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  • See those human actors walking around in Victorian-era clothes in the crowd scenes and singing in chorus? They're not just extras. Most of them are the puppeteers. Look closely and you can just about see the muppets some of them are walking with. It gives the potential for even more Muppets to be merged with the population of Dickensian London.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past is the only one with a defined form. That is because the past cannot be changed and will always be the same. The Ghost of Christmas Present ages because the present is ongoing and constantly changing. The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come has no face because the future can't be known and is scary.
    • Even then, notice that the Ghost of Christmas Past is kind of blurry and ill-defined. That's because memories are fuzzy and not always perfect.
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  • Why does omniscient Gonzo/Charles Dickens fail to catch Rizzo when he jumps from Scrooge's gate? Because Rizzo is not part of the story and thus Gonzo doesn't actually know where he'll land. Also Rule of Funny.
  • The Ghost Of Christmas Present tells Scrooge of Christmas Yet To Come, "Go forth, and know him better man!" But why would you want to? He's so creepy! No, wait... once you know the shape of the future a little better, it's not so scary. You can change it and make it better!
  • On first viewing, Tiny Tim's Incurable Cough of Death might just seem like clichéd shorthand for "seriously ill." But a little research reveals that it's actually realistic. Some Dickens scholars believe that Tim's disease is supposed to be tuberculosis, which can make the victim develop a limp by spreading from the lungs into the spine and bones. Dickens himself had a nephew who was crippled by TB and eventually died of it, and that nephew might have inspired the character of Tiny Tim. (Another notable, fictional TB cripple: Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy, whom the Muppets' own Rizzo the Rat is named after.) Tim's coughing in this movie is actually a case of Shown Their Work! (The problem with this theory, however, is that the plot requires Tiny Tim to be cured and TB was untreatable with Victorian-era medicine. Even worse, applying leeches was the accepted "treatment" for TB in the 1840s.)
    • Then again, this troper has an indirect ancestor born not long after the setting of this tale, who spent a couple of years in a sanitarium for tuberculosis, had access to proper rest and diet, and lived to be seventy years old. The plot doesn't require Tiny Tim to be cured, just that he does not die as was previously predicted.
    • However it has also been theorized that he had [[Renal Tubular Acidosis or Rickets. Both were easily curable at the time, but fatal if not treated. This would explain both his early demise and why he got better once Scrooge became like a second father to him]]
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    • The actual answer may be a combination of two different explanations. Russell W. Chesney at the American Medical Association wrote an entire article on how environmental factors could have led to Tiny Tim developing Rickets and TB.
  • When Bean Bunny appears at Scrooge's door carolling, he's singing "Good King Winceslas" - a carol about a powerful, wealthy man who willingly leaves his luxurious home on Christmas to share food and Christmas cheer with a poor man.
  • In the opening song, a bunch of old ladies sing: "He must be so lonely, he must be so sad / He goes to extremes to convince us he's bad / He's really a victim of fear and of pride / Look close and there must be a sweet man inside." And then as Scrooge gruffly storms past them, they all shake their heads and say "Nahhh". Well - it turns out in the end they were actually right the first time.
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  • In the future, after Scrooge 'dies', the ladies at the pawn shop are not just Black Comedy - it's closely cut from the original scene, where the people who were emptying out Scrooge's house had indeed taken everything due to the lack of any mourning presence, even his bedsheets and bedclothes, and boasted shamelessly about it.
  • When Present Day!Scrooge starts singing "When Love Is Gone" with Past!Belle, he seems to be able to match her word-for-word. A horrifying indication that, in the decades following, he never stopped reliving that moment. Thus it also qualifies as Fridge Horror.

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