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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Director:

Kirk R. Thatcher

Writers:

Tom Martin, Jim Lewis
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Mr. Poodlepants / Statler - Assistant (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Waldorf (voice)
Bill Barretta ... Pepe the Prawn / Rowlf the Dog / Swedish Chef / Johnny Fiama / Bobo the Bear / Howard / Lew Zealand (voice)
Eric Jacobson ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Yoda (voice)
David Arquette ... Daniel
Joan Cusack ... Rachel Bitterman
Matthew Lillard ... Luc Fromage
William H. Macy ... Glenn
Whoopi Goldberg ... Daniel's 'Boss'
Carson Daly ... Self - Cameo Appearance
Kelly Ripa ... Self
Joe Rogan ... Self - Cameo Appearance
Molly Shannon ... Self - Cameo Appearance
Robert Smigel ... Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (voice) (as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog)
Zach Braff ... Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian
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Storyline

The owner of a bank (Miss Bitterman) wants to own the Muppet Theatre so she can build a nightclub over it. After she tricks Pepe into giving her the only copy of the contract between her father and the Muppets, she changes it so the Muppets have very little time to pay a debt they owe. Meanwhile, the Muppets are trying to put on a Christmas show. After the Muppets are confronted by Bitterman, they make a lot of sacrifices to save up so they can keep the Theatre. Written by sayinoutcast

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More holiday fun than humanly possible!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Snoop Dogg filmed a cameo appearance but his scene was deleted. In an interview with Kermit the Frog on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999), Kermit stated that because of Snoop's involvement in Doggystyle (2001) it was considered inappropriate to have him appear in a Muppet movie. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Bitterman is showing Pepe her Club Dot, her head changes position in front of the window between shots. See more »

Quotes

Kermit: [whispers] Psst, come close.
[Daniel leans foreward and Kermit shouts]
Kermit: I wish I had never been born!
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Crazy Credits

Muppets (tm)\,mu-pets\ 1: a trademark of The Jim Henson Company for a fanciful troupe of famous puppet characters created and performed exclusively by, and/ or for goods and services coming exclusively from, the characters at The Jim Henson Company [var Muppet; The Muppets]; 2: none See more »

Connections

Followed by The Muppets: First Look Presentation (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Everyone Matters
Composed by Desmond Child and Davitt Sigerson
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A Ridiculous Muppet Christmas Indeed
12 December 2004 | by chirpissimoSee all my reviews

I think that the people who made this film had the people who grew up with the Muppets (people in their 20's and 30's) in mind. But that's the problem. We watch the Muppet movies to "escape" from the crap that other movies dish out, not wanting to see a movie that celebrates it. Basically, instead of using a plot, the movie tries too hard to use "pop cultural references" (such as referring to Britney Spears, or Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and also uses inappropriate characters and situations (such as using seemingly gay characters; a rave scene where they have Scooter dancing as a cage dancer in a club, the Shrimp, Pepe, even using the word "sexy", etc.) It's not that we viewers can't "handle" more mature and modern Muppets, it's just that we don't want to. And I don't think parents want their kids to watch this. I just think this kind of stuff would confuse them. Plus the violence, although mild and cartoonish, is unnecessary. They have characters who say "let's go beat up" Fozzie, and fight scenes between humans and Muppets, and Muppets and Muppets, that are uncalled for, and not humorous at all. Bizarrely enough, the humans in this movie (except for one) all have these bizarrely happy smiles on their faces, and don't talk. It's just weird. It's almost like the Muppets are acting worse off than the innocent-looking humans. This movie just failed with me. I was upset how the people who wrote this tried to "sell out" and break something that don't need to be fixed. I will never watch this again, and I would not want to let kids see it. The Muppets have little personality in this, and any plot is substituted with references to other movies, as if the Muppets don't have any worth of their own. Which they should.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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