Over the years Charles Dickens classic Christmas story written in 1843 A Christmas Carol has had many interpretations done in film and even in television. The story of a tyrant who finds the true Christmas Spirit after being visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve remains a timeless testament to the authors work. So, many of us no doubt have our own favorite version of this timeless story. For me that version would be The Muppet Christmas Carol which came out in 1992. As the title says this version stars the Muppets in their fourth theatrical release in various roles from the Dickens Classic. Kermit the Frog Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife,his nephew Robin as Tiny Tim and Gonzo the Great gets the honor of actually narrating the story playing Charles Dickens. The person who takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge is veteran film star Michael Caine, in one of the few roles handle by an actual person in the film.
The story adds the whimsy and comic escapades that fans come to expect from the Muppets. Especially with Gonzo and his side kick in the movie Rizo whose reactions to some of the stuff going on with the spirits is quite priceless in itself. Then there are the special effects and the realistic spirits that are created by the Jim Hansen Productions, and are true to the actual story. Especially the Ghost of Christmas yet to come, who is someone I would never want to meet. The other things that stand out in this film is the great original songs which were composed by Paul Williams along with Caine's realistic performance. He doesn't miss a beat giving his all to the role of Scrooge even if half the time he is working alongside an array of Muppet characters. The transition from tyrant to generous man is believable due to his ability to bring forth the emotion necessary in the scenes.
Anyway, I know that with so many versions of a Christmas Carol done for the big screen all of us have our own personal favorites. This one just happens to be mine, and a Christmas tradition that I always keep is watching it every year. It holds true to the story even with the added comedy and music.
Another thing that makes this film so notable is that it would be the first time the Muppets would hit the big screen without their creator Jim Hansen. He would have died before this film was released and it was dedicated in his memory. For me it was a good last tribute to the man's work and a promise that his work would carry on for years to come, which of course it has.
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