History Film / TheMuppetChristmasCarol

5th Apr '18 9:17:26 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* MoodSwinger: An iconic Scrooge trait pulled off to perfection by Michael Caine.
--->'''Scrooge:''' ''(talking to the Marley brother ghosts in an almost pleading tone)'' Please, Jacob, Robert, don't criticize me...''(switches to a vindictive snarl mid-sentence while pointing at them angrily)'' You were ''always'' criticizing me!
12th Mar '18 10:41:54 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* InsultToRocks: The Marley brothers tell Scrooge to "leave comedy to the bears, Ebenezer." Considering that there's probably no one whose comedy they hate ''more'' than Fozzie, that's quite an insult on their part.
12th Mar '18 10:37:00 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* FreezeFrameBonus: Attentive viewers will notice that the amount of chains wrapped around the Marley brothers' necks and bodies actually gradually ''increases'' throughout the song. By the end they're both almost completely wrapped up, and Statler is visibly ''choking'' on them.
12th Mar '18 10:22:54 AM smasll_lordvoice
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-->'''Scrooge''': "Very well. You may giftwrap them."

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-->'''Scrooge''': "Very well. [[CrossesTheLineTwice You may giftwrap them."]]"
12th Mar '18 10:10:29 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie follows very closely the book, and can be seen as very dark for a Muppet movie. The emotion is often put before the laughter, Gonzo and Rizzo provide more than half of the comic relief, and the part with the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come is both scary and sad. The Marley scene is one of the biggest PlayedForDrama scenes in the franchise, even though they are portrayed by JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie follows the book very closely the book, closely, and can be seen as very dark for a Muppet movie. The emotion is often put before the laughter, Gonzo and Rizzo provide more than half of the comic relief, and the part with the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come is both scary and sad. The Marley scene is one of the biggest PlayedForDrama scenes in the franchise, even though they are portrayed by JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf.
10th Mar '18 10:50:48 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* MoodWhiplash: ''Big time'', much like the novella it's based on. The movie very faithfully follows the elements of the original story that are ''much'' DarkerAndEdgier than the usual Muppet fare. An especially chilling moment comes in the middle of "Marley and Marley", a very catchy VillainSong where Statler and Waldorf let out their signature "DOHOHOHO" laugh...only to be cut-off in mid-breath by the ''chains around their necks strangling them.''
10th Mar '18 9:37:41 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Size is used to make a point with the three ghosts, with each one progressively increasing in size and strength as they also increase in power. Christmas Past is a child-sized, ethereal fairy-like creature, Christmas Present is a human-sized, Santa Claus-like Muppet, and Christmas Future is a horrifying '''eight-foot-tall Grim Reaper.'''

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** Size is used to make a point with the three ghosts, with each one progressively increasing in size and strength as they also increase in power. Christmas Past is a child-sized, ethereal fairy-like creature, Christmas Present is a human-sized, Santa Claus-like Muppet, Muppet portrayed by a person in a costume, and Christmas Future is a horrifying '''eight-foot-tall Grim Reaper.'''
10th Mar '18 8:22:22 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Size is used to make a point with the three ghosts, with each one progressively increasing in size and strength as they also increase in power. Christmas Past is a child-sized, ethereal fairy-like creature, Christmas Present is a human-sized, Santa Claus-like Muppet, and Christmas Future is a horrifying '''eight-foot-tall Grim Reaper.'''
5th Mar '18 9:03:45 PM nombretomado
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** During the [[VillainSong "Marley and Marley"]] musical number, when Statler and Waldorf bring up when they evicted an entire orphanage, leaving the orphans to freeze outside, Waldorf adds, [[CrossesTheLineTwice "With their little frostbitten teddy bears!"]] Teddy bears didn't exist until the 1900s. [[note]] [[TeddyBear Teddy bears]] were created in honour of US President [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Theodore Roosevelt]] (where they also got their name from), who, on a hunting trip in 1902, was offered to shoot a black bear cub tied to a willow tree, [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals but refused as he deemed it unsportsmanlike]]. Morris Michtom, the owner of the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, [[RippedFromTheHeadlines read about this in the newspaper]], and decided to create plush bears to honour Roosevelt, naming them [[MeaningfulName "Teddy bears"]] after him. Coincidentally, Theodore's son and grandson [[HilariousInHindsight were named Kermit]]. [[/note]]

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** During the [[VillainSong "Marley and Marley"]] musical number, when Statler and Waldorf bring up when they evicted an entire orphanage, leaving the orphans to freeze outside, Waldorf adds, [[CrossesTheLineTwice "With their little frostbitten teddy bears!"]] Teddy bears didn't exist until the 1900s. [[note]] [[TeddyBear [[Toys/TeddyBear Teddy bears]] were created in honour of US President [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Theodore Roosevelt]] (where they also got their name from), who, on a hunting trip in 1902, was offered to shoot a black bear cub tied to a willow tree, [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals but refused as he deemed it unsportsmanlike]]. Morris Michtom, the owner of the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, [[RippedFromTheHeadlines read about this in the newspaper]], and decided to create plush bears to honour Roosevelt, naming them [[MeaningfulName "Teddy bears"]] after him. Coincidentally, Theodore's son and grandson [[HilariousInHindsight were named Kermit]]. [[/note]]
25th Feb '18 10:24:58 PM tyrekecorrea
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* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Behind the scenes, Director Brian Henson was originally opposed about doing ''another'' Christmas Carol... but after they worked out that Scrooge and the Ghosts would not be played by regular Muppets was when they decided to move forward.

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* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Behind the scenes, Director Brian Henson was originally opposed about doing ''another'' Christmas Carol... but after once they worked out that Scrooge and the Ghosts would not be played by regular Muppets was when Muppets, they decided to move forward.
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