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The Muppet Christmas Carol

  G HD Closed Captioning

Brian Henson

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Plot Summary

'Tis the season for love, laughter, and one of the most cherished stories of all time! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 2000, The Cider House Rules; 1987, Hannah And Her Sisters) gives a performance that's anything but "bah, humbug!" as greedy, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge. One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge's eyes -- and his heart -- to the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with original music and dazzling special effects, this restored and remastered 50th Anniversary Edition of The Muppet Christmas Carol will become a holiday tradition your family will treasure all the days of the year.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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69%
  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There's no great show of wit or tunefulness here, and the ingenious cross-generational touches are fairly rare. But there is a lively kiddie version of the Dickens tale, one that very young viewers ought to understand. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The fit between sentiment and satire is not always a comfortable one and the more dedicated fans of either the story or the Muppets may leave theaters dissatisfied. – Henry Sheehan, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

iTunes didn't *cut* the scene; this widescreen version just doesn't have it

Yes, it's true. That important scene when Scrooge's fiancee sings "When Love is Gone" is, indeed, missing from this version, but it's not true that iTunes cut the scene. This version is the widescreen theatrical version, which does NOT have the scene to begin with. If you want the version with that scene, you need to get the fullscreen version (aka the extended version). The recent DVD re-release of Muppet's Christmas Carol (2006 Anniversary Edition) includes both the fullscreen and widescreen versions of the film, and it's only on the fullscreen version that the love song is included. Unfortunately, what this means is that there is no widescreen version of this wonderful movie with that all-important scene. If you want to see it, you have to go with fullscreen. Apple didn't intentionally cut that beautiful part of the movie out--the only mistake was that they only offer the widescreen version for purchase. While that is usually preferable, in this case where it's the extended fullscreen edition that everybody wants and is familiar with, they should have bought the rights for the fullscreen version. Aside from the love song issue, this movie is absolutely enchanting. I watched it multiple times when I was a child (to the point where I memorized the dialogue verbatim), and I bought the DVD re-release last Christmas (the 2006 Anniversary Edition) and was pleasantly pleased to find that it was still fresh and enjoyable. It could still tug at my heart strings the way it did when I was a girl. This movie's an absolute joy to watch, and Michael Caine is fantastic. It's surprisingly faithful to the book (which will appeal to adults), but it has the humor, levity, music, and the muppets that will appeal to children. The movie is fantastic, but take care to make sure you buy the version you're looking for. The fullscreen extended version has the love song and the widescreen theatrical version does not.

Great Movie, But Missing A Scene

I LOVE this movie, however I noticed that the iTunes version that you download does not have the scene where they sing "The Love is Gone," which is one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. It is a great song, and I can't understand why iTunes would take that entire part out.

Why is one of the songs missing from this movie?

I'm really upset that I paid for this movie and one of my favorite songs is missing from the film. "When Love is Gone" has been removed from the film in this version. I want it back. I adore this film and it is just sad that they'd charge full price and skimp on the content. They should have at least mentioned it somewhere BEFORE people buy it. The movie is fantastic and I highly recommend it...but one of the most touching scenes has been clipped. Tragic.

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