The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Poster


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Sir Michael Caine considers the role of Scrooge to be one of his most memorable (to him).
The song "When Love Is Gone", sung by Belle, was dropped from the theatrical release (over the objections of Brian Henson) at the request of Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, who considered it too sad for young children. The last-minute decision resulted in a jarring edit in the scene, from which it was removed, and caused some confusion about Scrooge, Gonzo, and Rizzo's reactions. The scene was restored in the VHS, LaserDisc, and first DVD (full screen) releases, but it isn't used in television airings, Blu-ray releases, or the Netflix version.
In the final musical scene, a store in the background is called "Micklewhite". Sir Michael Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite.
According to Brian Henson, Gonzo and Rizzo narrate, because he wanted to incorporate the narration and prose of the original novel.
This was the first major Muppet project after creator Jim Henson's death. The role of Kermit the Frog was handed down to Steve Whitmire. He said he was incredibly nervous about taking over such an iconic character. The night before he recorded Kermit's songs for the movie, he had a dream where he met Henson in a hotel lobby and told him how unsure he was. In the dream, Henson reassured Whitmire that the feeling would pass. After waking up, Whitmire was confident and able to do the part.
In an interview, Kermit the Frog stated that the most important piece of acting advice ever given to him was by Sir Michael Caine on the set of this film. His advice: "Never blink."
SERIES TRADEMARK: At the conclusion of the song "One More Sleep", Bob (Kermit the Frog) is seen standing alone in the street and a shooting star can been seen streaking across the sky. In many (not all) of the Muppet movies, a shooting star goes across the sky at some point when Kermit is on.
Before production began, Sir Michael Caine told Brian Henson, "I'm going to play this movie like I'm working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I will never wink, I will never do anything Muppety. I am going to play Scrooge as if it is an utterly dramatic role, and there are no puppets around me." Henson replied "Yes, bang on!"
Dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt. Henson created The Muppets. Hunt was best known as the voice of Scooter. Together, Hunt and Henson performed the characters of Statler and Waldorf.
Halfway through production, Sir Michael Caine realized this film was Brian Henson's directorial debut. Caine was deeply impressed.
Jacob and Robert Marley tell Scrooge to leave comedy to the bears. Statler and Waldorf, who play the Marley brothers, are known for constantly heckling Fozzie Bear for his poor comedy throughout The Muppets productions.
The Ghost of Christmas Past effects were created by making a special puppet that was operated in a tank of water and then green-screened into the film, to make it look like it was floating.
In the commentary, the creators relate a funny story from the screenings. A few children asked what the bookkeepers did wrong, to get coal at the end. It had completely slipped their minds that Santa gives bad children coal in their stockings.
Jacob and Robert Marley surrounded by wailing cash boxes is a nod to Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Towards the end of the film, a tavern called "Statler & Waldorf" (named after the famous Muppet hecklers) can be spotted.
Originally, the three ghosts that visit Scrooge were played by Miss Piggy, Scooter, and Gonzo (as "The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come" with only his nose sticking out of his dark hood).
There are two more songs that are on the soundtrack but aren't in the movie at all. One is "Room in Your Heart", sung by Dr. Honeydew and Beaker as the charity workers. The other is "Chairman of the Board", sung by Sam the Eagle as Scrooge's headmaster. Both were recorded, but dropped from the script before filming started, to help the flow of the story.
Richard Hunt could not perform any of the Muppets because he had contracted AIDS. He died one year before the film's release.
The film did modestly well at the box-office, but suffered, due to competition from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
Look very closely in one of the crowd sequences. One of the background Muppets is a lobster hanging out of a basement window. This is a reference to the line, "like bad lobster in a dark cellar," one of Charles Dickens' weirder turns of phrase.
In the film's first scene, there is a shop sign that reads "Duncan & Kenworthy". Producer Duncan Kenworthy was one of the creators of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock (1983).
This film is the first production to exclude Muppet characters from Sesame Street (1969).
In the book, there is only one Marley: Jacob Marley. Robert Marley was added so that they could be played by Statler and Waldorf.
The theatrical trailer uses music from Beetlejuice (1988), a common practice, which may nonetheless, help explain why the trailer has not appeared on any home video releases.
This movie was never aired on any pay-TV network, up until 2016, when this film was a part of HBO and Cinemax's catalogue of archival titles from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. HBO and Cinemax were the first and only pay-TV networks to air this film.
There's another verse on "Marley and Marley," but only on the soundtrack: We're Marley and Marley, And now it's time to part (doot doot) To go back where they keep our kind, The wretched and the heartless The news we've shared has got you scared We're glad that we got through So make amends (and make some friends!) The future's up to you.
David Hemmings, Ron Moody, Peter O'Toole, David Warner, and George Carlin were among the actors who were considered for the role of Scrooge, before Sir Michael Caine was chosen. Warner had previously played Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (1984).
This film was originally planned to be a television special.
Sprocket from Fraggle Rock (1983) makes a cameo in the opening scene.
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In the novel, the Cratchit family did not have a daughter named Bettina. That character was made-up exclusively for this version.
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A running gag in the film is mishaps happening to Gonzo and Rizzo, especially Rizzo such as falling from Scrooge's window twice, Rizzo being chased by a cat, Rizzo getting his tail set on fire accidentally by Gonzo, Rizzo landing on a cooked goose, and Gonzo being rendered temporarily unconscious, after both he and Rizzo, fall off a coach, when Jacob Marley screams at Scrooge.
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One of the few films where the opening credits list the starring roles and say what characters they are playing (though it's mostly Muppets). Occasionally they will do this with one of the actors.
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Several characters from Fraggle Rock (1983) make appearances in the movie, most of them in crowd scenes. Sprocket the dog is the most notable, but viewers can also spot Mudwell the Mudbunny, Wander McMooch, and several of the Minstrels.
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First Muppet movie where Kermit The Frog isn't the lead role.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This is the only film version where Charles Dickens appears during the story. It is also the only version where Fezziwig, or 'Fozziwig' in this film, is seen alive at the end, as an elderly Fozzie Bear is seen near the end of the film, and unlike the other films and book, Scrooge has several book keepers, rather than just Bob Cratchit as his only member of staff.

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