“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)

A surprisingly faithful adaption of Dickens’ classic. Veteran Michael Caine gives an unexpected emotional performance as Scrooge that audiences can identify with. Kermit the Frog plays Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy his wife, and a host of Muppet regulars and new creations fill in the other parts.

This movie is eminently watchable for Muppet fans of all ages, kids (about 10 and up; harder to follow for younger thans) and adults both. The script by Jerry Juhl is witty, the sets are nice Victorian approximations, and the songs written by ’60s stalwart Paul Williams are appropriate, including one unexpected one by Michael Caine in the denouement.

Adults will enjoy the witty lines and jokes while kids will main respond to the Muppet antics and farce moments. There is, in short, something for everyone, broadly speaking in this safe, timeless family entertainment.

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