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A Muppet Christmas Carol Blu-ray

A Muppet Christmas Carol
20th Anniversary Blu-ray
Originally released 1982
Walt Disney Home Entertainment 2012

The Muppet Christmas Carol Blu-ray is a must for family viewing.  This  is an extremely faithful adaptation of the Dickens Christmas classic with a few minor tweaks for Muppetsimilitude. Michael Caine is great as Ebenezer Scrooge and the other muppets are also in fine form. Perhaps part of the success of The Muppet Christmas Carol is it is not centered on Kermit and the usual stars but on Scrooge and his story. The only muppet that is really center stage is Gonzo the Great as narrator Charles Dickens and Gonzo makes a great Dickens

What also makes this adaptation work is the production values and the directing. Director Brian Henson paid special attention to the little details. This is noticeable for example in the segue from Christmas past to Scrooge sitting on his bed.

The one weak element here is the musical numbers by Paul Williams. They are not particularly interesting or musically pleasing and far from memorable. Not that the Muppets do not do their best with what they have. Perhaps the best turn is Statler and Waldorf as the Marley ghosts.

This is a Christmas Carol the whole family will enjoy time and again. The wee ones might be frightened a bit in a couple of scenes but that is what parental supervision is for.

 

You really really really have to pause The Muppet Christmas Carol Blu-ray at least a couple of times during the presentation. The Swedish Chef, chickens, penguins, mice, or a jazz band randomly show up to do a Christmas.

Special features for The Muppet Christmas Carol Blu-ray include Audio Commentary with Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo, and others; Audio Commentary with Brian Henson; Frogs, Pigs and Humbug: a behind-the-scenes feature; a two-minute blooper reel; Pepe Profiles: Gonzo: A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Weirdo; and Christmas Around the World.

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