The Muppet Christmas Carol
Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a unique re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale.
Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future who scare the gothic gloom out of him just in time for a song and dance happy ending.
Director Brian Henson. 109 minutes. Rated G, from 1992.