The Muppet Christmas Carol

1992

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Critics 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.

75%

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Total Count: 44

86%

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User Ratings: 122,146
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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, Rovi

Cast

Michael Caine
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Steve Whitmire
as Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog)/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker
Frank Oz
as Emily Cratchit (Miss Piggy)/Fozziwig (Fozzie Bear)/Animal
Dave Goelz
as Charles Dickens (The Great Gonzo)/Robert Marley
Jerry Nelson
as Tiny Tim Cratchit/Jacob Marley/Ma Bear
David Rudman
as Peter Cratchit/Swedish Chef
Rob Tygner
as Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Karen Prell
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Jessica Fox
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Ian Allen
as Additional Muppet Performer
Donald Austen
as Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
David Barclay
as Additional Muppet Performer
Robbie Barnett
as Additional Muppet Performer
James Barton
as Additional Muppet Performer
Mike Bayliss
as Additional Muppet Performer
Simon Buckley
as Additional Muppet Performer
Dave Bulbeck
as Additional Muppet Performer
Marcus Clarke
as Additional Muppet Performer
Craig Crane
as Additional Muppet Performer
Sue Dacre
as Additional Muppet Performer
Taylor David
as Additional Muppet Performer
John Ecclestone
as Additional Muppet Performer
Geoff Felix
as Additional Muppet Performer
Kate Frost
as Additional Muppet Performer
Dave Geolz
as Robert Marley
Ken Haines
as Additional Muppet Performer
Ronnie LeDrew
as Additional Muppet Performer
Christopher Leith
as Additional Muppet Performer
Anthony Lymboura
as Additional Muppet Performer
Rebecca Nagan
as Additional Muppet Performer
Angie Passmore
as Additional Muppet Performer
Peter Passmore
as Additional Muppet Performer
Nigel Plaskitt
as Additional Muppet Performer
Judy Preece
as Additional Muppet Performer
Sally Preisig
as Additional Muppet Performer
Peter Robbins
as Additional Muppet Performer
Gillie Robic
as Additional Muppet Performer
Tim Rose
as Additional Muppet Performer
Kaefan Shaw
as Additional Muppet Performer
Dave Showler
as Additional Muppet Performer
John Thirtle
as Additional Muppet Performer
Ian Thom
as Additional Muppet Performer
Mark Alexander Todd
as Additional Muppet Performer
Ian Tregonning
as Additional Muppet Performer
Simon Williamson
as Additional Muppet Performer
Victoria Willing
as Additional Muppet Performer
Phil Woodfine
as Additional Muppet Performer
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
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Critic Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (11)

  • The nervy bookkeeping rats in Scrooge's office are a joy, but Statler and Waldorf (Jerry Nelson and Goelz) as the chain-swinging ghosts Jacob and Robert Marley are, as ever, peerless.

    Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • There may be some people who can watch Kermit the Frog's nephew Robin give his heart-wrenching performance as Tiny Tim in The Muppet Christmas Carol without choking up. I am not among them.

    Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge.

    Nov 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Nov 27, 2007
  • Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters.

    Nov 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Nov 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Dec 24, 2016
    Easily the best Muppet's movie ever, A great take on the classic tale, Some catchy songs, Funny humour, Michael Caine was great but some bits may scare younger kids but there's allot of fun to be had.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2016
    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.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2015
    This is the second best Christmas film in my opinion. Superb.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2014
    If I had to rank all the Muppet movies, I'm only missing the most recent film, Most Wanted, from worst-to-best it'd be in this order: Muppets From Space, Muppet Treasure Island, this movie, The Great Muppet Caper, Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Movie, and the excellent 2011 reboot. So you can see that this is a middle of the road, in terms of quality, for the Muppets. With that said, it's still a pretty good movie. The problem is that, while A Christmas Carol is STILL an excellent story of a man's redemption, I don't think the Muppets really work well when trying to fit into the framework of a story that's been told thousands and thousands of times. There's still the musical numbers, there's still the clever humor that breaks the fourth wall, Miss Piggy is still great...there's just less of it this time around, because they're working within the confines of this book. Not that I can blame them for that, but it's still a little disappointing that there wasn't as much Muppet greatness as there is in other, original, films. With that said, if there's one thing I liked about this movie more than any adaptation of A Christmas Carol I've ever seen, and that is Michael Caine's performance. I think he's, head and shoulders, the best Ebenezer Scrooge there has been. I think his performance isn't as notable because he IS surrounded by Muppets and all this absurd humor, but that doesn't make it any less effective or heartfelt. This guy is incredible here. It's not anything Oscar worthy, but it is an excellent performance that makes this film worth it even with its flaws. It's probably not even the best adaptation of this story that has ever been made. I even thought about it raising the rating to 3.5, but I genuinely think this film is just good. I just think the lack of real Muppet insanity held this movie back for me. But that's just me. But this is a good movie nonetheless, this story will always bee a good one and with Caine's excellent performance, then this is at least worth a watch.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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