Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve so naturally I have to review a Christmas movie. For today I reached deep under our entertainment center and pulled out a childhood and adulthood favor it of mine. A Muppet’s Christmas Carol.
This is probably my absolute favorite Christmas special of all time. The story of A Christmas Carol is an ancient and well known one first told by Charles Dickens. The tale of a miserly old money lender named Ebenezer Scrooge who is haunted late Christmas Eve by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and through this experience is radically changed for the better. It’s a dark tale full of deep sorrows and frightening revelations as well as some heartwarming and touching sentiments from his faithful clerk Bob Cratchit. But you all know the story.
This is A Muppet’s Christmas Carol; a wonderful and fun spin on the classic and haunting tale. It has all the spook and emotional depth of the original with that fun Muppet’s feel to it. It’s narrated by Gonzo as Charles Dickens and Rizo the Rat as himself. We follow them as they follow Scrooge through his journey of enlightenment. The cast is filled with all our favorite Muppets, from Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to Animal and Uncle Sam.
So why do I like this version so much? Why do I enjoy it far more than any other version of A Christmas Story I’ve ever seen? Well because it’s a musical of course! Okay, maybe that’s not the only reason, but it is definitely a factor. As always the music is wonderful and sets the mood so well. The song we get when Ebenezer first appears is chilling and dark and one of my favorites. They’re not all gems, of course. I was never terribly fond of “The Love is Gone” when Belle is breaking up with him, but it’s not an awful song.
I’m probably a huge sap, but I still cry when Tiny Tim is dead, even in the Muppet version. It takes some talent to take a classic story, toss the Muppets in there and still have it be just as beautifully moving as the original. I’m keeping this review short since it is Christmas Eve and I figure no one is actually going to bother checking it today. So with this I say, Merry Christmas every one! Go what A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, even if you’ve already seen it.