The Muppet Christmas Carol

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The Muppet Christmas Carol
Acted to the parsimonious hilt by the human Scrooge (Caine), and framed by author-narrator Charles Dickens (the Great Gonzo) addressing his rodent audience (Rizzo the Rat), the story survives. Well, it would: it's the same story of redemption that powers Stallone movies. All the pen-pushing glovesters in Scrooge's office run on fear of dismissal, a topical note, with Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) negotiating but nervous. Not so his wife Miss Piggy, ready to have a go at Scrooge, but mindful of the needs of their family, a brood as mixed as you would expect from pigs and frogs, which explains the medical condition of Tiny Tim, a froglet with a cough on crutches. The three ghosts of Christmas are wonderful. Elsewhere, Fozzie Bear bears a resemblance to Francis L Sullivan in the David Lean Dickens adaptations, and there's a shop called Micklewhite. As an actor, Kermit can corrugate his forehead vertically. Good fun.

By: BC

Release details

Release date: Friday November 23 2012
Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian Henson
Screenwriter: Jerry Juhl
Cast: The Muppets
Michael Caine
Steven Mackintosh
Meredith Braun
Robin Weaver
Donald Austen

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Kirsty E
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Muppets Christmas Carol has to be one of the best Christmas movies of all time and definitely the best adaptation of the Dickens classic tale. Michael Caine is the perfect scrooge – mean, cold and heartless. There are some very humorous moments (Beaker is my personal favourite!) as well as some real tear jerker scenes. The acting is brilliant – yes I know they are puppets, but they feel like real characters.


It has been part of my Christmas routine since I was a little girl.. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until I have watched this movie!

retroashlat
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I echo many of the same sentiments as Adrian H below :) Whenever I think of Scrooge, I have a vision of an angry Michael Caine and some VHS realness. This adaptation is funny, well-written and emotionally poignant, which is no small feat when you consider that most of the characters are puppets! The interplay between Muppet and human is what really makes the film so unique - each Muppet brings their own distinct character to their role (ie. Miss Piggy's Mrs Cratchit is at times quite sassy, like Miss Piggy herself) and so there is an added challenge in bringing Dickensian characterisation to a bunch of puppets. Henson and co pull it off so well - there is a reason why so many people continue to watch the film; it's still shown each year on television (with a few edits - the super sad song "When Love Is Gone" being one of the most upsetting for the VHS historians like myself).


A different take on A Christmas Carol - and one that stands the test of time.

Adrian H
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For many, Michael Caine IS Ebenezer Scrooge. Even now, over 20 years since it was released, his Scrooge stands the test of time and technological advancement and is as cold and chilling as he was when I first watched the film (on VHS aged 10).


The Muppet Christmas Carol is a faithful and enjoyable adaptation of Dickens’ novel. The songs are brilliant in terms of conveying both character (“there’s nothing in nature that freezes your heart than years of being alone…”) and Dickens’ essential message of charity, love and the possibility of redemption (“It is the season of the spirit/The message, if we hear it/Is make it last all year”).


Watching this adaptation has long been an annual tradition. The lyrics and the one-liners are texted between friends and family members. Glasses of Prosecco and fistfuls of Quality Street are raised in salute as Gonzo and Rizzo begin their tale once again as the years go on and the Christmases roll past.


The Muppet Christmas Carol has been loved for a generation, a generation who are now passing that love on to their children and still revelling in the warmth and guiltless pleasure the film brings. So don your bonnets and toppers, take a deep breath and all together now: “It’s in the singing of a street-corner choir…”