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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

There have been many versions of A Christmas Carol told over the years in all the different mediums… literature, stage, TV, film… and next to Scrooged, The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of my favorites. Remember when children’s films weren’t always catering only to the indiscriminate super-young? I’m not talking about the teen-geared Harry Potters, but a general hole in family filmmaking that was left open by the lack of Muppet movies in recent years.

I fondly remember seeing The Muppet Christmas Carol in theaters upon its 1992 release… It doesn’t quite have the timeless magic of the Jim Henson Muppet films, but the humor and heart is still there in abundance.

If I’m not mistaken that’s Gonzo and Rizzo with Brian Henson. Thanks to reader Matt Woodcock for sending the image along. Hope you guys enjoy the pic and make sure to click for the larger version!



Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic has Hitch giving direction to Leo. See you folks then!

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  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by byronical


  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    What was Ewan McGregor doing on the crew?

    by CountryBoy

    I guess everyone has to start out somewhere...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    And I haven't even looked at the pic

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Eddie Veder...

    by maxjohnson1971

    worked on that movie?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    harry gif in upper corner

    by Darth_Baltar

    I appreciate muppets as much as the next guy, but that animated gif of harry as a furry insinuating the fellating of moriarty is just plain WRONG...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I absolutely . . .

    by TheFarmer

    . . . LOVE this film! I grew up with 3 versions of 'A Christmas Carol': the version on network tv, "Scrooged", and this wonderful masterpiece. Well done with this BtSPotD, Quint!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I love Mickey's Christmas Carol with Scrooge McDuck

    by Tacom

    They used to air that every year when I was a kid. The part at Tiny Tim's grave was heartbreaking.

  • some GREAT jokes with Rizzo and Gonzo...and the rats in Scrooge's office were fucking hilarious. honestly, I think Muppet Christmas Carol deserves to be up there with the best of the Muppet movies.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Bob Nautilus

    I wonder if it's possible to be on a movie set with muppets and not be in a good mood.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by maxwell's hammer

    Saw this a few weeks ago for the first time in years, and I'll be damned if the most impressive thing in the movie is the performance Michael Caine gives. The intensity of the performance he gives has got to be a high-water mark for muppet movies, and a strong clue that he is one of the greatest living actor ever! That said, I still think I prefer Mickey's Christmas Carol.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    by BadMrWonka

    watch this video from 0:34-1:05 and tell me that's not fucking hilarious. it fits with the best of the Muppets. great timing, funny jokes for adults that go over the heads of kids, and just generally funny as shit.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Anyone heard Pyro by Kings of leon?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    It's tototally the song i'd like to play in slow motion while I go on a drunken rant

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by SpaceWaffle

    "That guy is checking out that chick" Thanks for pointing that out, you aspie little dipshit. Your hugbox must be getting lonely.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe?

    by justmyluck

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    could someone hand me that microphone, please?

    by frank cotton

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Um, PIXAR?

    by Masked Avenger

    Gaping hole? Are you forgetting about PIXAR dude. Come on Quint, everybody knows that PIXAR pretty much is the Jim Henson for a whole new generation. Admit it.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST


    by SpaceWaffle

    Not likely. Does your hugbox take it up the ass?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    This and manhattan

    by BlaGyver

    Always do it for me.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by SpaceWaffle

    Sorry, I'm not viggeo. Your hugbox is just jealous and talking nonsense. Get over it.

  • I realized this when people saw the MuppetStudios short on youtube where a monster sings the song 'Stand By Me,' dressed as a bunny, and clubbing little bunnies with a giant carrot before eating them. Some called it disgusting and horribly violent. Obviously, these people hadn't seen any of Henson's early commercials or even what he did on the Muppet Show. The 'Stand By Me' segment felt like it could have been a lost show idea. This May when I visited New York City for the first time, I had the fun of seeing 'Stuffed and Unstrung,' which is puppeted improv from Henson Alternative. They even redid some of Henson's classic skits like one called 'Java.' At the end, I encountered Brian Henson sitting in the back of the theater (you can definitely see he got some of his Dad's features). I was glad to shake his hand and say how much I enjoyed the show. Though soon after, Brian had come up to the stage and was talking with a crew member about ways to improve the next shows. It was interesting to see he was all for 'plussing' the show.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST



    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Kermit The Frog's destiny lay in movies that were more about retooling classics than comedy, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND came out that it heralded the return of both Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as genuinely comedic puppets. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that was hardcore

    by SpaceWaffle

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Aint it Choppah News is suprisingly good

    by SpaceWaffle

    Go figure. Carry on.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Thank God this is getting the love it deserves...

    by MST3KPIMP

    It would be all to easy to overlook this as the later Muppets films were pretty hit and miss. If you havent seen this you don't realize what your missing.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I like when they took Manhattan

    by _Venkman

    Allah Akbhar

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Barf! Where is ScriptGirl right now?

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I loved Muppets Christmas Carol

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I hold it up there with The Muppet movie and The Great Muppet Caper. Manhatten, Treasure and Oz weren't as good though for me. Muppets in Space was somewhere in the middle for me.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    "That's probably asbestos they're using"

    by SpaceWaffle

    What the fuck does that have to do with anything?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    kamaji is right.

    by blackwood

    The Muppet Show wasn't just for kids. It had an edge. Not a "Meet The Feebles" edge; not some asinine 90's-cum-aughties eDGe, either. It was clever, smart, funny and never pandered. It was for smart families, who didn't believe their childern were alien retards who needed protecting from any possible innuendo and could handle something going over their heads. I miss Muppets. I hope the movie they are allegedly making is good. Beyond MUPPET'S CHRISTMAS CAROLE their handlers lost the plot.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine

    by The Bear

    I always wondered what he thought when he was asked to do a movie with a bunch of puppets. Did he think his carrer was over? Or did he just consider it a challenge? Gotta say, the guy gave it his all and turned in a great performance (as usual).

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by SpaceWaffle

    You're the AICN equivalent of Chris-Chan. Just another aspie fat fuck with a chip on his shoulder. Why do you keep coming here?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    @the bear

    by blackwood

    For a while, he was know as Michael "I'll make any movie" Caine. Famous quote, regarding JAWS: THE REVENGE -- "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific." He never wasn't a great actor, but he also spent a good bit of his career just making bank. Went prestige again to finish it off, I guess. But I guess that's all irrelevant because working with Muppets would be awesome.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I was just watchin the kokomo video today

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and you can see Kermit checking out the asses of the girls in the grassskirts... I respect that

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST


    by SpaceWaffle

    So much for "See you later assholes". You can't walk away. The metal bikini commands you.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    braindrain is pickin on me...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and I cant say nothing mean because I said I wouldnt anymore... this sucks

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I think braindrain, spacewaffle and the telemarketer

    by SithMenace

    are all the same person. Unfortunately there's been a lot of that going on here lately. Most frequent offender is the choppah and his 101 screen names. Can we please do something about this AICN?

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 1 a.m. CST


    by SpaceWaffle

    That's what they want you to think. The truth is infinitely more complex.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Our cover is blown braindrain

    by SpaceWaffle

    See you back at the safe house.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    The Paul Williams music score for this film is simply marvelous.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    I never understood why they took so long to bring him back after The Muppet Movie.

  • we don't wanna have to read your constant bickering/catchphrases taking up the whole fucking board. Anyway, i look forward to the new Muppet movie, just hope it's more like the first 2 movies than what came after Christmas Carol

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Love this movie

    by Fuck The Napkin

    Used to watch it every Christmas Eve with my sister. Got it on DVD this year and cried - even though they've cut out the song that used to leave me and my sister bawling our eyes out. As well as Michael Caine being great, the puppetry is awesome. I'd love to see more behind-the-scenes stuff for it.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    when i think muppets

    by ORIONgods

    i think spacewaffle v braindrain v the telemarketer

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    the muppets used to be on SNL in the early days.

    by Monolith_Jones

    Whichever writer drew the short stick would have to write the muppet sketch.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Rank the muppet movies!

    by RZA

    My list: 1) Manhattan 2) Muppet Movie 3) Muppet Caper - all three pretty much flawless - distant 4) From Space 5) Christmas Carol 6) Treasure Island (muppets telling sex jokes? barf) and I haven't see the others.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Braindrain the_choppah

    by Jeremy Davis

    All I see on here every day is the same stupid name calling and bullshit. So Braindrain is a troll okay i get it. Why don't you guys just make your own message board just to insult each other because that seems to be all that you guys get off on. And go ahead I'm sure a fucking slew of insults will be coming my way now just because I said something but if anything maybe I can unite you guys in your trashing of me

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    darthjudas: I concur.

    by DonLogan

    Anyway, my Muppet movie ranking: 1. Muppet Movie 2. Great Muppet Caper 3. Manhatten 4. Follow that Bird. (Does that count?) 5. Christmas Carol 6. From Space. Didn't see Treasure Island or any others

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Muppets rule.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Really, what more needs to be said?

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Love this film.

    by Novaman5000

    A classic.