Greystones Film Club: The Muppet Christmas Carol

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (USA/UK/G/85mins)


With Michael Caine actually turning in one of his best-ever performances as Ebenezer Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol is undoubtedly one of the finest adaptations of the Charles Dickens Yuletide classic.


Despite the fact that the bulk of the cast is made up of Muppets.


Released on December 11th 1992, this was the first Muppets film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and it proved to be a giant leap forward for the Jim Henson-founded company.


Directed by Henson’s son, Brian (his feature film debut), The Muppet Christmas Carol stays largely close to the 1843 novella, even if there is singing, and dancing, and pratfalling aplenty.


What is surprising is that the Muppets managed to maintained the original source’s sense of good and evil, of enlightenment and dread, and most of all, the pure joy of helping your fellow man. By giving them pressies.


Screening at 1.30pm at The Whale, your €10 cover charge comes with a free box of freshly-popped popcorn.

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