Director: Brian Henson
Running time: 85 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): U
UK release date: 18th December 1992
Watched on Sky+ Saturday 18th December 2010.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
In the eighteen years since its release I had never seen this film all the way through, until today. It is, of course the classic Charles Dickens tale told using the inimitable style of the Muppets. My thoughts later, here’s a very brief summary first (summary haters please go & buy the biggest goose you can find while I write the next paragraph).
It’s a pretty well made film with lots of comic moments thrown in courtesy of Gonzo the Great (as Charles Dickens), the narrator, and his sidekick, Rizzo the Rat. There are plenty of songs along the way too, these didn’t do much for me, but I guess they have their place. I thought Michael Caine was excellent as Ebenezer Scrooge, but please don’t sing on film again Mr Caine, it’s not your best talent I’m afraid.
Over all, a very engaging film with lots of familiar characters, some great comedy and a pretty decent Scrooge. It’s not the best Christmas film ever made, but it is pretty entertaining and I enjoyed seeing the Muppets again! I liked the fact that they didn’t stray too far from Dickens original story too, and so, recommended (but mostly for younger viewers).
My score: 7.4/10
IMDb Page: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0104940/
Official Site: http://www.henson.com/muppets_content.php?content=muppetschristmascarol