By: Amanda Guarragi
Muppets Haunted Mansion is a comedy, Halloween special based on the Disney properties The Muppets and The Haunted Mansion. Perfect combination, right? In this haunting outing for the muppets, we see Gonzo take on one of his biggest challenges yet. He must spend one night at The Haunted Mansion with Pepe the King Prawn. Having the familiarity of both films and characters really made for a fun watch. There are plenty of fun surprises throughout. This was also one of Ed Asner’s final works before his death, and it was dedicated to his memory.
The Haunted Mansion still holds up as one of the best Disney live-actions to date. So to dive back into that mansion with different characters, opened up a whole different way to explore. Like any muppets project, there is plenty of singing and some great performances. We meet Darren Criss as the caretaker of the graveyard in front of the mansion. He takes care of the spirits living in the shadows and makes sure no one disturbs them. Criss kicks off the journey into the mansion with a song and then sets the tone for the rest of the special.
As Gonzo and Pepe explore the mansion, they find some peculiar characters and attempt to survive the night. There are some evil spirits in the house that try to sway Pepe and Gonzo from their task. Gonzo’s main goal is to be as great as Magic Maguffin, his one true hero. Throughout the special, Gonzo gets discouraged because he wants to be great and be known as the ultimate daredevil. Gonzo learns that what makes him great is helping his friends out of sticky situations and being fearless in his own right.
Muppets Haunted Mansion is a wonderful spooky special for the whole family. It presents a great combination of old and new, in order to bring these two projects together. It has a great story for Gonzo and of course, a life lesson about loving who you are. The songs are fun and the cast is committed to making this a memorable special for the family. The muppets can always be modernized and placed in different situations, but the nostalgia will always hit in the right way.
Make sure to stream Muppets Haunted Mansion on Disney Plus for this spooky season!