G | | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
Jacob and Robert Marley tell Scrooge to leave comedy to the bears. Statler and Waldorf, who play the Marley brothers, are known for constantly heckling Fozzie Bear for his poor comedy throughout the Muppets productions.
Kermit the Frog:
It only seems right that I should lift a glass to my employer. I give you Mr. Scrooge, the founder of the feast.
Miss Piggy: The founder of the feast, indeed!
Betina Cratchit, Belinda Cratchit: Huh!
Miss Piggy: If I had him here, I would give him a piece of my mind to feast upon. And I bet he would choke on it...
When Bob Cratchit closes the office door at the beginning of the film, he locks the door with a key. Apparently this lock doesn't work right: at the end of the film when Scrooge walks around town singing, he opens the same door without a key.
The opening credits feature the names of the Muppet characters as the Christmas Carol characters they portray. (Kermit The Frog as Bob Cratchet, etc). The ending credits list the voice actors and puppeteers themselves.
When originally showed in theaters, Belle's song "When Love Is Gone" was cut. Director Brian Henson protested this decision, but then head of Disney Jeffrey Katzenberg felt the song was too sad for a children's movie. The removal leaves the scene quite short and abrupt and damages the pacing. It was reinstated on all full screen home video copies of the film, including the laserdisc (wide-screen too), VHS home, and first DVD release, at the insistence of Brian Henson. For the Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition DVD, the full screen version includes "When Love Is Gone" and the wide-screen version cuts the song. The UK re-release from Park Circus in 2012 includes the song.
$5,010,109 13 December 1992