“The Muppet Christmas Carol” at The Appalachian Theatre
Jim Henson’s Muppets take on the Dickens classic on Dec. 17
BOONE, NC – Muppet favorites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, and
all their lovable friends join forces for a unique take on the Dickens classic when “The Muppet
Christmas Carol” is screened at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 on the Holiday Family
Film Series at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country.
“The Muppet Christmas Carol” is a 1992 Christmas musical comedy drama film directed by
Brian Henson (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Jerry Juhl. Adapted from
the 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, it stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer
Scrooge, alongside Muppet performers Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, and Frank Oz.
Although artistic license is taken to suit the aesthetic of the Muppets, the film otherwise follows
Dickens’s original story closely. It is the first Muppets film to be produced by Walt Disney
Pictures, whose parent company would later acquire the franchise in 2004.
On Christmas Eve, in nineteenth century London, Charles Dickens (played by The Great Gonzo)
and his friend Rizzo addresses the audience as narrators. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a
cold-hearted, stingy, grumpy, and selfish moneylender, does not share the merriment of
Christmas. He rejects his nephew Fred’s invitation to Christmas dinner, dismisses two gentlemen
(played by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker) collecting money for charity, and tosses a wreath
at a carol-singing Bean Bunny. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit (played by Kermit the Frog) and
the other bookkeepers request to take Christmas Day off, since there will be no business for
Scrooge on the day, to which he reluctantly agrees. Scrooge leaves for home while the
bookkeepers celebrate Christmas.
In his house, Scrooge encounters the shackled ghosts of his late business partners, Jacob and
Robert Marley (played by Statler and Waldorf), who warn him to repent his wicked ways or be
condemned to suffer in the afterlife as they do. They inform him that three spirits will visit him
during the night.
At one o’clock, Scrooge is visited by the childlike Ghost of Christmas Past, who takes him back
in time to his childhood and early adult life, with Dickens and Rizzo hitching a ride too. They
visit his lonely school days and then his time as an employee under Fozziwig (Mr. Fezziwig in
the original story, played by Fozzie Bear), who owned a rubber chicken factory. Fozziwig and
his mother throw a Christmas party, where Scrooge meets a young woman named Belle, with
whom he falls in love. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how Belle left him after he chose
money over her. A tearful Scrooge dismisses the Ghost as he returns to his bedroom.
At two o’clock, Scrooge meets the gigantic, merry Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows him
the joys and wonder of Christmas Day. Scrooge and the Ghost visit Fred’s house, where Scrooge
is made fun of for his stinginess and general ill will toward all. Scrooge and the spirit then visit
Bob Cratchit’s house, learning his family (Mrs. Cratchit is played by Miss Piggy) is content with
their small dinner. Scrooge also takes pity on Bob’s ill son Tiny Tim (played by Robin the Frog).
The Ghost of Christmas Present abruptly ages, commenting that Tiny Tim will likely die before
next Christmas. Scrooge and the Ghost go to a cemetery, where the latter fades away.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears to Scrooge, as a tall, silent, cloaked figure, and
takes Scrooge into the future. Scrooge and the Ghost witness a group of businessmen discussing
the death of an unnamed colleague, saying they would only attend the funeral if lunch was
provided. In a den, Scrooge sees a charwoman, a laundress, and the local undertaker trading
several stolen possessions of the deceased to a fence named Old Joe. The Ghost then transports
Scrooge to Bob’s house, revealing Tiny Tim has died and the Cratchits are mourning him.
Scrooge is escorted back to the cemetery, where the Ghost points out the wretched man’s
neglected grave, revealing Scrooge as the man who died. Overcome with emotion, Scrooge
tearfully vows to change his ways and embraces the ghost’s robes before finding himself back
in his bedroom.
Discovering it is Christmas Day, Scrooge decides to surprise Bob’s family with a turkey dinner
and ventures out with Bean, Dickens, Rizzo, and the charity workers to spread happiness and
joy around London, reconciling with Fred and Fozziwig. Scrooge goes to the Cratchit house, at
first putting on a cold demeanor before revealing he intends to raise Bob’s salary and pay off
his mortgage. Scrooge, the Cratchits, Fred and the neighborhood celebrate Christmas, as
Dickens narrates how Scrooge became a second father to Tiny Tim, who escaped death.
In partnership with Allen Wealth Management, “The Muppet Christmas Carol” is the last of four
movies programmed by the App Theatre for its Holiday Family Film Series. The running time of
the movie is 86 minutes. There is one movie remaining on the Holiday Classics Film Series, the
beloved “White Christmas” with a showtime at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 22.
Note that Films@TheApp are shown without trailers, so please arrive a few minutes before the
scheduled start time to secure tickets and purchase concessions. The general admission ticket
price is just $5 per person, and attendees under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent
Events, days, dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change without notice.