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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Poster

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Michael Caine considers the role of Scrooge to be one of his most memorable (to him).
There is a store called "Micklewhite". Michael Caine's real name is Maurice Micklewhite.
According to Brian Henson, the decision to use Gonzo and Rizzo to narrate the story was made because he wanted to incorporate the narration and prose of the Charles Dickens novel into the film.
The song "When Love Is Gone", as sung by Belle, was recorded and filmed, but then dropped from the theatrical release (over the objections of director Brian Henson) at the request of Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg on the grounds that it would be too sad for young children. This last-minute decision resulted in a jarring and obvious edit in the scene where it was removed, and leaves some confusion to Scrooge, Gonzo & Rizzo's reactions. The scene was restored in the VHS,Laserdisc and first DVD (full screen versions only) releases, but it isn't used in TV airings of the movie, the Blu-Ray releases, or the Netflix version.
This was the first major Muppet project after the death of creator Jim Henson. Henson had performed Kermit the Frog and the role was now being handed down to Steve Whitmire. According to Whitmire he was incredibly nervous about taking over such an iconic character. The night before he had to go record 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.
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.
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.
Jacob and Robert Marley surrounded by wailing cash boxes is a nod to Bob Marley & The Wailers.
The movie is dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt. Henson, of course, was the creator of The Muppets. Hunt was one of the Muppet voice performers, perhaps best known as the voice of the character Scooter. Together, Hunt and Henson performed the characters of Statler and Waldorf, who in this film, are voiced by Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz.
In an interview, Kermit the Frog stated that the most important piece of acting advice ever given to him was by Michael Caine on the set of this film. His advice: "Never blink."
The first feature-length production in which Kermit the Frog's voice was not provided by Jim Henson (who had recently died). Steve Whitmire took over the role.
Towards the end of the film, a tavern called "Statler & Waldorf" (named after the famous Muppet hecklers) can be spotted.
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).
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.
In the book, there is only one Marley: Jacob Marley. Robert Marley was added so that they could be played by Statler and Waldorf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This film is the first production to exclude Muppet characters from Sesame Street (1969).
Originally, the three ghosts that visit Scrooge were to have been played by Miss Piggy, Scooter, and Gonzo (the last of the three as "The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come" - with only his nose sticking out of his dark hood).
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The film did modestly well at the box office, but suffered due to competition from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
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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 Michael Caine was chosen
Richard Hunt could not perform any of the Muppets because he had contracted AIDS. He died 12 months before the film's release.
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This film was originally planned to be a TV special.
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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.
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This movie was never aired on any pay-TV network, up until 2016 when this film was a part of HBO and Cinemax's catalog of archival titles from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. HBO and Cinemax were the first and only pay-TV networks to air this film.
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It wasn't until halfway through production that Michael Caine realized this film was Brian Henson's directorial debut; he was deeply impressed.
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Before production began, 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.", to which Henson replied "Yes, bang on!"
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