This week for the ‘Tis The Season Cinema Erin and I watched The Muppets Christmas Carol. I watched it with my kids.
I thought I’d give you a blow-by-blow of our watching experience for something different this week.
After we open with the film being dedicated to Muppets creator Jim Henson, who had died in 1990, two years before the movie was made, we move forward into the movie.
We open up with Gonzo telling us he’s going to tell us the story because he knows it “like the back of his hand.” He also says his name is Charles Dickens.
He gets the story a little bit messed up as he starts out by saying the Marleys are dead.
(illustration by Brianna Ashby)
And then he introduces Scrooge.
Oh, a song. I forgot this was a musical. Okay. I’m ready for that.
This starts a debate between The Boy and I about how many of these A Christmas Carol renditions are musicals featuring songs about how mean and miserly Scrooge is. I said there aren’t many and he says there are a ton, like every remake that has been released lately. I still disagree.
Seeing Michael Cain as Scrooge makes me think of this hilarious story he told on The Graham Norton Show one time about how he was at a Hollywood party and Katherine Hepburn asked him why everyone kept calling him “my cocaine.”
The Boy must have thought of it too because we call out “My Cocaine!” at the same time when we see him.
Wow, he was young in this movie. Well, he would be since it was made in 1992.
That poor little rat was just used to clean a window.
Oh Kermit. There he is. Sigh. I love Kermit.
Dude. Michael Cain is bald in this movie. Is that a hair piece? Or is it a hair piece when he wears in other movies?
Kermit is so cute in his little suit.
The Boy and I read A Christmas Carol two years ago and actually enjoyed it.
Who is playing the nephew? Hmmm…some British actor I’ve never heard of – Steven McIntosh. I’m not going to look up what he’s been in before. I’m not going to do it. Not this time. No.
Okay. According to Wikipedia: “He is perhaps best known for his role as Andreas Tanis in the action horror films Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.” Never heard of it. That was a waste of a search.
More singing. Now it is Kermit’s turn. Also, those rats are really clean for … well, rats.
I always think it is interesting they mix humans in with animals. I don’t know why I find that interesting. My life is just a little sad, I guess.
This movie must have cost quite a bit to make.
Google says $12 million and that it made 27.2 million. Now you know.
Ha. Jacob Marley is one of the old men that usually complain during the show.
In case you were curious, this is what Michael Caine told GQ Magazine about being in the movie: “To start, my daughter, who is the mother of my grandchildren, was then seven, and she had never seen me in a movie. I had never made a movie that a 7-year-old can see. And so a man mentioned the Muppets and I said, “That’s it! I’ll do that!” And it’s A Christmas Carol, it’s a fabulous tale! You’ll be old Scrooge, it’ll be marvelous! And it was absolutely perfect at that time for what I wanted. I could make it, and my daughter could see it. That’s why I did it. And it was lovely.”
Scrooge just beat his dressing gown. That dude is a bit on edge, I’d say.
I have to be honest, I haven’t seen this one in years and forgot it was a little darker than other Muppets movies. I was hoping for a little more goofiness in it, but yet it’s so well done I can’t help liking it.
The angles of the camera are very nice indeed. Scrooge should be eating more than bread, though. He’s an old man and needs more nutrients in his diet.
Oh good. The old guys. A bit more silliness now and now I know why Gonzo said the Marleys were dead. Because there were two.
This first ghost? Yikes.
Imma gonna have nightmares tonight.
Seriously. What is that? It is bad 90s special effects is what it is. She’s sort of like a digital cabbage patch doll. Shudder.
Ah. Now we are getting to the Muppet goodness. We are singing and dancing and just being downright silly at the dance where Scrooge meets Belle.
“Oh please, do not show me that Christmas,” Scrooge says.
Yes, because you were a JERK during that Christmas, Scrooge! It’s why you are totally alone now.
We’ve gone through a couple more songs and another ghost and now here is Miss Piggy.
Aw and Kermit and his nephew playing Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.
The Husband walks in and brings up an awkward point: “He’s a frog. She’s a pig. How did they have children?”
We tell him we don’t want to think about it and to go back to working on his stories for the paper and be quiet.
Now the nephew and Kermit are singing a sweet song and I ask The Husband what the nephew’s name is.
“That’s a great question. They introduced him in –”
I tune TV Trivia Man out by Googling and finding out his name is Robin.
Little Miss looks up and sees Miss Piggy and says, “That hair doesn’t work for her.”
Now The Boy and The Husband are arguing about what happens to the ghost of Christmas Present at the end of the night. The Boy says he dies because it is the end of the day and the end of the present. He pointed out that his hair gets grayer each time we see him, which means he dies at the end. He’s a ghost, though, so I don’t think he can die.
The Husband says he lives on because he is in the present and the present is always there.
Who knows. I’ll let them have that debate. I have a movie and blog post to finish.
Oh dear, poor Miss Piggy. She’s crying. Tiny Tim has died.
Now Michael Caine is crying with her. Now I want to cry.
Little Miss is finding the movie a little scary so now she’s watching The Muppets Now show on her phone.
The Spirit of The Future is…um…ominous.
Ah. We’ve reached the scene where Scrooge is joyously celebrating being alive and being able to celebrate Christmas. Now he’s giving money to all the creatures around, ordering a turkey, etc. This is my favorite part.
Now Michael Caine is singing and The Boy says, “Who knew My Cocaine could sing.”
He’s doing a pretty good job. Not really. I’m just trying to be nice.
Singing is not really his thing. He reminds me of Rex Harrison in – well, anything he tries to sing in. He sort of sing-talks, but it works.
This was such a nice cozy movie to watch together and now that our Christmas tree is up it is making Christmas movies even nicer and relaxing to watch together.
Overall we agreed that it was a nice movie.
Except for The Boy who said, “Yeah. It was alright.” But then he added. “I enjoyed that.”
To see what Erin thought of the movie hop on over to her blog and to read Kajta at Breath of Hallelujah click over to her blog. If you joined in with us, leave a link to your blog post in the comments so we can link to yours as well.
Up next in our feature is Holiday Inn. We post our impressions on Thursdays.
After that we are posting our impressions of the following movies:
Dec. 15: It’s A Wonderful Life
Dec. 22: Charlie Brown Christmas and Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas