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The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Review
Director: Brian Henson
Writers: Charles Dickens (Novel), Jerry Juhl (Screenplay)
Release Date: 11 December 1992
Running Time: 85 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
Editorís Rating: 3 out of 4 Frozen Rizzo the Rats
You know, itís really hard to think of a cast of comedic performers as omniscient and prolific as The Muppets. And donít for one second tell me that theyíre not real. THEY ARE. I will hear no more on this. Theyíve been in business since 1955, and it looks like they havenít aged a day.
Now, I do not make these statements to take the emphasis off of the late Jim Henson, the groupís founder. There are few people in this world deserving of your respect. Jim Henson is one of them. Heís what makes the Muppets the Muppets, and his family have been excellent stewards of The Muppets brand since his passing in 1990. And thereís no better example of this than The Muppet Christmas Carol, released in 1992.
This was the first Muppets movie since Hensonís passing, and it turned out to be quite a gem. Featuring Michael Caine as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge, and The Muppets as everyone else, this adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel is wonderful. Thereís an expression that you see with so many of the celebrities whoíve had the honor of working with The Muppets. Itís a sort of meek smile, always seen from the side and with the person looking down, since so many of The Muppets are, for a lack of a better word, diminutive. Iíve always attributed to the fact that everyone who works with The Muppets always suffers a severe case of stage fright. I like to call it ďThe Muppet Face.Ē However, Michael Caine seems to be the only human being on the planet whose acting abilities are on par with the talent The Muppets bring to the table. He is never intimidated, making the role of Scrooge seem natural and effortless.
The only problem I can find with the movie is its music. Whatís my problem with it? I donít really remember it. The songs donít get stuck in my head. They try pretty hard, but in the end, I just donít care about them. I want to, I really do. But I just saw this movie a couple weeks ago, and do you want to know what I do remember? Rizzo the Rat on fire then frozen in a bucket of ice. Gonzo as Charles Dickens. Kermit and pygmy Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. The Muppets being amazing, and Michael Caine being equal parts charming and a butthole.
The Muppets may not have the best musical team, but their comedy is always on top notch, and the celebrity talent they draw is always amazing. Thatís why The Muppets are relevant almost sixty years after they were founded: they continue to be hilarious, a little off, and downright adorable in some cases (Iím looking at you, chickens). Thereís really no movie theyíve made that doesnít deserve a watch, so do yourself a favor and check this film out this Christmas. Itíll be great.
**This movie is part of my personal collection, and I was not reimbursed for this review.**
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