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Prime Instant Cuts "The Love is Gone"
on October 22, 2013
This is the movie that gets me into the Christmas spirit. I remember seeing it in theaters at age 4, and is what I think of as my "first movie", and even now I sometimes watch it in the middle of June when I am feeling "Christmas-y". It is a lovely adaptation of the Dickens classic with the beloved Muppets, and Michael Caine is phenomenal as Scrooge. The music is fantastic, and after 21 years I still know all the words to the songs. As many times as I watched this as a kid, I always catch something new each year, usually a bit of humor meant for adults that just go over kids' heads...which I appreciate now.
I bought the prime instant video having read the disappointed reviews that the song "The Love is Gone" was cut from the DVDs, and was prepared for it to be cut from this version, and yes it is true that it is not included. It is sad that the powers that be felt the need to do this. Although as a child I would have been psyched because I always fast forwarded through the icky love song that was boring to me, but now I realize the song represents a pivotal turning point in the movie and provides a crucial character development for Scrooge. Now having said that, I realize that may be a little over-analytical for a Disney movie. However, regardless of turning points and character developments, it is quite obvious that something is missing, even to someone who has never seen it. Additionally, it makes the ending song of the movie less meaningful because the last song is a reprise with the same melody, except it references the "love we found" rather than the "love is gone" and completes the Scrooge transformation musically and quite beautifully, which is very satisfying to the viewer. Without the first song though, the finale is simply another song, and to someone who has never seen the movie it may be confusing because it kind of comes out of nowhere.
I recently got married, and I think about this movie as one I will watch with my kids when we have them. I hope one day they release another edition with "The Love is Gone" put back in. In any case, it is still my favorite Christmas movie.