Friday, December 16, 2016

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Muppet Christmas Carol, The; Brian Henson (c) 1992
As I mentioned a couple of posts previously, I like Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. I think the message is a very positive one, both about Christmas, and about the possibility that people can change for the better. Over the years, there have been countless movies and plays done of A Christmas Carol, and one that I have enjoyed for many years, is the Muppets' version titled, appropriately, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Kermit stars as Bob Crachit, Miss Piggy stars as his wife, Emily Cratchit, and Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge.

As with all Muppet performances, the cast is a mix of humans and Muppets, with plenty of hilarity mixed in the plot, and more than once instance of fourth wall breaking, as is customary in movies with Muppets.

The one thing I didn't completely like, was that there were two Marleys, (Jacob and his brother Robert) instead of just one as there is in the book (just Jacob). But that was a very minor thing, and was more a personal preference that there being anything actually wrong with it.

Overall, the movie was very well done, gave Muppet fans, old and young, a fun, enjoyable story, and conveyed the hopeful message that all versions of A Christmas Carol do.
Henson, Brian. The Muppet Christmas Carol. Jim Henson Productions. Walt Disney Pictures. 1992.

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