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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Where You Can Stream It: Disney+

The Pitch: It’s A Christmas Carol, but with the Muppets.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: While it’s perfectly okay to not be in the holiday spirit this year, if you’re in search of just a tiny bit of cheer you can’t go wrong with The Muppet Christmas Carol, a funny, sweet adaptation of the Dickens classic full of great songs, great gags, and Michael Caine as arguably the best-ever on-screen version of Scrooge.

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The lost song cut from The Muppet Christmas Carol is lost no more. “When Love is Gone,” a ballad sung to a young Scrooge by his fiancée Belle (Meredith Braun), was originally cut from the theatrical release of the film due to Disney feeling it wouldn’t appeal to younger viewers, but was kept in the film for the VHS and LaserDisc releases. However, when The Muppet Christmas Carol made the transition to modern home media and streaming, the full version featuring the song was lost and only the theatrical cut was available. Until now.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now muppet christmas carol

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Happy holidays, folks! This is a holiday week, which means many of us will finally have some much-needed time off. And while you could spend that time with your friends and family, why not blow them off and just watch stuff instead? If you need some ideas about what you should watch as we head into the holidays, I’m here to help. These are the best movies streaming right now.

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/Answers: Our Favorite Movies to Watch During the Holidays

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re ushering in the season by sharing the movies we always watch during the holidays, whether they’re a holiday movie or not. Read More »

Revisiting ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ 25 Years Later

Revisiting The Muppet Christmas Carol

Too few adaptations of Charles Dickens’ iconic A Christmas Carol are gimmick-free. Though a couple of stellar versions exist that focus squarely on Dickens’ story of redemption during the holidays, focusing on a nasty moneylender, the majority of adaptations are defined by their unique and extra hook. It’s A Christmas Carol — but as a modern comedy starring Bill Murray! It’s A Christmas Carol — but in motion-capture animation with Jim Carrey playing multiple roles! It’s A Christmas Carol — but as a big, splashy musical starring a young Albert Finney! And so on.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of another Christmas Carol adaptation, and one with a pretty obvious gimmick: The Muppet Christmas Carol. Remarkably, though, The Muppet Christmas Carol features one of the best-ever Ebenezer Scrooges on film, often to the point where it feels like a better Christmas Carol adaptation as opposed to being a good Muppet movie.

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VOTD: 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes


In honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, and 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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