…bless us, every one!

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.

~Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”

This classic tale from Mr. Dickens has become such a Christmas culture staple that I would imagine few pause to consider the absurdity of the concept.  It is after all a Christmas ghost story.

In a world full of smiling snowmen, prancing reindeer, and a jolly old man in a red suit, all of which I suppose could be seen as possessed snow spirits, woodland creatures with black magic, and a man who annually goes on a one night B and E binge…I take back my previous comment.

One thing is for certain, the story has been adapted and adapted again and then adapted once more (just for grins).  How could one possibly choose from the countless number of retellings of this classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his haunted and heart-changing Christmas Eve?

I thought I was convincing.

Of course, no offense to all other adaptations, but you can’t touch The Muppet Christmas Carol.

You can try, although why you would make a goal out of one-upping Kermit is beyond me.

No one can tell this tale better than Gonzo…I mean Mr. Dickens and his rat pal Rizzo.

These roles are so perfectly suited to each of these beloved Muppets, you would swear they were born to play them (go ahead, argue the accuracy of that statement…I dare you).

I mean Fezziwig, Fozziewig?  Come on Mr. Dickens you can’t tell me you weren’t hoping for a screenplay.

Michael Caine isn’t half bad as Scrooge either.  I jest of course.  Mr. Caine is brilliant in this movie, but with co-stars like Kermit and Miss Piggy how could he not shine?

What makes this movie as enduring as the story it retells is it’s fearlessness. It takes itself just as seriously as you can when your telling a story with puppets.  It acknowledges the absurdity of the situations, yet respects the message of the original.   It’s true to the story and it’s audience.

Yes, it’s kid friendly, but it’s not afraid to give the kids some culture, even if it’s a little scary at times.

Some one explain to me why the floating ghosts of Marley and Marley need to move their legs when they’re floating, and I defy you to find a scarier version of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come…I’ve seen many, it doesn’t exist.

It’s funny, smart, touching, honest, and even terrifying  at times (ghosts don’t need to use their legs).  It pulls all of that off and does it with puppets and original musical numbers.

You can watch another version of this story and the same three spirits will show up and Ebenezer will make his same transformation from Bah Humbug to Merry Christmas.  The same lessons will be learned and similar lines will be said, but will there be Muppets?

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

~Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”

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..bi-daily smile…

Merry Christmas Eve!

Warning: this clip may terrify you

One Comment Add yours

  1. Dad says:

    I am a few days behind but was able to watch the “Muppets Christmas Carol” in the interim – agreed, the best adaptation ever!

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