Directed by: Brian Henson
Starring: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz
Well, it’s been a REALLY long time since I wrote here, but I haven’t stopped watching movies… just slacking off. Given that, these are probably going to be short since I don’t totally remember them. Heh. Oops.
The Muppet Christmas Carol was the first muppet movie made after Jim Henson died and started the trend of rehashing classic stories with muppets that continued until Muppets From Space, which showed us all why it was great for them to not try to write their own stories. Obviously, this is based off of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” We’ve got Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Statler and Waldorf as Robert and Jacob Marley (splitting up the Jacob Marley character and adding Bob Marley to the mix, also the best part of the movie because I just love those guys), and some new incredibly freaky muppets as the ghosts of Christmas. The movie is actually a pretty faithful adaptation, just with the addition of Gonzo narrating and Rizzo the rat annoying the hell out of everybody.
There’s not really much to say about this one. It’s a good children’s introduction to this classic story, and any good movie based on a Dickens story is good be me, because it means there are fewer people who’ll have to endure his retarded writing style and still get the interesting stories out of it. I enjoyed this one quite a bit just because it’d been a while since I saw a muppet movie of any kind, and those guys are awesome, even when they’re not at the top of their game. Overall, a pretty average film. Some funny parts, some pathos, some (ugh) musical numbers, and Statler and Waldorf. Come on. Awesome.
– More of gravy than grave?
– What a terrible pun! Where’d you get these jokes?
– OOOH HO HO HO HO!