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.

For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:

  • 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.

MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL Key Texts

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 a graduate student pursuing his Master in Theatre Arts degree with Regent University. He is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. You can find him live-tweeting his favorite movies on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever or posting poetry and unsolicited opinions at thebookofbrenden.com
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  • Philip Heard

    Hey guys, it was a great idea to revisit different adaptations of A Christmas Carol each year. Such a rich and timeless story warrants regular attention. The Muppet version is considered the favorite of many, which is definitely understandable. I particularly enjoyed the meta narration, and no Muppet experience is complete without Statler & Waldorf- I love those guys.

    The one thing I grasped onto this time was mentioned by you guys, but you left enough meat on the bone for me to talk about it some more. And that is Scrooge pledging to keep Christmas the whole year round. I confess I get a little peeved when people complain about Christmas decorations or music appearing “too early”. In my opinion, when it comes to Christmas there is no such thing as too early. Any reminder or celebration of the incarnation of Christ is welcome to me. And while much holiday activity is driven by economics, and even greed, I choose to find the good in it and take account of God and His goodness to us. The Bible puts it best: “You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8(NET)
    That is definitely something to be mindful of the whole year round!

    Love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli

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