Nov 16, 2012


The Muppets Bring a Hilarious Twist to This Classic Christmas Tale,
For the Very First Time on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On-Demand - November 6, 2012

On November 6, 2012, the Charles Dickens-inspired classic holiday story “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” will
ring in its 20th anniversary with the Blu-ray™ debut of this family favorite.

And now, a word from Gonzo: Greetings, holiday movie fans and lovers of culture, I am Gonzo … or perhaps better known to fans of this classic motion picture as literary legend Charles Dickens. Are you ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!? Well, you’re in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit that will stay with you forever—or at least until your Aunt Edna starts complaining that nobody is eating the
fruitcake she brought … again!

Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray with high definition sound and picture, so you can enjoy even more of my blue-ness, not to mention the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 1999, “The Cider House Rules”) as Scrooge, wonderful songs by Oscar® winner Paul Williams (Best Original Song, 1976, “Evergreen” from “A Star Is Born”) and, of course, my pal Rizzo the Rat as … well, Rizzo the Rat. 

This is a heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic, told as never before by yours truly!  Yule love it!

Talent/Cast:                                            Michael Caine (“Cars 2”)

The Muppets                                           Steve Whitmire (“The Muppets”); Frank Oz (“Monsters, Inc.”); Dave Goelz
Performers:                                             (“Muppets from Space”); Jerry Nelson (“Muppet Treasure Island”)

Director:                                                  Brian Henson (“Farscape”)

Executive Producer:                            Jerry Juhl (“Fraggle Rock”)

Writer:                                                      Jerry Juhl (“The Great Muppet Caper”)

Suggested Retail Price &                 2-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray and Digital Copy) = $26.50 U.S. and Canada
                                                                  1-Disc DVD = $19.99 U.S. and $24.99 Canada         

         High Definition & Standard Definition Digital and On-Demand =                    consumers should contact their preferred digital retailer or television         provider for information and pricing

Bonus Features:                         Disney Intermission—An all-new bonus feature. When the film is paused, fans can watch and “cluck-a-long” to five classic holiday-themed songs performed by the Muppets Chickens and chums.
Audio Commentary—All-new audio commentary with fan-favorite characters, Kermit, Rizzo, Gonzo, and more, all reflecting on their experience making “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”
Frogs, Pigs and Humbug: Unwrapping a New Holiday Classic. A Behind the Scenes Look
—Hosted by director Brian Henson, Gonzo and Rizzo fans go behind-the-scenes of the making of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”

         Blooper Reel: “On the Set” Bloopers from the set of the film.

         Pepe Profiles Gonzo:  “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Weirdo”—A
         Special look at the man, the myth, the legend the Great Gonzo, hosted by
         the one and only Pepe the King Prawn.

         Christmas Around the World—Gonzo and Rizzo take a look at how
         Christmas is celebrated all over the planet.

I don't know how I never saw this movie in the last twenty years but I loved sharing it for the first time with my boys.  I wondered how the would work the goofiness of the Muppets into this classic story but I think they did a great job.  There is the typical Muppets silliness that you're used to in places where it's appropriate but the serious tone is kept where it needs to be.  But the best part for me was the music.  All together it made for a great family watch.  The boys really enjoyed it.  And at the perfect time of year to remember the to be thankful for those things in our lives that really matter.



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