December 24, 2005

Favorite Christmas Movies/Specials?

We were all snuggled on the couch watching Ruldolph saves Christmas or something like that (I fell asleep, honestly).. so it's 1 and a half hours until Christmas.. I thought it'd make a neat blog to see who watches what for Christmas... do you have a favorite Christmas program?

My favorite is Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977).


Originally a special for HBO, this Jim Henson production (he also directed) was one of the first real forays into the more realistic, less vaudevillian direction for the Muppets. It also included Frank Oz (Muppeteer), Paul Williams (songs), and Jerry Juhl (script), some of the Muppet Show's usual suspects. Emmet Otter and his jug band are trying out in the local talent show, but they face fierce competition from a gang of toughs, the Riverbottom Gang and their rock band. Perhaps the most notable thing is the creation of a sense of poverty and want that suffuses the little production. Even Emmet's mother, who sacrifices her washtub to further Emmet's cause, gets in the act. Fine Christmas viewing for all ages. --Keith Simanton

So... what was/is your favorite?
Merry Christmas to all and to all...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Never heard of that film, but it sounds interesting. Will look into it. And here's a suggestion. Released last year, "The Happy Elf" follows the story of an elf trying to bring Christmas to a sad town. It's animated too. Check it out.