Director: Brian Henson
Original Release: 1992
Choice: Our Girl's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Muppet Christmas Carol was the first Muppet film to be released after Jim Henson's death so the faithful among us were still getting used to Steve Whitmire performing Kermit. I saw it in the theater while I was in college. I may even have dragged a friend on the hour drive to Des Moines so we could watch on opening night. I have never read the original book by Dickens but the movie earns high marks from critics for its faithful rendition. It is my second favorite of the Muppet movies - after the first one in 1979, of course. The usual Muppet hijinks offsets the dark Dickensian atmosphere very nicely.
Gonzo narrates as Dickens himself with Michael Caine as an outstanding Scrooge and Kermit playing Bob Cratchit. Most of the old favorites make cameos, too. Statler and Waldorf are Jacob and Robert (Hahaha!) Marley. Robin plays Tiny Tim. Fozzie is Fozziwig. Scooter is notably absent. His puppeteer, Richard Hunt, had also recently passed. The best new puppets are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The last is wonderfully creepy and served as my mental image of the Dementors while reading the Harry Potter series.
There's a new Muppet film set for release in March: Muppets Most Wanted.