THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is a live-action musical that re-tells the classic Dickens story with all our muppet favorites, and actor Michael Caine as Scrooge. Following the traditional story, Scrooge is beset by three ghosts who show him the past, present and future results of his greed and bitterness. Of course, the story is a biblical allegory depicting a depraved man who repents of his selfishness, confesses his sinfulness, turns to God, and proceeds to walk in the Spirit by showing kindness and generosity to everyone. It’s fun for the whole family with plenty of finger-snapping musical numbers, breathtaking Victorian costumes and winter scenery, and surprise appearances by our muppet favorites. Remember those two elderly grumps who sat in the balcony on the Muppet Show? They’re back as Jacob and Robert Marley, Scrooge’s deceased partners. Also, Kermit and Miss Piggy are back as the happily married Bob and Emily Cratchit, with piglet daughters and froggie sons, including Tiny Tim, who is handicapped. Not only is Tiny Tim part of the happy ending, but he mentions going to church as a testimony that God causes blind eyes to see and makes the lame to walk. Well, he isn’t completely healed at the end but at least Scrooge comes through with a plump turkey and pays the family’s mortgage. There is plenty of muppet fun to go around in this tale that is destined to become a holiday favorite!
(B, C, V, M) This biblical allegory of self-examination, repentance, reconciliation, and restitution contains plenty of positive references to God. There is some harmless slapstick violence (muppet rat's tail catches aflame and falls into pail of ice water, muppets fall from window, boy hit in face, muppet rat used as wind blower to heat stove, muppet cat rams into door, etc.). Also, Scrooge's "ghosts" of past, present and future serve as plot devices to expose his egocentric lifestyle, and are therefore not necessarily occultic.