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There's lots to love in Muppets' 1992 take on Dickens, not least Gonzo's narrative skills

A 1992 re-release in which the Muppets dredge Dickens for a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the classic Christmas tale. Directed by Brian Henson shortly after dad Jim's death, there's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge. Caine is as earnest while blubbing through the "sponge out the writing on this stone" speech in front of Scrooge's grave as he is yakking it up with Beaker and the gang post-epiphany. Gonzo narrates in the guise of the author. "Hey! You're not Dickens!" says Rizzo the rat. He's right, he's not even close, but given the quality of most seasonal fayre, he'll do.

Rating: 3/5

Film adaptationsThe MuppetsCharles DickensComedyHenry Barnes

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