Day Eighteen of my Advent Christmas Carol Challenge:
"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992)
In the interests of full disclosure, I must confess that this is the
only version of the story I have seen before - however, that was many
years ago and my memory of it was in need of a refresher.
For many, this adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" is regarded not just
as one of the greatest Muppet movies, but one of the finest versions of
the story ever made.
Michael Caine is on Scrooge duties for
this film, and while he's an actor I have never been especially fond,
his understated performance in the role is one of the many highlights of
A handful of other humans litter the charmingly made
Victorian London streets, but this film rightly knows that it's the
Muppets we are here to see, with all the favourites playing the classic
roles, Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Miss. Piggy as his wife and Fozzie as Mr.
Fozziwig (!) among others.
There are a few songs scattered
around the place, most of which are very nice, if a little forgettable
and none come close to the almost operatic excesses of the near perfect
"The Great Muppet Caper"
A welcome addition to the story is
Gonzo playing the role of Dickens himself, which works as a means to
have the great man narrating his own tale, while having to scale walls,
slide down chimneys and fly over the rooftops of London in order to keep
up with the action of the story.
This means that the script
remains incredibly faithful to the original version, including oft
forgotten details such as The Ghost of Christmas Present aging (and
eventually dying) throughout the course of the evening.
allows for some lovely dedications to Dickens himself, my favourite
being him sitting on a shelf beside the busts of the greatest authors in
the history of the world.
As lovingly crafted as a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992) 4/5