Muppets Haunted Mansion will see Gonzo challenged to spend a daring night in the Haunted Mansion found in Disney theme parks for a Halloween special on October 8. The one-off terrifying tale on Disney+ will feature a horde of Muppet appearances, including other favourites such as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, aged hecklers Statler and Waldorf plus new music and spooky fun with celebrities making cameo appearances including Darren Criss (see below) as ‘The Caretaker’ and Geoff Keighley as the Singing Bust ‘Uncle Theodore’ named so far.
Here’s all we know so far about Muppets Haunted Mansion…
Muppets Haunted Mansion release date
Muppets Haunted Mansion will land on Disney+ on October 8, so plenty of time to get you into the Halloween spirit!
Muppets Haunted Mansion trailer
Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn have announced Muppets Haunted Mansion in a comedy trailer promising “the most hilarious and Halloween ever”. It only lasts for just over a minute but already we can’t wait to see more!
Muppets Haunted Mansion — first look pictures and what else we know
Accompanying the announcement of Muppets Haunted Mansion on the official Disney Parks YouTube channel is an interactive tour of various incarnations of the Mansion with an intro video by Uncle Deadly, the poshly spoken Phantom of The Muppet Show himself — hinting that he could take centre stage in the one-off special! see below…
The Muppets Haunted Mansion first look pictures released show us Kermit cross dressing along with Miss Piggy (see main image). What are their cunning disguises for? Meanwhile Gonzo also takes centre stage. See another first picture below as Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn walking down the Corridor of Doors in the haunted mansion, dressed in their black tie best.
This will be the Muppets’ first-ever Halloween special and it does feature three new original songs called Rest In Peace, Life Hereafter and Tie The Knot Tango.
Bill Barretta, Andrew Williams, David Lightboy and Leigh Slaughter serve as executive producers of Muppets Haunted Mansion, while Kirk R. Thatcher is director.
Ed Asner will cameo in Muppets Haunted Mansion
The late award-winning actor Edward Asner (Lou Grant, Elf, Up) will be one of the actors making a guest appearance in Muppets Haunted Mansion. Ed Asner passed away in August 2021, meaning this upcoming Disney+ special will be his first posthumous release.
This news was revealed on The Muppets’ Twitter account, where they also promised that more surprise guest appearances would be revealed soon.
A very special cheer to our good friend Edward Asner! Celebrate his cameo in #MuppetsHauntedMansion and more surprise guests to be revealed soon. The Original Special starts streaming October 8 on @DisneyPlus. #Hallowstream pic.twitter.com/kdovJT1ZVSSeptember 14, 2021
Darren Criss joins Muppets Haunted Mansion
Glee star Darren Criss is also joining the cast of Muppets Haunted Mansion. Check out his Twitter below! The musical theatre star played all-singing all-dancing Blaine Anderson in hit series Glee but also a serial killer American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (currently on Netflix) so he can definitely show his scary side too, which could be perfect for Halloween.
Take care foolish mortals cuz I’m care-takin’ with @TheMuppets for their Halloween special, The Muppets Haunted Mansion coming soon to @disneyplus. Check this grim grinning bro out to socialize… pic.twitter.com/8vvWtDegTJAugust 31, 2021
The Muppet Show currently on Disney Plus
Before watching Muppets Haunted Mansion, you can currently enjoy all episodes of The Muppet Show on Disney Plus. This original series ran from 1976 to 1981 and was filmed at Britain’s Elstree Studios just outside London. It became a huge hit around the world and set the Muppets on course for further success with their movie and TV franchise.
Devised by master puppeteer Jim Henson, roving reporter Kermit the frog had already appeared in preschool series Sesame Street, but The Muppet Show introduced us to new faces such as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef plus musicians such as Dr Teeth and Animal. They all seen in a theatre putting on a variety show and introduced a guest star every episode. The guests got ever more illustrious through the run of The Muppet Show, with the likes of Sir Elton John, Ethel Merman, John Denver, Liza Minnelli, Bruce Forsyth, Rudolf Nureyev and more (tune in to see!). Among the regular sketches were Veterinarians Hospital, Pigs In Space and the cantankerous old gentlemen Statler and Warldorf who’d heckle performers from their theatre box.