The Muppet Christmas Carol is still a staple in the festive movie catalog, but so far, streaming platforms and DVDs haven’t shown the movie as director Brian Henson intended.
The original trailer for the film included a song called When Love Is Gone – which sees Michael Caine’s Scrooge revisit a traumatic moment from his past. The song was cut from the movie premiere, but was included in the Muppet Christmas Carol VHS. I remember it, my sister got it and probably still does.
The song showcases Scrooge’s lost love Belle as he sings to him at a crucial juncture in their relationship, as he continues to prioritize his career over their proposed wedding. It’s actually quite touching and goes a long way to explaining how Scrooge became a bitter and bad old skin in the first place.
After it was cut from the DVD release, it largely disappeared until Disney Plus included it as an add-on on the streaming platform last year. Therefore, it can be viewed on Disney Plus, and not only in the context of the movie.
When is the Muppet Christmas Carol extension released?
Fortunately, Disney is correcting that in time to celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary this year, and we’ll see an extended 4K remaster version of the movie added to the platform in 2021. Users will be able to find it along with the theatrical release in the Extras section starting From December 9th.
The extended clip will see the film play the way director Brian Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson, originally intended. Henson first revealed that negative footage has been rediscovered (and thus available for retrieval for film in 4K) in an interview with the BBC in 2020 (via Gizmodo).
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“I was so excited. They actually hid it…so I went down and said, ‘But before we show it to you, we have one more thing we want to show you.'” And they put out the fourth reel of a Christmas carol with “When Love Gone,” he said.
“I was like, ‘No, you didn’t! ‘They said, ‘Yes, we did! We found him!’ I was so happy, I was so happy. They’re all set with the full version again. I don’t know if they’ll have it in Disney Plus in time for Christmas because they have all of these but it’s coming back, the full version will be back.”
So there you are. The extended Muppet Christmas Carol story will be available on Disney Plus on December 9.