A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
It's been a long time since I saw this film. Got to see it at the cinema today, and it brought back joyous memories! Out of all the previous adaptations on A Christmas Carol, this version is my favorite!
There are certainly one or two toe-tappers in this enjoyable Muppetisation of the immortal Charles Dickens tale of Christmas humbug and redemption. "Gonzo" adopts the role of the author/narrator and guides us through this (pretty heavily) abridged version of the story as Michael Caine's arch-miser "Ebenezer Scrooge" is visited by the three kindly spirits on Christmas morning - each trying to point to the errors of his ways and to encourage him to engage a little more with the Christmas spirit. To be honest, I am not a fan of puppets - and these ones never worked for me on television when I was young. This film does, however, deliver well. A combination of very gentle comedy, a strong and emotional story and a star who was certainly up for joining in, all combine well to offer an engaging and colourful take on the story without descending into too much sentiment that ends, fittingly, outside the east London branch of Mickelwhite’s. Paul Williams has composed some frequently poignant lyrics for the "Scrooge", "Bless Us All" and "It Feels Like Christmas" numbers and, mercifully, the more irritating "Kermit" and "Miss Piggy" characters actually feature quite sparingly as that huge turkey in the butcher in the next street gets ever closer to finding a generous buyer. Good fun to watch.