Some of my absolutely favorite Muppet movies are the ones where they put the Muppets into a familiar story such as Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol. Now on Disney +, we can add to this list with Muppet Haunted Mansion.
Gonzo the Great and Pepe the King Prawn skip out on the annual Muppet Halloween party to go instead to the mystery night at the mansion of The Great MacGuffin, a famous magician who disappeared without a trace. Once at the Haunted Mansion, Gonzo, who claimed to have no fears, was challenged to spend the night in the Haunted Mansion and, failing that, wind up spending all of eternity inside its walls.
This was such magic for me. I absolutely loved the film. It had so many of the bad puns, fun songs and corny jokes that make a Muppet movie what it is. Led by Gonzo and Pepe (one wonders why it was Pepe and not Gonzo’s usual sidekick, Rizzo the Rat), the jokes came flying fast through the whole 50 minute film. There were some nostalgic feels as well, especially the ghost version of Ballroom Dancing, one of the early bits on the Muppet Show.
The list of cameos is always impressive for a Muppet movie and here is no exception. We got Will Arnett, Yvette Nicole Brown, Darren Criss, Taraji P. Henson, John Stamos, Kim Irvine, Quinn McPherson, Danny Trejo, Pat Sajak, Craig Robinson, Chrissy Metz, Alfonzo Ribeiro, Sasheer Zamata and one of the final performances by legend Edward Asner, to whom the film is posthumously dedicated.
I am a little sad that the film only was about 50 minutes. I really wanted more.
I do not know much about the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyworld so the links to characters involved in that went right over my head (I guess Tarija P. Henson’s Constance Hatchaway is one of those examples). I did not require that information. I just enjoyed this.
I want to see the Muppets in these kind of films more often. Disney has struggled with this franchise to find the right way to use them. Hopefully this step in the right direction gives them the clue.