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The Muppet's Christmas Carol // Sidepodfilmclub festive edition 2012

Published by Christine Blachford

It's the time of year to revel in the snow, the presents, the time off work, all the things that the festive season brings. One of those things is the now annual Sidepodfilmclub festive movie watch, in which we all gather to watch the same film, hit play at the same time and then comment our way through the story. Today is all about the Muppets and how they work their way through a retelling of the Christmas Carol tale, with added singing, jokes, and screeching Miss Piggy. Enjoy!

As it happened: The Muppet's Christmas Carol

  • 19:37

    We're starting from here, it's about ten seconds in on the iTunes version.

  • 19:41

    Ooh, probably should have started with a hello! Welcome along, and a Merry Christmas to you all. This is the annual Sidepodfilmclub Festive Movie, and it's all about the Muppets.

  • 19:44

    The Muppets Christmas Carol, directed by Brian Henson and written by... well Charles Dickens, sort of.

  • 19:46

    Okay, so, this is also a bit of an FBFB test. Things are wonky, you'll bear us with I know!

  • 19:49

    Do make sure to keep an eye on the FBFB countdown, when it hits zero, that's when we all need to press play!

  • 19:52

    Here's an interesting trivia bit that Amy picked up on earlier: "The song "When Love Is Gone" was originally dropped from the theatrical release because Disney thought it would be too sad for young children. The scene was restored in the VHS and laser discs releases. However, it isn't used in TV airings of the movie and the first DVD release."

  • 19:56

    If we all fall out of sync partway through, we'll blame the song.

  • 19:57

    Just under three minutes to go now. Grab your drinks and snacks, the house lights are going down, it's time to settle in!

  • 19:59

    Thirty seconds!!

  • 19:59

    Green flagGo, go, go!

  • 20:00

    Mmm, Christmassy music.

  • 20:02

    QuoteComment from Mr C: who's brian henson?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Henson

    Jim Henson's son. It runs in the family.

  • 20:03

    Our narrators, Gonzo and Rizzo the rat. Or Charles Dickens... sort of.

  • 20:04

    TweetTweet from @joemaule: its an amazing film. Lots of the floral decorations were done by my mum when she worked as a florist many years ago! #fact

  • 20:04

    "That's a good beginning, it's creepy and kind of... ooh, spooky."

  • 20:06

    AudioScrooge - "If he became a flavour, you can bet he would be sour."

  • 20:07

    Aww, the cute mice, meeces, whatever.

  • 20:07

    Michael Caine!

  • 20:08

    Kermit is left handed, it seems.

  • 20:09

    Scrooge is most definitely right handed.

  • 20:10

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: I like kermit's little suit.

  • 20:11

    I do agree with Mr Scrooge on this: "You keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine."

  • 20:13

    The nephew's trousers are most excellent. I want some checked trousers.

  • 20:14

    I LOVE the rabbit. So cute.

  • 20:16

    "It was the frog's idea."

  • 20:18

    AudioOne More Sleep 'Til Christmas - 'The world has got a smile today, the world has got a glow.'

  • 20:21

    Door knockers have always kinda freaked me out anyway. Maybe this was why!

  • 20:22

    I love Rizzo's accent. "He ain't hoyrt."

  • 20:26

    Jacob and Robert Marley. Except, of course, there isn't really a Robert Marley. They made him up so there could be two. Jacob Marley is technically made up too, I suppose.

  • 20:26

    AudioMarley and Marley - "If you could not pay the rent, we simply threw you out."

  • 20:27

    I like ghosts that actually do the ghostly "woooooooooooo" thing.

  • 20:30

    QuoteComment from Jordan F1: I am haunted by three spirits as well, Scotoch, whiskey and rum...

  • 20:31

    Boy that is one noisy clock Scrooge has. How does he ever get any sleep, even on ghostless nights?

  • 20:32

    Always a bit disappointed that the Ghost of Christmas Past is not a muppet.

  • 20:32

    Watching in comfortWe get all kinds of viewers to our film club nights.

  • 20:34

    I'm confused where they picked up a weather vane in the middle of a forest, but we'll go with it.

  • 20:35

    I would very much dislike having to go back to school in any kind of ghostly visit.

  • 20:39

    "Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat!"

  • 20:41

    All speeches need is an Animal, never mind that tinkling of cutlery against glasses.

  • 20:42

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: No one plays the triangle as well as Animal.

  • 20:43

    "I love these annual Christmas parties. I love them so much, I think we'll do them twice a year."

  • 20:45

    They cut out our song. Boo. The love is gone, anyway. You get the idea.

  • 20:46

    "Come in and know me better man!"

  • 20:46

    The Ghost of Christmas Present is so happy, it's infectious.

  • 20:47

    Scrooge laughed!

  • 20:47

    And he made a joke too!

  • 20:48

    AudioIt Feels Like Christmas - 'It is the season of the heart, a special time of caring, the ways of love made clear.'

  • 20:50

    And now Scrooge is dancing. We're really making progress, I think.

  • 20:51

    I hadn't realised that Fred, the nephew, is actually quite famous! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0533599/

  • 20:53

    Miss Piggy is definitely an acquired taste.

  • 20:54

    QuoteComment from Cathy in California: Hey, chef's are absolutely allowed to test the merchandise...it's called quality control.

  • 20:54

    AudioChristmas Scat - 'Fa la la!'

  • 20:58

    AudioBless Us All - 'Life is full of sweet surprises, every day's a gift.'

  • 20:58

    Two mini Miss Piggy's is quite a worrying prospect!

  • 20:59

    Michael Caine appears to spend most of this film with tears in his eyes.

  • 21:02

    The spooky spirit approaches.

  • 21:02

    When I read Harry Potter, this is how I assumed the Dementors looked.

  • 21:05

    Scrooge really should recognise his own bed curtains.

  • 21:07

    I think the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come role would be perfect for Mr C.

  • 21:08

    So, 'The Love is Gone' is too sad for kids, but this, Tiny Tim gone, is fine.

  • 21:11

    Scrooge should probably tailor his questions so they can have a pointing-only answer.

  • 21:12

    He recognises the bed curtains when he's right next to them!

  • 21:13

    CUTE RABBIT.

  • 21:14

    Not rabbit, Bean Bunny http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Bean_Bunny

  • 21:15

    AudioThankful Heart - 'Every night will end, and every day will start with a grateful prayer and a thankful heart.'

  • 21:16

    The Muppets are easily swayed. Years of tyranny from Scrooge, but one song and they're over it.

  • 21:17

    Cheese for the meeces!

  • 21:19

    He's brought turkey, but the ghost of Christmas Present showed us they already had a goose cooking.

  • 21:20

    The Love We Found makes little sense without the previous song.

  • 21:21

    Chequered flagThe End.

  • 21:24

    They're playing the Love is Gone over the credits as well. Very odd.

  • 21:25

    Thanks to one and all. Heartwarming film, and always a lot of fun! Roll on next year!




  • Muppets!

    Eh-hem.

  • am i a man or am i a muppet? #wrongfilm

  • so excited!!! :)

  • so excited!!! :)

    Happy you got the download. I had you in mind when we posted the initial thread nice and early :)

  • Mahna Mahna do do de do do.

    Hi everyone.

  • Hi everyone.

    Hellooo!

  • Watched 'Pointless' yesterday, and of course there was a question on Muppets. Shame it wasn't a few days later and I'd have known a pointless answer. I knew Miss Piggy and that was it.

  • Watched 'Pointless' yesterday, and of course there was a question on Muppets. Shame it wasn't a few days later and I'd have known a pointless answer. I knew Miss Piggy and that was it.

    This might not help, because they're mostly playing other characters. Depends what the question was!

  • Watched 'Pointless' yesterday, and of course there was a question on Muppets. Shame it wasn't a few days later and I'd have known a pointless answer. I knew Miss Piggy and that was it.

    Ah yes, I knew Animal and Rowlf. Forgot Beaker though. I unsurprisingly, did better on the Eurovision question.

  • Am I doing time zone math right - about 45 minutes to showtime?

  • Ah yes, I knew Animal and Rowlf. Forgot Beaker though. I unsurprisingly, did better on the Eurovision question.

    You would definitely be my phone-a-friend on a Eurovision question.

  • Am I doing time zone math right - about 45 minutes to showtime?

    Yes, yes! The FBFB should help: http://sidepodcast.com/factbyte-factbox

  • Am I doing time zone math right - about 45 minutes to showtime?

    Correct. What time is it for you?

  • Ah, thanks! Don't think I've ever used the FBFB...since I'm usually barely conscious for the races.

    High noon for me in Cali. Gonna try to be a smidge productive before then, see you in a few!

  • You would definitely be my phone-a-friend on a Eurovision question.

    Well I'm skipping the Albanian National Final for this, so... thanks for organising it now.

  • Well I'm skipping the Albanian National Final for this, so... thanks for organising it now.

    :)

  • Well I'm skipping the Albanian National Final for this, so... thanks for organising it now.

    i'm missing merlin... and it's the second to last one.. ever. Thank heavens for iplayer!! :)

  • i'm missing merlin... and it's the second to last one.. ever. Thank heavens for iplayer!! :)

    Awww, we're honoured!

    I don't know why but I couldn't get into Merlin this series. And it's the last one!

  • Evening all. We've just finished Arthur Christmas, and now have time for 1 Big Bang before showtime.

  • Was interested to see that you can watch A Christmas Carol with a Mr Patrick Stewart on Channel 5 at 8, suspicious timing.

  • I don't know why but I couldn't get into Merlin this series. And it's the last one!

    Bradley James helps me stick to it ;) . I don't like the fact Morgana is the only evil character really this season, but i suppose as the last one it needed to be that i suppose. I'm just so sad it's ending! I will miss the Merlin/ Arthur banter scenes.

  • Evening all. We've just finished Arthur Christmas, and now have time for 1 Big Bang before showtime.

    Is Arthur Christmas any good?

  • Evening all. We've just finished Arthur Christmas, and now have time for 1 Big Bang before showtime.

    big banggggg!!! I nearly bought the box set yesterday, it was a bargin! I just can't afford it right now.... plus i've seen them all anyway... so just can't justify it. the new series is ace tho. :)

  • Well I'm skipping the Albanian National Final for this, so... thanks for organising it now.

    how/where is that possibly being televised?

  • Bradley James helps me stick to it ;) . I don't like the fact Morgana is the only evil character really this season, but i suppose as the last one it needed to be that i suppose. I'm just so sad it's ending! I will miss the Merlin/ Arthur banter scenes.

    I suspect the banter wouldn't be sustained as the story kept on going though. Their relationship must end up changing quite significantly.

  • how/where is that possibly being televised?

    Albania, obvs.

  • I suspect the banter wouldn't be sustained as the story kept on going though. Their relationship must end up changing quite significantly.

    ah yes, this is very true! you should try watch the last 2 tho (it's a two parter) so you can end the series properly in your mind :)

  • how/where is that possibly being televised?

    eurovision.tv show all the finals properly legally, and some of them, like Lithuania/Switzerland were, are streamed on the broadcasters website for everyone.

  • Evening all! We have a copy of the movie! What is the best way for one to live comment with his iOS mobile device (3GS)?

  • Evening all! We have a copy of the movie! What is the best way for one to live comment with his iOS mobile device (3GS)?

    browser to here and it should auto-fit, you'll just need to scroll to keep up:

    sidepodcast.com/e…tive-edition-2012

  • browser to here and it should auto-fit, you'll just need to scroll to keep up:

    Much obliged, thanks!

    Love this movie! Not starting yet though!

  • Evening all! Managed to get my present wrapping done in time!

    I say present wrapping, more collection of paper selotaped around awesome items.

    ...I say collection of paper, more pass the parcel impersonation.

  • Is Arthur Christmas any good?

    It is :) I was sceptical beforehand, but was pleasantly surprised :)

  • Evening all. We've just finished Arthur Christmas, and now have time for 1 Big Bang before showtime.

    awesome. are we in trouble for making you watch a film at a fixed point in time?

  • ...I say collection of paper, more pass the parcel impersonation.

    All wrapping paper I've ever owned has been so poorly made it falls apart when you look at it. There's no substance to the stuff!

  • awesome. are we in trouble for making you watch a film at a fixed point in time?

    Nono. I'm sure that tweet would've read better with a wink at the end ;)

  • All wrapping paper I've ever owned has been so poorly made it falls apart when you look at it. There's no substance to the stuff!

    I managed to leave mine down in Huddersfield having wrapped only three presents with it. I'm unhappy.

  • What does FBFB mean when it says 10s in on the iTunes version? http://sidepodcast.com/factbyte-factbox

  • Afternoon from Tundraland, everyone!

  • What does FBFB mean when it says 10s in on the iTunes version? http://sidepodcast.com/factbyte-factbox

    Which bit is confusing? The picture is what we have on screen. On ours it's about ten seconds in, but it could be anything on others.

  • Which bit is confusing? The picture is what we have on screen. On ours it's about ten seconds in, but it could be anything on others.

    i had to refresh to get th picture. but it's there now. :)

  • Ahhh - no pictures were appearing for me. A refresh had sorted that :)

  • Yay. Me spot a panda. :)

  • i had to refresh to get th picture. but it's there now. :)

    interesting. wonder why that is? lemmie know if it happens again. am spending this month updating the FBFB.

  • interesting. wonder why that is? lemmie know if it happens again. am spending this month updating the FBFB.

    Breaking it, you mean! :)

  • out of interest, can y'all see the cover shot image too?

  • out of interest, can y'all see the cover shot image too?

    once i refreshed, yes.

  • Ok, just lined Mrs^ up with SPC on her LT...

  • Ok, just lined Mrs^ up with SPC on her LT...

    *waves*

  • OK I'm settled down now and ready to go!

  • I have pizza, water, penguin bars and a very sleepy wife! What do you have to watch this movie with?

  • Ok, just lined Mrs^ up with SPC on her LT...

    hellooo!!!

  • although I could do with a cider...

  • although I could do with a cider...

    ooooh drink!

    *runs*

  • although I could do with a cider...

    i have so much alcohol in the fridge it's crazy. I think my parents want to get me drunk over christmas...

  • ohhh that is a cool fact!

  • i have so much alcohol in the fridge it's crazy. I think my parents want to get me drunk over christmas...

    same here, I swear adults just use it as an excuse to get crazy drunk!

    Although I won't complain with the opious amounts of magners and rekordelrig.

  • ooooh drink!

    I have lots of single malt whisky, if you're interested?

    #sidepodmovieclubatTMshouse

  • *rekorderlig

  • Finally made it here! Hello...

    Awaiting the film downloading as its not the one I thought was in the box... (redface)

  • I have pizza, water, penguin bars and a very sleepy wife! What do you have to watch this movie with?

    A giant size plastic cup of pop, two straws a bag of potato chips BBQ flavour and my girl.

  • *waves*

    *Waves back*

  • Awaiting the film downloading as its not the one I thought was in the box... (redface)

    Oop, another person who needs good internet thoughts.

  • Now what do you you guys use to watch the movie from a computer?

  • *Waves back*

    hellllllloooooooooo!

  • I can't find my hsmi cable, noooooooo

    No multiscreen!

    #firstworldproblems

  • I have pizza, water, penguin bars and a very sleepy wife! What do you have to watch this movie with?

    Coke and Pringles.

  • *hdmi

  • Now what do you you guys use to watch the movie from a computer?

    Mine's in a side-by-side with VLC and Firefox to live-tweet.

  • No multiscreen!

    comment from your phone?

  • comment from your phone?

    oooh I could do. or from the xbox browser!

  • I am also without food as the oven isn't plugged in as the bread machine is on... (don't ask, my kitchen is a *long* story) I'm holding off on the gin until the ice has frozen as waitrose didn't have any!

  • Coke and Pringles.

    We bought Doritos in town today. 2 quid for 2 bags, despite the fact they have enough preservatives to mummify a small dog.

  • GOGOGO

  • YAY!

  • We're go eith the DVD here

  • founbd it.

  • And we're off.

  • Started!

  • founbd it.

    phew :)

  • Incidentally i watched Being Elmo a few weeks ago, very good.

  • who's brian henson?

  • Incidentally i watched Being Elmo a few weeks ago, very good.

    you know Elmo isn't muppets... right??

  • who's brian henson?

    Related to Jim...?

  • you know Elmo isn't muppets... right??

    Urm...

    ...bugger

  • Incidentally i watched Being Elmo a few weeks ago, very good.

    that's about as much as i know about the muppets.

    #newbie

  • you know Elmo isn't muppets... right??

    eh?

  • eh?

    oh, sesame st?

  • you know Elmo isn't muppets... right??

    That's far too big an argument for right now!!

  • i thought i saw him in this and treasure island. I;m going mad

  • who's brian henson?

    Jim's son.

  • that's about as much as i know about the muppets.

    elmo is sesame street... right?

  • That's far too big an argument for right now!!

    i didn't know there was a difference. what about fraggle rock?

  • Gonzo is Dickens? Noooooo!

  • elmo is sesame street... right?

    turns out you are right!

    I just assumed because they are both by jim henson they were the same thing :)

  • Muppets is Kermet and Miss Piggy.. :)

  • I just assumed because they are both by jim henson they were the same thing :)

    #affinity

  • that street could easily be sesame street. ye olde sesame street.

  • Its all the Creature workshops.... lots of the Elmo things around were made here :-) (Elmos world shorts, and the sesame tree thing was as well)

  • that street could easily be sesame street. ye olde sesame street.

    :D

  • <3 these two

  • Talinkg Polk and ham talking about a fine meal....

  • good old rizzo :)

  • NOOOOO my file has corrupted!! it wont play the movie any further!!!

    *sob*

  • NOOOOO my file has corrupted!! it wont play the movie any further!!!

    whaaattt? :(

  • NOOOOO my file has corrupted!! it wont play the movie any further!!!

    wha? you can't catch a break :( :(

  • michael blahddy caine.

  • NOOOOO my file has corrupted!! it wont play the movie any further!!!

    That's not very Christmassy of your computer.

  • wha? you can't catch a break :( :(

    it just froze and broke. ITUNES I WANT MY MONEY BACK! i hate the internet..

  • NOOOOO my file has corrupted!! it wont play the movie any further!!!

    Boo!

  • scrooge isn't a duck?

  • it just froze and broke. ITUNES I WANT MY MONEY BACK! i hate the internet..

    your internet is determined to drive you mad :(

  • scrooge isn't a duck?

    That would be DuckTales

  • I have Norwegian

    scrooge isn't a duck?

    YES! Another one! <3

  • Michael Caine!

  • That would be DuckTales

    yeah. there's more than one?

  • "There goes mr brown, there goes mr batman's butler" isn't as catchy...

  • right, well i know the film well so may stick around for a bit.. but i suppose i should get on with some dissertation stuff. ... dammit.

    enjoy the film everyone!

  • "There goes mr brown, there goes mr batman's butler" isn't as catchy...

    :)

  • Michael Caine!

    You we only supposed to blow the ..... !!!

  • i seem to have a lot in common with this scrooge.

  • Oliver Twist is a mouse?

  • Damn what time sig are you sat? I think we might be behind...

  • Damn what time sig are you sat? I think we might be behind...

    :745

  • *7:45

  • i seem to have a lot in common with this scrooge.

    You are both human?

  • Am about half a minute behind, but that's ok.

  • You are both human?

    :)

  • You are both human?

    Not sure about that one ;)

  • poor rizzo.

  • Yay, caught up. Was only a song (that I know well!)

  • poor rizzo.

    Good windscreen wiper though!

  • i seem to have a lot in common with this scrooge.

    You're a duck?

    #wrongfilm

  • it's noddy holder.

  • You are both human?

    Not sure about that one ;)

    We we are sure Scroooge is....

  • If you have a lot in common with this scrooge then so do I... (worries)

  • i seem to have a lot in common with this scrooge.

    You both live in Victorian times with weird fake animals?

  • You're a duck?

    i have nowt in common with that one. no room full of gold or anything.

  • You both live in Victorian times with weird fake animals?

    :)

  • Poor Crocket is so under the weather he has green skin....

  • You both live in Victorian times with weird fake animals?

    well, we have a panda :)

  • I like kermit's little suit.

  • well, we have a panda :)

    Haven't seen a panda yet...

  • "our assets are frozen"

    :)

  • I like kermit's little suit.

    just wait till you meet tiny tim!

  • just wait till you meet tiny tim!

    Aww tiny tim's sweeeet!

  • Winston!

  • Suits are ..

    I think I shall not make that comment actually, could incriminate me...

  • Knew I should have set a timer...where are we?

  • 11:40

  • Knew I should have set a timer...where are we?

    Scrooge is being mean. That probs doesn't help :)

  • memememememememe!

    i love beacon :D

  • Does the green thing actually have any eyes under those glasses?

  • *Beaker, even

  • Beaker! CUte and FlufFY

  • i love beacon :D

    A cross between beaker and bacon!

  • A cross between beaker and bacon!

    He does look bacony.

  • Scrooge is being mean. That probs doesn't help :)

    LOL, while I appreciate the smart ass, Turkey Machine was infinitely more helpful.

  • LOL, while I appreciate the smart ass, Turkey Machine was infinitely more helpful.

    hehe

  • Hey it is mr C! (AKA BEAKER!)

  • LOL, while I appreciate the smart, Turkey Machine was infinitely more helpful.

    I'm a half minute behind though.

  • LOL, while I appreciate the smart, Turkey Machine was infinitely more helpful.

    {roll eyes} Gee, thanks.

    Oh I love this little guy!!

  • scrooge has things sussed.

  • Beaker is SHOCKED,

  • Beaker is SHOCKED,

    "Oh dear, oh dear!"

  • "What do you want?"

    he's standing outside your door singing carols, scrooge. I think he's not that mysterious.

  • Dang, did I miss the "Heat Wave"?

  • suit

    Suit suit suit suit

    (sigh)

  • See, he's a nice guy.

  • See, he's a nice guy.

    #affinity

  • bAH, tHE Swedsh Chef would have thrown that rabbit into a pot....

  • #affinity

    You may not enjoy how this film turns out.

  • I think my favourite thing about the Victorian age is the top hats. Top hats should be more popular.

  • There's magic in the air, this evening...

  • You may not enjoy how this film turns out.

    does scrooge convince all the happy people to join him?

  • Actually Kermit, there's 3 more sleeps here, but that's OK.

  • does scrooge convince all the happy people to join him?

    No, he joins AUTOSPORT and begins typing his letters in capitals

  • No, he joins AUTOSPORT and begins typing his letters in capitals

    With eloquent language laced in.

  • No, he joins AUTOSPORT and begins typing his letters in capitals

    ahh yes. then charging people to view someone else's press releases. that's proper scrooge.

  • I have a top hat. Somewhere andy has one that is an Opera Hat. Although I suspect it currently doesn't work... must do something about that...

  • ahh yes. then charging people to view someone else's press releases. that's proper scrooge.

    Hehe!

  • ahh yes. then charging people to view someone else's press releases. that's proper scrooge.

    the swine!

    i think scrooge also broke lou's itunes copy because he sucks. So mr c I don't want you to be mr scrooge :)

  • so... dumb question. the last muppet movie we watched was a musical. is that a thing?

  • Is tthere any siginificance to having rats as bookkeepers anyway>

  • Is tthere any siginificance to having rats as bookkeepers anyway>

    :)

  • so... dumb question. the last muppet movie we watched was a musical. is that a thing?

    2 songs inside 20 minutes. New muppet record!

  • so... dumb question. the last muppet movie we watched was a musical. is that a thing?

    It wouldn't be muppets wuthout songs!

    ...or elmo, or so I thought.

  • Awww poor wabbit

  • It wouldn't be muppets wuthout songs!

    noted.

  • They should be more careful on such a slipper surface, tsh!

  • Is tthere any siginificance to having rats as bookkeepers anyway>

    The rats are the chorus/ensemble. They always have the 'group job' in these films

  • poor rabbit :(

  • ...or elmo, or so I thought.

    They are all Muppets, they're just not all Disney.

    Wiki excerpt: After earlier unsuccessful attempts in the 1990s, The Walt Disney Company purchased The Muppets characters and their respective intellectual properties in 2004.[4] Exceptions include characters appearing on Sesame Street (as they were previously sold to Sesame Workshop, although they have always had creative rights, only reimbursing The Jim Henson Company to create and provide their Muppet characters for their use) and the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock (which are still owned by the Jim Henson Company).

    Like I said, not the time for the debate now :)

  • Like I said, not the time for the debate now :)

    mr c and i shall continue to look at each other confused :)

  • mr c and i shall continue to look at each other confused :)

    am pleased that the fraggle's are related though.

  • Charlie!

  • Hello everyone, it's been a while...

    Currently sitting next to LPG watching the film :D

  • Hello everyone, it's been a while...

    hello!

  • Currently sitting next to LPG watching the film :D

    Happy Muppets Day!

  • "Storytellers are omniscient!"

    So that's how they do it.....

  • heheeheh

  • Currently sitting next to LPG watching the film :D

    Hello to you both!

  • why doesn't he have a torch?

  • why doesn't he have a torch?

    ...ignore this...

  • Happy Muppets Day!

    Oh now. A christmas muppet....

  • mmmmmmm cheeeese.

  • Gonzo is the author (Dickens) of course he knows everything....

  • Currently sitting next to LPG watching the film :D

    hehe. Couldn't work out where Liquid Petroleum Gas fitted in for a moment. Duh.

  • This is the first time we have ever rented a film on the Apple TV. SD quality looks remarkably good.

  • I think there is someone at the door. I hope it's the rabbit again.

  • I love these guys!

  • This is the first time we have ever rented a film on the Apple TV. SD quality looks remarkably good.

    how is that possible? appletv is our life :)

  • how is that possible? appletv is our life :)

    Because he's only just hooked it up properly very recently... We only got netflix last week...

  • Because he's only just hooked it up properly very recently... We only got netflix last week...

    crazy talk. now you're set up, we need more filmclub :)

  • hehe. Couldn't work out where Liquid Petroleum Gas fitted in for a moment. Duh.

    This can be confusing at petrol stations. ;)

  • They're Marley and Marley!

    Thankfully they're not Marley and Me.

  • There is more gravey than the grave about you....

  • frostbitten teddy bears!

    #goingoffhimnow

  • crazy talk. now you're set up, we need more filmclub :)

    We've generally watched up to now because we had a scary sized DVD collection or other downloads...

  • Alli apologises as that cat has stolen her LT: http://t.co/QhYmVmEx

  • Fire regenerating. It's the Doctor!

  • how is that possible? appletv is our life :)

    We have a lot of DVDs

  • well that and I've played/watched things via appleTV in other places. I have tech/geek friends :-)

  • Alli apologises as that cat has stolen her LT: http://t.co/QhYmVmEx

    heeh! *waves from afar*

  • It begs the question; when they are going down the staurs where are they going? Are they leaving via the front door?

  • Aww.

  • I am haunted by thre spirits as well, Scotoch, whiskey and rum...

  • I am haunted by thre spirits as well, Scotoch, whiskey and rum...

    :)

  • "You can fit through those bars?"

    "Yeah?"

    "You are such an idiot!"

  • This can be confusing at petrol stations. ;)

    I have never been confused at a petrol station. I am LPG... or Littlepurplegoth, or... well, me :-)

  • I am haunted by thre spirits as well, Scotoch, whiskey and rum...

    Dalwhinnie, Singleton and Glenlivet.

  • "You are such an idiot."

    hehehe

  • Hehehehe!

  • Ooo yes, need to go check on the ice again in 10' or so...

  • That's quite the alarm.

  • Dalwhinnie, Singleton and Glenlivet.

    Chase, Gilpins and Hendricks here :-)

  • Chase, Gilpins and Hendricks here :-)

    Those are NASCAR teams! :P

  • But they couldn't touch the ghosts in Casper the Friendly Ghost!!

  • Kitty :-)

  • Those are NASCAR teams! :P

    Wash out your Mouth! They are English Gin companies.!

  • it's the snowman?

  • To this day I've been unable to work out where they attached the rope to.

  • Wash out your Mouth! They are English Gin companies.!

    Not being a gin drinker, I wouldn't know that. ;)

  • "I'm from New Jersey!"

    Like that'll save you being chased by a moggy!

  • That ghost appearance sound effect sounds like a Star Trek TNG transporter.

    Hasn't Patrick Stewart played Scrooge?

  • Who is the Ghost of Christmas Past supposed to be? Looks like Casper....

  • Hasn't Patrick Stewart played Scrooge?

    Think so, can't remember in what incarnation though.

  • Hasn't Patrick Stewart played Scrooge?

    That one is on Channel 5 now if you fancy it.

  • That one is on Channel 5 now if you fancy it.

    Oii!

  • Oii!

    I'll stay faithful.

  • Oii!

    He's the Chancellor of my Uni, I feel bad if I don't.

  • He's the Chancellor of my Uni, I feel bad if I don't.

    Michael Parkinson's the chancellor of mine. You win.

  • That was the worst trip of his life - and he flew Ryannair.....

  • That one is on Channel 5 now if you fancy it.

    Or 5+1 later on.

  • nice disguise.

  • Michael Parkinson's the chancellor of mine. You win.

    We have Mr Cadbury :D

  • Or 5+1 later on.

    Better :)

  • Or 5+1 later on.

    But this one is longer than an hour!

  • absolutely no affinity whatsoever. *hides*

  • But how does he read Sidepodcast!

  • Light the lamp not the rat!!!

  • Light the lamp not the rat!!!

    My favourite bit!

  • Light the lamp not the rat!!!

    Sorry, BBQ'ed rat anyone....

  • Light the lamp not the rat!!!

    HAAAAHAAAAA!!!!

  • My favourite bit!

    Ditto

  • warp speed.

  • Oooo the surround sound on that bit was quite interesting... 0-0

  • outmeoutputmeoutputneout

  • Ah. So we're still slightly behind then :)

  • Hey hey, it's Fozzy Bear. #wakkawakkawakka

  • Ah. So we're still slightly behind then :)

    No, we're spot on going by Lukeh...

  • No, we're spot on going by Lukeh...

    itunes version about 20s behind maybe.

  • Animal!!!

  • Singing vegetables. No wonder kids don't eat 'em!

  • Never eating singing food, never heard finer advice.

  • Ah. So we're still slightly behind then :)

    I know we're ahead if anything. Looks like we can't even sync when it's just us in the loop.

  • No one plays the triangle as well as Animal.

  • Never eating singing food, never heard finer advice.

    Although food capable of communication is a Whole Other Story

  • I know we're ahead if anything. Looks like we can't even sync when it's just us in the loop.

    It always happens. I quite like seeing how far apart we all are by the end :)

  • Although food capable of communication is a Whole Other Story

    Food always hails my stomach somehow....

  • It always happens. I quite like seeing how far apart we all are by the end :)

    And me showing up late is TOTALLY going to skew those results.

  • I wonder if Scrooge realised at this point in his life he would grow old to be Michael Caine

  • Food always hails my stomach somehow....

    Generally its red wine that hails mine... or broccoli :-)

  • Generally its red wine that hails mine... or broccoli :-)

    :D

  • I wonder if Scrooge realised at this point in his life he would grow old to be Michael Caine

    the ghost of christmas past is a lot like trawling the comment archives.

  • "Please, do not show me that christmas."

    *shows christmas*

    bad guy christmas ghost.

  • Generally its red wine that hails mine... or broccoli :-)

    Red wine I reply with a salute down my neck, broccoli I reply to with my dust....

  • :-(

  • On the plus side, his bed has less snow.

  • Red wine I reply with a salute down my neck, broccoli I reply to with my dust....

    Broccoli is yummy. Especially with Lot of Chilli :-)

  • "is it too early for breakfast?"

    "Yes."

    "Oh good, supper time"

    <3

  • what is that?!

  • I know way too many people with an attention span equalling that of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

  • what is that?!

    Sunlight?

  • "You're a little absent minded, spirit" is a polite way to say "you're nuts."

  • I know way too many people with an attention span equalling that of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

    *shuffles awkwardly*

  • cracking diet mind.

  • I know way too many people with an attention span equalling that of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

    "I love youSQUIRREL!"

  • know way too many people with an attention span equalling that of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

    *shuffles awkwardly*

    Hello, exhibit "A".....

  • Those Cabbage Patch Kid rejects scare the crap out of me!

  • *shuffles awkwardly*

    oh snap. But I chose to wear it proudly!

    I can concentrate when its worth it (cackle)

  • dicken's didn't see that coming.

  • "I love youSQUIRREL!"

    LOL

  • Choose...

    Choose..... see, I'm probably proving the point there

  • those things are scary..

  • So the ghost of Christmas Present is actually the Ghost of in a few hours from now.

  • I love this song.

  • Uh oh. DS1 is conducting along to this number...

  • Prisons are singing and hugging all the time

  • So the ghost of Christmas Present is actually the Ghost of in a few hours from now.

    Hey, time zones, it's Christmas somewhere. ;-)

  • He calls himself the Ghost of Christmas Present, but I don't see him giving any gifts out.

  • He calls himself the Ghost of Christmas Present, but I don't see him giving any gifts out.

  • Michael Caine's just standing there staring at the spontaneous dancing and singing thinking 'I drove a mini through streets and mountains...'

  • I realize they need to movie along but Scrooge went from looking thoroughly unimpressed to dancing in about 10.3 seconds.

  • He's got the Santa ho ho ho down though.

  • He calls himself the Ghost of Christmas Present, but I don't see him giving any gifts out.

    He is a ghost. The presents are gone! History... Dead. No more...

  • He calls himself the Ghost of Christmas Present, but I don't see him giving any gifts out.

    Well he going no about how it 'feels like christmas'.

    *Feels* not *is*

  • "Show me fred"

    *transports*

    "It's Fred!"

    Scrooge is a forgetful one

  • Also reminds me of one of the MetroGnomes we have at the Metro Centre in Gateshead.

    www.metrocentre.u…jpg%20253x169.jpg

  • Mrs Cratchit! Heeheehee!

  • this sounds like an ideal commenting game...

  • I love this song.

    Me too - it IS Christmas!

  • Poor rat. eating waxed fruit...

  • I'm remembering that I can't stand Miss Piggy...

  • Holy cow, Fred is the guy from Underworld?!

  • Michael Caine's just standing there staring at the spontaneous dancing and singing thinking 'I drove a mini through streets and mountains...'

    He wasn't one of the drivers of the minis. He was a passenger.

  • Oooo this game is an awful lot like the game in last nights Trip Out.

  • Holy cow, Fred is the guy from Underworld?!

    Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels I remember 'im from.

  • Hey, chef's are absolutely allowed to test the merchandise...it's called quality control.

  • miss piggy overload.

  • Miss Piggy is definitely an acquired taste.

    Lightly salted?

  • yaaay tiny tim!

  • Lightly salted?

    Crackling too!

  • i have no idea why kermit reminds me of bill gates.

  • Miss Piggy is definitely an acquired taste.

    Lightly salted?

    Normally served with pineapple...

  • Its the tiny suit...

  • Anyone have a hunger for Frog Legs right now?

  • Normally served with pineapple...

    I prefer with fried egg.

  • I think Miss Piggy is nastier than Scrooge!

  • Anyone have a hunger for Frog Legs right now?

    Hey, why is that evil guy from the first Muppet movie in here?!

  • Why is no one questioning why he is singing as they are about to start eating dinner?

  • Why is no one questioning why he is singing as they are about to start eating dinner?

    There's a red hot flaming goose to be eaten!

  • Why is no one questioning why he is singing as they are about to start eating dinner?

    They all went to Collegiate universities?

  • Well there's the idiom "sing for your supper", so maybe it extends to dinner too?

  • Why is no one questioning why he is singing as they are about to start eating dinner?

    He's stalling. The first course is frog legs...

  • There's a red hot flaming goose to be eaten!

    Meat needs to rest when it comes off the fire.

  • This ghost used to really scare me :-(

  • This ghost used to really scare me :-(

    Maybe it still does!!

  • Ah, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, my role in our Year 6 Christmas production.

  • Maybe it still does!!

    Weeping angel...

  • Ah, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, my role in our Year 6 Christmas production.

    Not many lines.

  • The spirit has had too many spirits.

  • Not many lines.

    They evened it out in the leavers assembly.

  • "You have run out of memory views for this month. For more, join Christmas Past PLUS for a monthly fee"

  • How does he not know that they're all talking about him?!

  • it's the silence!

  • Weeping angel...

    Not quite that bad!

  • Ooooh FBFB is very Dementor-y...

  • *it is, not the FBFB is a dementor!

    #sorrychristine

  • #sorrychristine

    :)

  • Yes, dementor - I think they do look a bit like that in the actual films.

  • Scrooge doesn't clue onto events very quickly

  • Didn't know you were FBFBing... I don't have enough screens!

  • he's got it!

  • Didn't know you were FBFBing... I don't have enough screens!

    super thin: 25.media.tumblr.c…1qztd1eo1_500.jpg

  • Scrooge doesn't clue onto events very quickly

    For all his criticisms of Christmas Present, perhaps he should look at himself as well.

  • I think the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come role would be perfect for Mr C.

    i may have some affinity...

  • Yes, dementor - I think they do look a bit like that in the actual films.

    Also Death from Monty Python's Meaning of Life

  • It's the voice. That's why he reminds me of bill gates!

  • super thin: 25.media.tumblr.c…1qztd1eo1_500.jpg

    Think you're watching the wrong film!

  • I think the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come role would be perfect for Mr C.

    i may have some affinity...

    Quiet and faceless, you mean?

  • i may have some affinity...

    You've got to know how to point. Don't want to be directing to a gravestone for someone else.

  • poor tiny tim :(

  • Think you're watching the wrong film!

    hehe. the problem may have come up before :)

  • And back to Godric's Hollow they go

  • Erm, do you think that it is safe for us to be up here?....

  • Who could it possibly be?

  • "Bruce Wayne"

  • hehe. the problem may have come up before :)

    The wonders of the SPC archive. You've got a ready-made screenshot for everything.

  • damn! of course! ;)

  • must've been all that cheese before bed.

  • Oh... I rather want that bed now... bed posts and curtains... hmmmmmm

  • Love the rabbit! Just mows down Gonzo and Rizzo.

  • must've been all that cheese before bed.

    I have some cheddar with onion and chive. *raids fridge*

  • "life lay before him, and that it could be changed"

    And so say all of us!

  • "me me memememeeee"

  • Rabbit must think he's drunk

  • Take the money and run!

    Do you think he modelled any of this on Bernie?

  • Top hat!

  • Do you think he modelled any of this on Bernie?

    Mad Max more like.

  • Heeeeheheheh i love how beaker hides :D

  • Do you think he modelled any of this on Bernie?

    i think bernie needs a visit from a few ghosts.

  • i think bernie needs a visit from a few ghosts.

    The Ghost of Bahrain Past?

  • i think bernie needs a visit from a few ghosts.

    Bank accounts before, during and after...

  • Maybe beaker is just wearing a stetson and his head shape has made it a top hat

  • The Ghost of Bahrain Past?

    :)

  • The Ghost of Bahrain Past?

  • i think bernie needs a visit from a few ghosts.

    The gohst of Imola past would be more fitting...

  • Ghost of Chrashmas Present?

  • Ooops used the wrong sort of brackets

    That also had a (cackle)

  • coal for the book-keepers to help cook the books?

    it is bernie.

  • Hi Tiny Tim :)

  • I like how everyone just sort of invites themselves in.

  • it is bernie.

    Bernie would give them a match to light that fire with!

  • This is weird. Beaker has yet to damage anything....

  • "did michael caine just come in our house?"

  • This is weird. Beaker has yet to damage anything....

    Shhhhhhhhhh!

  • I like how everyone just sort of invites themselves in.

    He's carrying a giant turkey. They're attracted to it like flies to dead buzzards!

  • That turkey is raw...you guys ain't gonna be eating anytime soon.

  • And role credits for us.

  • That turkey is raw...you guys ain't gonna be eating anytime soon.

    Well Michael Caine must have a few stories to tell.

    Aaaaand credits.

  • And role credits for us.

    did you play yours on 45 instead of 33?

  • Still a few minutes left here

  • Finished. :)

  • Not quite at the end.

    not quite. not quite

  • did you play yours on 45 instead of 33?

    LOL, I'm old enough to get that reference.

  • shush miss piggy!

  • He's carrying a giant turkey. They're attracted to it like flies to dead buzzards!

    Imagine if Bernie was ealking around throwing money in the air, bet you would follow him too!

  • did you play yours on 45 instead of 33?

    (cackle) brilliant !!

  • Need to try and make my boss think he's seen ghosts to get him to pay my mortage if I ever get one.

  • LOL, I'm old enough to get that reference.

    We have no clue = still 'young' :)

  • i preferred the old scrooge.

  • We have no clue = still 'young' :)

    140 bpm instead of 96bpm

  • We have no clue = still 'young' :)

    Should have seen the look on his face!

  • Blimey, talk about letting yourself in

  • We have no clue = still 'young' :)

    did you play yours at x1.5 speed?

  • Blimey, talk about letting yourself in

    It's not even that big of a house either, think of the health and safety risks.

  • 140 bpm instead of 96bpm

    That was I would've guessed at...

  • It's not even that big of a house either, think of the health and safety risks.

    Must not reference a certain Monty Python song.

  • Ahhh what a film :)

  • Mine was 1:22:21 long, not sure what the iTunes copies are and whether it includes the 5 minutes of credits.

  • Okay, gotta rewind to the "heat wave" part since I missed it.

  • "Miss Piggy - Frank Oz"

    How unexpected.

  • And at credits here.

  • Must not reference a certain Monty Python song.

    Oh go on, you know you want to!

  • Okay, gotta rewind to the "heat wave" part since I missed it.

    This is my island in the sun.

  • Must not reference a certain Monty Python song.

    Or a certain Monty Python part in *that* film!

  • did you play yours at x1.5 speed?

    Nope. Does it being on DVD make a difference. I think we were a fraction ahead and that got bigger.

  • "Miss Piggy - Frank Oz"

    Miss Piggy = Yoda

    Shocked the hell of of me as a child.

  • Mine was 1:22:21 long, not sure what the iTunes copies are and whether it includes the 5 minutes of credits.

    1:22.22. Does that mean I win?

  • Nope. Does it being on DVD make a difference. I think we were a fraction ahead and that got bigger.

    Your DVD player did a Vettel on us

  • 1.22.23 Last :(

  • 1.22.23 Last :(

    Awwww!

  • Quicker time wins. you know what F1 rules state!

  • Nope. Does it being on DVD make a difference. I think we were a fraction ahead and that got bigger.

    might be that one is playing 25 frames a second (UK). and another is at 30fps (US).

  • Shocked the hell of of me as a child.

    What the prison guard in Blues Brothers? schocked you?

  • might be that one is playing 25 frames a second (UK). and another is at 30fps (US).

    Not normally - the 30 FPS ones are 24 FPS telecined up.

  • Quicker time wins. you know what F1 rules state!

    It's 2nd either way. I'll take it.

    Good news everyone though, the Albanian national final for Eurovision is still going on if you all fancy turn.... no, me either, I'm going to watch the darts.

  • IMDB details: 85 min | USA: 89 min (video version)

  • IMDB details: 85 min | USA: 89 min (video version)

    We've been stiffed!

  • IMDB details: 85 min | USA: 89 min (video version)

    Us Americans are always going to be a thorn in your side. ;-)

  • Only one way to sum that up:

    Boo!

    Boooo!

    That was the worst thing I’ve ever heard!

    It was terrible!

    Horrendous!

    Well it wasn’t that bad.

    Oh, yeah?

    Well, there were parts of it I liked!

    Well, I liked alot of it.

    Yeah, it was GOOD actually.

    It was great!

    It was wonderful!

    Yeah, bravo!

    More!

    More!

    More!

    More! #StatlerandWaldorf

  • Well, anyway it is time for me to start wapping up the Christmas presents so I will leave you all.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tundraland, Everyone....

  • Wonderful stuff, thanks for sharing peoples. Sidepodfilmclub is always fun :)

  • Needs more Beaker!

    Do love the Muppets Christmas Carol though.

  • cheers everyone. that was fun!

  • Time to walk the dog now. Nite all.

  • I enjoyed it :) and I think Mrs^ did as well :)

  • And we're out... why do we have to have a soppy song at the end? I was almost christmassy....

    Actually saved by the sap. so I won't complain!

  • Okay, back to being productive. It was fun! :-)

  • cheers everyone. that was fun!

    Agreed! I've gotta put the wife to bed - she's asleep on the sofa with a getting-sleepy me!

  • Needs more Beaker!

    We have our own Beaker.... Mr. C use to say me, me, me just like beaker - all the time.....

  • I enjoyed it :) and I think Mrs^ did as well :)

    come back soon!

  • Okay, back to being productive. It was fun! :-)

    *hugs*

  • G'night guys, thanks for this evening - been fun!

  • Okay, back to being productive. It was fun! :-)

    Noooo - take the day off! Come do an Amy and live on UK time :-)

  • come back soon!

    Next we'll have to get her to try Dr Who ;)

  • Next we'll have to get her to try Dr Who ;)

    we'll be here!

  • I have discovered the downside of DD2 going out and coming in all ice cream and caked... suddenly all hell has broken loose...

  • I totally ignored my alarm, time to backread :D

  • I totally ignored my alarm, time to backread :D

    can't say i'm any the wiser about the muppets or a christmas carol.

  • can't say i'm any the wiser about the muppets or a christmas carol.

    scrooge was evil, ghosts made him not evil. the end.

    i used 'marley and marley' as a pub quiz team name once and i dont think anyone got the reference :(

  • scrooge was evil, ghosts made him not evil. the end.

    heh! i didn't think he was evil though, he was just honest about his priorities.

    the frog should've found a better job, then his kids wouldn't go hungry. mind you, given the pig-woman's attitude, she should've got a decent job while he stayed home as house frog.

  • to add to the 'Elmo isn't a muppet/yes he is' debate, this movie was the first muppet movie not to feature any Sesame St characters. So they were in all the previous ones. They're totally muppets.

  • to add to the 'Elmo isn't a muppet/yes he is' debate, this movie was the first muppet movie not to feature any Sesame St characters. So they were in all the previous ones. They're totally muppets.

    I missed the film but I have no idea how anyone can argue Elmo is not a muppet. He was in the Muppet Show and he is definitely not human therefore he is a muppet.

  • I totally ignored my alarm, time to backread :D

    can't say i'm any the wiser about the muppets or a christmas carol.

    Humbug! Why not read Dicken's A Christmas Carol book then? It is on iTunes!

  • Humbug! Why not read Dicken's A Christmas Carol book then? It is on iTunes!

    i don't read?!

  • i don't read?!

    Get Christine to read it and you just need to read her blog post

  • mrschristine.com/…-charles-dickens/

  • mrschristine.com/…-charles-dickens/

    Problem solved

  • Humbug! Why not read Dicken's A Christmas Carol book then? It is on iTunes!

    i don't read?

    Dickens is not Tolstoy or Melville, so you are actually missing out on tons of interesting little subplots and character delvelopment buy going the movie route vs. the book. Now movies based on Tolstoy's and Melville works, can be easily watched without missing anything of importance unless you really really, really want to read a few chapters worth of data on how do whales mate or how did the Russians put green dye on black sheeps' wool to make their army uniforms.....

  • mrschristine.com/…-charles-dickens/

    Problem solved

    Talk about being Scrooge! Now you do not even have to buy the book mr. C, you can just borrow Christine's copy.....

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It's the time of year to revel in the snow, the presents, the time off work, all the things that the festive season brings. One of those things is the now annual Sidepodfilmclub festive movie watch, in which we all gather to watch the same film, hit play at the same time and then comment our way through the story. Today is all about the Muppets and how they work their way through a retelling of the Christmas Carol tale, with added singing, jokes, and screeching Miss Piggy. Enjoy!

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