December 24, 2010

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Title: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Year: 1992
Length: 89 minutes (extended version)
Director: Brian Henson
Writer: Jerry Juhl, based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Starring: Michael Caine, The Muppets (Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz)
Music: Paul Williams (songs); Miles Goodman (score)

My reaction
Synopsis: a wealthy, uncaring man is haunted by Christmas Muppets
How I saw it: on video many times (have on VHS), most recently yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Good.
Music: Indifferent. There are some great songs, and there are some terrible songs. I've just learned that the worst of them, "When Love Is Gone," was not in the theatrical cut. It's effectively not in ours, either, since we fast forward through it.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). I have to admit it gets a bonus point or two just for being the Muppets, but that's the way it goes.
Objective Rating: 3.2/4 (Very good).

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