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The Muppet Christmas Carol

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
The Muppets Christmas Carol
Photograph: Walt Disney Pictures

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The jolliest Dickens adaptation in existence returns for another burst of Christmas joy.

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.

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Release Details

  • Rated:U
  • Release date:Friday 23 November 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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