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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Michael Caine , Dave Goelz , Brian Henson    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the somber tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough--the anarchic humor soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson's Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humor and somber drama undercuts the power of Dickens's drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy. --Sean Axmaker

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Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the somber tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough--the anarchic humor soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson's Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humor and somber drama undercuts the power of Dickens's drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy. --Sean Axmaker


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good -- but missing some parts Jan. 6 2011
By e-beth
Format:DVD
I always loved this movie, so was excited to finally add it to my DVD collection! However, when I watched it I realized they had cut some stuff out -- like one of the songs! If you're a true Muppet Christmas Carol fan, I'd buy the older version.

if you've never seen it, it's a fantastic family movie and one of the best versions of this story I've ever seen. You can watch it over and over again and still see something new in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic!! Dec 15 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great film. If you have a heart you will love this. Michael Caine gives an amazing true to life performance here. Somehow tapping into the very depth of the character and you can't help but feel that he's somehow living out his own personal demons from his own life. Who would ever believe that someone could give such a performance for a silly muppet movie? Yet Michael Caine somehow takes hold of this role and makes it his own and turns this into a wonderful film of incredible human depth and meaning. And more interesting is the fact that he plays the role of a Scrooge who is less of an evil man and more of a blind heartless man. Thats really how Dickens wrote it. In that regard everyone can see himself as a potential Scrooge and can identify with the things they've done in life which have been Scrooge-like. I've seen grown men sob and have to leave the room after watching the scene in which Scoorge see's himself as a young man foolishly losing the only woman that ever loved him. It's a moment in which love dies in his life and he doesn't even know it. As a young man, he simply walks away - he feels nothing. But now an old man many years later, he's a broken soul and all he can do is stand behind this lost love, who is now only a shadow of the past and sob in terrible sorrow. He asks the ghost of christmas past, "how can you take delight in showing me this?" With that moment, the truth of life is made reality and he understands the past can never be undone or changed. There is something very beautiful and great about this film and no matter what religion or belief you have, the message is universal. You can easly identity with the most important message. Don't waist your life in fear and pride and ignorance. Open your heart and stop yourself in your tracks. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Being a literature professor who specialized in Charles Dickens, I have had a number of people mention in a teasing way "The Muppets Christmas Carol." They expect me to burst an artery in fury and indignation and are surprised to find me not only acknowledging the film but also praising it. One would think that someone who cherishes the original story as I do would detest a version in which Fezziwig becomes Fozziewig (owner of a rubber chicken factory) or in which an extra brother (Robert) is given to Jacob Marely or (even more incredible) Dickens himself becomes a blue long nosed creature (Gonzo, and who knows what he is?!). And yet this version of the Carol remains at its base exactly what Dickens intended it to be--a story of loss and reclamation. It often surprises those friends of mine who bait me to learn how much of the Muppet Carol remains true to Dickens' vision, even containing elements which match the text better than other versions. For example both the aging of the Ghost of Christmas Present before Scrooge's eyes and the gentle quality of the Ghost of Christmas Future as it leads Scrooge to view his horrible future are elements found originally in the book which are faithfully depicted in this movie if not in many others. However the major reason the film works so is because Michael Caine plays Scrooge straight. He allows the Muppets do their humor, but he portrays the agonizing process needed to change a human being from a self centered man of business to "as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city ever knew." What would Dickens think of this version? I can't say, but I do know that he had no difficulty in having his stories brought to all members of society especially to children. He wrote a children's version of the New Testament as well as several children's versions of his own novels. I think he would have liked the film even with the addition of Robert Marley. END
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Jo
Format:DVD
We wanted to replace our old VHS version of this movie with the DVD and so we bought this one...at the beginning of the film we chose to watch the Widescreen Version and noticed that one of the scenes was missing. I was disappointed about this, but upon further investigation found that the Full Frame Version included on this DVD has the deleted scene in it...so now we are extremely happy to own it on DVD:)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so classic, but... Dec 15 2005
By laura
Format:DVD
I love this movie, so getting it on DVD was great. It's a family and friends tradition ever since I saw it in theatres...probably about 10 years ago. I watched it this year with some "newbies" and I was afraid that the charm was just nostalgia, but they liked it too. The one disapointing thing was that one of the songs is cut. The sappy love song from the middle with Scrooge and Belle. I'm not sure why they did this. I'll still watch my old VHS copy just for that moment.Otherwise, the opening menu with Kermit is a BLAST!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Classic! Disappointing DVD! Dec 2 2003
Format:DVD
A full five-stars for the wonderful "The Muppet Christmas Carol." I am amazed that a fresh and interesting take can be found on the often re-made Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Muppet movies are hit-or-miss at best, and this one is either the top 1 or 2.
Michael Caine is brilliant as Scrooge, and the combination of the completely straight Caine and the antics of the muppets creates a wonderful reality, blending the original ghost story with a heartwarming chaser.
The DVD contains two really nice special features, including a very interesting "Making of..." featurette , and a nice "Christmas's Across the World" featurette. The "Making of...." featurette is one of the most interesting that I have seen, quite long with cast interviews, special effects, song information and pretty much everything you could want.
However, several really disappointing choices were made on this DVD release, including producing a full-screen edition and eliminating the song "The Love is Gone" from the UK edition. When I buy a DVD, I want to full movie, not 75% or it with the edges trimmed off. Also, the exclusion of "The Love is Gone" from the UK edition makes no sense, as it is singled out to be the most important transition point of the movie during the "Making of..." featurette.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Muppets
Timeless entertainment! Classic story told by classic Muppet characters, family friendly, great music. Excellent price on this product, great addition to holiday movies.
Published 2 months ago by Karen Laharty
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This has to be the best series of DVD's every produced. Classic Muppets. Not only for kids, but will appeal to adults also.
Published 5 months ago by Mike Fehr
4.0 out of 5 stars still scary
I bought this DVD because I thought it would tell the Dickens story in a nonscary way. The children that saw the movie with me still found the ghosts scary. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kristin Spicker
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing a song!!
I am incredibly sad that the song 'when love is gone' has been removed and is not even in the extras! Why? It cause a disjointed point in the movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Suze
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
This is the best Christmas movie! Got this bluray for my partner who had gotten me the dvd for our first Christmas. If havent' seen this version you are missing out
Published 6 months ago by Apollo
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
lost a lot of movies in the fire we had and this is another one of them so bit by bit we are finding them on amazon and getting our faves back again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by michelle.perry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever
This is the greatest version of A Christmas Carol You will ever watch.
It is awesome. Not just for kids but for adult kids as well.
Published 7 months ago by David Glidden
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Tradition!
This arrived in perfect shape and it was great to watch the kids reaction to seeing it for the first time. I think it will become a new holiday tradition in our house!
Published 7 months ago by Courtney Cuthbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for the holidays
Overall a great movie to watch around Christmas. Rewatchability is also good with this one due to the great performance by Michael Caine.
Published 8 months ago by C-BASS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Christmas movie
Have always loved this movie and was not disappointed. Christmas is not Christmas until you see this movie. Have always loved the Muppets and they are perfect in this movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Audrey H. Humphrey
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