The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Synopsis of Movie

“Isn’t this a little violent for some of the kids in the audience?”
“It’s okay, it’s culture.”

Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol has gone through dozens of screen adaptations in the past century, but this is likely the only one starring pieces of felt in most of the important roles. The Muppet Christmas Carol brought our familiar friends Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and the rest of Jim Henson’s Muppet creations back for their first feature since 1984. The film was also the first since Henson’s death in 1990, with son Brian taking over direction from the late, lamented master muppeteer.

As narrated by Dickens himself (played by the Great Gonzo, with Rizzo the Rat adding comic relief), the story pretty much follows the original, albeit with more one-liners, songs and furry puppets than Dickens may have intended. Crusty old Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine, one of the few non-Muppet players) is a cheapskate and a tyrant, granting his fearful employees a Christmas holiday only because no other businesses will be open.

Scrooge’s put-upon employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit) comes home to his wife (Piggy) and children, including the sickly Tiny Tim. Scrooge himself goes home to a cold, empty house. Empty, that is, until the spirits of Scrooge’s deceased business partners appear to torment him (Yes, partners in the plural. You can’t have Statler without Waldorf, now can you?) Over the course of the evening, Scrooge receives visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, showing him the development and the results of his avaricious ways in an attempt to convert the miserable miser to good.

As with all of the Muppet movies, The Muppet Christmas Carol featured frequent song interludes, these written by Paul “The Love Boat Theme” Williams. All of the Muppet regulars—Bunsen and Beaker, the Swedish Chef, even Sam the Eagle—made cameo appearances in the film, managing to draw a balance between the gloomy nature of the source novel and the inherent zaniness of the Muppets themselves. The success of this first Muppet literary adaptation inspired a second, Muppet Treasure Island, in 1996.

Movie Release History

1979 - The Muppet Movie
1981 - The Great Muppet Caper
1984 - The Muppets Take Manhattan
1992 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
1996 - Muppet Treasure Island
1999 - Muppets From Space

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Movie Studio

Disney/Jim Henson Prods.


Ebenezer Scrooge Michael Caine
Charles Dickens (The Great Gonzo) Dave Goelz
Robert Marley (Waldorf) Dave Goelz
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Dave Goelz
Betina Cratchit Dave Goelz
Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) Steve Whitmire
Bean Bunny Steve Whitmire
Rizzo the Rat Steve Whitmire
Beaker Steve Whitmire
Sprocket Steve Whitmire
Tiny Tim (Robin) Jerry Nelson
Jacob Marley (Statler) Jerry Nelson
Ma Bear Jerry Nelson
Pops Jerry Nelson
Lew Zealand Jerry Nelson
Ghost of Christmas Present Jerry Nelson
Emily Cratchit (Miss Piggy) Frank Oz
Fozziwig (Fozzie Bear) Frank Oz
Sam the Eagle Frank Oz
Animal Frank Oz
George the Janitor Frank Oz
Vegetable peddler Frank Oz
Peter Cratchit David Rudman
Old Joe (puppeteering) David Rudman
Swedish Chef David Rudman
Ghost of Christmas Present Donald Austen
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Donald Austen
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Robert Tygner
Ghost of Christmas Past Robert Tygner
Ghost of Christmas Past Karen Prell
Ghost of Christmas Past William Todd Jones
Ghost of Christmas Past Jessica Fox
Fred Steven Mackintosh
Belle Meredith Braun
Clara Robin Weaver
Young Scrooge Raymond Coulthard

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