Monday, 19 December 2016

The Muppet Christmas Carol Review











The Muppet Christmas Carol


Release Date: 11th December 1992 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Jim Henson Productions

Distribution 
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia


Genre: Family/Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 86 minutes


Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $27,281,507 
(USA)


Plot Summary
The Muppet characters
retell their version of the
classic tale of an old and
bitter miser's redemption
on Christmas Eve.


Cast
Michael Caine - Ebenzer Scrooge
Steven Mackintosh - Fred
Meredith Braun - Belle
Robin Weaver - Clara
Jessica Fox - Ghost of Christmas Past (Voice)
David Shaw Parker - Old Joe (Voice)
Edward & Theo Sanders - Young Scrooge
Kristopher Milnes - Young Scrooge
Russell Martin - Young Scrooge
Ray Coulthard - Young Scrooge

Muppet Performers
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

Crew
Producer/Director - Brian Henson
Based on Novel - Charles Dickens
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Jerry Juhl
Executive Producer - Frank Oz
Producer - Martin G. Baker
Production Designer - Val Strazovec
Costume Designer/Consultant - Ann Hollywood 
Costume Designer - Polly Smith
Director of Photography - John Fenner
Choreographer - Pat Garrett
Film Editor - Michael Jablow
Songs and Lyrics - Paul Williams
Music - Miles Goodman


Review
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.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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