The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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Critic Consensus: It may not be the finest version of Charles Dickens' tale to grace the screen, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is funny and heartwarming, and serves as a good introduction to the story for young viewers.


Movie Info

Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a … More

Rating: G
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
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Written By: Jerry Juhl
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On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
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Walt Disney Home Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (8)

The fit between sentiment and satire is not always a comfortable one and the more dedicated fans of either the story or the Muppets may leave theaters dissatisfied.

November 27, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

This is the dullest and least successful adaptation of the Christmas chestnut I've ever seen.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Good fun.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's no great show of wit or tunefulness here, and the ingenious cross-generational touches are fairly rare. But there is a lively kiddie version of the Dickens tale, one that very young viewers ought to understand.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins.

Full Review… | December 26, 2013
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

I love the Muppets, this movie is their adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. Stars Michael Caine as Scrooge.

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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

The Christmas Carol is the only story that I think that no one has ever screwed up in telling a new and improve version of the classic Dickens Tale. This is a basic music rendition with the muppets, but they got probably one of the best Scrooge's ever, They got Michael Caine (Dark Knight, Alfie) who does one of his best performances in this film, he pulls off the jerk so well, and his look and voice truly matched what I thought of hearing every time I read the story. Also the music for the film is extremely well done, and it has some of the best songs that were done in the Muppet films, and that says a lot for the first Muppet film done after Jim Henson and Richard Hunt had died. My favorite song for the film is the song that describes Scrooge and gives his introduction.

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Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

I watched this movie a lot when I was younger, but now every time I watch it, it seems worse than I remember it. So, I think kids will enjoy it more than adults. I still like Michael Caine playing Scrooge, though, he is Scrooge for me, I love him. Other than that, the jokes are easy and not so funny, and the sweetness of the whole thing gets on your nerves after a while. Overall, I'd say it's a good movie, but not for watching every single Christmas.

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Aj V

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