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10 Reasons Why The Muppet Christmas Carol Is The Best Christmas Movie

This endearing classic deserves to be right at the top of your festive movie list.

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There are a slew of Christmas movies out there that can all lay claim to being the most apt watch for the holiday season. From obvious choices like Elf or Miracle on 34th Street, to less direct takes on Christmas such as It's a Wonderful Life or Die Hard, you are spoiled for choice. But really there is only one winner, only one film guaranteed to bring some much needed festive cheer and warm the cockles of your heart. It is, of course, The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Brian Henson's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novella has everything; classic Christmas tunes, tender storytelling and - most importantly - Kermit the Frog. It came at an emotional time for the team behind The Muppets too - following the death of creator Jim Henson and performer Richard Hunt - and deep affection runs through almost every shot, the warmth finding it's way into Scrooge's twisted persona as the minutes tick by. Despite all its strengths, however, the film barely registered at the box office. It was a modest success, but was somewhat drowned out by the two other big releases from 1992 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and Aladdin.

The statistics alone don't do justice to what a beloved holiday classic the film has become. Now that Christmas is almost upon us, here are ten reasons why The Muppet Christmas Carol remains a steadfast festive favourite.

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