YMMV / It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

  • Broken Base: Either this is one of the better of the made-for-TV Muppet movies to come about in the 2000s, or this is a blemish on the Muppets' integrity. The majority of Muppet Freaks really love this movie, feeling it did a better job capturing the original dynamics of the characters and their interplay, as well as maintaining the same sense of mayhem and chaos the Muppets' humor is known for; however, a Vocal Minority of fans feel this movie has none of that, that the movie is dark, trite, tries too hard to make the Muppets seem relevant and edgy, and pushes the envelope way too far in how much adult humor the Muppets partake it.
    • As time goes by, a strange reversal or softening up of opinion seems to be occurring. Many who once praised it as brilliant and just what the franchise needed think it hasn't aged well, while those who initially rejected it completely have come to admire that it kept the characters going when they were very much in danger of being forgotten.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Lots, to the point where it's hard to pick one.
    • The Muppets' Christmas show is an elaborate spoof of Moulin Rouge!, possibly the best Muppet parody in a decade. To wit, the scene makes fun of Baz Luhrmann's editing style (at one point Fozzie grabs Kermit by the neck with his cane and begins twirling him in circles just to make the camera spin dizzyingly around them), has chickens singing Lady Marmalade, Gonzo very appropriately dressed as Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, and Miss Piggy as "Saltine", choking on the dramatic fog in her entrance and coughing uncontrollably (making a big laugh out of what was the most tragic scene in the whole movie). In the end, Miss Piggy brings the whole thing to a halt to scream at everybody to stop singing different songs at the same time.
    • There's also the Scrubs sequence, where Miss Piggy has a new gig as a dead body on TV, which she doesn't take lying down.
  • Fridge Horror: In the world without Kermit, Rowlf is not mentioned or seen at all. Now take a minute to think about what happens to stray dogs.
    • In one shot of the timeline without Kermit, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center can still be seen standing in 2002! Kermit somehow must have triggered 9/11.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Pepe's vacation dream of living on a beach "shaking his bon-bons with Ricky Martin, okay" is ten times funnier nowadays after Ricky came out.
  • Nausea Fuel/Nightmare Fuel: In the alternate reality, Rizzo has one of the worst fates; he's in Fear Factor as one of the challenges, where he's locked in a cage and the contestants have to eat him alive. And he didn't even know about it.
  • Squick: Pepe's methods of sucking up to Bitterman are a little disturbing, to say the least.
    • Cage dancing Scooter in the Kermit-less world also qualifies. In skin-tight leather, no less.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Received a much better reception than other post-Jim Henson productions (prior to 2011's The Muppets).
  • Tearjerker: The Muppets' lives in the Kermit-less world are almost entirely bad, but most are not wholly depressing. Gonzo and later Piggy, however, aren't so fortunate. The former is a homeless performer eeking out a pathetic living, and the latter is bitter and depressingly lonely.
    • Kermit is relieved that Fozzie appears unchanged, helping Kermit up after an accident and checking him over to make sure he's okay before going to seek help. Kermit then realizes his wallet's gone.
    • The "Everyone Matters" song also hits the right tear jerker buttons, though it gets hopeful near the end.
    • Aside from the typical Muppet comedy bits, about 40% of the movie fits this trope, being a Recycled IN SPACE! version of It's a Wonderful Life, which is so the big name in Tear Jerker Christmas movies.
    • A Deleted Scene has Kermit crossing the street and almost getting hit by a bus driver, but he doesn't even care. Yes, you read that right. Kermit was this deep in the Despair Event Horizon to the point of suicide. No wonder they cut it out.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The original opening number for the Christmas show (directed by a French choreographer that Gonzo hired) was... decidedly un-Muppet-like. Case A: it had a Muppet throwing glass Christmas ornaments directly at the audience.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Some took issue with Whoopi Goldberg as God.
  • The Woobie: Fozzie in the real world, Gonzo in the alternate reality.
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