Originally released in 1992, The Muppet Christmas Carol has slowly but surely become one of the most-loved Christmas films, and Michael Caine the definitive screen Scrooge.
For many around the world, it doesn’t truly feel like Christmas until the Muppets’ take on the Dickens tale is rewatched with friends and family. But there is a key part missing from the version that shows in cinemas and on TV that fans feel the absence of.
When Scrooge is taken back to Christmas pasts, he sees his younger self with his fiancé Belle and remembers the Christmas they broke up because he was too focussed on his career. This scene is then followed by Belle singing about “A time when I was sure that you and I were truly one, that our future was forever and would never come undone…” It’s a heartbreaking song and a highlight in an amazing soundtrack. But pressure from the studio meant the song was cut, and has yet to be properly restored.
But while fans remain frustrated about this omission, it should be some comfort that director Brian Henson (son of Muppets creator Jim) hasn’t let the issue drop.
While promoting his film The Happytime Murders, The Big Issue asked about where When Love Is Gone went.
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