The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

I’m a big Muppets fan, though I haven’t seen many of their movies.  It’s weird that way, but I thoroughly enjoyed “The Muppet Show” back in the day, and for my money, anything having to do with Muppets will catch my eye.  I’m writing this before the release of The Muppets, so there’s a good chance that my feelings on them could completely turn around depending on how Jason Segel handles the characters.  We’ll see.

Anyways, this is a Muppet adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel and this is the second time this year I’ve seen a fairly accurate and close rendition of the tale, so I was bored.  I’m sorry, it’s true.  This is one of those stories that really should never be made into a movie again.  You are not going to say anything new with it, it is impossible.  The only new thing you can do with it is what Robert Zemeckis did and that is horrify people.  This movie almost accomplishes that too with the frightening Ghost of Christmas Past, but if we’ve learned anything from Jim Henson projects, it’s that occasionally he will terrify us.

Of note is that this wasn’t directed by Jim Henson, as he had somewhat recently passed away.  This was the first Muppets movie to be made without him, and it definitely shows.  It’s wildly uneven, and as previously mentioned, boring.  The songs aren’t catchy, and while Michael Caine does a great job as Scrooge, it’s a shame that performance wasn’t in a better movie.

2 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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