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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

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Emmet Otter / Weasel / Doc Bullfrog / Melissa Rabbit / Yancy Woodchuck (voice)
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Ma Otter (voice)
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Wendell / Pop-eyed Catfish / Will Possum (voice)
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Charlie / Lizard / George Rabbit (voice)
Eren Ozker ...
Gretchen Fox / Hetty Muskrat / Mrs. Mink / Old Lady Possum (voice)
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Emmet Otter and his Ma are dirt-poor, but very happy and good singers. But as Christmas is around the corner, both of them want to get something special for each other. And the talent show prize is $50! So, Ma gets a song ready, and Emmet forms a jug-band with his friends. But the Riverbottom Gang, a bunch of rich kids with killer electric band equipment are going to be tough competition. Written by Kathy Li

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On the documentary about the making of the show on the DVD, singer/composer Paul Williams says that when Jim Henson asked him to write the songs for it, Henson explained that the show as going to be a "trial run" for a proposed Muppet movie to check out whether the Henson company could handle certain technical tasks needed to produce a full-length theatrical feature. When The Muppet Movie (1979) came out two years later, Williams also wrote the songs used in that film. See more »

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Ma Otter: A persons got to take some chances or life will never come to nothing.
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Riverbottom Nightmare Band
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Written by Paul Williams
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Achingly detailed, marvellously crafted; a gem.
10 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Emmet Otter might be dated, but it's one of Henson's finest offerings. Not only is the story well written (without talking down to children), but the level of artistry in the models, backgrounds, puppets, whathaveyou is simply amazing. Frank Oz, Jim Henson, and their crew created one of the pinnacles of "Muppet" based entertainment proving, even after 20 odd years, Henson is STILL the master.


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