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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.

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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 day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jerry Juhl
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
Runtime:
Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Cast

Michael Caine
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Steve Whitmire
as Bob Cratchit (Kermit...
Frank Oz
as Emily Cratchit (Miss...
Dave Goelz
as Charles Dickens (The...
Jerry Nelson
as Tiny Tim Cratchit/Ja...
David Rudman
as Peter Cratchit/Swedi...
Rob Tygner
as Ghost of Christmas Y...
Jessica Fox
as Ghost of Christmas P...
Ian Allen
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Donald Austen
as Ghost of Christmas Y...
David Barclay
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Robbie Barnett
as Additional Muppet Pe...
James Barton
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Mike Bayliss
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Simon Buckley
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Dave Bulbeck
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Marcus Clarke
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Craig Crane
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Sue Dacre
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Taylor David
as Additional Muppet Pe...
John Ecclestone
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Geoff Felix
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Kate Frost
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Dave Geolz
as Robert Marley
Ken Haines
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Ronnie LeDrew
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Christopher Leith
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Anthony Lymboura
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Rebecca Nagan
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Angie Passmore
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Peter Passmore
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Nigel Plaskitt
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Judy Preece
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Sally Preisig
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Peter Robbins
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Gillie Robic
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Tim Rose
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Kaefan Shaw
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Dave Showler
as Additional Muppet Pe...
John Thirtle
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Ian Thom
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Mark Alexander Todd
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Ian Tregonning
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Simon Williamson
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Victoria Willing
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Phil Woodfine
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Raymond Coulthard
as Young Scrooge
Russell Martin
as Young Scrooge
Theo Sanders
as Young Scrooge
Kristopher Milnes
as Young Scrooge
Edward Sanders
as Young Scrooge
Karen Prell
as Ghost of Christmas P...
Geoff Felix
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Christopher Leith
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Nigel Plaskitt
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Victoria Willing
as Additional Muppet Pe...
Joan Barton
as Additional Muppet Pe...
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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

½

A well done retelling of the classic Christmas story albeit with a few too many narrative interruptions, often with little purpose other than for the sake of telling an unneeded joke. The original Christmas songs are absolutely dreadful, but they're often sung with such joyfulness they can be forgiven. "The Muppet Christmas Carol" is a nice, unstuffy alternative for the kids -- old and young -- in your home.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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

thmtsang
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.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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