Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella basically invented Christmas. But, of the dozens of screen adaptations, few of them were known for being much fun before Brian Henson reimagined A Christmas Carol with his beloved band of muppets – Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie and co. – and made a family-friendly favorite in the process. So, huddle up together on the sofa and we’ll detail how to watch Muppet Christmas Carol online from anywhere.
Release date: December 11, 1992
Director: Brian Henson
Cast: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson
Run time: 86 minutes
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It’s a familiar story, narrated here by Gonzo the Great and Rizzo the Rat as they follow Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) around the cobbled streets of Victorian London.
After an ominous appearance from his deceased business partners (“we’re Marley and Marley, whooooo!”), the miserly money-lender subsequently receives three spirits: the child-like Ghost of Christmas Past, the rambunctious Ghost of Christmas Present, and the foreboding Ghost of Christmas Future. Mortifying him with the consequences of his penny-pinching ways, he wakes up on December 25 a changed man, having learnt the true meaning of the holiday.
Henson stays faithful to Dicken’s original story, but it’s leavened with delightfully zany humor – most memorably involving Rizzo being set on fire (“light the lamp, not the rat!”) and Miss Piggy struggling to differentiate between her two daughters (“No, I’m Belinda!” / “And I’m Betina!”). Meanwhile, Michael Caine is terrific as Scrooge, playing it straight despite being surrounded by muppets, and there are some enchanting tunes to sing along to, too (The Love We Found, One More Sleep ‘til Christmas).
Want that cosy Christmas feeling all year round? Then read on as we explain how to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol online now - or check out how to watch The Muppet Show online and see how the legendary vaudeville puppets got their big break!
How to watch Muppet Christmas Carol online with Disney Plus right now
You can stream The Muppets Christmas Carol online exclusively on Disney Plus (opens in new tab) and enjoy a magical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
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Disney Plus is home to so much feel-good entertainment. In addition to classics like The Muppet Christmas Carol, subscribers can also watch the latetst titles from the MCU, including Hawkeye and Black Widow, as well as other more festive movies like The Muppets Christmas Carol, including the new Home Sweet Home Alone.
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