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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.

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Brian Henson

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Scrooge
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens / Robert Marley / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Betina Cratchit / Rat / Zoot (voice)
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)
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
Meredith Braun Meredith Braun ... Belle
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Clara
Raymond Coulthard ... Young Scrooge
Russell Martin Russell Martin ... Young Scrooge
Theo Sanders Theo Sanders ... Young Scrooge
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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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Official Sites:

Official site

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:

$27,281,507

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,090,708
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Hunt could not perform any of the Muppets because he had contracted A.I.D.S. He died one year before this movie's release. See more »

Goofs

During the Fozziwig party, Animal and Rolf the dog are seen playing a drum kit and a normal piano. These instruments would not had been invented in the early 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Kermit the Frog: If you please Mr. Scrooge, it's gotten colder, and the bookkeeping staff would like to have an extra shovel full of coal for the fire?
Rat #1: We can't do the bookkeeping, all our pens have turned to inkcicles!
Rat #2: Our assets are frozen!
Ebenezer Scrooge: How would the bookkeepers like to be suddenly... UNEMPLOYED?
Rats: [singing] HEAT WAVE. This is my island in the sun...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature the names of the Muppet characters as the Christmas Carol characters they portray. (Kermit The Frog as Bob Cratchet, etc). The ending credits list the voice actors and puppeteers themselves. See more »

Alternate Versions

The musical sequence "The Love is Gone" is missing from the UK DVD versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

When Love Is Gone
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams
Performed by Meredith Braun and Michael Caine
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User Reviews

Does the word "brilliant" mean anything?
26 December 2000 | by bellebookSee all my reviews

That question pretty much sums up my reaction to "The Muppet Christmas Carol", a hilarious, yet touching film.

What did I like about the movie? Just about everything! Michael Caine made a great Scrooge, and this film showed us, possibly better than just about any other version I've seen, just how Scrooge came to be such a miser (although that could partly be because the versions I saw which really go into Scrooge's childhood were clearly adult versions, which meant they could be more subtle in their explanations). To Caine's eternal credit, he made Scrooge very believable, which is no small feat considering most of his fellow cast members were puppets.

And what about the Muppets? They were also brilliant! Kermit made an excellent Bob Cratchit, loyal and humble, and he had a wonderful tribute to Tiny Tim which also served as a brilliant tribute to Jim Henson. Miss Piggy was a great Mrs. Cratchit, feisty yet very loving toward Bob (the worst of her temper was thankfully muted by the story). Fozzie the Bear was a hilarious Fozziwig, and The Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat made a great team, having some of the best lines out there (my favorite is Rizzo's "Light the lamp, not the rat! Light the lamp, not the rat!"). The ghosts were definitely believable (and in the case of the two Marley Brothers, hilarious as well). Incidentally, the original text had only one Marley -- Jacob, but to get the two comedians from the balcony in the story, Robert Marley was added.

Finally, the songs were rather good, with the best one (in my humble opinion) being "When Love is Gone".

So, I firmly recommend "The Muppet Christmas Carol" to one and all.

Belle Book


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