Muppets Haunted Mansion

Muppets Haunted Mansion ★★★★

Welcome, foolish Muppets.

What a way to revive (ironically) the Muppets from their dry-spell! After quite a few years of unsuccessful hits (the media’s words, not mine), The Muppets are back with a bang with this fun, Halloween feature.

I was instantly won over by this for two reasons: I’m a big Muppets fan, and I absolutely love the Haunted Mansion attraction. The plot is simple, but effective, due to the barrage of corny jokes and catchy songs. I couldn’t help noticing the nods to other Disney songs within the ballroom scene, from “Be Our Guest” in Beauty and The Beast, to the tune of the original Muppet Show title sequence.

The references to the Haunted Mansion attraction were the highlight of this for me: legendary Kim Irvine’s appearance, the ballroom scene, the Doom Buggy with Statler and Waldorf, the copied dialogue, the characters from the ride. Everything was incorporated so brilliantly! This did the ride credit that The Haunted Mansion (2003) failed to do.

The cast are fun - Will Arnett especially makes for an entertaining Ghost Host. That John Stamos jump-scare got me good! Gonzo is a great narrator, and Pepe is fun, if not as entertaining as Rizzo once was. It was nice to see someone else take the leading role, besides Kermit, though all the Muppets ended up playing a good role. Whilst I know it can’t be helped, Matt Vogel’s Kermit doesn’t bring the same charm as Kermit once had. It’s a shame.

Delightfully funny and full of Muppets heart, this Halloween edition came far too late. I can’t wait for this to become an annual watch!

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