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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

Steve Whitmire , Dave Goelz , Kirk R. Thatcher  |  PG |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson, David Arquette
  • Directors: Kirk R. Thatcher
  • Writers: Jim Lewis, Tom Martin
  • Producers: Bill Barretta, Brian Henson, Juliet Blake, Martin G. Baker, Ruth Caruso
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Live, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AM6HZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloopers
  • "Inside Pepe's Studio" featurette
  • Muppet bios
  • Easter eggs

Editorial Reviews

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Kermit takes center stage in this hilarious, parody-laden celebration of Muppetry, pulsating with original music, a star-studded cast of human cameos, and a heartwarming story reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life. Joan Cusack plays the deliciously villainous Miss Bitterman, a ruthless banker who succeeds in foreclosing on the Muppet Theatre only days before Kermit's Christmas extravaganza. As Kermit loses his livelihood, he plunges into the "I wish I'd never been born" mind-set instantly recognizable to George Bailey fans. It's going to take some Divine intervention (Whoopi Goldberg is cast as God, no less), plus a little help from a heavenly "Clarence." Despite some moments where the script seems adrift (how hard it must be to live up to the irresistible precedent set by the 1979 premier Muppet Movie) and some humor that borders on risqué, Fozzie and the gang are in fine form. The message is sweet: dreams are as vital to life as loyal friendships are to see them through. (Ages 5 and older) --Lynn Gibson

Product Description

Have yourself a very merry MuppetÂ? Christmas with this all-new holiday movie starring KermitÂ? the Frog, Miss PiggyÂ? and the whole MuppetÂ? gang Â? plus a celebrity cast featuring David Arquette, Joan Cusack and Whoopi Goldberg, with cameos by Matthew Lillard, William H. Macy, Carson Daly, Kelly Ripa, Joe Rogan, Molly Shannon and the cast of "Scrubs"! 'Tis the night before Christmas and the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down. And when bad goes to worse, Kermit begins to believe the world would be a better place if he'd never been born. But don't worry! With heavenly help and hilarious send-ups of just about every holiday movie ever made, Kermit and the Muppets discover what matters most is their love for each other.Featuring show-stopping musical numbers like "Moulin Scrooge!" (starring Miss Piggy as 'Saltine'), this "charming and clever" (The San Diego Union-Tribune) holiday classic will have the whole family laughing!

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Muppets Show Their Age, But Still Entertain March 10, 2006
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I did my footwork before purchasing this disc, so I wasn't expecting a classic - I was merely expecting the Muppets to show up.

And show up they did. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is a decidedly mixed bag which will entertain longtime Muppet fans and impressionable rugrats, but anyone else is going to be mildly amused at best and flat-out bored at worst.

Listed as a 2002 production, the film showcases what's left of the faded energy of the old school Muppets ensemble: Steve Whitmire (as a sharp Kermit), and to a lesser extent, Dave Goelz (as Gonzo in more of a supporting role). The "newcomers" provide life to the cast, but also reveal the that these are not the Muppets of our youth - while Eric Jacobsen does a fantastic job filling in for Frank Oz's roles (Piggy, Fozzy, Sam, Animal, even a cameo by Yoda) and Bill Barreta's Pepe is as sly and funny as ever, other classic characters such as Scooter, Janice, and Rowlf are noticeably different, or even silent altogether. While the differences in the older Muppets are a result of the puppets suffering the death or retirement of their main puppeteers, some of the newer characters are as cringe-inducing as ever. Johnny Fiama, I'm lookin' at you.

The spotty lameness extends to the human roles, though not in places you might expect. David Arquette is surprisingly not completely irritating in his role, and Joanne Cusak is appropriately nasty as the villain. But Whoopi Goldberg makes an uniteresting God (who does make an interesting God?) and Matthew Lillard's turn as a French director, is, well, um, he tried. Yes, he tried.

The film itself (or, the TV Movie itself) is not bad, providing decent pacing, excellent production values, breezy, smart writing, and even some treats for Muppet fans.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars just sad May 15, 2005
Format:DVD
Unlike some other reviewers, I thought what sexual content there was would simply sail over the heads of the those they think it is unapropriate for. I give it one star because It's lame. The jokes aren't funny and even the few moments of manic muppet action go on for too long for anyone to care.

Not that anything muppet related has been incredibly subtle in it's morals, but the ending of this movie is just dumb. Really, amazingly dumb.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Muppetful Life December 11, 2003
Format:DVD
The mortgage is coming due on the Muppet Theater. If Kermit and company can pull off a spectacular Christmas show, they�ll be able to buy it. Otherwise, it�ll fall to the evil Miss Bitterman who inherited the bank from her recently deceased father. She wants them to fail so she can demolish the theater for a trendy nightclub. When things go wrong on Christmas Eve, it looks like the gang will be separated for good.
Fortunately, their plight has caught the attention of an angel in Heaven. When God sends �DannyL� down to help, Kermit wishes he�d never been born. The results surprise him. But how can his revelation that he does matter help them out of their situation?
If you think the plot of this movie sounds like another Christmas movie, you�d be correct. Still, the gang manages to keep us entertained through the entire story with a fantastic show at the theater and with Fozzie�s hilarious attempts to get the money to the bank on time to name a couple fun moments. Some of the jokes will go over kid�s heads, but will make adults laugh out loud. There seems to be a bit too much sexual humor, usually involving Joan Cusack�s Miss Bitterman character. Most of it will go over kid�s heads, but why it needed to be there in a kid�s movie is beyond me. Speaking of whom, Ms. Cusack is over the top, but in a fun, campy performance that does fit the movie. David Arquette is a tad bumbling as DannyL, but Whoopi is enjoyable as God. And there are more cameos then you can shake a stick at.
I guess my biggest complaint with the movie is that it�s not as funny as I was expecting. They take parts of the story quite seriously without the trademark gags and puns we expect from the Muppets. Still, it�s a fun Christmas movie that will be enjoyed for years to come.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Muppet Twist on a Christmas Classic December 15, 2003
By Steph
Format:DVD
I'm not really going to go too much into the plot; I will just say it is a modern muppet version of "It's a Wonderful Life" with some other movies thrown in the mix :) This movie has a lot of big names and guest appearances such as Whoppi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, and David Arquette just to name a few, plus all of the muppets! The DVD version also has muppet bios, bloopers, and deleted scenes - although not as entertaining as I had hoped, but still nice little extras. If you love the muppets, I would highly recommend adding this movie to your collection.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Kids or Adults December 30, 2011
Format:DVD
This movie was so bad that I didn't care to focus my attention on it. What I saw and didn't like include:
- a binge-drinking Muppet using a funnel surrounded by other Muppets chanting "chug, chug, chug,...",
- a horny Muppet,
- various sexual innuendos (they actually pointed out that they were innuendos),
- "angels" depicted as part of an oppressive corporation,
- using a cabaret as a theme for their Christmas play, including Muppets dancing in cages,
- Muppets getting a license to make the theater a topless bar, and
- The moral of the story is stated as: "Christmas is about being with friends and family and getting revenge on your enemies"

So basically it seems that the creators of this movie had several goals:
- Make money from the Muppets characters
- Use a Christmas theme
- Denigrate Christianity
- Intertwine adult humor to try to reach an adult audience

There are far better movies to watch around Christmas than this garbage, especially those more appropriate for children.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but tries to be too adult, not enough for kids to enjoy.
This film originally debuted in 2002 as a TV movie on NBC (two years *before* Disney acquired The Muppets). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fred S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
If you like the muppets you will like this movie.
It tells how the muppets have to go through some trying times in order to
help save their theater, with some help from... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Best Christmas Muppet movie ever have bought several copies for gifts get all my movies from amazon everyone should enjoy this
Published 7 months ago by marylou shackelford
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable movie!
Bought this movie for my "great-nephew" for Christmas. He enjoys this movie, makes him laugh out loud. Movie arrived in plenty of time for Christmas.
Published 7 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Very Merry Muppett Christmas Movie
The Muppets are classic. I love their characters and the stories. Children love Kermit and Ms. Piggy. Fozzie is wonderful. The Muppets just make us laugh.
Published 7 months ago by Glenda Case
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Holiday Addition
This is a fun remake of "It's a Wonderful Life." The movie moves quickly, unlike "It's a Wonderful Life." Of course there is the standard muppet humor.
Published 7 months ago by robber
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film for quality Family time
I love this movie. It was awesome to share with my 11yr old and 4yr old. This is such a classic. And even better was the price and fast shipping that I was able to receive before... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FHJ365
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Know its Audience
We were disappointed. Usually a good kid movie has funny stuff for the kids and "in jokes" for the parents that the kids won't get. Read more
Published 8 months ago by crazycreeperface
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all muppet movies
I wish the show was still on TV. Then I wouldn't have to watch Duck Dynasty or Honey Boo boo.
Published 8 months ago by RopeMan
3.0 out of 5 stars What! It was a TV show.
First let me say I love the Muppets. Guess I have seen all the movies and, well, I thought this was one movie I missed. No wonder, it was a TV show. Duh. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MiannaJo
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