The Muppet Christmas Carol Reviews
Directed By: Brian Henson
The classic Christmas tale about Ebenezer Scrooge narrated by Gonzo, er...Charles Dickens and Rizzo The Rat, featuring everyone's favorite Muppet characters as the book's characters
Since it's that time of year, I thought it would be a good idea to review my favorite Christmas movie.
Michael Caine as Scrooge is fantastic, being one of the few human actors in the movie, a lot rests on him and how he interacts with his costars who are mostly all puppets. He does a very believable job though and helps to make them all look and feel like they are living, breathing beings on camera with him when he reacts and talks to them.
Our story's narrators are Gonzo the Great and Rizzo the Rat, voiced by Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire respectfully, both are great choices and give the tale a nice dose of humor and trademark Muppet fun. Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, and David Rudman lend their voices to their usual characters, but Don Austin really shines as the Ghost of Christmas Present.
Another one of the human characters worth noting is Steven Mackintosh as Scrooge's nephew Fred who embodies Christmas cheer, without being sickly over joyous.
There's not much else to say really. It's my favorite Christmas movie and is a tradition in my house to watch every year. I don't have any problems with it. The music is great, the voice work is fun, it's true to the book while still being funny. If you are a fan of The Muppets and their movies, then defiantly see this if you haven't yet. Everyone else, it's worth watching too.
8 Out Of 10 Reels
"Boy, that's scary stuff! Should we be worried about the kids in the audience?"
"Nah, it's all right. This is culture!"
Kermit is the man, or frog, whatever you prefer.
Michael Caine is good as Scrooge and works well with the Muppets.
Gonzo makes for a good storyteller.
Great sense of humour helps move the movie along at a brisk pace.
"God bless us, everyone."
Funny, fun and entertaining for all ages, yet without losing its profound and essential Christmas message.
Having a Muppets version of A Christmas Carol is a masterstroke. Makes the story and theme more accessible by kids, and keeps adults interested too.
I even didn't mind the singing...
Great performance by Michael Caine as Scrooge. I doubt there has been a better performance of the role. Special effects are fine, especially for 1992.
A movie for the entire family.
He has to give the role his all, too, as he is acting against the likes of Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo and Miss Piggy: no mean feat, indeed!
The Muppets retell the tail of Ebenezer Scrooge from the infamous Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Story. We see Scrooge (as a human, not a Muppet) surrounded by Muppets that either work for him or owe him money. Scrooge is a ruthless man despite the kindness of the Muppets; however, Scrooge will be visited by three ghosts who hope to change his path before it is too late.
"If he came in a flavor you can bet it would be sour."
Brian Henson, director of Muppet Treasure Island, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, and episodes of Sid the Science Kid, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and Dinosaurs, delivers A Muppet Christmas Carol. The storyline for this picture is fun and very well delivered; while it follows the original plot, it has its own fun Muppet spin. I also loved Michael Caine playing Scrooge (perfect choice).
"Why are you whispering?"
"For dramatic emphasis."
This is another film my daughter and I grabbed off Netflix and adored watching together (she was totally wrapped up in the characters and story). The Muppets are so fun and the mix of comedy with the entertaining Muppets in unique settings was beautiful. I strongly recommend seeing this and potentially adding it to your DVD collection to watch with your children annually.
"I'm a stone you can't squeeze blood from."