When Kermit and Robin return, they're just in time to witness Miss Piggy's arrival. Big Bird, completely unaware of the Chef's culinary intentions, gives him a handful of homemade chocolate-covered birdseed. They have decided to spend Christmas at the old farm where Fozzie Bear's mother, Ma Bear, lives. The tearful gourmet instead opts to serve shredded wheat and cranberry sauce, which happens to be Big Bird's favorite. Gonzo catches sight of the Christmas Turkey flirting with Camilla and picks a fight with him. The segments from outer space (i.e. The special opens with most of The Muppet Show cast driving through a blizzard in a pickup truck, singing \"We Need a Little Christmas\". Categorized here are Christmas specials, movies, and albums starring characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and other productions by the Jim Henson Company.This includes Sesame Street Christmas specials produced after 2000 (when the Sesame Street characters were fully sold to Sesame Workshop) and Christmas specials produced by The Muppets Studio (a subsidiary of … Fozzie starts singing along, during which the snowman he's building comes to life and starts a comedy act with him. It won an award from the Writers' Guild of America in 1989, and was also nominated for the 1988 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. She is at first surprised when she sees that he has gotten her a live mink, but quickly warms up when Maureen says she's her biggest fan. Miss Piggy's performance of "Home for the Holidays". Fozzie mentions that he's a grown bear, alluding to the fact he doesn't need it anymore. Fraggles are a noble race - fearless, dignified, and intellectual. All video releases derive from the 1989 edit, which contains less incidental music, and puts dissolves between scenes that originally faded to and from black for commercial breaks. Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment/Jim Henson Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Jim Henson Home Entertainment, New Age Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company, Jim Henson Home Entertainment/Cinema Club, Released as part of a magazine with video collection. When this special originally debuted on television, the full rights to the songs were only secured for television. Dec 22, 2015 - Explore John Wessner's board "Muppets & Fraggles!" The ABC, NBC, and various DVD versions all have different end credits (changes to font or copyright info, as well as corporate logos). A Muppet Family Christmas is a Christmas television special starring the Muppets, first aired on ABC on December 16, 1987. During the medley, the Fraggles come up to watch. Scooter finds an old home movie of the first Christmas the Muppets ever spent together, so they sit down to watch it. And since his mother loves surprises, they have not called to tell her they were coming. At that moment, the Muppet Newscaster appears on TV to report about a terrible blizzard forming outside, saying that barometers will be falling sharply; he then literally gets attacked by them. The special opens with most of The Muppet Show gang driving through a blizzard in a pickup truck, singing "We Need a Little Christmas". A warm Yuletide special, A Muppet Family Christmas pairs the Muppet gang with the perennial favorite Sesame Street cast for a holiday celebration. This, unfortunately, meant cutting out the topper to the icy patch running gag. It is the only Christmas special to feature characters from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock all together, and also the last Christmas special with which the Muppets' creator, Jim Henson, was involved prior to his death in 1990. Christmas Specials Wiki: A Muppet Family Christmas, SteveWhitmire.Website - "A Muppet Family Christmas", https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/tv/1989/12/24/ailey-salute-bernstein-in-east-berlin/cc953e40-9605-45f1-844d-9dafd56eeab5/, https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/A_Muppet_Family_Christmas?oldid=1353656, The red "A Muppet Family Christmas" logo seen in the first shot of the film was added for the 1989 airing. Kermit and Robin return just in time to witness Miss Piggy's arrival on a dogsled (driven by Doc, wearing a Mountie-style uniform). Or, rather, it feels more like scenes from the collected Muppet Studio family, with a slightly odd interlude where Kermit and Robin discover the Fraggles who proceeded to gift them with a song and a yellow stone. The Snowman and the woodland animals sing "Caroling, Caroling". Fozzie and the Snowman gamely attempt their routine, but Statler and Waldorf's heckling interrupts, until finally the Snowman, who's starting to melt, heads back outside. Doc corrects the Swedish Chef on which animal is which, and then the Turkey begins flirting with Gonzo's girlfriend, Camilla the Chicken. Find great deals on eBay for muppet christmas movies. A scene cut short in the edit (and by Animal). At the end, when the baby Animal rips through a gift box in the film, the fully-grown Animal tears through the screen. A brief segment (5 seconds) where Fozzie and Elmo light the Christmas tree only appears in the original 1987 version. When the Turkey directs The Swedish Chef to Big Bird ("If you think I'm a nice fat bird... LOOK AT THIS! Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher. Gonzo tries to warn the fowl of the culinary danger, but the latter stubbornly remains self-assured. Then, while Piggy gets caught in the wind, Fozzie tries to cheer a fretful Kermit by saying it's not that cold, when the Snowman comes inside to warm up. With Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson. Before Kermit can see it, though, he gets another phone call from Miss Piggy, who's doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Fraggle Rock is a children's television series that was created byJim Henson, primarily featuring a cast of Muppet creatures calledFraggles.. When the special originally aired, the full rights to the songs were only secured for television. Piggy sings "Home for the Holidays" as Kermit brings her in and the others join in. "Tell me, Sprocket, are [the Muppets] anything like these Fraggles you keep telling me about?". Available on: The special ends with Kermit returning Miss Piggy's affection under the mistletoe before saying "Merry Christmas" to the viewers. In a May 2006 interview, Brian Henson said, "Yes, we are writing a Fraggle Rock movie and trying to pull it together." shipping: + $5.95 shipping . Big Bird, completely unaware of the Swedish Chef's intention to cook him, gives him a bag of homemade chocolate-covered birdseed. 'Twas the night before Christmas and the Muppet Theatre is in danger of being torn down, but with hilarious send-ups of just about every holiday movie ever made, the Muppets discover that what matters most is their love for each other. The logo appearing in the very shot was something that was added for the home video releases. And since his mother loves surprises, they have not called to tell her they were coming. When they get a positive reaction from some woodland creatures watching their act, Fozzie runs inside to try to tell Kermit about it, slipping on the icy patch on the way in. This special feels more like a prolonged episode of the Muppet Show than any other Muppet Christmas movie. At the end, when Baby Animal rips through a gift box, the grown Animal tears through the screen. The scene is cut on European home video as well. The Swedish Chef shows up, telling Fozzie he's here to cook the Christmas turkey. Immediately following that, Gonzo greets a real live Muppet turkey, who was apparently convinced by the Swedish Chef to come, claiming it to be a nice vacation. When Emily reaches to take it down, Fozzie decides it's OK to leave it up. "We Need a Little Christmas" and the "Jingle Bells"/"Jingle Bell Rock" medley were featured on the album Nick at Nite: A Classic Cartoon Christmas. In this one-hour Christmas special, Fozzie Bear surprises his mother Emily on Christmas Eve by bringing the entire Muppet gang to her farm to celebrate the holidays. "), Jim Henson's head briefly pops up. After Doc leaves to find Miss Piggy, Kermit heads down to the cellar to find that Robin has found a hole leading to Fraggle Rock. Fozzie brings the Snowman in for the rest of the gang to see, but he's dismayed to see Statler and Waldorf (old friends of Ma Bear who visit every Christmas). Fozzie and the Snowman performing their comedy act... Kermit gets another call from Miss Piggy. Fraggles are, on the whole, a frivolous lot, interested in fun and frolic and temporary pleasures. A Fraggle is most assuredly the best of all possible creatures. Kermit becomes worried for Miss Piggy's safety. Scooter looks outside and comments that he is right, and Count Von Count starts trying to count as many snowflakes as he can while Kermit becomes more worried about Miss Piggy. Before Kermit and Robin head back upstairs, Boober gives Robin the pebble used in their demonstration. The Swedish Chef calls Big Bird into the kitchen and starts to salt him. The original 1987 airing featured a Muppet Family Christmas bumper in between commercials, with Kermit in front of a Christmas tree saying "A Muppet Family Christmas will continue in a moment" and Fozzie behind him, playing with two little stuffed bears as if they were. After. They see her arriving with Doc, wearing a Mountie uniform, bringing her up on a sled and dog team. As a result, commercial video releases of the special in the US cut out several scenes. He engages in a friendly conversation with Sprocket, and sits down to Emily's out-of-tune piano and starts playing "Sleigh Ride." These scenes, however, are retained on the PAL video releases, as the US song rights are different than for other countries. And since she loves surprises, they have not called to tell her they were coming. Sprocket is shaking a present with enthusiasm as Docenters carrying more gifts. Immediately following Doc and Sprocket's arrival, though, the Muppets themselves show up, all the while slipping on an icy patch at the door (which is a running gag in this special), and Emily is pleasantly surprised with the appearance of her cub and "his weirdo friends," despite the fact that she now has to cancel her trip to Malibu, and willingly allows them to stay. They are both excited about the upcoming holiday. She then begins to sing "Home for the Holidays" as Kermit brings her in with the other Muppets singing along. The original 1987 airing featured a bumper in between commercials with Kermit, in front of a Christmas tree, saying ". Music is the greatest of the Fraggles’ art forms, but Fraggles also possess uncanny curiosity and great athletic ability. A Muppet Family Christmas is a Christmas television special starring Jim Henson's Muppets. It was aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 to 1997, and later on the Odyssey Network in 1999 and 2000, and the Hallmark Channel in 2001. Christmas Specials Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. Fozzie brings him in for everyone to see, but then sees Statler and Waldorf, who are revealed to be friends of Emily's who visit her every Christmas. But this will always have a special place in my heart. Henson remastered the special in the 1990s for television reruns, and had to cut this scene to make room for commercials. But then Kermit barges in on it and brings them outside. The Swedish Chef calls Big Bird into the kitchen and starts shaking salt all over him. Jim Henson's head as the Swedish Chef's tail. Gonzo greets the arriving (and still living) turkey, who was apparently convinced by the Swedish Chef to come for a nice vacation. It's Miss Piggy, who informs Kermit that her arrival will be delayed (due to a photo session). [6] The press release also stated that "the treatment's being written by author Ahmet Zappa (The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless… What they do have, though, is a time when they give each other pebbles and pass them on to other Fraggles. Before the frogs head back upstairs, Boober gives Robin the pebble, in a show of friendship. Doc and Sprocket arrive at the farmhouse. Immediately following Doc and Sprocket's arrival, the Muppets themselves show up, with most of them slipping on an icy patch at the door. The Swedish Chef arrives to cook the Christmas Turkey. Unbeknownst to them, Emily is planning to spend Christmas in Malibu, and has rented her house to Doc and Sprocket. The special first aired on ABC on December 16, 1987. They come visit me every Christmas.". Kermit and Robin looking at the blizzard outside. Doc corrects the Chef's species confusion, and then the Turkey begins hitting on Camilla. Kermit tells Beauregard that he's worried about Miss Piggy. But the Turkey manages to save himself by pointing out Big Bird, whom the Swedish Chef decides would make an even better Christmas dinner. It first aired on December 16, 1987, on the ABC television network in the United States. Doc as Gerry Parks. At the beginning, in wide shots of Fozzie's truck, When Fozzie first enters the house, he does not slip on the icy patch, as if it were not there; the second time he enters, after the "Sleigh Ride" number, he. But then Kermit points to the arrival of the Sesame Street Muppets, who sing a medley of "Here We Come A-Caroling" and "Deck the Halls" (with the exception of Oscar the Grouch, who naturally refuses to sing along). (1989 version). Larry, of course, worked on “Fraggle Rock”, “The Christmas Toy”, and “The Jim Henson Hour”, and though he didn’t work on “A Muppet Family Christmas” he did visit the set, so was able to confirm what I thought: that we shot this at CFTO, a studio in Agincourt near Toronto. Miss Piggy calls Kermit one more time to tell him that her limo is stuck in the snowbank, and that she's going to take a taxi to the farmhouse. During this, the Swedish Chef manages to nab the Turkey, who tries to get out of being cooked by claiming he's a different animal altogether, but the Swedish Chef isn't fooled this time and proceeds with the fitting. Big Bird and the Swedish Chef sing "The Christmas Song". The press release also stated that "the treatment is being writt… Then Robin gives the Fraggle pebble to Grover. Kermit then presents Miss Piggy with his gift for her - a mink named Maureen, though not what she expects. The ABC broadcasts had the copyright information right below Henson's name on the last credit. A TV weather report from the Newsman announces an impending blizzard, causing Kermit to worry about Piggy. The Chef is touched by this gift, and more so when Big Bird begins singing "The Christmas Song" (the Chef joining him). With the entire Muppet family now present, they sing a medley of Christmas songs, and everybody (except Oscar, of course) gets a chance to sing at least one line, including the Snowman and the forest critters outside. In the edited version, Animal seems to rip through the screen immediately after they start watching. Then the telephone rings, and Animal answers. Scooter stumbles upon an old home movie of the first Christmas the Muppets ever spent together, so the Muppets sit down to watch it. The scene with Fozzie and Emily hanging stockings was removed from later TV broadcasts and the video releases. The Swedish Chef sings "The Christmas Song" with Big Bird... ...and ultimately decides to make shredded wheat and cranberry sauce instead. Down in Fraggle Rock, the Fraggles a… The ABC, NBC, and DVD versions all had slightly different end credits sequences. He has green skin and fur, red hair, and no visible eyes. The Christmas Turkey convinces the Chef that he should cook Big Bird instead. Written by: So often we find that these classics become unavailable as time goes by. He is also seen trying to cheer Kermit up, along with some of the more prominent Muppets. However, every commercially available version in the United States and Canada has scenes edited out due to music rights problems. (NBC added their own fades when airing the special.) Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. This time, she's doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Tags amazeballs christmas fraggle rock muppet babies muppet family christmas sesame street the muppts. During the scene where the Muppets enter the house, a puppeteer's full face is exposed on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Die Fraggles is the German dub of the Fraggle Rock animated series.It was broadcast Saturdays on RTL2 from May 13, 1995 until August 5, 1995. A Muppet Family Christmas Red Fraggle is one of the main characters from the Jim Henson television series Fraggle Rock . Gonzo and the Christmas Turkey get in a fight. Meanwhile, Doc, having observed Kermit's fears for Miss Piggy, offers to find her and help her get to the farmhouse; true, he's never met her, but he didn't know the Muppets until this day and now considers them to be newfound friends. He usually wears a brown cap and scarf. They represent the very pinnacle of civilization and culture. Meanwhile, the Swedish Chef has been tricked by the Christmas Turkey into believing that Sprocket is an even bigger turkey. "I don't care if the turkey says the dog is a turkey; the dog is not the turkey, the turkey's the turkey, you turkey!". $29.88. Soon the Sesame Street gang comes by as carolers, and then Kermit and his nephew Robin discover a Fraggle Rock hole in the basement. He has always wanted to meet the Fraggles, so Kermit goes in with him. Once they finish, they all come inside. It made sense at the time Actually, no it didn't. In direct contrast to her best friend Mokey Fraggle , Red has an exuberant and athletic nature; she is one of the best swimmers among the Fraggles. The old footage shows the Muppet Babies singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," while the fully-grown characters give commentary. Miss Piggy calls Kermit one more time to tell him that her limousine is stuck in a snowbank, so she's going to take a taxi to the farmhouse, in spite of the blizzard. The Sesame Street gang then perform their Christmas pageant, The Night Before Christmas, with Ernie as narrator, a disgruntled Bert as Mama, and Grover as the mouse who isn't stirring. Because the US song rights are different than for other countries, the PAL video release available in Europe does not contain the music edits the NTSC videos suffer. Kermit then presents Miss Piggy with his gift for her - a mink, not a coat but Piggy's biggest fan. The Turkey meeting Camilla is cut (the scene fades to black after he says, "This is startin' to be fun"). VHSDVD. In a May 2006 interview, Brian Henson said, "Yes, we are writing a Fraggle Rock movie and trying to pull it together." They have decided to spend Christmas at the old farm where Fozzie Bear's mother, Mrs. Emily Bear, lives. With the entire Muppet menagerie all there, they proceed to sing a medley of Christmas songs, where everybody (except Oscar, of course) sings at least one line, including the Snowman and the forest critters outside. Henson said that fans should expect the movie "to do something that sort of stands next to the Fraggle Rockseries rather than be a continuation of the show." Later, Fozzie and Emily are figuring out the sleeping arrangements for all the guests, while Oscar decides to let Rizzo the Rat spend the night in his trash can. All video releases derive from the 1989 edit, which contains less incidental music, and puts dissolves between scenes that originally faded to and from black for commercial breaks. The 2001 DVD is a shorter cut of the 1989 edit. They all come inside, slipping on the icy patch as they do so. December 16, 1987 It is now owned by The Walt Disney Company as a result of Disney's acquisition of the Muppet franchise in 2004, but it has not been released on video since then (the reason being that Disney does not own Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock, and would need permission from Sesame Workshop and The Jim Henson Company to do so). Kermit, Gonzo, and Fozzie sing "We Need a Little Christmas". It was then re-edited, and aired on NBC as an episode of The Magical World of Disney on December 24, 1989. Then Janice brings out some Christmas cookies she just baked, only for Cookie Monster to gobble them all up. Muppets, Sesame Street gang, Fraggles, references to Muppet babies, and other Muppet Christmas specials - it’s like the avengers movie of the Muppet-verse Don’t get me wrong, a Muppet Christmas Carol is a very close second. Kermit and Miss Piggy sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Unbeknownst to them, Mrs. Bear is planning to spen… When Fozzie and the Muppet Show gang drop in unexpectedly on Fozzie's mother, she is forced to cancel her winter vacation plans and entertain them all. "If there's one thing Piggy knows, it's how to make an entrance! Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The Fraggles overhear the Muppets singing. Appearances of the Fraggle Rock characters: 1980's Fraggle Songs (1983)Uncle Traveling Matt Doozer Music (1984)'Traveling MattandCotterpin Doozer The Muppets Take Manhattan(1984)Mokey Fraggle Red Fraggle Gobo Fraggle Wembley Fraggle Boober Fraggle Fraggles Aretha Baby Tree Creature Blustering Bellowpane Monster Brool the Minstrel Murray the Minstrel Cantus the Minstrel Philo and Gunge … Fozzie and the Snowman try their best at their routine, but they keep getting interrupted by Statler and Waldorf's heckling, until finally the Snowman, realizing he's starting to melt, heads back outside. In the cave, they soon stumble upon Gobo Fraggle and his friends, and wish them a Merry Christmas, and also explain the holiday to them because they don't really know what it is. There, they see that the entire Sesame Street gang has arrived and is singing a short medley consisting of "Here We Come A-Caroling" and "Deck the Halls" (Oscar the Grouch naturally refuses to sing along). In most wide shots during the caroling medley. The original 1987 airing had a brief 5-second shot of Fozzie and Elmo turning on the Christmas lights; this was cut in all subsequent broadcasts as well as the PAL DVD. It also stars Gerard Parkes as Doc from the Nor… Doc, on the other hand, is taken aback that he now has so many funny-looking unexpected visitors, and asks Sprocket if they're "anything like these Fraggles you keep telling me about." On Nickelodeon, the following edits were made: The music that played before Rowlf arrives at the farmhouse is cut. Doc goes on to explain about the Winter Solstice to Sprocket, about the time of the year when the weather gets colder and the Earth slows down. They explain their ritual in a number called "Pass It On." Once they finish singing, Fozzie's mom puts his stocking up on the mantle; Fozzie tells her that he's a grown bear and doesn't need to have his stocking hung anymore, but lets her keep it up anyway. Boober Fraggle is one of the five main Fraggles in Fraggle Rock. Miss Piggy calls Kermit to tell him she's going to be a little late. Directed by Tony Charmoli. Die Fraggles is the German co-production of Fraggle Rock. A Muppet Family Christmas – IMDb. Jerry Juhl Robin gives the Fraggle pebble to Grover. Then Doc gives out presents dressed as Santa Claus while they all sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", during which Jim Henson himself appears, watching this from the kitchen. A Muppet Family Christmas is a TV special that premiered on December 16, 1987 on ABC. In the caroling medley at the end, Kermit and Miss Piggy singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", and Statler and Waldorf singing "I Heard the Bells on Christmas" are skipped. The curtain behind opens to show the sleigh being pulled by the reindeer, all played by monsters (including Herry Monster and Elmo), with The Two-Headed Monster as St. Nick (to which Sam replies, "Is nothing sacred?"). ", "For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home.". Fozzie starts singing along, during which the Snowman comes to life and starts up a comedy act with the bear. Gosh, does it get any better than this? Find great deals on eBay for muppets christmas movie. Doc is looking forward to having "a nice, quiet Christmas" in the countryside. In the scene, Emily Bear (Ma) hangs Fozzie's stocking on the fireplace. Fozzie is distressed about Statler and Waldorf heckling him and the Snowman. Doc, on the other hand, is a bit peeved that the house he rented has just gotten so many unexpected visitors, and asks Sprocket if they're "anything like these Fraggles you keep telling me about." Showing of reviews. Their pleasant singing of "Jingle Bells" is quickly interrupted by the Electric Mayhem performing "Jingle Bell Rock.". NBC's broadcasts had a completely different font, and had both the Henson and Disney logos after it. After Kermit helps clear the kitchen so the Swedish Chef can work in there, he and his nephew, Robin, start singing "Jingle Bells", which suddenly segues into the Electric Mayhem performing "Jingle Bell Rock". Take a walk, fly south for the winter, anything!". When Fozzie and Emily check off a list of the sleeping arrangements, a shot of a fireplace is shown over their beginning dialogue (originally, they were onscreen the whole time they were checking off sleeping arrangements). Fozzie's (commercial bumper) puppet show. Her impressive entrance is undercut by the obligatory slip on the icy patch. Miss Piggy finds the perfect present for Kermit. Over the course of the medley, the overhearing Fraggles come up to watch, during which we briefly see that Gobo's Uncle Traveling Matt is also there. Doc and Sprocket rent Ma Bear's farmhouse. Physically, each Fraggle possesses a tufted tail (properly termed the "belubeous"), which flares out when its owner is frightened. 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