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Friday, December 15, 2006

Favorite Christmas Movies 7

This is a musical, and it has Muppets. It is a great flick for the kids... it is A Muppet Christmas Carol!

Dickens' classic tale has been retold so many ways, and I like the touch of funny yet caring the Muppets put in the movie. This was the first major movie by Jim Henson studios after the death of Jim Henson. His son directed the film, and he did well with his first film.

I will steal the plot outline from Wikipedia:

In this adaptation of the Christmas story narrated by Dickens himself (played by Gonzo the Great), it is Christmas Eve in London. The merriment is not shared by Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a surly money-lender who is more interested in profit than celebration. So cold to the season of giving is he that his book-keeping staff, including loyal employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), has to plead with him just to have the day off work during Christmas by pointing out that Scrooge would have no customers on the holiday.

Later that evening, Scrooge finds himself face to face with his former business partners, Jacob and Robert Marley (Statler and Waldorf) who have been condemned to shackles in the afterlife as payment for the horrible deeds they committed in life. They warn him that he will share the same fate if he doesn't change his ways, and foretell the coming of three spirits throughout the night.

Scrooge is first visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, a child-like specter who takes Scrooge on a journey back through time to his youth. He recalls his early school days, during which he focused on his studies; the meeting of a young girl named Belle (Meredith Braun), with whom he would later fall in love; and the final parting between Belle and Scrooge, despite Scrooge's protests that he would marry her as soon as he had enough money. Later, Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, a somewhat forgetful entity who lives only for the here and now. He gives Scrooge a glimpse into the holiday celebration of others, including Bob Cratchit and his family, and Scrooge's own family, who aren't above cracking jokes at Scrooge's expense. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reveals the chilling revelation that young Tiny Tim (Robin the Frog) will not survive the coming year, thanks in no small part to the impoverished existence of the Cratchit family. Furthermore, it is revealed that when Scrooge's own time has passed, others will certainly delight in his absence from the world. It is this final epiphany that jolts Scrooge back into humanity, and makes him vow to celebrate with his fellow man. Scrooge plans a feast for Bob Cratchit and his kin and learns to adopt the spirit of Christmas throughout the year.

Again, here is the full movie! I am sure it will be yanked sometime, but hopefully it stays around till after the holidays!