William Mortensen Vaughan
|As of: 9:45 p.m. E.S.T., Saturday, November 17, 2018|
Title: It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
My Rating: **
Dove Foundation Rating: [NOT RATED]
M.P.A.A. Rating: Parental Guidance Suggested
Adaptation: Starring Whoopi Goldberg as God, David Arquette as Daniel, Joan Cusack as Rachel Bitterman, and William H. Macy as Glenn,
Date Released: Friday, November 29, 2002
Format Reviewed: live-action, television special, on DVD
Is this adaptation reverent?: Not particularly! In my opinion, some parts of this film are reverent, and some parts are not. Having Whoopi Goldberg play the role of God, concerning herself with transferring all of her albums to .mp3 files, and booking Barbra Streisand for an Armageddon after party - all this seems irreverent to me. However, the overall morals of this story seem to be that 1) all of God's creations are important, and 2) we should all love one another.
Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? No.
What does my wife think of it? She is not a fan of the Muppets, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, or William H. Macy.
How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This adaptation is more of an adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life than A Christmas Carol; I only include it here because of a reference to "Moulin Scrooge" in one of the musical numbers, which makes a mockery of Moulin Rouge, in which Miss Piggy plays the role of "Saltine," instead of "Satine."
What dialect is used? Plain English.
When and where does this adaptation take place? This adaptation takes place in a big city, circa 2000.
Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? Not as far as I know.
Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, featuring God, angels, and time travel, similar to "The Butterfuly Effect" and Millennium.
Is this adaptation "framed"? Yes, it is framed within a theatrical performance within a film adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life.
What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?
This film includes several musical numbers, starring various muppets:
Several Muppet carolers sing "Deck the Halls" as if the film's instrumental introduction were their introduction.
A Muppet named Johnny makes a series of cameo appearances, singing "Jingle Bells" as if at a nightclub.
A Frenchman named Luc Frommage directs a musical stage show titled "Cirque du So Lamé."
Miss Piggy stars in the aforementioned "Moulin Scrooge," featuring a medley of songs - predominantly her rendition of "Santa Baby."
Rachel Bitterman, the villainess, sings "Deck the Halls."
Several Muppets perform a River Dance.
Gonzo sings a solo about the "most miserable Christmas," until Kermit joins him to sing "Everyone Matters."
Another rendition of "Everyone Matters" serves as the grand finale.
How attractive is the visual art? The set, wardrobe, architecture, and art are OK, although some props look low-budget; for examples, God's sofa and the clock on the Muppet Theater's wall.
How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another? The transitions are effective. Rachel Bitterman is a "Scrooge," but Kermit lapses into Scrooge-like states, and Daniel, his Guardian Angel zaps him into a world where he was never born, then back into the world where he was born and grew up to lose the Muppet Theater, but keep his friends. The transition when Daniel enters God's office inolves what initially looks like a starry sky at night opening like a door. God demonstrates the ability to snap her fingers and instantly transport whoever she wants to wherever she wants.
What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it's a Muppet movie with mature themes, including the mention of a permit to operate a topless nightclub, and sexual innuendos with regard to Rachel Bitterman, whom Pepe the Shrimp and a young man both find irresistibly sexy.
What extras are included on the DVD? This DVD includes "Deleted Scenes" and "Bloopers."
Optional subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French.
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