Proving no film is safe from the rebooting hands of Hollywood, The Muppets have launched their version of the sci-fi classic “Alien” using the space-traversing swine from “Pigs in Space.” While not as serious or spooky as Ridley Scott’s newest film in the franchise, “Alien: Look Who’s Coming to Dinner” doesn’t shy away from puns, violence or (by Muppet standards) salty language. Sadly, James Franco is not involved.
Directed and co-written by long time Muppet collaborator Kirk Thatcher, the spoof is the first episode in a planned comeback for the plucky porkers. A new online series will follow the further adventures of the crew of the S.S. Swinetrek. The three little pigs take on the Oscar winning film “Gravity” next week with “The Gravity of the Situation.”
“Pigs in Space” is a recurring sketch from “The Muppet Show,” that made it’s debut in during the show’s second season in October of 1977. First Mate Piggy, Captain Link Hogthrob, and Dr. Julius Strangepork were created as a take on popular science-fiction shows of the time. Each of the characters is a conglomerate of the various tropes commonly used in shows like “Star Trek” or “Lost in Space.” They are not the smartest boar’s on the block, often bumbling their way through their misadventures.
While definitely not perverted, the new sketch does toe the family friendly line. The rebooted version of The Muppets was canceled in it’s first year. Struggling to find it’s audience and groove, a fact not helped by behind the scenes drama.
“Pigs in Space” the online series is available on The Muppets YouTube Channel. The next episode is scheduled to launch December 16.
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