Why A Muppet Christmas Carol Is the Best Christmas Carol Ever

It seems that everyone has their own version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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The classic from 1951
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A Christmas Carol starring Mickey (Bob Cratchit), Donald (Scrooge’s nephew Fred), and Goofy (Jacob Marley)
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That weird one where Jim Carrey was everybody
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Barbie’s was one of the worst

But the Muppets’ is the best A Christmas Carol.  When you pop a version of Dickens’s story into your DVD (or VHS if you’re cool) player, pick this one. Here’s why:

Gonzo quotes straight from Charles Dickens.
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Gonzo plays Charles Dickens (Rizzo plays himself), and not only does he tell the story, but he quotes so much from the book!  Other Muppets and Scrooge quote as well.  This movie isn’t just filmmakers telling a story from memory, but filmmakers striving to tell Dickens’s story.

The villagers
The Muppets do such a great job living with humans, and the humans do a great job living with Muppets.  It’s like that’s the way the world was made.  Below are three of my favorite villager moments.
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Exhibit A: The Baby Band during “It Feels Like Christmas”.  Check out the beginning of it here on Youtube.  Watch the two babies on the right in the front row, and you’ll see what I mean.

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Exhibit B: The classic singing vegetables. “If he could be a flavor you can bet it would be sour!”

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Exhibit C: The carolers. “He must be so lonely, he must be so sad, he’s really a victim of fear and of crime, look close and there must be a sweet man insiiiiiiiiide!  NAH!”

Heatwave
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“How would the bookkeepers like to suddenly be UNEMPLOYED?!”
“Heatwave!  This is my island in the sun!”
I’ve seen the movie a dozen times, but this part still makes me laugh.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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He’s super scary, but he doesn’t infiltrate your nightmares (like Jim Carrey’s).  He’s the best Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in A Christmas Carol‘s movie history.  He’s creepy and dark, but not downright evil (like Pete in Mickey’s).

Why do you think (or not think) that the Muppets have the best A Christmas Carol?

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Photo cred:
Classic – http://derekwinnert.com/scrooge-1951-classic-film-review-552/
Mickey’s – http://amdoar18ani.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/mickeys-christmas-carol-10.jpg
Jim Carrey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kihm2da45sE
Barbie – http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Christmas-Carol-Kelly-Sheridan/dp/B001B7CNZQ
Gonzo – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/552042866797617145/
Baby Band – https://muppetmindset.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/weekly-muppet-wednesdays-bobby-benson/
Vegetables – http://blogs.disney.com/oh-my-disney/2014/12/23/the-muppet-christmas-carol-is-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/
Heatwave – http://muppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted

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