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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  11 December 1992 (USA)
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The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Belinda Cratchit / Beetle / Lips / Pig Gentleman (voice)
Tiny Tim Cratchit / Jacob Marley / Ghost of Christmas Present / Lew Zealand / Ma Bear / Mouse / Mr. Applegate / Penguin / Pig Gentleman / Pops / Rat (voice)
Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit / Fozzie Bear as Fozziewig / Sam the Eagle as Headmaster of Junior High Graduates / Animal / George the Janitor / Horse and Carriage Driver / Vegetable Salesman (voice)
Rat / Peter Cratchit / Old Joe / Swedish Chef (voice)
Don Austen ...
Robert Tygner ...
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (performer) / Ghost of Christmas Past (performer) / Turkey / Additional Muppets (uncredited) (voice)
Meredith Braun ...
Robin Weaver ...
Russell Martin ...
Theo Sanders ...


A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

11 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Muppets Weihnachtsgeschichte  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


$27,281,507 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Jacob and Robert Marley surrounded by wailing cash boxes is a nod to Bob Marley & The Wailers. See more »


The Marleys make a reference to "teddy bears," a named derived from President Theodore Roosevelt who was born about 15 years after A Christmas Carol takes place. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: [in the graveyard] Must we return to this place? There is something else that I must know, is that not true? Spirit, I know what I must ask. I fear to, but I must. Who was the wretched man whose death brought so much glee and happiness to others?
[the spirit points to a headstone, Scrooge begins moving toward it, then turns back, frightened]
Ebenezer Scrooge: Answer me one more question. Are these the shadows of things that *will* be, or are they the shadows of things that *may* be only?
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include a credit for "Rizzo's personal caterer". See more »


Version of A Christmas Carol (1950) See more »


Finale - When Love Is Found / It Feels Like Christmas
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams
Performed by Michael Caine, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Brian Henson, Mike Quinn, Karen Prell, David Rudman, Louise Gold, Frank Oz, and Meredith Braun
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God bless us all,every one!
8 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

A fine film that will put all you Christmas lovers into a festive,Christmassy mood and even those who aren't so optimistic about the festive season,it will definately lighten your hearts and cheer you up!

The traditonal story of Ebenezer Scrooge-who despises Christmas above everything else is closing up for Christmas Eve and goes off home 'humbugging' everyone who wishes him a 'Merry Christmas'.When he's sitting in his home,he's visited by his old fellow workers-Jacob and Robert Marley and they bring him the news that he will be visited by three ghosts that very night when the clock strikes one.Terrified,Ebenezer goes to bed and is visited by the three ghosts-the ghost of Christmas Past who shows him previous experieneces of Christmas in his own past,The ghost of Christmas Present who shows Ebenezer the present Christmas and finally the ghost of Christmas yet to come who shows Ebenezer his future-which isn't very good.Ebenezer is terrified and vows to change his evil,wicked ways and to rejoice Christmas. And so he does and makes everyone else around him happy.

A fine film portrayed brilliantly by Michael Caine and the muppets-Kermit the frog,Miss.Piggy and The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens narrating the film himself.The best out of them all!

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