Muppets from Space
It’s the Flood, darkness covers the Earth, the Ark is taking on passengers, Noah (F. Murray Abraham in a wig and beard looking like Sir Ralph Richardson) turns away Gonzo (the joke is from Paul Klee) but offers him an umbrella.
Jews in Space (the working title for Spaceballs) dissected the Star Wars craze, but it took a quarter-century to give E.T. a proper send-up, and who else but the Muppets?
Hence Michael Wilmington’s criticism in the Chicago Tribune, “doesn’t have the right awe and wonder!” But how is one to explain Ebert’s preference for Babe: Pig In The City?