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Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a comical adaptation of A Christmas Carol that even has a role for author Charles Dickens (played by Gonzo the Great), as the narrator. This version of the story is set on Christmas Eve in 19th century London. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is a money-lender whose main concern is money, not holiday spirit.

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Scrooge is so cruel and selfish, in fact, that he refuses to grant Christmas Day off to his dependable right hand man and employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog). Bob finally convinces Ebenezer to give him the day off by pointing out that it would be a waste of coal to keep the office open on a day when no customers will visit. Fred (Steven Mackintosh), a nephew of Scrooge, arrives to invite his uncle to Christmas dinner. Two other men (Bunsen and Beaker) come to Ebenezer’s office gathering donations in the spirit of the holiday. Scrooge rejects Fred’s invitation. He explains to Bunsen and Beaker that looking after the poor isn’t prudent, as their deaths will decrease the surplus population—which Scrooge sees as a good thing.

From here, surly Ebenezer receives other visitors who try to soften his cold heart. Is Scrooge too mean and cold to ever understand the true meaning of Christmas?