a classic MadScientist.
* TheMenInBlack
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Bobo. Justified, in that the facility they work at is a legitimate military intelligence organization and his boss has gone off the deep end.
* MsFanservice:
** The girl dancing on the beach and baring her midriff, causing ''Sam the Eagle'' (of all characters!) to watch her with a slackjawed expression.
** Kathy Griffin in a security guard uniform.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Kermit gives this speech to the team just prior to rescuing Gonzo... and then Fozzie tells him they just left Bunsen and Beaker at the gas station.
* NoodleIncident: It's never quite explained how or why Gonzo got seperated from his alien brethren
* NoodleImplements: Gonzo tells Rizzo he had "that weird dream again," and Rizzo asks if it's "[[TheOneWith the one with]] [[BestialityIsDepraved the goat]] and the dwarf and the jar of peanut butter."
* OneShotCharacter: The way things are now (as of 2014, after the release of ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''), it seems likely that this film will be Clifford's only appearance in a theatrically-released Muppet movie.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Gonzo was set to perform at a bar mitzvah, but not feeling up to it, he gets the Electric Mayhem to sub for him instead. Kermit takes notice.
-->'''Kermit:''' You never miss the chance to shoot yourself out of a cannon.
* PaperThinDisguise: The aforementioned lab coats.
* ParentalBonus: Bunsen and Beaker trading their bags of snack food to a van full of stoner hippies in exchange for a ride to the beach.
** Not to mention that whole business of [[spoiler:Animal getting some]].
** The score being comprised of 70's funk makes some wonder if ParentalBonus was the direction a family-friendly Muppet film was supposed to go. 'Brickhouse' is played over the Muppets waking up and getting ready for the day, but only in reference to how they live in a brick house. A few Muppets say uncharacteristic 70's one-liners, such as Kermit's "Way to get down with your bad selves." Even the poster on the top of this page has the tagline "The Ultimate Muppet ''Trip."''
** Sam the Eagle's line about how there are only Americans in the house has got to be a reference to [[IncrediblyLamePun illegal aliens]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship: ...is [[ThickerThanWater more important than]] [[BrokenAesop family...?]]
** Also known as "Total strangers, however much they may enjoy parties and launching themselves out of cannons, are not necessarily more of a family than the people you've lived/worked with and been supported by for the past several decades."
** Or maybe "TrueCompanions ''are'' family."
* PowerPerversionPotential: Pepe and the invisibility spray. ''Twice''.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "DON'T! ...LAUGH! ...AT ME!"
* PunnyName: K. Edgar Singer. Initial, "Edgar", name of domestic appliance company.
* RingRingCRUNCH: Happens during the "waking up" montage near the opening.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Bunsen and Beaker accidentally get left at a gas station on the gang's way to rescue Gonzo.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/IndependenceDay'' when Dr. Phil van Neuter tries to remove Gonzo's brain. The BigBad marches his superior officer into an observation room and raises the shades -- to reveal a lab filled with smoke and rats running rampant, before the surgeon is slammed face-first into the window:
--->'''Dr. Phil van Neuter:''' ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Release ... me ...]]''
*** May turn into LateToThePunchline for the kids who watched this movie before they were old enough to watch ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
** And earlier in the movie, one to ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' when Pepe and Rizzo convince a barely-conscious Gonzo that "If you build it, we will come ... build a ''jacuzzi'' and we will come, [[VerbalTic okay]]?!"
** And at the film's climax, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' theme can be heard when Ed agrees to leave with the aliens.
*** Speaking of Trek, there was also the [[{{Film/StarTrekFirstContact}} group of aliens descending in their craft to meet humans for the first time]], and earlier still, the gang had to [[{{Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome}} escape from a medical facility after saving their friend from imminent brain surgery]].
** Pacey and Joey from ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' show up on the beach chatting with Pepe and Clifford; Pacey laments that Dawson would love it.
** The escape hole Rizzo has concealed behind a poster in the science lab is a nod to ''TheShawshankRedemption''.
** The beacon that the aliens send down ahead of their ship looks a heck of a lot like a certain [[{{Film/Alien}} alien egg]].
* SocietyMarchesOn: Wrestling/HulkHogan is in his evil "[[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder Hollywood Hulk]]" persona ("I'm a bad guy now!") - but by the time of the film's release, Hogan had returned to being a good guy.
* StayWithTheAliens: [[spoiler: Ed goes with the Gonzo aliens after they make him ambassador to their planet because they find him amusing.]]
* StolenMacGuffinReveal
* SupportingLeader: Kermit.
* ThatPoorCat: When Gonzo mows his message in the lawn.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Gonzo and Ed, but especially Ed...
* ThoseTwoGuys: Gonzo and Rizzo, and Rizzo and Pepe.
* TooDumbToLive: Fozzie, as per usual. This time, it was going to the bathroom, and washing his hands while wearing invisibility spray, while sneaking around in a heavily guarded compound. Kermit realizes this, and the first thing he says is "Tell me you didn't wash your hands."
* TooFunnyToBeEvil: Ed. Provides some of the basis for his VillainousBreakdown and HeelFaceTurn.
* TrueCompanions: The reason why Gonzo doesn't leave Earth to be with his alien family. The Muppets for all intents and purposes ''are'' his family, and he just can't bear to leave him.
* TrustMeImAnX: When Ed, examining Gonzo, notices that Gonzo has no nostrils, he asks, "How do you smell?" To which Rizzo the Rat responds, "Awful. Trust me, I'm his roommate."
* TotemPoleTrench: Used to infiltrate COVNET.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Well, par for the course for a Muppet film, but a bear M.I.B.?
* VerbalTic: Pepe has one, okay?
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In-universe example, when Gonzo is puzzled why he was instructed to build a Jacuzzi. Rizzo and Pepe (who conned him into doing it) just start laughing.
* YouAreNotAlone: The whole premise. On two levels: Gonzo finds out there are others like him, and at the end Gonzao realizes although he's "one of a kind" on earth he still has his Muppet family.
->'''Statler:''' I wonder if there really is life on other planets?\\
'''Waldorf:''' What do you care? You don't have a life on this planet.\\
'''Both:''' [[StatlerAndWaldorf Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!]]