The Muppet Christmas Carol (UK/USA/G/85mins) It might be verging on sacrilege to say, but, this 1992 outing might just be the finest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella ever to hit the big screen. It’s certainly the most fun, The Muppets bringing enough Marx-esque anarchy to breathe new life into this well-worn Christmas tale.
And the Henson gang somehow managed to inspire Michael Caine to one of his best performances too, as the grouchy old grinch that is Ebenezeer Scrooge. Caine takes the journey from unrepentant miser to loving, laughing philanthropist with a conviction that will get you right in the feels. As for Kermit’s turn as Bob Crachett, how that little green giant of acting didn’t get an Oscarnomination is beyond us.
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