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A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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. Soon the Sesame Street gang comes by as carolers, and then Kermit and his nephew Robin discover a Fraggle Rock hole in the basement. A snow storm blows in, stranding everyone at the house, except for Miss Piggy, who arrives just in time for all the Muppets to celebrate Christmas together. Written by Chad Burris

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16 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Die Muppets feiern Weihnacht  »

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Trivia

Though this special may seem easily found online, it is actually quite the opposite. The original television airing had numerous scenes and songs that have been removed from US video release due to the rights of characters and franchises being dispersed amongs different companies. The Muppets no longer share affiliation with Sesame Street and The Fraggles lay dormant, therefore this special cannot air on television without obtaining licenses and the home video releases have to be heavily altered to avoid any legal disputes. In other countries the original uncut version can be found but still incredibly rare and has sold for upwards of a hundred dollars through online auctions. See more »

Goofs

When Doc enters the house dressed as Santa and starts handing out presents, Sprocket can be seen standing next to him, yet in the very next shot, he's looking out of the kitchen door with Jim Henson. See more »

Quotes

Kermit: Where is your partner?
Fozzie Bear: Outside.
Kermit: Outside? Fozzie it's too cold to go outside.
Fozzie Bear: It's not cold.
Kermit: It *is* cold!
Fozzie Bear: It's not cold.
Snowman: [entering the house] Can I come in and warm up?
Fozzie Bear: Okay, so it's cold.
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Connections

Followed by It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) See more »

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Sleigh Ride
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Written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Fozzie Bear and Snowman
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Brilliant
13 December 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

The Muppet gang are off to Fozzie's mother's house in the country for Christmas, she plans on going to Malibu and has already rented the house to Doc and Sprocket from Fraggle Rock, when Fozzie and his pals show up they decide to make it work. Meanwhile, Miss Piggy has been caught in a huge snowstorm and can't make it. I liked the crossover between the Muppets and Fraggle Rock but then the Sesame Street gang turn up too, and they find an old film reel of them as babies, so we get a live action Muppet Babies bit too, and then Kermit and Robin discover an actual Fraggle Hole in the basement and venture in for the first ever meeting of Muppet and Fraggle. Eventually Piggy arrives, as does Santa.

There's so much going on in this Xmas Special, it's 48 minutes long but packs in loads into the running time and is never boring for a single second. The Swedish Chef even considers cooking Big Bird for Christmas Dinner.

I think I'll make this part of my annual tradition now. It's so much better than that lame movie with Jason Segel, and just as good as A Muppet Christmas Carol.


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