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Monday
Dec102007

Pros and Cons of The Muppet Christmas Carol

Pro: Michael Caine!

Con: Michael Caine, singing

Pro: Statler and Waldorf as the Marley brothers

Con: Terrifying expressionless doll-head as the Ghost of Christmas Past

Pro: Uplifting morality tale leaves five-year-old filled with the true meaning of Christmas

Con: Idea that ghosts will visit him in the night leaves five-year-old unable to sleep with the lights off or be left alone for any length of time

Pro: One of the few movies for Henry that doesn't make me wish for the sweet release of death

Con: I can no longer pee by myself

Reader Comments (37)

It's sad to think that there will never in the future be anything as overwhelmingly awesome as The Muppets. The Fairly Oddparents is actually very good, but neither it nor the late Pinky and the Brain can compete with a variety show hosted by a felt frog with a hand up its butt.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterYou can call me, 'Sir'
Hilarious! This is almost exactly how I feel about Michael Caine's role in Jaws 4: The Revenge; except without the singing.JulesHouse of Jules

December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjules
Marley brothers? I don't recall more than one Marley. Must be a muppet thing.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeyJoe
Muppets Christmas Carol is in my Top 3 All Time Favorite Christmas movies list.

1) National Lampoon Christmas Vacation2) How the Grinch Stole Christmas3) Muppets Christmas Carol
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfloreksa
I love the new masthead so much I want to kiss it!
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I LOVED that movie as a kid. Loved the flying and the singing and the talking lettuce heads. What kid wouldn't? :)
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCaitorade
my favorite christmas movie.

"light the lamp, not the rat!"
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLori
Aw, it's a rite of passage to be terrified by something Muppety. For me, during the early 80s, it was Zero Mostel's poem about fear.

Maybe you can try to get him hooked on the John Denver Christmas episode of the original Muppet Show. That used to be one of my favorite things about Christmas.

And I agree with Lori. "Light the lamp, not the rat!" is one of the best parts of the movie.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
ah yes, Muppet Christmas Carol. also known as the bastardized cousin of my absolute favorite christmas movie, Muppet Family Christmas.

not that i'm biased or anything but it has muppets, fraggles, and sesame street characters. (i haven't seen it on tv since i was about henry's age though)
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkate
I'm not sure that anything has ever made me laugh as hard as the muppets, except for the Carol Burnett show.

A little non-Christmas muppet humor for you:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCbuRA_D3KU
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternate
John Denver and the Muppets baby. My number one favorite Christmas album of all time. The year Jim Henson died, we all listened to it and cried (okay, I cried).



December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterManic Mommy
Oh, my kid is too young for the muppets. I.e., she will become insanely, insanely obsessed and I'm too tired for that now. Maybe when Spring comes.

Molly: That poem about fear! Now I regret my moratorium against youtube.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterozma
I'm off to rent that right now. Totally forgot about the Muppet Christmas!! Thanks!
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbethany
As for the (awesome) banner; what are you worried about, wading in the shallow end? It's a well-known fact that dolphins kick shark ass.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbraine
I never "got" the Muppets. I couldn't understand how any real live actor/actress could take themselves seriously talking to a bunch of puppets on stage. I think I was a tad too old when the Muppets came out for that particular suspension of disbelief.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSuburbanCorrespondent
The new header is beautiful! Did you do that??
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather R.
Love the new masthead!

I heart the muppets!! *sigh*
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Watching a kiddie movie without praying for death.... I was hoping when I *had* kids I would suddenly like those obnoxious flicks... ah well..... :(
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAisha
My favorite part of the movie is when the muppet leaves at the very beginning after Scrooge has yelled at them, and he flips him off. I KNOW they only have 4 fingers, but it was totally the middle one. Just so uncharacteristic of the muppet!
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMaren
I think The Muppet Christmas Carol is my second-favorite Christmas movie, after The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersrah
"Heat wave! This is my island in the sun!"



December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFabricated Goddess
i love the new masthead!
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterislaygirl
oh how i love the muppets.
December 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterapronstrings
I was sent off to work this morning with a chorus of "Marley and Marley -- whoooooo!"

PS to HeyJoe -- they had to add a Marley so they could use Statler and Waldorf; hence, Jacob and Robert Marley.
December 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSlim
And I was preparing to read my kids the real Dicken's Christmas Carol until you reminded me that our six year old just graduated to sleeping through the night without bad dreams and the utter conviction that something lurks in her closet. Ghosts of X-mas past might be a bad idea right now.
December 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercce

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