Michael Caine guests as Ebenezer Scrooge in this Muppet version of the classic tale of an old miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. Despite being "just a kids' film" there's heart, soul and joy in this yarn that uses the familiar characters - the Great Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy - in traditional roles such as Charles Dickens, Bob and Emily Crachit. It's also boosted by a singable score from Paul Williams and provides a festive family treat.
If you imagine that Charles Dickens was ever blue and furry and hung around with a rat, you are half-way to enjoying this irreverent Muppet version of the author's classic seasonal story.
The Great Gonzo appears as Dickens, who narrates the tale with his sidekick Rizzo the Rat, quipping and wisecracking to keep both kids and adults amused.
Michael Caine, the only human member of the cast as the miserly Scrooge, blends so well with the Muppet characters that Muppet and human are indistinguishable.
Paul Williams's songs are apt and tuneful in a lively, colourful and witty show which Caine may well remember with affection as one of the highpoints in the latter stages of his career.