The obvious challenge of casting celebrities for each of the Muppet movies is, naturally, the repetition. But of course, Muppet fans never shy away from a challenge! In tackling The Muppets Take Manhattan, we were inspired by the vintage 1980s-ness of the film and chose to cast only stars from around that era. It’s like a time capsule within another time capsule! Or not like that at all!
Really, there’s no other movie star who could fill Phillip Phil’s shoes. Fox is sincere, funny, relateable, and most importantly, short. Just imagine Marty McFly pitching, “Ocean Breeze soap will get you clean”. Gold!
No one puts Baby Piggy in a corner! It’s right there!
Much like Fozzie, John Candy was so cuddly and adorable that you can’t help but love him even when he’s given subpar material.
I’m going to be honest, I thought Gonzo was the star of Better Off Dead. It would’ve explained why he created a singing, dancing hamburger while wearing a pig snout: Art!
Nothing beats the emotion of that scene where Gonzo stands outside her window on water skis and mournfully plays back her recording of the William Tell Overture in the style of Tony Bennett.
It would put a whole new spin on the indignity of the Mr. Skeffington scene at the kennel. Though I’m pretty sure Pryor wouldn’t sit or shake on command from James Coco.
All jocks think about is sports. All Scooter thinks about is selling popcorn in Cleveland.
- Bill Murray as Dr. Teeth
- Dan Aykroyd as Floyd
- Ernie Hudson as Zoot
- Slimer as Animal
- Annie Potts as Janice
When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, you can’t take no for an answer.
- Judd Nelson as Rizzo
- Molly Ringwald as Yolanda
- Emilio Estevez as Tattooey
- Ally Sheedy as Masterson
- Anthony Michael Hall as Chester
These Brat Pack members would be a real… Breakfast Club in the kitchen at Pete’s. Lol.
She just wants Fozzie to be the wind beneath her wings and the pillow beneath her head.
Hey, she already has all the experience needed to work with puppets, thanks to those Gremlins movies.
Obviously, hire the nerdiest guy in 1980s Hollywood to portray the nerdiest guy to ever appear in a Muppet movie. (By that logic, he may have to play Human Walter when we get to The Muppets.)
Not only do we have faith that Mel Brooks can do a vaguely European accent, but he’s also good at ordering rats around.
Ah yes, the quintessential ’80s icon portray the quintessential Muppet character. It’s almost too obvious.
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by Joe Hennes and Anthony Strand