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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
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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.Read more ›
Like many people, I grew up on Jim Henson and the Muppets: from Sesame Street to Fraggle Rock to The Muppet Show and The Storyteller and all those great Muppet Movies. I mourned the day Jim Henson died and I was glad that the Muppets have continued to survive after his death.
With that said, IT'S A VERY MERRY MUPPET CHRISTMAS MOVIE isn't quite up to the Muppets of old, but it's getting close and in my opinion is better than MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND or MUPPETS IN SPACE. This movie is a parody of the treasured Christmas classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We are taken back to the Muppet Theatre and years after dismal shows and not much profit, it looks like the Muppets will finally be in the black and have enough money to buy the theatre. Then the big, bad bank lady comes and threatens to take it all away. Kermit is in despair and feels like he has let the whole gang down and thinks the world would be better if he had never been born. Like George Bailey, Kermit gets to see his wish and learns some valuable lessons.
I admit I wasn't happy seeing Whoopie Goldberg play God. However, this is a parody of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and voice overs with twinkling stars would be overkill. I didn't mind the blatant self-promotion by NBC because the Muppets have been blatantly self-promoting themselves for the past 20 years and even when Jim Henson was alive there was a little crossover (every watch "Muppet Babies"?). I also wasn't offended by the scene with Fozzie and the lasers--it seemed more of a tip of the hat to The Looney Toons than anything else.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like the Original Muppet Movie, and so I thought that it would be fun to have the Muppet Christmas Movie. My 3 year old granddaughter thinks it is the greatest.Published 9 days ago by Shauna
Such a depressing Muppet and Christmas movie. Sadly, don't waste your money.Published 10 days ago by Jessica Krueger
This is a cute movie, and teaches so many family values.
Thank you Jim Henson. You will be missed.
As a huge fan of the Muppets I decided to give this one a shot. It's certainly a movie that is great for families. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Collins
As someone who grew up loving the Muppets, this was a big let down. The movie just seems to be trying way too hard to be "hip" and "edgy" - there is a LOT of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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