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 ... Read more
A Modern Muppet Twist on a Christmas Classic
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.
What A Great Christmas Treat,and alot of Old Friends!!!
I missed this special when it first aired on NBC,and when I saw it was being released on DVD I had to get a copy! Being a huge Muppet fan I was very pleased to see alot of the older Muppets we haven't seen In a while being put to use again! Sure some of the leading Muppet performers are missing but I hardly noticed!
This movie was a joy to watch and I recommend it to any Muppet fan. Heck, we even get to see the old Muppet theater again! That initself was a treat! Jim Henson would be proud of this film had he been alive to see it! This will be a DVD I share with my family this year and will sit beside all my classic Christmas films as this one is truly a modern day Muppet Christmas Classic!!! The magic lives on and I own now a peice of it! You should too!
The movie wasn't spectacular, but it was passable Christmas Muppet fair. However, the reviewer who was offended by the Propecia joke is even more stupid than the film was. Propecia is a hair loss medicine NOT a prostate medicine... I repeat... NOT a prostate medicine. God Lord, when you shut off that movie after 30 minutes did your children hit you over the head with your DVD Player? Yours is one of the most dim-witted reviews I've read in some time. It's not fine art but it's certainly NOT offensive! I'd let my kids watch it any time they pleased.
Our parents bought this DVD for our kids this Christmas and after dinner we all cuddled up on the couch to watch what we thought would be another excellent Muppet movie. What a horrible DISSAPOINTMENT. Seeing God portrayed by a male-bashing, cynical and all around un-godly behaving Whoopi Goldberg was bad enough. But when jokes about topless dancing permits and Propecia (prostate medicine) presciptions started flying we knew that this was not the typical fun-loving family film we had come to expect from years of watching the Muppets. Less than 30 minutes into it we turned it off. It's a sad day for Muppet fans. DO NOT let your children see this shameful, disgrace of a movie.
I love the Muppets and used to watch The Muppet Show each time it was on, so I was thrilled to hear about another Muppet movie. I thought that the Muppet Christmas Carol was great, and I was looking for more like-minded entertainment. This was not it. The comic insult dog does not belong in a Muppet special. Nor does a scene that's a parody of Moulin Rouge (complete with Piggy saying "Will you sleep with me tonight?" to Kermit in French). I was greatly disappointed by this movie. Stick with the old classics -- this one is not one of them.
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