Rated: G Reviewed by: Chris Release date: December 11, 1992 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
A Christmas Carol with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cratchit, what more could you ask for? Well, maybe the formidable talent of Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Charles Dickens' story was never portrayed quite so charmingly before. Narrated by Gonzo as Dickens, live actors and muppet characters mingle in this musical version
Scrooge encounters three new muppets. The Spirit of Christmas Past is a beautiful little China doll figure, floating and waif-like; Christmas Present is a huge, red-haired, good-natured fellow and Christmas Future is a tall, willowy, grey creature with bony fingers and a faceless hood.
Many new little fur balls show up here: bookkeeping rodents, singing vegetables and a bevy of cute, cuddly critters.
The film is directed by the late Jim Henson's son Brian and produced by Frank Oz, who also provides the voice for Miss Piggy.
The London set is charming and shown at its best when Scrooge and Christmas Past fly over it at night.
The musical score by Paul Williams is neither memorable nor peppy enough to tap your toes to.
Little children may be frightened by Christmas Future and the cemetery visit, but older kids and adults alike will be enchanted that Henson's Muppet genius continues.
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