Lost Muppet Christmas Carol song rediscovered

A lost song cut from the original “The Muppet Christmas Carol” movie has been found and reinstated, director Brian Henson revealed.

Henson said he was excited and happy the ballad “When Love Is Gone” could again be heard in future versions of his film.

It is sung to Scrooge by his fiancée Belle in the 1992 reworking of the classic Dickens story. It was removed as Disney felt it wouldn’t appeal to young viewers.

In cutting the song for the cinema release, they lost the video master and couldn’t find the negative, Henson (son of Muppets creator Jim) previously explained in a 2018 interview.

The song remained in the VHS copies of the film, but when DVDs were invented, only the cinematic master was available. Two weeks ago, Henson was told the film was being remastered in 4K. Whether or not Disney Plus will be showing the restored movie at Christmas remains unknown.

Henson said, “they can do it but they are going to have to scramble to do it in time.”

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55232499

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