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Muppet Christmas Carol, The (1992, Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh)

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This musical film version of Charles Dickens’s classic story stars members of the Muppet gang alongside Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge, a miserly old curmudgeon, is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts that remind him of past love and loss and warn him of his potentially dire future if he doesn’t change his ways. Kermit the Frog plays Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s long-suffering employee; Miss Piggy is Mrs. Cratchit; the Great Gonzo plays Dickens. The movie, the fourth Muppet feature, is directed by Brian Henson, son of the late Muppet creator Jim Henson.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, is the first Muppet production in which Kermit and the gang play characters other than themselves, like real actors.

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cast
Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge
Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog as Bob Crachit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Belinda Cratchit
Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens / Robert Marley / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Betina Cratchit / Rat / Zoot
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit / Fozzie Bear as Fozziewig / Sam the Eagle / Animal / George the Janitor
Don Austen as Ghost of Christmas Present (performer) / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (performer)
Jerry Nelson as Robin the Frog as Tiny Tim / Ghost of Christmas Present (voice) / Statler as Jacob Marley / Lew Zealand as Mayor /
David Rudman as Peter Cratchit / Old Joe / Swedish Chef
Meredith Braun as Belle
Ed Sanders as Young Scrooge (first)
Simon Buckley as Additional Muppet Performer
Craig Crane as Additional Muppet Performer
John Eccleston as Additional Muppet Performer
Steven Mackintosh as Fred
Robin Weaver as Clara
Jessica Fox as Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
David Shaw-Parker as Old Joe (voice)
Edward Sanders as Young Scrooge
Kristopher Milnes as Young Scrooge
Russell Martin as Young Scrooge
Raymond Coulthard as Young Scrooge
Anthony Hamblin as Boy #1
Fergus Brazier as Boy #2

crew
Director: Brian Henson
Producers: Martin G. Baker, Brian Henson
Original Story:: Charles Dickens
Director of Photography: John Fenner
Editor: Michael Jablow
Music: Miles Goodman
Script: Jerry Juhl
Production Design: Val Strazovec

USA – UK / Buena Vista / 85 minutes / 1992