It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
December 12, 2020 7:39 PM - Subscribe

On Christmas Eve, an angel from heaven's accounting department petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre to an evil banker, and then shows Kermit what the world and his friends' lives would look like if he had never been born.

The cast for this movie includes David Arquette, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, and William H. Macy, and features cameos by Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Carson Daly, Neil Flynn, Kelly Ripa, and Molly Shannon.
posted by orange swan (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The nightclub scene in this movie continues to be one of the most wonderfully bonkers things the Muppets have ever done.
posted by nonasuch at 10:37 AM on December 13, 2020 [2 favorites]

Joe Snow: If I lived to be 102, I would never forget the time the Muppets almost missed Christmas, it was a...
Muppet Director: Hey, hold it! Cut! What are you doing here?
Joe Snow: Why, I'm Joe Snow, your admirable, good-natured narrator.
Muppet Director: Snowman narrator? There ain't nothin' in here that says anything about a snowman narrator. Get out of here, you Burl Ives wannabe.

Kermit: Well, good golly, Miss Molly. You are such a big star, it would be an honor to us if you would come out and be in our show.
Molly Shannon: Let me remind you about the last time I worked with a frog. We fell madly in love. So, naturally I have a key made to his apartment. I break in and reorganize his closets while he's at work as a little favor. And how am I rewarded for going to all this trouble? The frog stops calling me. Remember that?

Sam the Eagle: It seems the words on my mug are right: "It is hard to soar with Eagles when you work with Turkeys."

Beaker: Mee mee moo moo mee mee mind.
Dr. Honeydew: Yes, I think you have a beautiful mind too.

I detest the sappy "It's a Wonderful Life" premise, which EVERY SHOW EVER has done, but this wasn't a bad take on it, considering. The "what might have been" scenes were really funny. The Electric Mayhem as Irish step dancers! Miss Piggy as a depressed telephone psychic and crazy cat lady! The nightclub scene with the Muppets working there was hilariously fucked up!

There were some nice call backs to the original Muppet movie, and references to other Christmas classics, such as the narrator snowman and the "Gifts of the Magi" gift exchanges.

Joan Cusack is pretty great (as were her impeccable pantsuits), and you can't improve upon the casting of Whoopi Goldberg as God with a record collection of every record ever made.
posted by orange swan at 5:30 PM on December 13, 2020

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