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‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic
“All my friends have worked with the Muppets. Everybody I know has done a thing with the Muppets and I always felt a little bit left out,” Michael Caine told Et in 1992 on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “But they only did half-hour television shows and I got to do a two-hour movie, so it's great.”

While Caine donned the trademark robes and night cap to portray Ebenezer Scrooge, the reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic also featured Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie as Mr. Fozziewig (modified from Fezziwig), Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit and Gonzo as Dickens, who hilariously narrates the story with Rizzo the Rat. Despite the recognizable names and faces, some voices of the characters would sound a little different to Muppet fans.

Two years prior, at the happiest place on Earth, no less, there was excitement for a new partnership and the creative
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An A-z of Festive Film

If you thought you’d seen the last of Roobla’s alphabetical rundowns with our Halloween effort, think again. With Christmas drawing ever closer, we couldn’t let the big one pass without the A-Z film treatment, so here we go…

A is for Alastair Sim. His performance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol still remains the definitive portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge.

B is for Bruce Willis. You can even get Die Hard festive jumpers now – ho-ho-ho.

C is for Channel 5. This lot love to start early with the Yuletide flicks; in fact I’m sure I saw one during August Bank Holiday.

D is for Disney. From Snow White to Frozen, they’ve made family entertainment into an art form, especially at this time of year..

E is for elves. Played by Dudley Moore and Will Ferrell amongst others, they’ve served Santa well over the years.
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The Muppet Christmas Carol review – Michael Caine shows spirit in magical extravaganza

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are joined by Caine as a hilarious Scrooge in this irresistibly sweet musical adaptation of Dickens’ festive tale

There may be some people who can watch Kermit the Frog’s nephew Robin give his heart-wrenching performance as Tiny Tim in The Muppet Christmas Carol without choking up. I am not among them.

When Dickens was writing A Christmas Carol in 1843, he was said to have taken long night walks through London in a state of passionate euphoria, covering 10 or 15 miles at a time, dreaming his masterpiece into existence. I like to think if in the course of these walks some spirit could have taken him into the future to show him the adaptations to come, this is the one he would have especially favoured. Only an obtuse snob would not see the sweetness and good-nature of The Muppet Christmas Carol from 1992 and now on rerelease,
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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe 'Tried on Wedding Dresses All Day' in New York City

Is Kaitlyn Bristowe ready to say yes to the dress?

The Bachelorette alum got engaged to her fiancé Shawn Booth on the season 19 finale in 2015, and now she’s trying on wedding gowns!

Bristowe, 32, took to social media on Monday to share a sneak peek at the end of her day at a wedding dress showroom in New York City.

“Okay, that is a wrap. I’m still in white,” said Bristowe, who sported a short, plunging white mini dress as she panned the camera over multiple bridal gowns. “Now it’s off to a night to honor Steve Martin and Kermit the frog.
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The Muppet Show: The New Voice of Kermit Performs at The Hollywood Bowl (Video)

There's a new guy in town. Recently, the new voice of Kermit the Frog, Matt Vogel, performed with the Muppets at the Hollywood Bowl.As reported earlier, veteran Muppet performer Steve Whitmire was fired from the Disney franchise after nearly 40 years. Whitmire took over the voice and puppeteering of Kermit in 1990 after creator Jim Henson died. Vogel was named Whitmire's replacement and has been with the Muppets since the mid-'90s.Read More…
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Here’s What The New Kermit The Frog Voice Sounds Like

One of the most beloved Muppets hasn’t always had the cheery disposition it always portrays on stage. Kermit the Frog is as iconic as Jim Henson himself, the creator of the highly successful puppetry show, The Muppets. Henson served as the voice behind Kermit for many years until his death in 1990. Steve Whitmire, who carried the role of Kermit for 27 years, was hired to replace Henson after his death. Being the most recent Kermit, Whitmire’s voice is probably what most people associate Kermit with. Disney fired Whitmire earlier this year, citing unacceptable behavioral misconduct as the main reason.

Here’s What The New Kermit The Frog Voice Sounds Like
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Kermit The Frog’s New Voice By Matt Vogel Unveiled In Short Video

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Steve Whitmire was replaced as the voice of the beloved Kermit the Frog by Matt Vogel, who showed off his voice acting chops for the first time this week. Kermit’S New Voice Unveiled Whitemire took over as the voice of Kermit in 1990 after creator Jim Henson passed away. He was fired suddenly in July, and […]

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Here's your first chance to get used to Kermit The Frog's new voice

Now that most of the Kermit The Frog drama—and oh, what a wonderful time we’re living in, where that has to be a phrase—surrounding Steve Whitmire’s forced departure from the part has died down, Disney and The Jim Henson Company are finally ready to unveil their new Kermit. The two companies did so yesterday,…

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Meet the New Kermit the Frog in Latest Muppets Video

Meet the New Kermit the Frog in Latest Muppets Video
It is the end of one era and the beginning of another for The Muppets. It was recently revealed that after more than three decades, Steve Whitmire had been fired as Kermit the Frog. He was the man who took over the role following Jim Henson's death, so it is a very big deal that someone else is now going to take on the role. That man is Matt Vogel and his very first performance as Kermit the Frog has just been released online.

Matt Vogel makes his debut as Kermit the Frog on the latest Muppet Thought of the Week video, which was released on The Muppets YouTube channel. The video is quite brief, but it does give us a sense of what we can expect from the new Kermit the Frog. The video was supposed to be released a few weeks ago, but following the news of Steve Whitmire's firing,
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Latest ‘Muppets’ Video Features New Voice Of Kermit The Frog

Meet the new Kermit. Well, at least the new voice of Kermit. Disney confirmed to Deadline that Matt Vogel made his debut performance as the voice of Kermit the Frog in a new Muppet Thought of the Week video posted online Monday. In July, Vogel was named as the replacement for Steve Whitmire, who had served as Kermit the Frog’s puppeteer for 27 years. In a blog post, Whitmire claimed he had been blindsided by the news and tried multiple times to remedy the situation. In…
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New Kermit the Frog Voice Debuts

It is official, the new incarnation of Kermit the Frog has arrived.

Muppeteer Matt Vogel made his debut as the beloved character Monday in a new “Muppets Thought of the Week” video published to YouTube.

Vogel becomes only the third person to voice the iconic character; his appointment made national headlines when the former actor, longtime puppeteer Steve Whitmire, had a bitter break with Disney.

Whitmire said he was pushed out over his concerns the character was being altered too much from creator Jim Henson's original inception. Disney said he was let go due to his long track record of unprofessional...
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Kermit The Frog's New Voice Sounds a Lot Like Kermit The Frog! You Can Listen to it Now

"Dreams are how we figure out where we want to go. Life is how we get there. I’m headed this way."

As you may have already heard, last month longtime Kermit the Frog performer Steve Whitmire was fired by Disney. He has been the man behind Kermit for almost 30 years, ever since Jim Henson passed away in 1990. But, due to a series of events he was fired over “unacceptable business conduct.”

Disney has since replaced Whitmire with Matt Vogel and he recently made first public debut as the classic character. A clip has surfaced online featuring Vogel voicing Kermit and you know what? He sounds a lot like Kermit the Frog! I doubt anyone is going to complain. There are some very subtle differences, but most people probably won't notice. It seems like Disney got the perfect guy to take on the character. You can check out the clip below.
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Listen to Kermit the Frog’s New Voice (Video)

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Listen to Kermit the Frog’s New Voice (Video)
One month after Steve Whitmire was fired from voicing Kermit the Frog, fans of the Muppets can hear the new voice of the famous green puppet. In Monday’s “Muppet Thought of the Week” video, we see Kermit giving us some life lessons: “Dreams are how we figure out where we want to go. Life is how we get there.” In July, it was announced that Whitmire, the longtime performer behind the famous green puppet, would leave the Muppets after nearly 30 years. Matt Vogel, who voiced and operated Kermit’s doppelganger Constantine in the 2014 film “Muppets Most Wanted,” took over the role.
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Listen to the New Voice of Kermit the Frog

Listen to the New Voice of Kermit the Frog
A month after longtime Kermit performer Steve Whitmire was fired by Disney, the new voice of Kermit the Frog has debuted in an online clip. Matt Vogel just made his first public debut as the voice of Kermit, a role that has long been held by Whitmire since Jim Henson passed away in 1990, in a brief YouTube clip […]

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Ex-Kermit Actor: My Firing Is ‘the Worst Thing That Could Happen to This Character’

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Ex-Kermit Actor: My Firing Is ‘the Worst Thing That Could Happen to This Character’
Steve Whitmire continues to weigh in on getting fired by Disney as the voice of Kermit the Frog after 27 years. Whitmire, who announced earlier this month that Muppets Studio replaced him by Matt Vogel, told CNN on Tuesday that he felt “absolute shock” when he learned that he was losing his job. “It was exactly the same feeling as the moment I was told Jim had died,” Whitmire said. “It was the worst thing that could happen to this character. It’s not the worst thing that could happen to me, although it’s pretty bad.” Also Read: Fired Kermit.
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