The Muppet Christmas Carol

Tuesday 6 December 2016 8pm

Dir: Brian Henson US 1992

Language: English Running time: 86 mins Cert: U

Starring: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie, Micheal Caine, Steven MacKIntosh, Meredith Braun, Robin Weaver, Donald Austen

Sponsored By: Athlone Community Radio

"Acted to the parsimonious hilt by the human Scrooge (Michael Caine), and framed by author-narrator Charles Dickens (the Great Gonzo) addressing his rodent audience (Rizzo the Rat), the story survives. All the pen-pushing glovesters in Scrooge's office run on fear of dismissal, a topical note, with Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) negotiating but nervous. Not so his wife Miss Piggy, ready to have a go at Scrooge, but mindful of the needs of their family, a brood as mixed as you would expect from pigs and frogs, which explains the medical condition of Tiny Tim, a froglet with a cough on crutches.

The three ghosts of Christmas are wonderful. Elsewhere, Fozzie Bear bears a resemblance to Francis L Sullivan in the David Lean Dickens adaptations, and there's a shop called Micklewhite.

As an actor Kermit can corrugate his forehead vertically. Good Fun.- Brian Case, Time Out Film Guide 1998"