The greatest of the great - The Muppet Christmas Carol

Another submission for the coveted position of 'greatest festive film'. How do the Muppet's shape up?

Rachael McCreanor
24th November 2022
To me, Christmas means one thing and one thing only – Brian Henson’s 1992 masterpiece, The Muppet Christmas Carol. After watching it approximately fifty times over my life so far, I feel like I can be considered to be a leading authority on this work of art, and therefore can confidently recommend this film to literally everyone – if you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, this is it. 

The story itself is a holiday staple, you can’t move for Christmas Carol renditions haunting your screens throughout December – the severely traumatic 2009 animated version remains burnt into my brain to this day. But, out of all of the iterations to appear over the years, The Muppet’s is by far the best.  It’s got it all – creepy CGI ghost children, Michael Caine, and the experience of forming an emotional attachment to a rat... what more could you possibly want? 

Despite its ridiculousness, it’s also the only Christmas film that never fails to get me in the festive spirit.  It’s warm, funny, and above all, simple. I’m not looking for drama in a Christmas film, I want to pretend that the world is perfect, everyone gets a happy ending and the bells really do ring out for Christmas Day. Basically, I want to feel like a child for 90 minutes and that is exactly what this film does.  The familiarity of the story, paired with classic 90s fuzziness and a soundtrack that genuinely slaps, creates the perfect christmassy nostalgia boost to get you through the dreary weeks leading up to the big day.  And, of course, Miss Piggy’s iconic cameo seals the deal – there is absolutely no way you can beat that. 

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AUTHOR: Rachael McCreanor
Deputy Editor 23/24, PGR Student studying for an MLitt in English Literature. she/her.

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