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Trivia / The Muppet Christmas Carol

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  • Completely Different Title:
    • Known as Muppet Party (Festa in casa Muppet) in Italy.
    • The French and Latin American title is Christmas with the Muppets (Noël chez les Muppets and Una Navidad con los Muppets).
  • Cut Song: "When Love Is Gone" is absent from the original theatrical release, some versions of the DVD, and the Blu-Ray, but appeared on the many TV airings (before later Christmas specials supplanted it) and the VHS and laserdisc copies. Especially egregious because it's reprised at the end with different lyrics...
    • There's another verse on "Marley and Marley". For many years you could only hear it on the soundtrack; however it was actually filmed and used in some TV airings:
      We're Marley and Marley,
      And now it's time to part (doot doot)
      To go back where they keep our kind,
      The wretched and the heartless

      The news we've shared has got you scared
      We're glad that we got through
      So make amends (and make some friends!)
      The future's up to you!
      • The way the track is set up on the OST makes it sound like the explanation of the spirits originally came after this part, but in practice it probably ran on a little too long and was cut from the final filmed version.
      • The soundtrack, as mentioned, has the expanded version of this along with wholly Cut Songs for Honeydew and Sam the Eagle (which are not present in any released film cut and were apparently not filmed at all).
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    • Brian Henson revealed around Christmas 2018 that half the problem with Love Is Gone is a post-production issue; he has always been a strong proponent of the song and has wanted to re-insert it into all cuts of the film, but following the VHS print, the original negative of the entire scene was misplaced by the Disney Studio staff of the time. Henson is clearly still cross over this and searching for the negatives (which Disney staff in 2018 insist are not permanently lost, just somewhere in their massive film library) continues.
      • As Henson also notes, an attempt to re-insert it for the Blu-Ray release was attempted, but it looks like absolute garbage since all that's left is a VHS transfer.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When filming the sequence where the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come first appears, Brian Henson had Michael Caine turn around when he saw the fog coming towards him.
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  • Hilarious Outtakes: In them, it shows props not cooperating with the script. Meanwhile, the puppet handlers have the "actors" lounge around and grow increasingly annoyed at the scene not going as planned. Another has Gonzo/Charles Dickens catch the grappling hook he's trying to snag Scrooge with in the face. Rizzo remains in character and calls for a medic immediately.
  • In Memoriam: The movie starts with white text on a black background: In loving memory of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt.
  • Orphaned Reference: The song "When Love Is Gone" was cut from the theatrical version, but several references to it still appear. Most obvious are the reprise "When Love Is Found" and the pop song version during the closing credits. It is also prominently featured in the soundtrack's overture. This applies to the Blu-ray release too, which ported over a behind the scenes extra from the extended cut DVD showing the recording of "When Love Is Gone", even though the song is completely absent from the Blu-ray.
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  • The Other Darrin: This was the first appearance of Steve Whitmire as Kermitnote  and Beaker, Jerry Nelson as Statlernote , and Dave Goelz as Waldorf. David Rudman also performs another of Henson's characters, the Swedish Chef, for a single line in the film. Unlike the others, he didn't reprise the role and the Chef was performed by Bill Barretta for subsequent appearances.
  • Reality Subtext: The Cratchit Christmas after Tiny Tim's Death is heartbreaking enough as is, but this being the first Muppet movie without Jim Henson and Richard Hunt makes this speech by Henson's most iconic character especially moving:
    Kermit (as Bob Cratchit): It's all right, children. 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...
  • Recycled Trailer Music: The Beetlejuice theme is briefly played during the original 1992 trailer.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Ray Coulthard makes an incredibly convincing version of a younger Scrooge/Michael Caine.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Michael Caine took the role of Scrooge because his then seven-year-old daughter was too young to see any of his films. He wound up having a blast making the film and considers it one of his favorites.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, the three ghosts that visit Scrooge were to have been played by Miss Piggy, Scooter, and Gonzo (the last of the three as "The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come" - with only his nose sticking out of his dark hood). But the writers wanted to use those Muppets far more in the story than simply using them as the Ghosts would have allowed for.
    • George Carlin, Ron Moody, Peter O'Toole and David Warner were among the actors who were considered for Scrooge. Warner had previously played Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (1984).

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