Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Director: Brian Henson

Cast: Brian Henson, Michael Caine, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

     
 

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Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas

Overview

Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Charles Dickens's original story did not feature a narrating rat, dancing penguins, or a tadpole on crutches as Tiny Tim. Leave it to the Muppets to correct these grievous oversights. Brian Henson joyfully carries on his father's legacy with this surprisingly faithful adaptation of Dickens's timeless holiday tale of miserly Scrooge (a game Michael Caine), who learns to stop with the "bah, humbug" and love Christmas after all. There is just the right touch of Muppet irreverence. For intstance, when Scrooge threatens to fire his put-upon staff of rat accountants for complaining about the cold, they respond with a rousing version of "Island in the Sun." The mostly Muppet cast includes Kermit as Bob Cratchit, with Miss Piggy as his wife (their brood comprises girl pigs and boy frogs). Hecklers Statler and Waldorf steal the show with a song-and-dance extravaganza as the ghosts of the gleefully greedy Marley brothers, Jacob and (get this, reggae fans) Robert. There are also roles for Fozzie Bear, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, and Sam the Eagle. The story's gloomier aspects are lightened up a bit for young audiences, but as Gonzo self-importantly observes, "This is culture."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
UPC:
0786936829549
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
ABC
Time:
1:26:00

Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-ray feature film + bonus; Features Disney enhanced High definition picture and sound; Disney intermission - pause the movie and see what happens; Audio commentaries - with Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo and more; with director Brian Henson; Frogs, pigs and humbug: unwrapping a holiday classic - experience an in-depth, behind-the-scenes exercise in controlled chaos as director Brian Henson, Gonzo and Rizzo explore the making of the film; On-the-set - blooper reel; Pepe profiles - Gonzo: a portrait of the artist as a young weirdo - get up close and personal with the great Gonzo - and come away even more confused - in this very special look hosted by Pepe the king prawn; Christmas around the world - Gonzo and Rizzo discuss Christmas traditions...and Aunt Ruth's fruitcake; ; Disc 2 - Digital copy of feature film; Watch it anytime, anywhere on your computer and portable device

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Ebenezer Scrooge
Steve Whitmire Rizzo the Rat,Bean Bunny,Kermit the Frog,Beaker,Belinda Cratchit
Jerry Nelson Tiny Tim Cratchit,Jacob Marley,Ma Bear,Ghost of Christmas Present
Frank Oz Miss Piggy,Fozzie Bear,Sam Eagle,Animal,Rizzo the Rat
David Rudman Peter Cratchit,Old Joe,Swedish Chef
Rob Tygner Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come,Ghost of Christmas Past
Karen Prell Ghost of Christmas Past
Jessica Fox Ghost of Christmas Past
Ian Allen Additional Muppet Performer
Donald Austen Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
David Barclay Additional Muppet Performer
Robbie Barnett Additional Muppet Performer
James Barton Additional Muppet Performer
Mike Bayliss Additional Muppet Performer
Simon Buckley Additional Muppet Performer
Dave Bulbeck Additional Muppet Performer
Marcus Clarke Additional Muppet Performer
Craig Crane Additional Muppet Performer
Suzanne Crowley Actor
Sue Dacre Additional Muppet Performer
Taylor David Additional Muppet Performer
John Ecclestone Additional Muppet Performer
Geoff Felix Additional Muppet Performer
Mike Fenton Actor
Kate Frost Additional Muppet Performer
Dave Geolz Great Gonzo,Robert Marley,Bunsen Honeydew,Betina Cratchit
Ken Haines Additional Muppet Performer
Ronnie LeDrew Additional Muppet Performer
Christopher Leith Additional Muppet Performer
Anthony Lymboura Additional Muppet Performer
Rebecca Nagan Additional Muppet Performer
Angie Passmore Additional Muppet Performer
Peter Passmore Additional Muppet Performer
Nigel Plaskitt Additional Muppet Performer
Gilly Poole Actor
Judy Preece Additional Muppet Performer
Sally Preisig Additional Muppet Performer
Peter Robbins Additional Muppet Performer
Gillie Robic Additional Muppet Performer
Tim Rose Additional Muppet Performer
Kaefan Shaw Additional Muppet Performer
Dave Showler Additional Muppet Performer
John Thirtle Additional Muppet Performer
Ian Thom Additional Muppet Performer
Mark Alexander Todd Additional Muppet Performer
Ian Tregonning Additional Muppet Performer
Simon Williamson Additional Muppet Performer
Victoria Willing Additional Muppet Performer
Phil Woodfine Additional Muppet Performer
Steven Mackintosh Fred
Meredith Braun Belle
Robin Weaver Clara
Raymond Coulthard Young Scrooge
Russell Martin Young Scrooge
Theo Sanders Young Scrooge
Kristopher Milnes Young Scrooge
Edward Sanders Young Scrooge
Anthony Hamblin 1st Boy
Fergus Brazier 2nd Boy
David Shaw Parker Old Joe

Technical Credits
Brian Henson Director,Producer
Martin G. Baker Producer
David Barron Producer
Dennis Bosher Art Director
Alan Cassie Art Director
Suzanne Crowley Casting
John Fenner Cinematographer
Mike Fenton Casting
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Pat Garrett Choreography
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Michael Jablow Editor
Jerry Juhl Co-producer,Screenwriter
Frank Oz Executive Producer
Gilly Poole Casting
Polly Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Val Strazovec Production Designer
Paul Williams Songwriter

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The Muppet Christmas Carol 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning, this is not the 2005 edition of the movie, but the 2012 edition. Barnes & Noble needs to update this page to reflect what the buyer will actually receive in the mail. I was expecting the 2005 release, which includes the song "When Love Is Gone." I was sent the 2012 release, which omits this song and, for me, ruins the movie. My rating is based on the misrepresentation at this site. The full version of the movie gets 5 stars from me.
LectorsBooks More than 1 year ago
Wow, the "overview" is a bit harsh - I don't find this movie to be sluggish at all. My family loves it and has watched it every year at Christmas for decades. It's a fun retelling that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
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scooterb96 More than 1 year ago
this is one of those movies that makes you want to put a firein the fireplace, get a blanket, and snuggle-up... And DREAM ABOUT CHRISTMAS! Call me crazy, but i actually watched this movie, this Summer. This movie has been a great fmaily tradition for us every christmas....
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family absolutely adores this movie. The Muppets are at their best-true enjoyment for the entire family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy they are re-releasing this classic movie. For those young or old it will be a favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great movie for children and adults. Kids will be introduced to the classic dicken's story, while both kids adults will enjoy the muppet telling of the classic. Its one of those movies that will become a Christmas time viewing MUST. It already is for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Carol Fan I find this to be one of the top 4 versions of the story done. It is the one that stays closest to the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As parents of a 6 year old, we are subjected to the endless home theater repetition of our daughter's favorite movie-du-jour. ''The Muppet Christmas Carol,'' however, is one that we enjoy as much as she. It is amazing how engrossing Michael Caine, as Scrooge, is when interacting with the Muppet troupe. I can't admit to my friends that this has become my favorite retelling of the Christmas Carol, surpassing my previous favorite Alistair Sim version. This movie stays true to the original, and cleverly presents some of the classic narrative through the persona of Charles Dickens himself (The Great Gonzo). Obviously, as a Muppet story there is much humour, some of which is clearly directed to the adults in the audience (look for Beaker's reaction as he leaves after the famous ''are there no poor-houses'' speech by Scrooge). Please excuse me now - I have to go watch this movie again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a most outstanding rendition of Charles Dickens classic Christmas Carol suited for young and old alike! The soundtrack has to be the best of all time! The lyrics are outstanding and so inspirational. I was so distraught last year to think this incredible production was not going to be put on DVD, and that I could no longer get the sound track. I would like to watch this all year through with my kids or anyone who believes that life is really about love, and that it is never to late to discover that and make good on that discovery!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this version of Dickens' most famous Christmas tale. Michael Caine is an affecting Scrooge, reacting to the events he sees with quietness and sadness. This Scrooge is not an old and angry man, but a middle-aged man whose anger comes from sadness; a man who can still have what he gave up - marriage and family. (I'm convinced that it is Michael Caine the person, not the actor, who we see when the Cratchit family sings ''Bless Us All''.) There are some wonderfully typical Muppet goings on--the jelly bean incident between Rizzo and Gonzo is my favorite. The music too is great. We watched this last night, rewound it and watched it again. The Muppets, along with the George C. Scott version, are the two best adaptations of Dickens' story; they really are outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. I love this adaption of Charles Dickens classic book.I have read this story and seen a another version of the movie.I love the ghosts and spirits in this movie.This is a great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of Dickens' classic outshines almost all Christmas videos. The music is absolutely outstanding, The story is accurately but creatively interpreted, it has GREAT humor, charisma, and the BEST version of the love story between Scrooge and his sweetheart. It's a MUST for any collection of Christmas videos. Keep some tissues handy for unavoidable tears!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Muppet Christmas Carol holds the all time record as my two-year-old's favorite movie. This timeless story is told through charming songs and humor that only the Muppets can convey. The only problem is that my son thinks Gonzo's name is ''Dickens''....
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Muppet's christmas Carol was such a cute and sweet loveable movie. With the unique incorporation of the different muppets and the humans was wonderfully mastered by the hands of Brian Henson. A wonderful masterpiece to be a must in all people's christmas favourites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous version of this classic. Even at 30+ it is a holiday tradition must see. Rizzo the Rat was just perfect as the fall guy and fall he does. The music is great you will find yourself singing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Muppet Christmas Carol is the best Christmas movie there is!! the music is amazing and its a really good family movie!! i LOVE watching this movie all year long!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this movie when i was younger, it had me laughing and crying. i can't get enough of it. I found it even better because it wasn't too soppy- i mean that Ghost of Christmas future at the end was one of the scariest ever!! I loved Gonzo as the narrator and his little sidekick, all the muppets were brilliant, as was Micheal Caine. Each got to steal the show at some various point. Everything blended and left you with areal happy feeling. All kids must see this, if only to watch those crazy, but adorable muppets!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen many adaptations of the Christmas Carol, but this is perhaps my favorite because of it's irreverant sense of humor yet wonderfully warm Christmas feeling. It's become a tradition with my family to watch it every Christmas. One thing not to miss- the fabulous songs: "Tis the Season" "Bless us All" And many, many, more that will have you humming them all season.