So, after the Eighties updated version and the classic British version, it’s time for the ultimate telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
And today it’s…
24th November, Day 25
The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson, 1992)
On Christmas Eve, we are introduced to Charles Dickins himself (who looks a lot like Gonzo) telling the story on the streets of London to Rizzo the Rat. Ebenezeer Scrooge (Micahel Caine) is a miserly man of business, who thinks of Christmas as nothing more than a humbug. He turns away the men collecting for charity (Dr Honeydew and Bunsen) and his nephew Fred (Stephen Mackintoch, who I last saw in Kick Ass 2) who invites him to come around for Christmas dinner. He gives agrees that his clerk Bob Cratchit (Kermit The Frog) and his bookkeepers the next day off, even though they have a huge pile of repossesions to process.
When he returns home, he see the face of his old business partner Jacob Marley (Statler) in his door knocker, and later that night he is visited by the ghosts of Marley and Marley (Statler and Waldorf). They warn him of his demise if he doesn’t change his ways, and will be visited by 3 spirits during the night. Will Marley be taught the real meaning of Christmas? And which Muppets characters will we meet along the way?
I mentioned that there would be short reviews if time got the better of me. But here, I just don’t need to write a long review for this. It’s an excellent film, truly heart-warming and so funny. The “weakest” parts are actually some of the songs, that don’t always totally hit the mark. Still, the Ghost of Christmas Present is probably the best representation ever put on screen, there’s Fozziwig’s Rubber Chicken factory with a young Statler and Waldorf, and we get to see Kermit and Miss Piggy as a married couple! The very best version of A Christmas Carol in this Snooty Usher’s opinion.
Overall, I give this:
It was always going to be so!
That’s the end of my little Dickens run. It’s time tomorrow for a new modern tale (or at least it’s newer!) with Will Ferrel’s ELF!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol