How to Watch ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ in 2018

A Christmas Carol is one the best-known Christmas stories of all time. The 1843 novella by Charles Dickens has been adapted too many times to count, for both the stage and the screen.

If there’s a theater company in your town, chances are they’re putting on a production of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge at this time of year. There have been operatic versions, a ballet, and animated adaptations for TV. And since 1901, there have been more than 15 film versions of the book. One of the most beloved stars a bunch of puppets.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations of the Dickens story

On paper, it doesn’t sound like a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring a mix of human actors and Muppets should work. But it definitely does. The 1992 movie features Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit, and a host of other familiar Muppet faces in supporting roles.

The movie (directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson) is aimed at kids, but it’s just as enjoyable for adults. It balances humor and seriousness and features a standout performance from Caine as the man who learns the true meaning of Christmas, as well as some catchy songs.

Where to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol this year

The Muppet Christmas Carol isn’t streaming for free on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. However, you can rent or buy it on Amazon. It’s $3.99 to rent and $12.99 to buy. YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and PlayStation Video all have it for rent or purchase as well. The DVD is $9.99 at Amazon.

Unlike last year, HBO doesn’t have The Muppet Christmas Carol on demand this year. In fact, the movie doesn’t appear to be airing on TV at all this holiday weekend. (We can only assume Frank Cross from Scrooged made that decision.)

Where can I watch other versions of A Christmas Carol? 

JIM CARREY in A Christmas Carol

Jim Carrey in Disney’s A Christmas Carol | Disney Enterprises, Inc./ImageMovers Digital LLC

While The Muppet Christmas Carol isn’t on TV or Netflix this year, you can watch other versions of the classic story.

Several A Christmas Carol adaptions are included in Amazon Prime subscriptions. There’s a 1935 British version starring Seymour Hicks as Scrooge, as well as a 1950s television adaptation featuring Basil Rathbone. A modern-day take on the story from 2000 is also available, as is a TV version with Vincent Prince as the narrator, and multiple animated versions. The 2017 movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, which tells the story of how Dickens wrote his famed novella in just six weeks, is also streaming.

A 1999 adaptation starring Patrick Stewart as Scrooge airs on Friday, December 21 at 10:15 p.m. and Saturday, December 22 t 6 p.m. on TNT. The universally praised 1951 A Christmas Carol starring Alistair Sim airs December 23rd at 7 p.m. on TCM. The Jim Carrey version will be on TV on Christmas Eve at 4:10 p.m. on Freeform and again at 12:40 p.m. on the 25th.

On Christmas Day, FXM will air a marathon of the Sim version of A Christmas Carol, while Starz Encore is showing the Bill Murray movie Scrooged, which is inspired by the Dickens story.

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