Sometimes when you rewatch children’s movies that you loved as a kid, you sadly realize how stupid they actually were. You may have loved the movie as a child, but as an adult you can understand why your parents hated when you would put it on. But every so often you rewatch one of your favorite movies from when you were young and are filled with a warm glow because it’s just as heartwarming and beautiful as you remembered. For me, this was the case with A Muppet Family Christmas, one of my all-time favorite childhood Christmas movies.
It has come to my attention recently that a lot of people have never seen A Muppet Family Christmas, and that just baffles me, because it is by and large the absolute best Muppet Christmas movie. Yeah, it is better than A Muppet Christmas Carol; it really is.
I, like many of my peers, hold a certain fondness for the media we consumed when we were kids. Nostalgia goggles or not, I often feel like the media targeted towards the younger audiences these days can’t hold a candle to shows like Hey Arnold! or Ghostwriter. Because of this, I was especially excited a couple years ago when my favorite puppets, the Muppets, received a reboot courtesy of the folks at Disney.
However, for all my love of The Muppet Show and Muppet Babies, I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to see the first film in the revitalized franchise: The Muppets. Ever since the second film, Muppets Most Wanted, premiered, I vowed not to make the same mistake. To my good fortune, this was one vow that I actually fulfilled.