Without Jim Henson there would not be the Muppets. On September 24, 1936 he was born. Sadly, he passed away before he could assist in my favorite Muppet movie: The Muppets Christmas Carol. In 1992, this film came to life in the re-imagining of Charles Dickens classic tale.
With Gonzo the Great in the role as Charles Dickens with Rizzo the Rat as his assistant he tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. With Kermit the Frog portraying Bob Cratchit, Scrooge sticks to his traditional cruel ways about Christmas. Upon his return home, there is song and dance about Scrooges ways by his past partners. During the night, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts. The first ghost, shows him his past giving us insight to his hatred of Christmas. The second ghost, is able to warm Scrooges spirit by showing him Bob Cratchits family. When Scrooge sees how Bob’s youngest son Tim is suffering from an illness, that would eventually kill him. After cruel words being fed back into his mouth, Scrooge is shown the future where he learns that no one will care about his death. He learns that Bob’s family is grief stricken by the death of Tim. After facing his doom, Scrooge returns to the Christmas of the present a changed man. As with the traditional story, we learn that Scrooge truly changes his ways becoming a philanthropist and second father to Tim Cratchit.
Sadly, Jim Henson passed away before The Muppets Christmas Carol could be finished. However, the film is dedicated in his memory. On September 24, 1936 Jim Henson was born, the mastermind behind the muppets bringing joy and laughter to future generations.