The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American Christmas musical film. It is the fourth theatrical film featuring the Muppets. Adapted from the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the film stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, alongside Muppet performers Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, and Frank Oz. Although artistic license is taken to suit the aesthetic of the Muppets, The Muppet Christmas Carol otherwise follows Dickens’s original story closely. It is the first Muppet film to be produced following the deaths of Muppets creator Jim Henson and performer Richard Hunt; the film is dedicated to both.
The film was released in the United States on December 11, 1992, by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. It was a modest box office success and received generally favorable reviews. It is the first Muppets film to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures, whose parent company would later acquire the rights to the Muppets characters and assets in 2004.
Tiny Tim Cratchit is the youngest son of Bob Cratchit and Emily Cratchit from A Christmas Carol and on The Muppet Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim was born disabled, and must carry a crutch when walking, and also has difficulty breathing, as well as a tendency to break into a coughing fit when too excited.