For me it isn’t Christmas unless I watch The Muppets Christmas Carol. This is, in my opinion, one of the best adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. With the use of Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat as narrators of the story it brings to life the characters and the settings. It also helps younger viewers to understand the plot better.
I feel that Michael Cain’s portrayal of Ebeneezer Scrooge is wonderfully done and is able to show all the different facets of the character without it feeling out of place or ridiculous. I think the realisation of what people think about him during the Ghost of Christmas Present’s segment perfectly shows this as you can see the character softening ever so slightly. Especially when he asks after the health of Tiny Tim and whether or not the child will live.
As I said before, the use of Gonzo and Rizzo help to make this story more accessible as they add a quality of humour to the story that isn’t often found. (Although this has been made by the muppets team so it was always going to add some humour to the story.) I think that the use of songs and musical numbers also helps to make the story engaging as there is always something just around the corner to make you want to jump and jive along.
This is one of my all time favourite stories and I will always watch an adaptation of it but this particular one will always be my absolute favourite.
Rating: 5/5 stars