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Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the somber tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough--the anarchic humor soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson's Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humor and somber drama undercuts the power of Dickens's drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by: director Brian HensonUnknown Format
  • Frogs, Pigs & Humbug: Unwrapping a New Holiday Classic
  • Christmas Around the World
  • On the Set

Cast

Michael CaineEbenezer Scrooge
Dave GoelzThe Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens/Robert Marley/Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Betina Cratchit/Rat/Zoot
Steve WhitmireKermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Bean Bunny/Belinda Cratchit/Beetle/Lips/Pig Gentleman
Jerry NelsonTiny Tim/Jacob Marley/Ghost of Christmas Present/Lew Zealand/Ma Bear/Mouse/Mr. Applegate/Penguin/Pig Gentleman/Pops/Rat
Frank OzMiss Piggy as Emily Cratchit/Fozzie Bear as Fozziewig/Sam the Eagle as Headmaster of Junior High Graduates/Animal/George the Janitor/Horse and Carriage Driver/Vegetable Salesman
David RudmanRat/Peter Cratchit/Old Joe/Swedish Chef
Jessica FoxGhost of Christmas Past
Steven MackintoshFred

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