retell their version of the
classic tale of an old and
bitter miser's redemption
on Christmas Eve.
Steve Whitmire - Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit/Various
Dave Goelz - The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens/Various
Jerry Nelson - Tiny Tim Cratchit/Various
Frank Oz - Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit/Various
David Rudman - Peter Cratchit/Various
Don Austen - Ghost of Christmas Present/
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Jessica Fox - Ghost of Christmas Past
Robert Tygner - Ghost of Christmas Present/Various
Through every iteration that was based on one of Charles Dickens' stories, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is one of these examples of great classic literature adapted in film. Read in a million times than OLIVER TWIST and GREAT EXPECTATIONS, it remains as one of Dickens' celebrated works and one of his very best. One of the best movie adaptations of the novel I ever saw was THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. I haven't reviewed any movies that featured the Muppets (excluding the 2011 revival), my childhood memories are about to be rediscovered through this retelling of a classic story. Hilarious, jovial and heartfelt, it's exactly what a Christmas movie should be. Though this modern version of Dickens' classic tale doesn't change much in terms except for the cast and presentation.
Michael Caine's portrayal of Ebenzer Scrooge shows that he can instantly perform as a miserly old man who discourages Christmas and later learns the meaning of the holiday spirit and becomes a changed man. This was one of his finest hours of acting and even his interpretation could not be surpassed by Jim Carrey's and other actors' versions of the character. It's nice to see all the Muppet characters again, even Kermit the Frog who is Bob Cratchit with Miss Piggy as his wife and The Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat are the narrators of the story. The set design is flawless and the songs have a whimsical charm and an atmospheric quality that profoundly measures up to the yuletide magic of the movie.
This could have ended the Muppets' future after its creator Jim Henson's unexpected passing, it somehow lives up to many expectations. THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL is the best of the Muppet movies and certainly worth dusting off from your collection. It is firmly recommended for viewers that were familiar with both Dickens and the characters that inhabit the world of the Muppets.