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.

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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 (48) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (12)

  • The Muppets are at their best when they're anarchic, without all this soggy whimsy.

    November 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 1, 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.

    November 29, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins.

    December 26, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge.

    November 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.

    November 27, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Dec 24, 2019
    It's a great version for children. Michael Caine is just as good as you'd expect, which means he hands in one of the better performances of the role I've seen. It's genuinely funny and charming. What's missing is some of the intensity, drama, and yes, horror of the original version. It is a ghost story, and ghosts are supposed to be scary. Still worth your time.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • 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

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