With Santa Claus now only a few days away, everyone is reaching for their favourite Christmas Movies to put them in a jolly mood. Whether it be Jingle All The Way, Home Alone or Die Hard, nothing puts one in the holiday spirit better than sticking on your most Christmassy Christmas movie.
One such tale that has been adapted time and again is Charles Dickens' seminal ghost story, A Christmas Carol, with fans often debating over which live-action take on Scrooge is truly the best. Well, now the Academy Award-winning director, Guillermo Del Toro, has thrown in his two cents claiming that the 1992 musical, The Muppet Christmas Carol clearly reigns supreme.
Guillermo del Toro was responding to the tweet below that posits the theory that the Muppets' take on the iconic story is the best.
"New today on the site: Ethan Warren's Grand Yuletide Theory that The Muppet Christmas Carol is the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol (with new art by @brianna_ashby!)"
Accompanied by a delightful piece of Muppets artwork depicting the characters from the movie, Del Toro made his thoughts regarding this theory very clear, even hitting the caps lock button just in case anyone dared to misunderstand his opinion as to whether The Muppet Christmas Carol is the best of the best.
"Because IT IS!"
Del Toro makes his fandom very clear, indeed. With Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy playing the Cratchits, Gonzo playing Charles Dickens, the Muppet Christmas Carol stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Although the film is not a word-for-word adaptation of the original text, in some profound and interesting ways it distils the core themes of the novel.
With the movie having become a firm festive favourite, the likes of Brian Henson and star Michael Caine have discussed The Muppet Christmas Carol at length over the years, with Henson describing their intentions as 'parody'.
"The Muppets are famous for questioning the status quo, and anti-establishment irreverence. So we took that and pointed it at Charles Dickens ... We were going to do a romping parody."
Caine reminisced about the movie back in 2016, and makes it pretty clear he is just as big a fan as Del Toro.
"A man mentioned the Muppets and I said, 'That's it! I'll do that!'. I could make it, and my daughter could see it. That's why I did it. And it was lovely ... I think it's the funniest of the lot. I see it every year, because it's on television every year at Christmas. It can never grow old, unlike me."
If you are of the opinion that we have not had enough adaptations of the famous story, then you are in luck as a new one starring Guy Pearce and written by Steven Knight will be airing this year. Described as leaning more towards horror as opposed to the light-hearted humour of the Muppets, where this will sit on Del Toro's list remains to be seen, but rest assured, he will no doubt be singing along with Kermit and pals come Christmas day. This comes from Guillermo Del Toro on Twitter.