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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Director:

Kirk R. Thatcher

Writers:

Tom Martin, Jim Lewis
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Mr. Poodlepants / Statler - Assistant (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Waldorf (voice)
Bill Barretta ... Pepe the Prawn / Rowlf the Dog / Swedish Chef / Johnny Fiama / Bobo the Bear / Howard / Lew Zealand (voice)
Eric Jacobson ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Yoda (voice)
David Arquette ... Daniel
Joan Cusack ... Rachel Bitterman
Matthew Lillard ... Luc Fromage
William H. Macy ... Glenn
Whoopi Goldberg ... Daniel's 'Boss'
Carson Daly ... Himself - Cameo Appearance
Kelly Ripa ... Herself
Joe Rogan ... Himself - Cameo Appearance
Molly Shannon ... Herself - Cameo Appearance
Robert Smigel ... Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (voice) (as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog)
Zach Braff ... Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian
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Storyline

The owner of a bank (Miss Bitterman) wants to own the Muppet Theatre so she can build a nightclub over it. After she tricks Pepe into giving her the only copy of the contract between her father and the Muppets, she changes it so the Muppets have very little time to pay a debt they owe. Meanwhile, the Muppets are trying to put on a Christmas show. After the Muppets are confronted by Bitterman, they make a lot of sacrifices to save up so they can keep the Theatre. Written by sayinoutcast

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More holiday fun than humanly possible!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Henson.com

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Muppet movie where Eric Jacobson does Frank Oz's roles of Fozzie, Piggy and Animal. (Sam The Eagle is performed by Kevin Clash). Frank Oz has been inactive in the Muppets lately to pursue directing. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Bitterman is showing Pepe her Club Dot, her head changes position in front of the window between shots. See more »

Quotes

Kermit: Well, he's acting a little strange, but gee, it's good to know Fozzie turned out basically okay.
Daniel: Yeah, if being a pickpocket is okay.
Kermit: What?
[looks down and realizes]
Kermit: He took my wallet! Unbelievable!
Daniel: And you don't even have pockets. Even more unbelievable.
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Crazy Credits

Muppets (tm)\,mu-pets\ 1: a trademark of The Jim Henson Company for a fanciful troupe of famous puppet characters created and performed exclusively by, and/ or for goods and services coming exclusively from, the characters at The Jim Henson Company [var Muppet; The Muppets]; 2: none See more »

Connections

Follows The Jim Henson Hour (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Lacrimosa
(from Requiem in D minor)
Performed by London Philharmonic Choir (as The London Philharmonic Choir) and London Philharmonic Orchestra (as Orchestra)
Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst (as Franz Welser.Most)
Courtesy of EMI-Capitol Music
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A Modern Muppet X-Mas
14 December 2003 | by travisimoSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie last year on NBC and was very pleasantly surprised. I'm not really a big Muppet fan. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I've never watched them that much. So why was I interested in this movie in the first place? I'm not really sure. Maybe because Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was in it! Nevertheless, I had some good laughs watching this last year.

Fast forward to the present time and I saw this on sale, so I had to get it. Watching it a second time, I'm a little more conscious about concerns that some scenes were too "adult" for this movie. For example, the whole rave scene might get people upset where lovable Scooter is grinding in a cage!! Another example is the character Pepe who swoons over Joan Cusack's character and uses the terms, "sexy" and "topless."

So I could kind of see how people can get upset with this movie, but I definitely don't think it tarnishes what the Muppets are all about, unlike what's being done in 'The Cat in the Hat' movie. The Muppets still provide family-friendly laughter and moments to people of all ages. Fozzie's Grinch scene was pretty funny, Pepe steals the show, the spoof on 'It's a Wonderful Life' is great, and I like the jabs at NBC's corporate synergy (I'm a business major and a former Disney employee, so I know this stuff well!) I also found the song between Gonzo and Kermit, "Everyone Matters," to be very nice and sweet.

Overall, this is a very nice and funny Christmas movie. I wouldn't necessarily label this as a classic or really all that memorable though, because honestly, are we going to remember some of their references (Scrubs, Ricky Martin, and Moulin Rouge) ten years from now? By the way, I've never seen Moulin Rouge, so that spoof went way over my head!

This movie is good for the current time period, but I'm afraid it won't live on much longer unlike other Christmas classics (Rudolph, A Christmas Story, Mickey's Christmas Carol). Now is a good time to see it though.

My IMDb Rating: 7/10. My Yahoo! Grade: B (Good)


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