Friends! It’s properly nearly Christmas and so what better time to revisit the film that HeyUGuys readers voted as their favourite Christmas film ever.
The Muppet Christmas Carol back on the big screen from 4 December, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. And frankly there’s enough goodwill in a single frame of Brian Henson’s festive classic to assuage even the most curmudgeonly of Scrooges.
And here’s Kermit himself to introduce the film to you,
‘Hard to believe it’s 25 years since we made The Muppet Christmas Carol. Seems like only yesterday we were on the set, listening to Rizzo yell at Gonzo: “Light the lamp, not the rat!”. (P.S.: His tail is fine now.) I’m so excited that—starting 4 December—we’re celebrating this 25th Anniversary by bringing The Muppet Christmas Carol back to cinemas here in the UK and Ireland. I hope all of you will join me, Scrooge (better known as our pal, Sir Michael Caine), as well as assorted bears, pigs, penguins and whatevers at this happy holiday return to the big screen. And remember, folks – wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Brian Henson directs his late father’s creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit’s wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the sombre tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough–the anarchic humour soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson’s Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humour and drama undercuts the power of Dickens’s drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy.
All images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney