The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

USA,
85m
35mm film, Technicolor
Dolby, English

An American comedy fantasy film directed by Brian Henson.

Plot Summary

The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited one Eve by three spirits, The of Christmases Past, Present and Future. The three ghosts try to show Scrooge the error of his ways in the hope that he will still have time to redeem himself before Christmas morning.

Credits

Crew
Director: Brian Henson
Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
Executive Producer: Frank Oz
Producers: Martin G. Baker, Brian Henson
Co-producer: Jerry Juhl
Line Producer: David Barron
Script: Jerry Juhl
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Director of Photography: John Fenner
Editor: Michael Jablow
Music: Miles Goodman
Sound Mixer: Chris Munro
Costume Designer: Polly Smith
Make Up Department Head: Lois Burwell
Muppet Workshop Creative Supervisor: Tim Miller
Creature Shop Creative Supervisor: John Stephenson
Visual Effects: The Computer Film Company
Production Designer: Val Strazovec
Studio: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Cast
Michael Caine (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Kermit the Frog (Bob Cratchit)
Miss Piggy (Emily Cratchit)
The Great Gonzo (Charles Dickens)
Rizzo the Rat
Fozzie the Bear (Fozziwig)

Muppet Performers
Dave Goelz (Charles Dickens/The Great Gonzo/Robert Marley/Waldorf/Dr Bunsen Honeydew/Betina Cratchit/additional voices)
Steve Whitmire (Bob Cratchit/Kermit the Frog/Bean Bunny/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Sprocket/additional voices)
Jerry Nelson (Tiny Tim/Robin/Jacob Marley/Statler/Ma Bear/Pops/Lew Zealand/additional voices)
Frank Oz (Emily Cratchit/Miss Piggy/Fozziwig/Fozzie Bear/Sam the Eagle/Animal/George the janitor/vegetable peddler)
Jerry Nelson, Donald Austen (Ghost of Christmas Present)
Donald Austen, Robert Tygner (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come)
Robert Tygner, Karen Prell, William Todd Jones, Jessica Fox
Steven Mackintosh (Fred)
Meredith Braun (Belle)
Robin Weaver (Clara)
Raymond Coulthard, Russell Martin, Theo Sanders, Kristopher Milnes, Edward Sanders (young Scrooge)
Anthony Hamblin (boy 1)
Fergus Brazier (boy 2)
David Shaw Parker (old Joe)
David Rudman (Peter Cratchit/old Joe/Swedish cook)

Alternative Titles

O Conto de Natal dos Marretas – Portugese title
Festa in casa Muppet – Italian title
Mupparnas julsaga – Swedish title
Die -Weihnachts-Geschichte – German title
Muppettien joulu – Finnishtitle Los teleñecos en cuentos de Navidad – Spanish title

References

Periodicals
Cinema 25 November 1993 – review (by Eric Stahl)
FilmMagasinet December/January 1994/1995 p.92 – review (by Erlend Eskeland)

Newspapers
Svenska Dagbladet 17 December 1993 – review (Muppar i Dickensmiljö by Anna Ångström)

Books
A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.222-223 – credit

Other Sources
BFI Southbank Guide December 2019 p.51 – illustrated listing
BFI Southbank Guide December 2020 p.21 – illustrated listing