Charles Dickens invented many of our modern traditions and feelings we associate with Christmas with his holiday epic “A Christmas Carol.” Heck, the fact that it’s a mid-19th century book that’s still printed today says enough about its status. However, kids unfamiliar with how grim and dour Victorian England could be may be put off by the visual trappings of most adaptations. The Jim Carrey/Robert Zemekis one gives even the toughest British Tar nightmares.
There’s no troupe more familiar or beloved as The Muppets, and their production of the Dickens tale is easily one of the best, if not the gold standard of A Christmas Carol adaptations put to celluloid. Come for the catchy soundtrack and goofy antics. Stay for the finest Michael Caine performance since Get Carter.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol movies online.
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The Muppet Christmas Carol cast
- Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge
- Steven Mackintosh as Fred, Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew.
- Meredith Braun as Belle, Scrooge’s neglected fiancée.
- Robin Weaver as Clara, Ebenezer Scrooge’s niece-in-law and Fred’s wife.
- Jessica Fox as Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
- David Shaw Parker as Old Joe (voice)
- Edward Sanders, Theo Sanders, Kristopher Milnes, Russell Martin, and Ray Coulthard as Young Scrooge
- Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Waldorf, Dr. Bunson Honeydew
- Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny
- Jerry Nelson as Robin the Frog, Lew Zealand, Statler, Ma Bear
- Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, George the Janitor, Animal
- David Rudman as The Sweedish Chef
How to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol
Here are a few options for you to rent or buy The Muppet Christmas Carol.
- Cost: $6.99/month or $69.99/year
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, Nvidia Shield, Apple TV, Xbox One, Playstation 4
The long-awaited streaming service will also sport one of the most beloved libraries of streaming content online. This accounts for 500 Walt Disney Studios movies and 7,000 episodes Walt Disney Television. Productions from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, all being members of the Disney family will also be available, as well as 30 seasons of The Simpsons. You’ll also be able to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol along with other Christmas classics like The Santa Clause and Home Alone movies. Plus, like any streaming service worth its salt, there are exclusive original productions including Lady and the Tramp, Wandvision, Monsters at Work, and of course, The Mandalorian. One subscription works on up to four devices, and you can even download content directly to your device to watch anytime. You can also bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for only $12.99/month.
- Cost: $3.99 to rent/$12.99 to buy
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield TV, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
The online retail giant is also one of the premier destinations for online streaming. It’s also one of the easiest ways watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, no question. If you already have an Amazon account, buying in HD will take seconds, and you can watch it anywhere you stream Amazon Video, from Amazon Fire Stick to Roku.
3) Fandango Now
- Cost: $2.99-3.99 to rent/$9.99-14.99 to buy
- Devices: Samsung Smart TVs, internet browsers, iPad, iOS devices, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Android, Visio Smart TVs
Fandango and movies go hand in hand, and not just when it comes to buying tickets online. Plenty of hits and classics are available in the Fandango Now library, along with full seasons of your favorite shows. The Muppet Christmas Carol is available on Fandango Now in multiple formats. If you join Fandango VIP, you can rack up points to spend across Fandango and Fandango Now.
- Cost: $3.99 to rent/$9.99 to buy
- Devices: Samsung Smart TVs, Internet Browsers, iPad, iOS, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, Visio Smart TVs, PlayStation
Vudu is a no-fuss way to rent movies online if you don’t want to bother signing up for anything. There’s a massive library of high-quality video content, including 4K movies. There are even piles of movies you can watch free as long as you sit through a few ads. The Muppet Christmas Carol is available to buy right now–and would you believe it, it’s on sale.
4) Google Play
- Cost: $2.99-9.99
Google Play links to your Google account and media can be accessed from any Google Play-enabled device.
- Cost: $3.99-12.99
If you happen to prefer streaming on iOS devices, buying The Muppet Christmas Carol on iTunes is your best bet.
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