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The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Brian Henson

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About the Movie

'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


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

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

A True Classic

If you liked older movies of this Charles Dickens classic, you'll love this one. As heartwarming as it is funny, it's fun for all ages. The songs in the movie are very catchy and the Muppets peform their roles with great comedy and fun. This is a must have for anyone.


I LOVE THIS MOVIE! First of all, it filled with clever humor for adults and cute puppets for the kids. Second, the music is absolutely fantastic! Paul Williams was at his best writing this festive and catchy music. Michael Caine is a phenomenal Scrooge and it is amazing how seriously he takes his role even as he is surrounded by Muppets. "The Muppet Christmas Carol" has been a part of my Christmas movie-watching tradition for my whole life, and it will be forever!

A Christmas Classic

It just isn't Christmas without the Muppets! I'm happy that this movie has been released on iTunes. I remember seeing this movie when it first came out in theatres and absolutely falling in love with it. Michael Caine is the ultimate Scrooge, and he along with all of the human actors play well with the Muppets and are truly memorable. The performances of all of the puppeteers, too, are terrific, especially Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Steve Whitmire in his first movie performance as Kermit. And, oh, the music! The songs are absolutely wonderful and never get cheesy, and the score is simply beautiful. If you like the Muppets, Christmas, or just hilarious and heartwarming movies, get this!

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