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4.0 out of 5 stars Good -- but missing some parts
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...
Published on Jan. 6 2011 by e-beth
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it
I really can't believe it. I've waited for so long for this DVD and now I know that it is a "edited version" of the original film. WHAT? I should buy a cutted version of the movie? Are you crazy? Selling this, Walt Disney is fooling us all. It's like to buy a "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci with just the face and without the body, the hands and the mountains. I wonder...
Published on Dec 26 2003 by idefix7
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Awesome! Wonderous!,
There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful this movie is! You watch the movie and don't think that you are watching a bunch of puppets, you become engrossed in the classic Dickens story in this totally wonderful retelling. The songs, oh the songs, they are wonderful too. If I could own only 1 movie, this would be the one I pick. I watch it over and over as if watching it (in awe) for the first time. I would gladly pay an outrageous sum of money for a DVD or a CD-soundtrack of this film.
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!,
I thought this was perhaps the best adaptation of the Dickens' tale yet. First of all, Micheal Caine delivers a wonderful performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. He plays along wonderfully with his co-stars. The Muppets themselves, especially Gonzo as Charles Dickens and Rizzo the Rat as himself, are equally wonderful. They have the Muppet zest, freshness and vitality featured in "The Muppet Show". The music is very good too, and most of the songs are quite memorable. All in all, I beleive this may be my favorite Christmas movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Best Version of Dickens' Tale (No Kidding!),
This movie has become a regular holiday tradition in our home (along with It's A Wonderful Life) and I'm serious when I say it may well be my favorite version of Dickens' classic story. Yes, it has the typical Muppet elements (it is very funny at times), but stays true to the story and is actually quite moving. Michael Caine is a thoroughly convincing and wonderful Scrooge. Few actors could portray the transformation of Scrooge with such a mix of humor and warmth, and with Muppets no less! Paul Williams' musical score is fantastic and it's a wonder to me that he didn't receive more acclaim for it (it far surpasses the recent Disney scores of Tim Rice and others). Make this movie a tradition for your holidays...adults and children alike will be glad you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously accurate!,
At first, its easy to be skeptical of the idea of this classic of literature being portrayed by a frog, a pig, and their assorted friends. Believe it or not, however, this is probably the most touching rendition of "A Christmas Carol" I have ever seen! Although the Muppets present things in a light and sometimes downright silly way, the characters are so incredibly likeable that I really "got" the point of the story from watching this version.
The video features sarcastic humor and visual jokes and will make you laugh from beginning to end. At the same time, you can't help but care for all the characters, and you really are concerned for Tiny Tim and his family, almost forgetting that they are frogs and pigs. The video transitions neatly back and forth from humor to sensitivity. Although obviously this video is not completely accurate to the details of Dickens's version of the story, the spirit that he was trying to convey is definately present. Aside from the adorable plot, the music in this movie is wonderful! The songs are touching and memorable, and the fact that they are sang by rats and vegetables is just an added bonus. "It feels like Christmas" is absolutely adorable!
Don't think this video is just for kids either! Even my father couldn't help but chuckle at the dry humor of Gonzo in his role as Charles Dickens. This is a video that the family can watch and rewatch together, and should become a part of anyone's Christmas tradition.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest holiday movies.,
I love Christmas movies. I love the kindness, and love, and warmth in these movies, even if they aren't about Jesus Christ. It helps to show that people can be good, and kind, and caring. That's what the whole season is about, to my mind. Christmas movies show us that. And this is a great movie, because it is very much a perfect Christmas movie. The songs are absolutely perfect ("It Feels Like Christmas" is probably one of my favorite Christmas songs now), the acting (both human and puppet) is great, and the story is very true to the actual novel by Dickens. The dialogue is both funny and touching, and it makes a lot of points that you both wouldn't expect in a Muppet movie, and wouldn't see the first time around. In short, this is a great movie that gets better every time you watch it. So watch it, and watch it...
4.0 out of 5 stars I NEVER Would Have Thought It Possible!,
As an English Major, I abhor it when movies desecrate timeless classics of literature. (Disney's desecration of Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" offended me to the quick.) As charming as the muppets are, I never would have thought that they could tell the story of Dickens' "Christmas Carol" so well! Interestingly the personalities of the different muppets actually do coincide with the the characters from Dickens' book quite well. Even Mrs Piggy's outbursts and harsh remarks are not very distant from the actual character in the book. The truth is, the movie is so well done, that you almost lose awareness of the fact that the majority of characters are puppets. The images and music are very well done. I still feel Caine is at his absolute best in his role as Detective Fred Abberline in "Jack the Ripper." But, he is one of the best Scrooges I have ever seen. I honestly feel this movie accomplishes something wonderful. Not only does it tell the story very well, but the use of the muppets can actually get children interested in the timeless works of Charles Dickens.
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Christmas tradition,
Every year my family has invited friends over to participate in the yearly viewing of this wonderful movie. It's become a tradition. Now that my children are grown, I'm buying each of them their own copy so they can continue the yearly practice wherever they're stationed. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and touching,
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I went to see this movie in the theater when it came out and found it hilarious then. We sat in front of several football players from University of Kansas and they laughed as hard as we did. But aside from being funny, this is a very lovely film. It's one of the great stories of all time, and the fact that most of the characters are puppets only adds to the magic. Michael Caine plays it straight and, in so doing, makes a genuinely poignant Scrooge. Watch it carefully - there are subtle pieces in there which take attention to notice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Henson does his father proud!,
One of the finest renditions of Dickens' classic tale can be found in Brian Henson's Muppet Christmas Carol. The soundtrack is wonderful, the Muppets perfectly "cast", and Michael Caine, now an Oscar-winner, adds an immeasurable charm to the story as Scrooge. I would recommend this film to kids and adults of all ages. I'm in college and I love it. Not since the Fozzie Christmas TV special have the Muppets come together so delightfully for a holiday. Jim Henson was in that one for a moment, and this one does great service to his memory. Great Job Brian Henson!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version yet!,
I grew up loving the Muppets, so perhaps all the happy childhood memories and hours of viewing pleasure that they gave me have caused me to be extremely biased in their favour, but I say in all sincerity that this endearing, enjoyable film is another triumph for Brian Henson and his creative team as they utilise his late father's wonderful creation, those lovable Muppets, in this wonderful movie retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story. Other film remakes of this story have been quite frightening (at least to me) but given the Muppet touch, it emerges as a merry, loving, winsome, and moral tale with a catchy musical score that will illustrate the true meaning of Christmas to even the most ardest Grinches around! Michael Caine is the most believable Scrooge of them all, and he is wonderfully supported by a cast of Muppet characters who help him to realise that the lasting spirit of Christmas must be kept in the heart all year around and not just during the festive season. This is a movie which can be enjoyed throughout the year and not just on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! Parents, buy or rent this movie for your children. I guarantee that it will entertain you as much as it will them.
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