It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas
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Join Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet gang in It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie! 'Tis the night before Christmas and the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down. When bad goes to worse, Kermit begins to believe that the world would be a better place if he had never been born. With heavenly help and hilarious send-ups of just about every holiday movie ever made, Kermit and the Muppets discover what matters most is their love for each other. Featuring a celebrity cast including David Arquette, Joan Cusack and Whoopi Goldberg plus show-stopping musical numbers like 'Moulin Scrooge!', this heartwarming holiday classic will bring joy to the world every Christmas season!
Kermit takes center stage in this hilarious, parody-laden celebration of Muppetry, pulsating with original music, a star-studded cast of human cameos, and a heartwarming story reminiscent of "It's a Wonderful Life." Joan Cusack plays the deliciously villainous Miss Bitterman, a ruthless banker who succeeds in foreclosing on the Muppet Theatre only days before Kermit's Christmas extravaganza. As Kermit loses his livelihood, he plunges into the "I wish I'd never been born" mind-set instantly recognizable to George Bailey fans. It's going to take some Divine intervention (Whoopi Goldberg is cast as God, no less), plus a little help from a heavenly "Clarence." Despite some moments where the script seems adrift (how hard it must be to live up to the irresistible precedent set by the 1979 premier Muppet Movie) and some humor that borders on risqué, Fozzie and the gang are in fine form. The message is sweet: dreams are as vital to life as loyal friendships are to see them through. (Ages 5 and older) --Lynn Gibson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was nauseated by the shameful NBC promotions cluttering up what is supposed to be a Muppet movie...not a commercial for Carson Daley Live and Fear Factor! Plus, the addition of such schlock smells desperately like an attempt to appeal to younger viewers simply by throwing in modern fads. Past Muppet movies ("Muppets From Space" aside) were appealing enough without having to stoop to such levels.
I agree with another viewer that the scene of Fozzie running through the lasers was NOT funny and even a tad disturbing...who wants to see a beloved Muppet icon get incinerated?
There were only two musical numbers: one was a confusing Moulin Rouge parody and the other a mediocre song sung by Gonzo.
Joan Cusack overacted to the point of being a distraction in the film.
The movie could lead a fan to fear that the Muppet magic has truly been lost. I certainly hope this is not the case. Up until this film, I thought the least impressive Muppet movie was "Muppets From Space." But that effort is "Citizen Kane" by comparison to this.
Fortunately, their plight has caught the attention of an angel in Heaven. When God sends ï¿½DannyLï¿½ down to help, Kermit wishes heï¿½d never been born. The results surprise him. But how can his revelation that he does matter help them out of their situation?
If you think the plot of this movie sounds like another Christmas movie, youï¿½d be correct. Still, the gang manages to keep us entertained through the entire story with a fantastic show at the theater and with Fozzieï¿½s hilarious attempts to get the money to the bank on time to name a couple fun moments. Some of the jokes will go over kidï¿½s heads, but will make adults laugh out loud. There seems to be a bit too much sexual humor, usually involving Joan Cusackï¿½s Miss Bitterman character. Most of it will go over kidï¿½s heads, but why it needed to be there in a kidï¿½s movie is beyond me. Speaking of whom, Ms. Cusack is over the top, but in a fun, campy performance that does fit the movie. David Arquette is a tad bumbling as DannyL, but Whoopi is enjoyable as God. And there are more cameos then you can shake a stick at.
I guess my biggest complaint with the movie is that itï¿½s not as funny as I was expecting. They take parts of the story quite seriously without the trademark gags and puns we expect from the Muppets. Still, itï¿½s a fun Christmas movie that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Like many people, I grew up on Jim Henson and the Muppets: from Sesame Street to Fraggle Rock to The Muppet Show and The Storyteller and all those great Muppet Movies. I mourned the day Jim Henson died and I was glad that the Muppets have continued to survive after his death.
With that said, IT'S A VERY MERRY MUPPET CHRISTMAS MOVIE isn't quite up to the Muppets of old, but it's getting close and in my opinion is better than MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND or MUPPETS IN SPACE. This movie is a parody of the treasured Christmas classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We are taken back to the Muppet Theatre and years after dismal shows and not much profit, it looks like the Muppets will finally be in the black and have enough money to buy the theatre. Then the big, bad bank lady comes and threatens to take it all away. Kermit is in despair and feels like he has let the whole gang down and thinks the world would be better if he had never been born. Like George Bailey, Kermit gets to see his wish and learns some valuable lessons.
I admit I wasn't happy seeing Whoopie Goldberg play God. However, this is a parody of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and voice overs with twinkling stars would be overkill. I didn't mind the blatant self-promotion by NBC because the Muppets have been blatantly self-promoting themselves for the past 20 years and even when Jim Henson was alive there was a little crossover (every watch "Muppet Babies"?). I also wasn't offended by the scene with Fozzie and the lasers--it seemed more of a tip of the hat to The Looney Toons than anything else.Read more ›
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What can one say about the Muppets? Some Christmas specials you watch bc you feel you have to bc it's tradition. This one you'll wanna watch just bc.Published 19 months ago by Paul Saucier
This is one of the more boring muppet movies. Watch it on tv once and you have seen enough of it. I will watch it again on tv but won't pay for it.Published on Feb. 22 2012 by Korinna
The movie wasn't spectacular, but it was passable Christmas Muppet fair. However, the reviewer who was offended by the Propecia joke is even more stupid than the film was. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by liplash
Our parents bought this DVD for our kids this Christmas and after dinner we all cuddled up on the couch to watch what we thought would be another excellent Muppet movie. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Involved Parent
I love the Muppets and used to watch The Muppet Show each time it was on, so I was thrilled to hear about another Muppet movie. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by zedthezonk
Whatever happened to the good-humoured Muppets. This movie was just plain disturbing. Somehow the magic created by Jim Henson is impossible to recreate because this movie plain... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by V. Rijkborst
I'm not really going to go too much into the plot; I will just say it is a modern muppet version of "It's a Wonderful Life" with some other movies thrown in the mix :)... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Stephanie
Shame on everyone who took part in this. The Muppets have been dragged through the mud with this abysmal movie filled with inappropriate, suggestive dialogue and situations. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by J. Partyka