A marriage between The Muppets and Charles Dickens’ literary classic, “A Christmas Carol,” might at first seem like an ill fit. What business do Kermit the Frog and Victorian London have in the same movie? But the end result — The Muppet Christmas Carol — has become one of the most celebrated entries in the Muppet canon, despite the absence of creator Jim Henson, who passed away in 1990, two years prior to the film’s release.
Charged with taking over his father’s company and, eventually, the director’s chair for this movie, Brian Henson managed to rally the family of artists that Jim had built up over the years to create a rich film that has a pretty interesting backstory in its own right. We’ll have more on that backstory and the pressures involved in following his legendary father’s story on Monday when we run an interview with Brian Henson, but for now, take a look at these facts about the film — some of which came from our chat with Henson.