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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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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.

Director:

Brian Henson

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Jerry Juhl (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Scrooge
Kermit the Frog ... Bob Cratchit
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens / Robert Marley / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Betina Cratchit / Rat / Zoot (voice)
Miss Piggy ... Emily Cratchit
The Great Gonzo ... Charles Dickens
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Belinda Cratchit / Beetle / Lips / Pig Gentleman (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Tiny Tim Cratchit / Jacob Marley / Ghost of Christmas Present / Lew Zealand / Ma Bear / Mouse / Mr. Applegate / Penguin / Pig Gentleman / Pops / Rat (voice)
Rizzo The Rat ... Self
Fozzie Bear ... Fozziwig
Frank Oz ... 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)
David Rudman ... Rat / Peter Cratchit / Old Joe / Swedish Chef (voice)
Don Austen Don Austen ... Ghost of Christmas Present (performer) / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (performer)
Jessica Fox ... Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
Robert Tygner Robert Tygner ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (performer) / Ghost of Christmas Past (performer) / Turkey / Additional Muppets (uncredited) (voice)
Steven Mackintosh ... Fred, Scrooge's Nephew
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt. Henson created the Muppets, and Hunt was best known as the voice of Scooter. Together, Hunt and Henson performed the characters of Statler and Waldorf. See more »

Goofs

This may not count as a "character error". When Scrooge is showing Dr. Honeydew and Beaker the door, it would appear Beaker flips off Scrooge and it somehow slipped past the censors, likely due to the fact that Beaker doesn't actually have fingers. See more »

Quotes

Rizzo the Rat: Rats don't understand these things.
Gonzo: You were never a lonely child?
Rizzo the Rat: I had twelve hundred and seventy four brothers and sisters.
Gonzo: Boy! Rats don't understand these things!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Older American TV broadcasts of the film not only use "When Love is Gone" (as in the VHS), but also has an extended version of "Marley and Marley" with an extra verse reinstated. The full version of the song can be heard on the soundtrack album. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Island in the Sun
Written by Harry Belafonte and Irving Burgie
Performed by The Bookkeepers
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Jim would be proud.
30 November 2001 | by divaclvSee all my reviews

Brian Henson does his dad proud in this, the first Muppet feature filmed after Jim Henson's death. All the things which have made the Muppets appealing--charm, humor, tenderness--are very much in evidence in this adaption of Charles Dickens' much-retold classic.

Michael Caine fills the central role of Ebeneezer Scrooge admirably, throwing himself into the part with much energy and gusto. Familiar Muppet faces take up several roles--Kermit and Miss Piggy as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, Robin as Tiny Tim, elderly hecklers Statler and Waldorf as the Marley brothers (Dickens' character Jacob and original creation Robert)--with new Muppets designed for the roles of the three Christmas ghosts. The result is a somewhat fanciful 19th-century London where humans, animals, talking vegetables, and various undefinable creatures live side-by-side. In spite of potential complications the concept works very well, thanks to the spirited performances by both actors and Muppet handlers.

Gonzo (adopting the persona of Dickens himself) and Rizzo the Rat narrate the story and add a healthy dose of humor to the proceedings. But the film knows when to be serious--the climactic scene focusing on Christmas Yet to Come is as eerie and touching as it should be. And ultimately, the resolution leaves one with the warm, peaceful joy synonomous with the season. Definitely a movie which deserves a place among the family classics of the holidays.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Muppet Christmas Carol See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,010,109, 13 December 1992

Gross USA:

$27,381,507

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,574,382
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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