Monday, December 24, 2012

Movie Monday: The Muppet Christmas Carol

It's Christmas Eve, and if the gale force winds outside keep up, Santa is going to get crazy lost trying to deliver presents in Melbourne tonight!

Anyway, in honour of the season, I figured that I should cover a Christmas movie. And considering I did a Movie Monday post on Love Actually LAST year, there was only one thing that came to mind.


Reasons why The Muppet Christmas Carol is awesome:
1. The Muppets.
2. Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.
3. It's so fantastically 90s.
4. The Christmas carols medley/overture.
5. Muppets in top hats.
6. Singing farm animals and vegetables.
7. Ice skating penguins.
8. Cleaning windows with Rizzo.
9. Yelling anthropomorphised doorknockers.
10. Scrooge beating up his dressing gown.
11. "Marley and Marley".

12. Rubber chicken factories.
13. The Ghost of Christmas Present knocking Rizzo and Gonzo into the street.
14. Charades.
15. Tiny Tim.
16. The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come is hilariously awful. It's nowhere near tall enough for its armspan.
17. The hilariously oversized turkey.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Humbug."
- "Hello! Welcome to the Muppet Christmas Carol! I am here to tell the story." "And I am here for the food."
- "All of our pens have turned to ink-cicles! Our assets are frozen!"
- "Mother always taught me: "Never eat singing food.""
- "Why do you doubt your senses?" "Because a little thing can effect them. A slight disorder of the stomach can make them cheat. You may be a bit of undigested beef, a blob of mustard, a crumb of cheese. Yes. There's more gravy than of grave about you." "More gravy than of grave?" "What a terrible pun. Where'd you get those jokes?" "Leave comedy to the bears, Ebenezer."
- "We were always heckling you." "It's good to be heckling again." "It's good to be doing anything again."
- "Rats don't understand these things." "You were never a lonely child?" "I had twelve hundred and seventy four brothers and sisters." "Boy! Rats don't understand these things!"
- "My name is Charles Dickens." "And my name is Rizzo the Rat... wait a second! You're not Charles Dickens!" "I am too!" "No! A blue furry Charles Dickens who hangs out with a rat?" "Absolutely!" "Charles Dickens was a 19th Century novelist! A genius!" "Oh, you are too kind!" "Why should I believe you?" "Well, because I know the story of A Christmas Carol like the back of my hand!" "Prove it!" "All right! Um, there's a little mole on my thumb, and um, a scar on my wrist from when I fell off my bike..." "No, no, no, don't tell us your hand, tell us the story!"
- "Let us deal with the eviction notices for tomorrow, Mr. Cratchit." "Uh, tomorrow's Christmas, sir." "Very well. You may gift wrap them."
- "You will be haunted by three spirits." "Haunted? I've already had enough of that." "Without these visits, you cannot hope to avoid the path we tread." "Expect the first ghost tonight, when the bell tolls one!" "Can't I meet them all at once and get it over with?"
- "You can fit through those bars?" "Yeah." "You are SUCH an idiot."

Merry Christmas, y'all.

K xx


  1. "It is the American way...oh. It is the BRITISH way!"

    I love this movie. I think it's the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol (and there are zillions) out there.

    1. I love that line!! I think I need to make this a Christmas tradition.

  2. This is one of my fave films of all time, I adore The Muppets and they did such a great version of A Christmas Carol (it actually uses a surprising amount of quotes from the original book too).

    The ghost of Christmas yet to come makes me laugh because it has clearly been practising the dramatic point and has mastered it brilliantly.

    1. YES! I really want to know how long that person spent trying to get the dramatic point juuuuuuuust right.

  3. One of the vegetables: "Hey I'm being stolen! Hey, help me! Help me!"

    Ebenezer Scrooge: You're a little absent-minded, spirit.
    Ghost of Christmas Present: No, I'm a LARGE absent-minded spirit!

    and of all time favourite:

    Ebenezer Scrooge: How would the bookkeeping staff like to be suddenly... UNEMPLOYED?
    Rats: [singing] HEAT WAVE. This is my island in the sun...

    GREATEST POST EVER. I know the movie might not be entirely accurate according the book, or other version of the movie, but it still gets the point across and who can't help but love the songs. My favourite part, 'It feels like Christmas' scene when the people are dancing in the old fashion dresses...ugg brilliant. I can't wait to watch this tonight.

    1. I'm actually kind of surprised by how accurate the plot remained to the original book! I mean, sure, SINGING VEGETABLES. But on the whole, they stuck to the original pretty well.

      The rats singing Island in the Sun is genius!

  4. Yay! This is my all time favorite Christmas movie. Like... Ever! You can't beat Gonzo and Rizzo telling the story. It's awesome. It cracks me up every time, and when I finally read the book, I was super excited to realize that they stayed pretty accurate to the book.

    1. My all time favourite will forever be Love Actually, but this one's pretty far up the list too!

  5. This is easily the best adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'. I love it, an old family fav :)

    1. Weirdly, we never watched it as kids. I think I saw it for the first time about five years ago!


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