I like this version of
the movie. It is pretty faithful to the story, and features some
brilliant moments of comedy, both in the main characters, as well as
with the backgrounds, which are mainly made up of Muppets. Every
head of lettuce gets to sing or smirk, every lamb or penguin gets to
dance or bow its head shyly.
Gonzo (playing Dickens) and Rizzo the Rat (only there for the
food) are great. They get to be part of the story, while remaining
unseen by the characters that matter, but (as with Rizzo and the cat in
the Past) they also get to interact with the scenery. Beautiful!
But I thought the ghosts were a little less convincing.
Perhaps they should have been Muppets that we knew, but I think that might
have reduced their effectiveness even further. The ghost of Christmas
Yet-To-Come was the least convincing, as he looked like a man in a too-large
I also thought Scrooge came over to the Christmas spirit a little
too quickly. He had no sympathy for his past self, which I thought
should have been there. Of course, this version is for the kids,
so it can't be too scary or depressing. But I thought a little more
of a hint of the old scrooge should have been present until he sees Tiny
Speaking of Bob Cratchit's family, they were the best.
The two girls (pigs, of course), followed their mom's attitude perfectly,
while also smothering their mom like Miss Piggy has always done.
The boys (frogs) were angels, without a mean bone in their bodies.
But it was still really fun. This is one of my favourite
versions of A Christmas Carol.