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Gotta Love Those Muppets!!!

So everyone knows the story of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ We all grew up with it as our bedtime story at this time of year, if we hadn’t we wouldn’t know who Charles Dickens was. This week is going to be December and officially Christmas season and mayhem in the shops, so instead of fighting for parking and a bargain why not sit in front of your fire with a cup of tea and a Christmas move?

This film is about Ebenezer Scrooge, who is a wealthy yet lonely man in the 19th century. He is a very cruel and bitter old man who hates the jolly season of Christmas. This film is even better again because there is only one non muppet in this adaptation of this classic. We see our favourite friends, Kermit the Frog as loyal Bob Cratchet and of course his wife Miss Piggy. The film also needs its narrators which are the legendary Gonzo the Great and Rizzo the Rat.

This classic tale is about Scrooge who hates the season of Christmas and lets everyone know about it. Instead of spreading his wealth to the less fortunate, he keeps to himself and not even his doting nephew can bring out the festive feeling in him. On Christmas Eve, while sitting me his pajama’s, he is suddenly frightened by noises. He then discovers, floating up the stairs are the ghosts of his old business partners, the Marley brothers. They tell him on that night that he will be visited by three ghosts, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas’s Yet to Come.

He has his first visit and is shown his past, which we see that he very much so regrets. He sees how he gave up the love of his life for his job and wealth. He also witnesses his childhood years where he had no friends. He then is brought back to his house where he waits for the next ghost to appear. The Ghost of Christmas Present, brings to all those that are closest to him and how they cherish the little they have. Like Bob Cratchet, who has little in material things but is the wealthiest man when it comes to his family. Scrooge sees how ill Tiny Tim is so ill and wonders if he will be with them for the next Christmas. Lastly after waiting a long time, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost he feared the most, the Ghost of Christmas’ Yet to Come. He is brought to the grave yard where he sees his own head stone. It is there that he learns that no matter how wealthy you are that your money cannot attend your funeral instead of people.

Once he gets sent back to his home and realises that he has not missed Christmas, he goes off round the streets delivering gifts to everyone he has ever been cruel to. They all join in the Cratchet household for a sing-song and turkey. From that day on Scrooge changed his ways and brought the spirit of Christmas to everyone he came in contact with all year round.

This is a very up lifting film that I adore. There is singing but not too much that you would get annoyed. It is directed by Brian Henson who is the son of the well-known Jim Henson, who created the muppets. It was made in 1992 and starring the magnificent Michael Caine as Scrooge. I would give this film 10 out of 10. No matter how old I get, I still love the muppets.

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One Comment on “Gotta Love Those Muppets!!!”

  1. diarmuidlc March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    BEST. MOVIE. EVER!!

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