Christmas is a time of peace, joy and family films, so I have chosen as my Christmas soundtrack the music from my favourite festive movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol. This film features what has been called* Michael Caine’s finest performance, and has a soundtrack that never fails to put me in a Christmassy mood.
The Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrack sparkles from the very beginning with the atmospheric Scrooge, introducing the villain of the piece in style. The Muppets further demonstrate their ability to set a sinister mood with Marley and Marley; this sequence of the film proves that puppets can be spooky, and terrified me as a child (I was easy to scare). The fabulous, if brief, Christmas Scat is 22 seconds of a cappella charm, as Kermit the Frog‘s Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim celebrate Christmas with an impromptu ditty.
The soundtrack does have some weak points. Room In Your Heart and Chairman of the Board are a bit naff, perhaps explaining why these songs were omitted from the movie. I am also not a fan of Tiny Tim’s sentimental Bless Us All, but these drawbacks are not sufficient to sully a varied soundtrack full of humour, story telling skill and above all, festive spirit!