Recommendation: The Muppets vs. Victorian Literature

Now, more than ever, the world needs the Muppets.

More about Muppet Treasure Island here.

And more about The Muppet Christmas Carol here.

The Muppets: Disney. Images via IMDB.

Now, more than ever, the world needs the Muppets.

However, me saying “Just go watch everything the Muppets have ever done” isn’t really the answer. The Muppets have existed in some form since 1955 — and, hey, I’ll just leave this super-insightful essay by a beautiful, beautiful man here if you want more information about that. In light of that, all of the Muppets is quite a lot.

So, let me focus on two specific Muppet movies, specifically the two Muppet movies which adapt classic Victorian novels.

Since, as you’ll no doubt recall, I write about pirates (and also other stuff), it should come as no surprise that Muppet Treasure Island comes highly recommended.

Writings about pirates and also other stuff,
as written by the Greatest Living Author.

The actual Treasure Island, incidentally, also comes with a recommendation. Full disclosure, the book was written in 1883, so the book doesn’t feel like a modern children’s book and the style can be hard to get through, even for an adult reader.

Basically, the Muppet version simplifies both the story and the storytelling, makes the pirate characters a little less reprehensible, and adds a lot of characteristic Muppet wackiness. Also, it’s a musical now — as most Muppet movies are. A high point is Long John Silver, played by Tim Curry in a rare villainous role.

I haven’t ever read the actual A Christmas Carol, so I can’t comment on it, or the extent to which the Muppets take liberties with the source material. However, my understanding is that Scrooge’s dialogue (as ably delivered by Sir Michael Caine) is taken directly from the book with minimal alterations. The dialogue of the Muppet characters, not so much.

Honestly, I shouldn’t have to do much of a sales pitch for these movies. It’s Muppets. You know what you’re getting into. And you know it’s going to be great.

Unless, perhaps, you’re a Simpson…

“So to answer your question, I don’t know.”
The Simpsons: Gracie Films and Disney. Image via Frinkiac.com.

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