It just doesn’t feel like Christmas, until my family has watched The Muppet Christmas Carol. This year it is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Time flies!
The Muppet Christmas Carol has everything you want in a Christmas special; Kermit, Miss Piggy, Big name guest star (Sir Michael Caine), wise-cracking bear, feel good musical numbers and even a few surprises.
The funniest moment is when you realize that Bob Cratchit, played by Kermit, who is married to Mrs. Cratchit, played by Miss Piggy, have 6 kids which are a mix of pigs and frogs. Of course, they are evenly split, 3 boy frogs and 3 girl pigs.
The Muppet Christmas Carol trumpets the idea that people are basically good, and there is enough in the world for everyone. This project was started after the passing of Jim Henson. The crew got together and decided the work must continue. Brian Henson was directing for the first time and was incredibly good, right from the beginning. Michael Caine got halfway through the film before he found out it was Brian Henson’s first time directing – he couldn’t believe it.
Jim Henson challenged himself to create a new effect for each of his movies and Brian continued the tradition. In The Muppet Christmas Carol, we see Kermit from head to toe, dancing down the cobblestone street with Tiny Tim on his shoulder. This was before all of the digital effects that are so commonplace today. “We never had a Muppet walking full-figured before,” says Henson, still proud of his innovation. “It was tricky, but it worked!”
The Muppets have added a lot of good cheer and hope to my family’s Christmases. I hope you take a little time to watch it again this year.