5 (Good) Reasons to (Re)Watch The Muppet Christmas Carol

There aren’t many things from the 90’s that have survived past the first decade of the new century. And for that we should be grateful. However, the particular brand of sass that is The Muppet Christmas Carol has aged well and now resonates with not only the generation it was produced for, but new young’uns as well. Combined with one of the greatest Christmas stories ever written, the film was destined to last – even if that old VHS you have to break out the VCR to play once a year is getting a little… how should we say it? Crunchy? Warped? Wibbly-wobby tapey-wapey?

The good news is that even if you can find VHS copies in every other thrift shop, you can find DVD and BlueRay copies just as easily online. So out with the old and in with the new – some versions have even edited out a particular song performed on a scenic, wintery bridge that your entire family agreed to fast forward every time you watched it.

With all this in mind, here are five good reasons to (re)watch The Muppet Christmas Carol this season:


1 – You know you love it. Or someone closely related does. It’s the kitschy little fandom you only get to tout one (or two, if you’re one of those people) month(s) of the year. It is pocket sized, yet provides a good balance of nourishing insight about the human condition with a great deal of slapstick humor.

2 – Do it for the children. And your sanity. If you watch the edited version, the meager handful of snarky Muppets songs is significantly less likely to drive you mad than anything from Disney. Anything. Particularly Frozen. Even if you like Frozen, there comes a point when enough is enough. Be kind to yourself this season. Go for the Muppets.

3 – It’s an hour and half of Michael Caine. If you don’t like Muppets, you don’t like Dickens, and you don’t like Christmas, you probably still like Michael Caine.

4 – Rizzo the Rat will remind you how much you used to care about jelly beans. This will lead to many insightful reflections on the state of the human palate.

5 – Because it’s Christmas, and those cousins are bringing the eggnog.

M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.


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