Tear Jerker / The Muppet Christmas Carol

By general concensus, if you do not get teary at some point during this movie, you have no soul.
  • The song "When Love Is Gone".
    • Also a bit of a Scrappy, since some people didn't like this number, and the theatrical release doesn't have it. For those who do like it, though, it's a heartbreaker.
    • What does it for most people is when Present-Scrooge joins in and practically breaks down himself when he realizes that Belle is and was totally right.
    • Same goes for Rizzo, who is sobbing his eyes out as Gonzo tries to console him.
    • Then there's Scrooge's pleading, "Oh, please, spirit, do not show me that Christmas." After telling the spirit to leave him, there is an instrumental reprise of the song as Scrooge finds himself back in his bedroom.
  • Now, when The Love We Found kicks in at the end? Try keeping dry after that.
  • Something you won't really notice until you're told, but notice that Rowlf is reduced to a cameo as the pianist at the Fozziwig Christmas party, despite being a major supporting character in earlier films and shows. This is because he was Jim Henson's first and favorite muppet. He wouldn't receive another speaking role until 2011's The Muppets.
  • Tiny Tim's death.
    • First of all, there's the foreshadowing, when Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tim will live, which results in the Ghost taunting Scrooge with a line the latter said earlier about the poor "If he's going to die, he'd better do it and decrease the surplus population!" No doubt when Scrooge sees the family mourning Tim's death with the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come, that cruel remark is running through his mind.
    • "It's so quiet. Why is it so quiet, Spirit?" Remember that Scrooge was looking forward to visiting the Cratchit home, as the previous scene was so depressing that he needed the love to be found in that house. He knows that it's unnatural that this house should be quiet. But it is. There's no happiness here, and he won't get a respite from the gloom he has encountered thus far. Poor Scrooge.
    • For extra emphasis, the movie uses a beautiful Bait-and-Switch. When we see the Cratchets during Christmas Present, Piggy is hunched over the stove, stealing chestnuts. During Christmas Yet To Come, she's in the exact same position, until you realize that she's bent over the stove crying. This is made worse by Scrooge's reaction: with his voice breaking as he pleads "not Tiny Tim".
    • "I think (Dad)'s walked a little slower these past two evenings." That line just sets the tragedy up so mercilessly. The entire scene is near impossible not to weep at.
    • When Kermit/Bob says he arranged for Tiny Tim to be buried on his favorite hilltop, he tries describing it to Miss Piggy/Emily: "It's...it's near the ducks on the river. Tiny Tim..." He's too broken to finish, so Emily quietly responds, "Tiny Tim loved watching the ducks on the river."
    • Not just Kermit either; Miss Piggy, Action Girl and Lovable Alpha Bitch extraordinaire, is every bit as broken as Kermit. Also, in this continuity, they're a Happily Married couple with children. Across all their various incarnations and hilarious Played for Laughs Masochism Tango moments interchanged with sweet Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other interactions, we are now seeing Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy all-too-realistically bereft at the loss of their child. Wow.
    • When Kermit/Bob's voice breaks on his son's name as he says, "Life is made up of meetings and partings; that is the way of it. I am sure we shall never forget Tiny Tim, or this first parting that there was among us." This is followed by a slow pan to Tim's empty chair and ownerless crutch, to the swell of a French horn wistfully reprising "Bless Us All"...
    • Kermit's speech is especially poignant when you remember this was the first feature movie after Jim Henson's death, as well as the first to not feature Muppeteer Richard Hunt, who succumbed to AIDS shortly before production began. (Many of Richard's characters were since Demoted to Extra.) And the whole scene became that much more moving after Jerry Nelson (Robin/Tiny Tim) passed in 2012 after suffering from emphysema for over a decade. The disease caused him to have an Incurable Cough of Death not unlike Tiny Tim's in the film. Not only that, Jerry had a daughter (Christine) who died of cystic fibrosis...a symptom of which is a cough.
  • Sweet adorable little Robin is perfect for the part of Tiny Tim, which makes the above scene that much worse. Knowing what's coming doesn't help with the Crachits during Christmas Present sequence either. Especially when we hear Tim's Incurable Cough of Death, first when he gets excited about the dinner ("The goose! The goose!... (coughs)"), and then at the end of "Bless Us All," when he coughs after singing the last note. The song is cheery but that cough is a reminder that the family, while together now, may not be complete in the future, and they try to move on to the dinner to keep up their spirits. You can see Scrooge looking moved, before he asks the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim will live.
  • The dedication to Jim Henson and Richard Hunt also invokes this on a meta level.
  • Scrooge's reaction to hearing that he was the subject of Fred's mocking round of Yes And No is heartbreaking. In the book and other versions, Scrooge is too caught up in the party's merriment to mind the joking at his expense, but in this version, when he realises the group is laughing about him he just looks completely broken and sad. It's a testament to Caine's skills that he manages to convey it so powerfully in just a few seconds.
  • The revelation in the Christmas Yet To Come that Scrooge is going to die. Most versions make the tombstone with his name on it a shock with a Scare Chord, while others go as far as to have him being dragged to hell. Here, it's a slow, painful reveal with no frantic tone to keep him scared. It leaves more time to contemplate that the real tragedy isn't his mortality, but the fact that he won't get the chance to right all the wrongs he's seen during his journey, and that no one will miss him or mourn his death.
    • Building on the above: most adaptations of A Christmas Carol have Scrooge totally surprised by his name appearing on the lonely tombstone in the cemetery. But Scrooge's tearful speech to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come right before he's forced to look at the grave—"These events can be changed... a life can be made right..."—coupled with the broken reaction when he sees the words "EBENEZER SCROOGE" suggest that he realized the identity of the reviled dead man early on during the Ghost's visit, and has been in deep denial about it. Seeing Scrooge confused by the events of the future is one thing; seeing him totally aware, and slowly forced to deal with the consequences, is heart-wrenching.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present's death. More specifically, he ages and turns to glittering dust, after Scrooge has just befriended him and begs him not to leave him. Certainly more depressing when you think about Jerry's passing. Still, it's a reminder that he may only get one day, but it's the most blessed day of Christmas when all are peaceful and loving, and if we could only live for one day, perhaps all of us would choose that.
  • The regret in Scrooge's face and voice when he sees his boyhood self all alone in school at Christmas. It gets worse when he remarks that it'd be pointless for Christmas Past to show him another of his childhood Christmases: they were all the same and he was always lonely.
  • "One More Sleep 'Til Christmas" is very heartwarming; everybody's so excited and happy because it's Christmas time, Kermit smiles at the stars and heads home... and then the shot scrolls on a few sad notes to a shivering little Bean Bunny, curled up in newspapers and trying to keep warm, all alone on Christmas Eve. A sad little reminder of why we need to be charitable and think of others at Christmas.