It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
The owner of a bank (Miss Bitterman) wants to own the Muppet Theatre so she can build a nightclub over it. After she tricks Pepe into giving her the only copy of the contract between her father and the Muppets, she changes it so the Muppets have very little time to pay a debt they owe. Meanwhile, the Muppets are trying to put on a Christmas show. After the Muppets are confronted by Bitterman, they make a lot of sacrifices to save up so they can keep the Theatre.
Loose adaptation of 'It's a Wonderful Life'. A few good bits but generally disappointing. 4/10.
Part of my '31 Films Of Christmas'
Actually this is one of the better post Jim Henson Muppet films, not that that's saying much. Unlike such films as the Muppets Christmas carol and Treasure Island this one actually stars Kermit and the other Muppets, they aren't relegated to supporting roles. The film is a very loose adaptation of "It's a wonderful life" and although far from being a great film, by any standards, it is watchable with some fairly good moments.
What. Was. This?
I've always loved The Muppets, but the truth of the matter is that there for a while, Muppets specials weren't as strong as they ought to have been. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is a handy microcosm of that era.
I've never cared for depictions of God in movies. I think it's part of growing up Baptist. That whole subplot of Daniel (David Arquette) as an angel trying to persuade The Boss (Whoopi Goldberg) to intervene in things just felt weak. I did, however, enjoy the It's a Wonderful Life segment in the final act so there's that.
The songs were a cut above those in The Muppet Christmas Carol, and I really liked the Moulin Rouge! musical…
This one's a bit too over the top. Not nearly as good as the recent Muppets movie. Most of the humans were just plain annoying. The religious aspects where a little strange as well.
Some funny moments, but overall it's home to a few too many pop-culture references and is lacking in heart. (rewatch)
Some funny moments, but overall it's home to a few too many pop-culture references and is lacking in heart