If you’re anything like me, although the big day has passed, you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in their entirety. This means the festive feelings carry on until January 5th or 6th, when it’s time to return to the real world. Much like the end of a Disney vacation, the finality of the holiday season can be filled with sadness and the blues. For this reason, I like to try to keep the magic alive by wathcing a Disney Christmas movie or two sprinkled throughout the year.
Disney Christmas Movie Named The Best of All Time
Some popular Disney Christmas movies that we like to watch at random throughout the year include The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), A Christmas Carol (2004), The Santa Clause (1994), and Frozen (2013). These movies are great to watch during the holiday season or any time of the year and are enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
However popular they all are, one that has yet to be mentioned seems to reign above all other festive Disney film creations, earning it the official title of “best Christmas movie of all time!”
Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) is a delightful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, bringing together the beloved Muppet characters and the timeless story of redemption. Directed by Brian Henson, son of Muppet creator Jim Henson, the film captures the holiday spirit and the true meaning of Christmas.
The film stars Sir Michael Caine as the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge, who gives a remarkable performance as the grumpy and miserly protagonist. Caine’s portrayal of Scrooge is both convincing and heartwarming, and he brings a depth of emotion to the character that is truly memorable.
One of the highlights of Muppet Christmas Carol is the presence of the Muppet characters themselves, who add a touch of humor and charm to the story. The Great Gonzo, accompanied by his loyal sidekick Rizzo the Rat, serves as the narrator, providing witty and hilarious commentary throughout the film.
The film stays true to the original story, with familiar scenes such as Scrooge being visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, and the heartwarming encounters with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. These moments are brought to life through Jim Henson’s exceptional puppetry and the imaginative storytelling of the Muppet team.
The musical score of Muppet Christmas Carol, composed by Miles Goodman with songs by Paul Williams, adds a touch of magic to the film. The songs are catchy and memorable, with standout numbers like “Scrooge” and “It Feels Like Christmas.” The combination of the Muppets’ comedic talents and the music creates a joyful and heartwarming experience for viewers of all ages.
Muppet Christmas Carol was released in 1992 and received positive reviews from both critics and audiences. It has since become a holiday classic, cherished by fans for its warmth, laughter, and message of compassion and generosity.
Muppet Christmas Carol is a must-watch film during the holiday season. With its lovable Muppet characters, talented cast, and faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’s story, it is sure to fill your heart with the holiday spirit and leave you with a smile on your face.
Michael Caine Shines Amongst Kermit and Miss Piggy
Michael Caine’s performance in Muppet Christmas Carol is truly remarkable. He brings an incredible depth of emotion to Ebenezer Scrooge’s character, making his portrayal both convincing and heartwarming. His acting skills shine brightly amongst the lovable Muppet characters, making the film an absolute delight to watch.
Although the film is highlighted by the hilarious antics of familiar Muppets like Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig (Frank Oz) and Kermit as Bob Cratchit (Steve Whitmire), Caine’s performance stands alone as the prominent feature in the story, as it should. The original “A Christmas Carol,” penned by Dickens, is, after all, a redemptive story of Scrooge.
Recognized as the Best of the Best
While others are debating whether Die Hard (1988) is a Christmas movie or not, more sophisticated holiday watchers all know that the real king of holiday movies is The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Although some may disagree, citing A Christmas Story (1983) or Christmas Vacation (1989) as the top offering for festive film watching, according to Radio Times, the take on the classic tale has upended last year’s winner, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), to take the throne as the “best Christmas film of all time.”
“Brian Henson’s irreverent take on Charles Dickens’s classic Yuletide yarn – which famously starred Michael Caine as notorious miser Ebenezer Scrooge alongside a cast of Muppets – had previously finished runner-up, but now tops the poll one year after it celebrated its 30th anniversary.” – Radio Times.
As Frank Capra’s iconic work featuring Jimmy Stewart took home the gold last year, we can’t think of a better replacement at the top of the Christmas season watch awards than Muppet Christmas Carol.
Many claim that this particular Disney Christmas movie has always been the best adaptation of the original Dicken’s story; however, to be named the “best Christmas film of all time” is an entirely different suggestion, one that I, personally, can support 100%.
So, what do you think? Is Muppet Christmas Carol deserving of such a title? Is there another Disney or non-Disney Christmas movie that you keep watching as the calendar slowly turns to the next Christmas?