Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 347: Wed Dec 12

The Muppets Christmas Carol (Henson, 1992): Hackney Downs Studios, 8pm
The team behind the excellent Rooftop Film Club are putting on Christmas movies at Hackney Downs Studios and at the Round Chapel in Lower Clapton. The full programme can be found here.

Time Out review:
'Acted to the parsimonious hilt by the human Scrooge (Caine), and framed by author-narrator Charles Dickens (the Great Gonzo) addressing his rodent audience (Rizzo the Rat), the story survives. Well, it would: it's the same story of redemption that powers Stallone movies. All the pen-pushing glovesters in Scrooge's office run on fear of dismissal, a topical note, with Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) negotiating but nervous. Not so his wife Miss Piggy, ready to have a go at Scrooge, but mindful of the needs of their family, a brood as mixed as you would expect from pigs and frogs, which explains the medical condition of Tiny Tim, a froglet with a cough on crutches. The three ghosts of Christmas are wonderful. Elsewhere, Fozzie Bear bears a resemblance to Francis L Sullivan in the David Lean Dickens adaptations, and there's a shop called Micklewhite. As an actor, Kermit can corrugate his forehead vertically. Good fun.'
Brian Case

Here is the trailer.

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