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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  1977 (USA)
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A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.



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Complete credited cast:
Emmet Otter / Weasel / Doc Bullfrog / Melissa Rabbit / Yancy Woodchuck (voice)
Chuck (voice)
Marilyn Sokol ...
Ma Otter (voice)
Wendell / Pop-eyed Catfish / Will Possum (voice)
Richard Hunt ...
Charlie / Lizard / George Rabbit (voice)
Eren Ozker ...
Gretchen Fox / Hetty Muskrat / Mrs. Mink / Old Lady Possum (voice)


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 »


Chuck: Look at the birds up in the tree.
Harvey: We're not birds, we're a jug band!
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Followed by The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986) See more »


Written by Paul Williams
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THE Best Christmas Movie
11 October 2003 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

I first seen this on HBO in the early "80's and fell in love with it then and still love it now, some 19 years later. What a heart-warming tale of a widowed mother trying to raise her only son after "PA" passes away. Pa didn't leave them much, but they made do on what they had. Really a classic and a must see for every child and adult. I just loved the songs in this movie, they were classics in themselves. Even today, at the Christmas season, I still watch this movie, but now I watch it with my son.

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