MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL: Repentance and a New Heart | FCC 120

In Disney’s MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Michael Caine) learns what it means to have a clean heart after repentance. Join us as we discuss these Christian themes and so much more on this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema Podcast.

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Previous Episode Recap
  • 00:02:53 – Movie Discussion
  • 00:22:14 – Christian Themes in MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL 
  • 01:01:50 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 01:15:25 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 01:31:00 – Lightning Round 
  • 01:32:04 – Upcoming

Scrooge and Repentance

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s repentance is still as strong today as it was when Charles Dickens first penned it. In this adaptation, Michael Caine aptly gives us the “tight-fisted hand at the grindstone Scrooge” who viciously hordes his wealth while those under him starve and freeze. It takes the jarring encounter with the ghosts of his deceased business partners Jacob and Robert Marley and the ensuing visitations of three Christmas spirits to convince Scrooge to make a conscious effort at his crossroads. Thankfully, he chooses the right path and repents of his sins.

This image from MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL shows Michael Caine as Scrooge singing Thankful Heart.

A Clean Heart and a Thankful Heart

The act of repentance proves a worthy initial step in reviving restoring Scrooge’s heart and soul. The process clears away any murk and mire that had been calcified there since childhood. Free, at last, to perform for those around him, he begins by buying the Cratchit family a giant turkey and then donating to the charity workers to whom he had given so much of nothing the night before. He then sings of his “thankful heart” that will continue to guide him in his trying to keep Christmas in his heart all year round.


Let these passages be your guide as you sit on your double-decker couch and share the Gospel with friends and loved ones.

If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. (Galatians 5:25 AMP)

Repentance is no easy task, and everyone’s journey of repentance will be different from everyone else’s. What we can glean from Scrooge’s journey, especially in this adaptation of it, is that Scrooge’s repentance was based on his love and admiration of Kermit Cratchit’s son Tiny Tim. This young frog had a heart of gold, and Scrooge loved him for it. Scrooge, then, walking by the Spirit (or Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, in this story) vows to love his neighbors, and he begins with Tiny Tim.

This image from MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL shows Michael Caine as Scrooge with Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Rizzo.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 KJV)

Scrooge’s repentant heart takes to the immediate expression of gratitude. In the song “Thankful Heart,” he vows to express that thankfulness by helping anyone that he can. He promises to end their suffering (especially that caused by him) and lift them up as high as he once esteemed himself. And above all else, he is thankful that he has the opportunity to do so.

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. He has his M.A. in Theatre Arts and is always looking for a good way to use stories to soften peoples' hearts. Find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever.
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