November 18, 2011

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Title: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Year: 1992
Length: 85 minutes (theatrical cut)
Director: Brian Henson
Writer: Jerry Juhl, based on a novel by Charles Dickens
Starring: Michael Caine
With: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Jessica Fox, Steven Mackintosh, Meredith Braun, Robin Weaver, Raymond Coulthard
Music: Miles Goodman (score); Paul Williams (songs)
Cinematography: John Fenner
Editing: Michael Jablow
I saw it: on video many times, most recently today (have on DVD)
Synopsis: a wealthy, uncaring man is haunted by Christmas Muppets

My reaction
Concept: 4/4 (Great)
Story: 4/4 (Great)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4). It's a great balancing act of the classic story with Muppet silliness. The humor is never great, but it's always at least pleasant. Meanwhile, the serious bits manage to be as effective as any other film of the story, despite the pretense of not taking things seriously.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.2/4 (Very good)

(updated from a previous post - original is here)

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