RTBN 25 Days of Christmas: Day Twenty-Four
Day Twenty-Four: A Muppet Christmas Carol
RTBN 25 Days of Christmas is the RTBN staff's irreverent exploration of our collective holiday pop culture traditions.

There are virtually endless versions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, to the point where adaptations of the book have become a holiday subgenre into themselves. There are many great versions, from the satirical (the Bill Murray starring Scrooged, to the sci-fi, like the Michael Gambon-focused Doctor Who Christmas special), but there is one that will always be my favorite: A Muppet Christmas Carol. I am, obviously, a huge Muppet fan, and the flourishes they add to the tale, from Gonzo's turn as Charles Dickens to Robin's Tiny Tim, enliven a story that has been done so many times it lacks virtually all originality at this point. In addition, it boasts a stellar performance by Michael Caine as Scrooge. Also, it allows me to sing this during my annual Christmas Eve viewing:

The movie is full of great Muppet humor, of course, but it also nails the pathos of Scrooge's failed romance with Belle (Meredith Braun) and, ultimately, ends in the sort of Christmas catharsis we could all use a little of this time of year. Watching Scrooge's transformation will always bring a smile to my face, and if he can do it while surrounded by a gaggle of Muppets, ordering Bean Bunny to get a giant Turkey and reveling in Gonzo's dynamic line reading of "And Tiny Tim--who DID NOT DIE--" well, that's all the better for my Christmas spirit. 'Tis the season to be jolly and joyous, after all.

Tomorrow on RTBN 25 Days of Christmas:

We reach the big day, and celebrate with my family's final Christmas Eve tradition, Christmas Vacation.
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