Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol, another favorite Christmas movie at our house, is narrated by Gonzo as Charles Dickens and stars Michael Caine as Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. This is a priceless and remarkably faithful adaptation of the book. The songs are fun, the humor hits just the right note and Michael Caine is, as always, perfect. We are big fans of Michael Caine, and his presence in a film is almost always enough for us to seek it out.

Here's the Scrooge song from the beginning of the movie:


We're not fans of the Muppet movies in general, though we loved their first movie and Muppet Treasure Island, but this film is a wonderful re-telling of the classic Christmas tale.

DVD Talk says, "it's earned its place amongst some of the finest holiday film traditions of our time." The Guardian writes, "there's lots to love here". Roger Ebert gives it 3 stars but says,
It could have done with a few more songs than it has, and the merrymaking at the end might have been carried on a little longer, just to offset the gloom of most of Scrooge's tour through his lifetime spent spreading misery.
The critics at Rotten Tomatoes give it a 69%.

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