As Muppet fans are nervously awaiting promotion for the upcoming Muppet film, it's time to see why it's taken a decade for the Muppets to return to the silver screen. And what better way to do so is by looking back at the cinematic mess of 1999's Muppets from Space. When the short lived Jim Henson Pictures division was formed in 1995 with the help of Sony, one of the many movie ideas they had was a Muppet film... IN SPACE! Jerry Juhl and Kirk Thatcher wrote separate scripts for a Muppet space adventure. Juhl's one was on UFOs, while Thatcher's one was a wacky space adventure that would've been great. Kirk sent his screenplay to Henson (entitled Muppets in Space) and they were about to get the film on the go. When Jerry sent his script (Star Gonzo) however, Henson changed their minds and used his screenplay instead. Okay, good and all, but after some script rewrites and a hurried shooting schedule, the end results were a Muppet film lacking the musical feel and cram packed with pop songs and the easy pop-culture references. It didn't feel like a Muppet film. As the matter of fact it didn't feel like a space film either. I needed to know who was responsible for these shortcomings. The only good way was to look at the little guide for the DVD of Muppets from Space. It contained some insights of the making of the film, but no answer. So I haft to assume the entire fault was on the director, Tim Hill. Apparently, Hill didn't know how to properly direct a Muppet film and he had no idea what he was doing. Another culprit could be the distributor, Columbia. Brian Henson said the the film was to be released off-season (i.e. the spring or fall months), but Columbia insisted that Muppets from Space would be a summer blockbuster. Production was hastily rushed because of that. It could be one reason why Frank Oz couldn't perform his characters during filming and had to dub their lines latter. When Muppets from Space hit theaters in the summer of 1999, it was crushed at the box office by the other shinning hits of the time. All in all, the film failed to earn its $26 million budget back and the Muppets never returned to the big screen... until this Thanksgiving. That's my two cents, what do you think happened?