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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. Read critic reviews

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The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle -- weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases -- past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

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Michael Caine
Ebenezer Scrooge
Dave Goelz
The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot
Voice
Steve Whitmire
Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker
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Jerry Nelson
Robin the Frog, Statler, Floyd Pepper
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David Rudman
Swedish Chef
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Frank Oz
Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, Animal
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Jessica Fox
Ghost of Christmas Past
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Steven Mackintosh
Fred, Scrooge's Nephew
Jerry Juhl
Screenwriter
Frank Oz
Executive Producer
Miles Goodman
Original Music
John Fenner
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Critic Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (12)

  • Vastly enjoyable despite the syrupy, soppy song bit in the middle (go make a glass of mulled wine during it). Michael Caine is perfect in the role and there are many genuine belly laughs.

    November 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Muppets are at their best when they're anarchic, without all this soggy whimsy.

    November 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The sets are detailed and charming, there are the usual lively, instantly forgettable songs, and several favourites (the Swedish Chef, Rowlf) show up in cheerful cameos.

    December 20, 2017 | 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…
  • 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…

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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