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 Beetlejuice!
Scooter & Skeeter as Adam & Barbara Maitland – I know, I know, casting siblings as a married couple is kinda weird. But given how Adam & Barbara function as a unit throughout the movie, and how they share most of the same personality traits, casting them with the male and female versions of the same basic Muppet design seems fitting. Plus, since the Maitlands serve as the movie’s “normal” characters, it seems like they should be played by Muppets who aren’t as defined by wacky eccentricities as most of their peers.
Miss Piggy as Delia Deetz – The vanity, the self-absorption, the temper burbling under the surface . . . Delia Deetz is Miss Piggy.
Rizzo the Rat as Charles Deetz – While the early film’s stressed-out-by-the-big-city-need-to-get-away-from-it-all Charles isn’t much like Rizzo, when Charles’s opportunistic, capitalist streak starts to bloom, that Rizzo could fit like a glove.
Our Very Special Guest, Ms. Maisie Williams! as Lydia Deetz – No Muppet seemed quite right for Lydia, with her mix of morbidness, innocence, and straight-man role, but I think young Ms. Williams could nail it.
Uncle Deadly as Otho – I’m thinking mainly of Uncle Deadly from the short-lived sitcom The Muppets, where he was Miss Piggy’s erudite fashion expert, an almost perfect parallel to Otho’s relationship with Delia. Uncle Deadly also fits with Otho claiming to be an expert on the occult.
Kermit the Frog as Juno the Caseworker – Juno is, in theory, a helpful and well-meaning person, but is constantly (and comedically) frustrated by the idiocy of the people she’s supposed to be managing. Perfect role for Kermit.
Pepe the Prawn as Beetlejuice – I wanted to put Gonzo in this role, I really did, ‘cause I think he’d have a lot of fun causing all the chaos in the film’s climax. But to convey the Ghost-With-The-Most’s incredible seediness and lecherousness, Pepe seemed like the only possible choice. “Think of it as a marriage of inconvenience, okay? We both get something: I get out, you get to say you’re hitched to the most eligible bachelor since Valentino came over; we’re even, babe.”
And, of course, the afterlife waiting room would be a perfect place for tons of Muppet cameos. Fozzie would be great as the guy squashed flat by a car who jokes, “I’ve been feeling a little flat!” And you’ve gotta have Statler & Waldorf in there somewhere, making fun of the whole affair.
Those are my picks for a Muppet rendition of Beetlejuice. What are . . . oh crap, I said his name three times.
Well, my banister just turned into a terrifying snake demon. If it doesn’t eat me, see you next week, everyone.