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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie [2002] (1 disc)

Director:Kirk R. Thatcher
Writer:Jim Lewis
Tom Martin
Composer:Mark Watters
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
Sorting Tub:Foxtrot
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:89%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Reaction: The story is borrowed from "It's a Wonderful Life" but it's still enjoyable and there are some great Muppet-style gags here.

Personal Rating: 7/10

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Kirk R. Thatcher => Director
Jim Lewis => Writer
Tom Martin => Writer
Mark Watters => Composer
Bill Barretta => Rowlf the Dog / Howard / Pepe the Prawn / Bobo the Bear / Swedish Chef /Johnny Fiama / Dr. Teeth / Lew Zealand
Brian Henson => Muppet Performer (voice) / Janice / Sal Manilla / Scooter
Carson Daly => Himself - Cameo Appearance
Dave Goelz => The Great Gonzo / Waldorf / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
David Arquette => Daniel
Eric Jacobson => Animal / Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Yoda
Geoff Redknap => Muppet Performer / Sweetums Suit Performer (as Geoff Rednap)
Jerry Nelson => Kid #1 / Announcer / Muppet Performer / Statler / Floyd Pepper / Pops / Robin the Frog
Joan Cusack => Rachel Bitterman
John C. McGinley => Dr. Perry Cox
John Henson => Sweetums / Muppet Performer
Judy Reyes => Nurse Carla Espinosa
Kelly Ripa => Herself
Kevin Clash => Sam the Eagle / Muppet Performer (voice)
Matthew Lillard => Luc Fromage
Mel Brooks => Joe Snow (voice)
Molly Shannon => Herself - Cameo Appearance
Neil Flynn => The Janitor
Robert Smigel => Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (as Triumph The Insult Dog) (voice)
Sarah Chalke => Dr. Elliot Reid
Steve Whitmire => Bean Bunny / Kermit / Mr. Poodlepants / Rizzo the Rat / Statler (voice) / Beaker
Whoopi Goldberg => Daniel's 'Boss'
William H. Macy => Glenn
Zach Braff => Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When Kermit is visiting the Electric Mayhem at an Irish gig, there is a sign in the place called "Doc Hopper's frog legs". Doc Hopper is the name of a character that wants Kermit to advertise his frog legs in The Muppet Movie.
  • This film marks and first time that Janice speaks since the death of Richard Hunt (another of Hunt's characters, Scooter, had a line in Muppets From Space, which was voiced by his brother Adam Hunt).
  • The plaque on Kermit's statue reads in part "For the lovers, the dreamers, and you." These words were taken from the lyrics of {The Rainbow Connection} sung by Kermit in The Muppet Movie.
  • Yoda from the [Star Wars] movies makes a brief cameo.
  • Jerry Nelson was sick during the production of this film so his characters were either dubbed later (Robin, Statler, Pops) or performed by another puppeteer (Bill Barretta performs Lew Zealand).
  • This is the first Muppet movie where Eric Jacobson does Frank Oz's roles of Fozzie, Piggy and Animal. (Sam The Eagle is performed by Kevin Clash). Frank Oz has been inactive in the Muppets lately to pursue directing.
  • In the scene where Daniel (David Arquette) is sitting at his cubicle in heaven, there's a photo in a frame on his desk. The photo is of Courteney Cox, David Arquette's wife.
  • Steve Whitmire, who was beginning to perform Statler around this time, puppeteered him while his current performer, Jerry Nelson, was out sick. Nelson later looped Statler's lines, but one of them ("Historical landmark!") remained unlooped, and therefore, on that line, Whitmire's voice, not Nelson's, is heard in the final cut.
  • Jon Stewart was to make a cameo as himself but his scenes were deleted.
  • [?] Snoop Dogg filmed a cameo appearance but his scene was deleted. In an interview with Kermit the Frog on [The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn], Kermit stated that because of Snoop's involvement in Doggystyle it was considered inappropriate to have him appear in a Muppet movie.