If you’re like us, you’ve already watched the new installment of “Pigs in Space” at least five times. If not, why not?! Watch it right now here:
To mark the historic occasion of the first new “Pigs in Space” sketch since The Muppet Show ended, we sat down with the Muppet stars of the sketch: Captain Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius T. Strangepork, and, of course, First Mate Miss Piggy. Check out the interview to get their views on reprising their roles, space travel, and more!
WHAT DOES REPRISING YOUR ROLE IN PIGS IN SPACE MEAN TO YOU?
MISS PIGGY: It means fulfilling the wishes, hopes, and dreams of literally millions of moi’s fans around the world. Moi has done many award-worthy performances in movies and on television, and I’ve worked with many, nah, make that all, of Hollywood’s biggest stars–but for some reason my fans have clamored to see moi don the First Mate Piggy uniform again and reprise this classic role.
LINK HOGTHROB: I think it’s ’cause they want to get her off the planet for awhile.
MISS PIGGY: Watch it, sausage brains.
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: What Link means is that the fans think Miss Piggy’s performance is “out of this world” and they’re thrilled to have her–-and all of us–back aboard the Swinetrek.
LINK HOGTHROB: That’s not what I meant …
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: Ix-nay in ont-fray of Iggy-Pay.
FAVORITE THING TO EAT IN SPACE?
MISS PIGGY: Ocloate-chay … I mean chocolate. It’s perfect on Earth and in any and all galaxies. Plus, since you’re weightless in space, it’s calorie free!
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: Link and I pretty much ate whatever Piggy didn’t eat.
LINK HOGTHROB: That’s not much.
MISS PIGGY: Oh, brother! And people wonder why it took us so long to get us back together!
HOW WAS GETTING THE GANG BACK TOGETHER? JUST LIKE OLD TIMES?
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: It was as if a day hadn’t passed since our last mission.
LINK HOGTHROB: Exactly like old times.
MISS PIGGY: Yeah, but I survived it anyway.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST CAMERA HOG?
MISS PIGGY: …What? Why are you two looking at moi?! I think we better move to the next question before I punch a hole or two in the Swinetrek fuselage.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A PIGS IN SPACE MOVIE?
LINK HOGTHROB: Brad Pitt.
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: Jeff Goldblum … if he could do the accent.
MISS PIGGY: Duh! Moi would play moi! You don’t think I’d give this role to Streep so she can win another Oscar that should have gone to me. Not gonna happen, sweetie.
LINK, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE THE LAST EPISODE OF PIGS IN SPACE?
LINK HOGTHROB: Celebrity autograph shows. I’m a fan favorite. Five bucks for an autograph. Ten for a signed photo. And twenty to make me stop following you around so you’ll buy my autograph.
CAN YOU GIVE US ANY CLUES AS TO WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE NEW SHORTS?
LINK HOGTHROB: Well, I think they’re kind of polka-dot moons with little pictures of the Swinetrek on ‘em and … Oh, you’re not asking about the shorts I’m wearing, you mean the “Pigs In Space” shorts we’re releasing. I can’t give you a clue about those. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I don’t have a clue. Ask anyone. I don’t have a clue.
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITH MISS PIGGY?
LINK HOGTHROB: It’s a pleasure and a privilege and if I say anything other than that she’ll shove me out into the cold, dark vacuum of outer space … without my earmuffs or mukluks. Brrrrr!!!
FAVORITE PART OF BEING ON SET?
LINK HOGTHROB: We laugh and have a lot of fun. And then Miss Piggy shows up and does her scenes. Oh, and I also like craft services. They make these little spaceship-shaped blintzes that are out of this world! Best. Blintzes. Ever.
DR. STRANGEPORK, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE THE LAST EPISODE OF PIGS IN SPACE?
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: Trying to get back to Earth. Y’see, when we did the original series, we shot my last scene on Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn, and I’ve been trying to hitch a ride home since then. Thank goodness for Uber!
ARE THERE ANY NEW INVENTIONS/SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES WE SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR IN THE NEW SHORTS?
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: Oh ja! These new episodes are crammed with technology you won’t believe: transistor radios, cell phones, microwave ovens … Oh, you already got those? Well, I’m sure we can use CGI to add a few new scientific inventions in post. Hoo boy, the future gets here so fast these days!
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITH MISS PIGGY?
JULIUS T. STRANGEPORK: Working with Miss Piggy is like no other experience in the world. As a colleague, an actress and a space cadet, Miss Piggy is one of a kind. And boy am I glad of that. If there were more than one of her, Link and me wouldn’t get any screen time!