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, Rovi
Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Brian Henson
Written By: Jerry Juhl , Jerry Juhl
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Walt Disney Home Entertainment

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
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
Karen Prell
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Geoff Felix
as Additional Muppet Performer
Christopher Leith
as Additional Muppet Performer
Nigel Plaskitt
as Additional Muppet Performer
Victoria Willing
as Additional Muppet Performer
Joan Barton
as Additional Muppet Performer
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Critic Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

All Critics (36) | 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 23, 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

Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

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
Christian C

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

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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 Edwards
Michael Edwards

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