It’s time for another round of Muppet Casting, where we take a famous movie and ask, if Jim Henson’s Muppets made their own version of it (in the vein of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island), which Muppets would you cast in the lead roles?
This week, it’s the 1984 Ghostbusters!
Rizzo the Rat as Peter Venkman – “If someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!” Rizzo isn’t normally a lead protagonist, but the only Muppets who could really pull of Venkman’s sleazy, “game show host” thing are either Rizzo or Pepe, and I used a coin toss to choose between them.
Fozzie Bear as Ray – No coin tosses here. Fozzie has to be the lovable but kinda dopey and easily hoodwinked member of the team.
Bunsen Honeydew as Egon – While Egon, Ray, and Peter are all scientists, Egon’s the one who’s really defined by the scientist role and lives up to the stereotypes of the profession. Resident Muppet scientist Dr. Bunsen Honeydew seemed like the only appropriate choice.
Rowlf the Dog as Winston – Rowlf and Winston are a lot alike: most fans have a very positive opinion of them, despite them not really getting much, if anything, to do. I figured, let’s put ‘em together.
Miss Piggy as Dana – Because . . . we need a woman to play Dana. There’s not really much to her character besides “female love interest”; for most of the third act, she’s not even in control of her own body. Bit of a waste of Piggy’s talents, but you know she’s not gonna let the leading lady role go to anyone else.
Gonzo the Great as Louis Tully – Louis is an odd enough character, you need someone odd like Gonzo to play him. And since Gonzo has occasionally been portrayed as having an unrequited attraction to Miss Piggy, that would work with Louis’s hopeless crush on Dana.
Janice as Janine – Just as I often have to cast Miss Piggy as the lead female, Janice almost always gets the secondary female role, simply from lack of options. Though, in this case, I think she’d be pretty awesome in the part. You could even add in a bit where her and the Ghostbusters get confused about which name they’re supposed to call her.
Sam the Eagle as Walter Peck – I mean, who else could play the government stiff who thinks our heroes are a bunch of dangerous weirdos and need to have their operation shut down?
Kermit the Frog as The Mayor – There may not be any room for him in the lead cast, but we can at least give him a leadership role within the world of the story.
Animal as Slimer – Because . . . c’mon.
Our Very Special Guest, Elmo! as Gozer – I asked myself, who’s the funniest person who could possibly step out of that interdimensional portal and be the destroyer of worlds? This is the answer that came from my heart.
Those are my picks for a Muppet rendition of Ghostbusters. What are yours?