Pairing a much-loved Charles Dickens novel with a load of puppets and Sir Michael Caine didn’t seem like a recipe for success.
On top of that, The Muppets had lost two of its most prominent figureheads – Muppets creator Jim Henson, who died suddenly in May 1990, followed by puppeteer Richard Hunt in January 1992.
But 30 years later, it’s become a festive classic, watched by kids over and over every year.
To celebrate its big anniversary, The Muppet Christmas Carol has been released on Disney+ today.
Since playing Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (when he was just Michael), he’s been in everything from Austin Powers and Miss Congeniality to Inception and The Dark Knight.
Following the Muppets, he received his second Golden Globe Award for Little Voice in 1998, and his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules in 2000.
That same year, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to British film.