It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

Starring: The Muppets
MGM Home Entertainment
RRP: £12.99

Certificate: U
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'Tis the night before Christmas, and the Muppet theatre is in danger of being torn down. And when bad goes to worse, Kermit begins to believe the world would be a better place if he'd never been born. But don't worry! With heavenly help and send-ups of just about every holiday movie ever made, Kermit and the Muppets discover what matters most is their love for each other...

Makes you feel sick doesn't it? Well that's what I thought until I sat down and started watching this, the latest Muppet movie to be released on DVD and Video. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Okay, not enough to start recommending that everyone buy this, but it is pretty entertaining and, dare I say it, funny in places - they even put on their own Christmas musical Moulin Scrooge.

There are plenty of celebrity guests including David Arquette, Joan Cusack (who seriously overacts to the point where you start to think that the Muppets should be Oscar nominees) and Whoopi Goldberg (playing God). There are also brief cameos by (mostly unknown actors over here in the UK) Matthew Lillard, William H. Macy, Carson Daly, Kelly Ripa, Joe Rogan, Molly Shannon and the cast of Scrubs.

Oh, and before you start to think that Fozzie is sounding more and more like Yoda (both characters are voiced by Frank Oz) there is a brief appearance by a Muppet Yoda - very funny.

It is a much better movie than you'd expect, but it's still the Muppets.

Darren Rea

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