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Parents' Guide to

The Muppet Christmas Carol

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.

Movie G 1992 120 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 7+

An absolute classic for the holidays

One of the best adaptations of the classic Christmas story, to the point where I now think a non-Muppet edition is lacking something. Funny, poignant and ultimately heartwarming, with a couple of catchy songs - this one has pretty much everything, plus Michael Bloomin’ Caine! There’s nothing overtly scary in it, but I’d agree with CSM that younger or sensitive kids seeing it for the first time might need a little bit of reassurance when the 3rd ghost shows up. It’s ominous rather than frightening but sensitive kids might need a snuggle until the happy ending materialises. Highly recommend this one.

This title has:

Great messages
age 4+

The best Christmas Carol movie

What a gem this movie is. The best version of the story that stands the test of time.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (21 ):

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL may be your child's first introduction to the classic story, and in that capacity this fuzzy version does its job well. It's gentle and includes classic characters your children will love, as well as a few danceable songs. Unlike the grim live-action films of the tale, there's just enough Muppet madness and kindness here to keep kids feeling safe and entertained. There are some great touches: the businessmen soliciting for charity are Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beeker. Robert and Jacob Marley are played by Statler and Waldorf, the two critics from The Muppet Show -- and they continue to heckle, even in death.

But best of all, the Great Gonzo is accompanied by Rizzo the Rat (Steve Whitmire), who has a way of saying what kids are thinking. When the Ghost of Christmas Future shows up in his Grim Reaper garb, for example, Rizzo says, "This is too scary. I don't think I want to see any more." He and Gonzo then disappear until the next scene. This is a good time to either fast-forward through the scary part for particularly sensitive children or to warn and cuddle up with them for the potentially frightening parts. Overall, The Muppet Christmas Carol deserves a place on the shelf with A Charlie Brown Christmas and the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas as heartwarming, kid-friendly holiday fare.

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