“It’s within the singing of a street-corner choir, it’s going dwelling and getting heat by the fireplace, it’s true wherever you discover love, it appears like Christmas…”
The vacation season is upon us, and what higher technique to spend it than with all of your favourite Muppet motion pictures, TV specials, data, and extra? There’s a lot to get pleasure from! I don’t find out about you, however yearly I attempt to watch “all the things”, and yearly it looks as if I miss one thing. As soon as January comes round, and the decorations go away, I keep in mind, Omigosh! I completely forgot to look at [insert name of thing here].
So in an effort to fight my very own forgetfulness – and perhaps yours too – let’s put collectively a listing of all the things you need to watch/hearken to this vacation season from the Muppets. And simply so we’re clear: this isn’t meant to be a complete listing of all the things ever produced by Jim Henson & firm for the vacation season. There’s a special web site for that. It’s known as The Muppet Wiki, and it’s wonderful.
However only for us, let’s see what must be seen (and heard) this 12 months.
Muppet Christmas Motion pictures
There aren’t many Muppet feature-length Christmas motion pictures, and even fewer which have been launched in theaters. Two of those are made-for-TV motion pictures, however they nonetheless get counted right here.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Film
- Letters to Santa
You Should See: Muppet Christmas Carol is one of the best, for those who ask most Muppet followers. It feels probably the most like a Jim Henson-made Muppet manufacturing, presumably as a result of it was the primary main manufacturing undertaken after his dying, and the truth that it was directed by his son, Brian Henson.
You Can Skip: Letters to Santa is the newest Muppet Christmas “film”, and as a lot as I need to find it irresistible, I don’t. What’s fascinating is that the music for each Muppet Christmas Carol and Letters to Santa have been written by the identical individual, Paul Williams, but one set of songs connects with me so deeply, and one other nearly fully misses the mark.
Muppet TV Specials
That is the place issues begin to get a bit tough. These are productions that aired on TV (not screened in theaters), have a shorter operating time than a feature-length movie, and aren’t counted as a daily episode of any Muppet TV collection.
- Muppet Household Christmas
- Christmas Eve on Sesame Avenue
- As soon as Upon a Sesame Avenue Christmas
- A Particular Sesame Avenue Christmas
- Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas
- John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Collectively
- The Christmas Toy
- The Nice Santa Claus Swap
- Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
- Elmo Saves Christmas
- Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
You Should See: Muppet Household Christmas, Christmas Eve on Sesame Avenue, and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. All 3 are important viewing for Muppet followers of any age.
Muppet Household Christmas is arguably probably the most Muppet-y factor ever created, not to mention the Muppet-iest Christmas manufacturing. It consists of almost your complete solid of characters from The Muppet Present, Sesame Avenue, and even Fraggle Rock, all singing Christmas carols in a single enormous lounge. Want I say extra?
You completely should watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Avenue for those who grew up watching Sesame within the 70’s and 80’s. It’s an exquisite stroll down reminiscence lane, and makes an attempt to resolve one of many nice Santa Claus mysteries with Large Chicken, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, Oscar, Mr. Hooper, and even Kermit the Frog.
Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas is a touching tackle the traditional Reward of the Magi story, instructed with woodland creatures created by Henson solely for this manufacturing. The music was written by Paul Williams (see a pattern?). After only one viewing it will grow to be a part of your yearly Christmas rotation.
– Watch Muppet Household Christmas now on: YouTube
– Watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Avenue now on: YouTube, Google Video, iTunes, and Amazon Video, or buy the discs on Amazon.
– Watch Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas now on: Amazon Video and iTunes, or buy the discs on Amazon.
You Can Skip: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is a half-hour particular starring a singing Robert Downy Jr, primarily based on a kids’s e book of the identical identify. And it’s simply…bizarre.
Muppet TV Episodes
Shifting proper alongside, these are Christmas/Vacation productions that seem as a part of a Muppet collection. A few of these are tough to search out, or no less than aren’t streaming on-line anymore, sadly. However your efforts in looking them out can be tremendously rewarded!
- Fraggle Rock: The Bells of Fraggle Rock (Season 3, Episode 1)
- Furchester Resort: A Furchester Christmas (Season 2, Episode 16)
- Bear within the Large Blue Home: A Berry Bear Christmas (Season 3, Episodes 25 & 26)
- Dinosaurs: Fridge Day (Season 2, Episode 5)
- The Muppets: Single All of the Manner (Season 1, Episode 10)
You Should See: The Bells of Fraggle Rock tells the “Fraggle” equal of a vacation story, through which Gobo goes off to search out the Nice Bell of Fraggle Rock. Cantus the Minstrel (carried out by Jim Henson) seems as an unlikely information, and the Fraggles discover the true that means of the vacation season inside themselves. That appears like one thing you’d learn on the again of the VHS field, doesn’t it? However I actually wrote it myself, simply now.
You Can Skip: Single All of the Manner. Actually, I haven’t seen Berry Bear Christmas or Furchester Christmas to charge them, however most of The Muppets’ ABC collection wasn’t extremely “Muppetational”, so this will get the underside spot. And by the way, you should watch the Fridge Day episode of Dinosaurs…Hilarious!
Muppet Christmas Albums/CDs
Music has been a necessary ingredient in almost all the things the Muppets have ever finished, so naturally there are some nice Christmas collections on the market. Too many, in reality, to listing right here (psssst, that’s what The Muppet Wiki is for). Listed here are a number of highlights, some albums that make into my must-listen listing yearly.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack)
- Christmas Eve on Sesame Avenue (Soundtrack)
- John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Collectively
- Merry Christmas from Sesame Avenue
- A Inexperienced and Crimson Christmas
- Letters to Santa (Soundtrack)
- Preserve Christmas With You (That includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
- Bob! From Sesame Avenue: Christmas Sing Alongside
- Elmo Saves Christmas: Vacation Favorites
You Should Hear To: Virtually all of them.
John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Collectively is nearly probably the most heartwarming Muppet Christmas assortment you’ll ever hear. It consists of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “We Want You a Merry Christmas”, each of which often make it onto radio vacation playlists.
Merry Christmas from Sesame Avenue will feed the nostalgic child in you. Should like Christmas Eve on Sesame Avenue (which additionally has a superb soundtrack), you’ll love listening to your Sesame friends sing the Christmas hits as solely they will.
A Inexperienced and Crimson Christmas isn’t essentially on the high of each Muppet fan’s listing, nevertheless it’s a Grammy Award-winning album and options a lot of the modern-day Muppet solid of performers voicing the characters. Followers of all ages can respect the humor and music on this assortment.
– Take heed to John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Collectively on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music, and Amazon Music, or buy the album on Amazon or iTunes.
– Take heed to Merry Christmas from Sesame Avenue on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music, and Amazon Music, or buy the album on Amazon or iTunes.
– Take heed to A Inexperienced and Crimson Christmas on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Music, or buy the album on Amazon or iTunes.
– Honorable Point out: Take heed to The Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Music, or buy the album on Amazon or iTunes.
You Can Skip: Elmo Saves Christmas. Critically…you want extra Elmo in your life?
You possibly can see from this considerably lengthy but incomplete listing, the Muppets have made a number of vacation mirth through the years. To many followers, the Muppets shine brightest at Christmastime.
MuppetCast Podcast Christmas Episodes
Show #292: Stupid Turkey (12/19/2016) Muppet Christmas specials galore!
Show #234: December 24, 2012 (12/24/2012) Christmas particular present, that includes The Bells of Fraggle Rock
Show #185: December 5, 2010 (12/6/2010) Particular visitor, Sesame artist Louis Henry Mitchell
Show #140: December 13, 2009 (12/14/2009) Particular friends, Michael Davis & Hervon McNeil
Show #89: December 21, 2008 (12/22/2008) Particular visitor, Paul Williams
Show #34: December 2, 2007 (12/2/2007) Particular visitor, Muppet performer Dave Goelz
– Subscribe to The MuppetCast podcast in iTunes and listen to lots of of hours of Muppetational goodness!
What are your favourite Muppet vacation productions? Did you see your favorites on this listing? If not, what was unnoticed? Let’s hold the dialogue going within the feedback.
Completely happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Weeba Weeba!