Release an extended cut of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" with "When Love Is Gone" restored
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Since its release in 1992, The Muppet Christmas Carol has been a staple of many families’ Christmas viewing experience year after year, delighting children and adults across the world with its wit, music, and devotion to the original story written by Charles Dickens.
Most home releases of the film have been full-length releases that have included — what I feel — is a pivotal song for the narrative and soundtrack, “When Love Is Gone,” performed by renowned musical theatre actress Meredith Braun in the role of Belle, Ebenezer Scrooge’s lost love. The song packs a heavy — yet necessary — emotional punch, masterfully conveying to the audience the agony Scrooge experiences in losing the love of his life to his relentless devotion to work and money. The performance serves as the strongest illustration of how Scrooge lost himself to greed, work, and bitterness.
The song’s melody is featured in the film’s overture, and it is reprised at the end once Scrooge is redeemed as “When Love Is Found.”
The 20th Anniversary Blu Ray release of the film unfortunately, and I feel mistakenly, omits the song, effectively erasing one of the strongest and most important moments — not to mention Braun’s defining moment. Without the performance, the breakup of Scrooge and Belle feels extremely minor in nature. It undermines Scrooge’s descent into bitterness and cruelty, leaving that transition feeling jarring to viewers. It also makes the reprise, “When Love Is Found,” seem awkward at the end. In general, the omission of the song from Blu Ray is incredibly jarring for those of us who are familiar with it, and jarring to the detriment of the film.
I am calling upon The Walt Disney Company to release an extended version, or in my eyes a complete version, of the film that restores “When Love Is Gone.” The performance is sorely missed. It is of vital importance to the film as a whole, and its omission — in a way — strikes me as potentially disrespectful to Meredith Braun as an actress and vocalist. I hate that her performance in this film was so haphazardly cut.
I feel it is only fair to the families who adore this film, and to Meredith Braun, that The Walt Disney Company release the film again with the song reinserted. I hope this petition finds those necessary within the company that can help make this happen.
I thank you for reading this, considering this, and hopefully signing this...and I also thank The Walt Disney Company in advance, should they fulfill my request.
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