Muppet Christmas Carol, The
Reviewed by Diane Squires
Rating: 7.5 Beans
im Henson may be dead, but Disney is still determined to go on squeezing every last dime they can out of the Muppets franchise.
This movie stars Gonzo the Whatever(Mutant Mosquito), as Charles Dickens. Gonzo is somewhat less endearing than Kermit the Frog, but at least he's an original muppet. His sidekick is Rizzo the Rat, who looks like an icky... well... rat. For reasons known only to the people as Disney, these two are going to tell us the story of A Christmas Carol.
Our story opens with the first of several disappointing songs. This one introduces us to Scrooge, as played by Michael Caine, who will sign any film contract he's offered. I really don't need to tell you the story. However, here are a few observations...
1)A lot of the original voice-actor/puppeteers must have up and quit when Henson died, because a lot of the characters sound very stange. Sam the Eagle is notable example.
2)It just seems odd when some characters are played by human beings while others are muppets. Does Scrooge have some reason for hiring rats and frogs as accountants? Why does no one notice when the vegetables sing?
3)The songs are painful. "In all the places you find love it feels like Christmas", yeah, whatever.
4)The ghost of Christmas past looks like a reject from the Dark Crystal.
5)They dragged out the ugliest muppets they could find as extras.
6)If Jim Henson were alive this travesty of a Christmas film would never have been made.
In closing, I expected better from Gonzo.
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