The Muppets Christmas Carol

Directed by Brian Henson (1992) starring Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson and Frank Oz


Based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, the Muppets take on ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The story follows the redemption of the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is undergoes a dramatic conversion of heart through the joy of Christmas.


Fun Fact: 95% of what Gonzo says in the film is prose from Charles Dickens.

Plot:

Set on Christmas Eve, in 19th Century London, Charles Dickens (played by Gonzo the Great) and his friend Rizzo act as narrators to guide us through the story. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a surly moneylender, does not share the merriment of Christmas. Scrooge rejects his nephew Fred’s invitation to Christmas dinner, dismisses two gentlemen collecting money for charity, and tosses a wreath at a carol singing Bean Bunny. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit (played by Kermit the Frog) and the other bookkeepers ask to have Christmas Day off, since there will be no business for Scrooge on the day, to which he reluctantly agrees. Scrooge leaves for home while the bookkeepers celebrate Christmas. In his house, Scrooge encounters the ghosts of his late business partners Jacob and Robert Marley (played by Statler and Waldorf), who warn him to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife like they were. They tell him that three spirits will visit him during the night. The story then follows the events of that Christmas Eve, as the spirits attempt to redeem Scrooge’s soul.