The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol ★★★★½

Watching this with rapt attention for the first time in two decades, I was struck by how terrifying it is when the Ghost of Christmas Future turns up. Not because he looks like the Grim Reaper but because Gonzo and Rizzo decide to abandon us, taking one look at him, turning to the audience and saying "You're on your own folks, we'll meet you at the finale."

That feeling of having the warm, fourth-wall breaking comedic relief suddenly hightail it really brings home the immense loneliness of Scrooge and the void that he finds himself staring into.