YMMV: Muppets from Space

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Celebration" song sung by the aliens when they finally show up. Of course, given that they are just as bizarre as Gonzo himself, it is perfectly in character. But the entire plot comes to a halt for the duration of the song.
    • The fact that the Muppets apparently start their day with a somewhat choreographed dance routine featuring the song "Brick House" may also qualify.
  • Canon Discontinuity: For the first few years after this film came out, Gonzo was associated with aliens, at least until Disney got a hold of the franchise (early 2004), after which his origins were lopped off entirely and he went back to being a "whatever". Somewhat justified however, in that this is one of the three Muppet movies (the others being The Muppets Take Manhattan and Kermit's Swamp Years) that Disney doesn't own the rights to.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A minor example, but given this movie's mixed reaction among fans, this trope might come into play for quite a few people. Again, one of the three movies that Disney doesn't own.
  • Freud Was Right: There is no way Pepe being on top of Piggy when they don their labcoats was accidental.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Two for Gonzo's character.
    • One, for the movie's entire premise. Gonzo's alien heritage was hinted at as far back as the first Muppet film, when he sang "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday."
      • As a child Gonzo did have vague memories of life on an alien planet, and being sent to Earth, if he did embellish a bit with his four-year-old imagination.
      • Gonzo's entry on the Muppet Wiki lists several other instances throughout the run of the Muppet Show and the rest of the franchise where he was involved in skits and songs relating to aliens.
    • ...And some more Fridge Brilliance for Gonzo in general, during the lobotomy scene. Why is Gonzo so afraid of having his brain sucked out? The Gonzo we know performs death-defying stunts for a living and a hobby, views near-death experiences as adventures, and enjoys pain. Two possibilities:
      • He fears dying in a hospital (or a lab), in a bed, instead of going out with a bang during some exciting stunt.
      • He wasn't afraid of dying at all: he was afraid of losing his brain. Note that when Ed tells Gonzo his fate, Gonzo protests "but I need my brain!" He doesn't beg for his life, just his brain. Gonzo values his ability to think. Though weird, he's a very educated Whatever (most clearly seen in The Muppet Christmas Carol). And besides, without his brain, he won't be able to concoct his unique stunts anymore.
    • Even more Fridge Brilliance for the movie, and one that's already been mentioned on the Heartwarming Moments page for this film. In a rare act of heroism, Rizzo climbs down a rope to save Gonzo's life. When was the last time Rizzo was dangling from a rope? When Gonzo dragged him along to climb up Scrooge's house, and later fly behind Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past, during the movie where they first became friends.
  • Retroactive Recognition: It's a baby Katie Holmes! As part of a Dawson's Creek Shout-Out.
  • Tear Jerker: The end where Gonzo almost leaves with the aliens.
    • There's a moment early on where Gonzo looks at pictures of housemates with their family members (Kermit with Robin, Miss Piggy with her nephews, Fozzie with his mother) and then at a picture of himself, which shows him to be completely alone.
    • Gonzo's dream in the opening.
    • Meta example: The story of Kristina Donnelly, a girl with cancer who got her wish granted to puppeteer in the film, and died several months after the final film got released.
  • The Woobie: Gonzo, between his longing to have a family and his determination in the face of skeptics that he's an alien.