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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally.

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When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally.

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Paul Williams, who plays Santa's chief elf in "Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas", also portrayed Santa's chief elf, Ed, in the TV movie The Night They Saved Christmas (1984). See more »

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Fozzie Bear: Hey, guys, here's a joke for ya. Who delivers presents to baby sharks? Santa Jaws!
[Alarm goes off]
Bobo the Bear: All right, step aside. Did you know that telling jokes at an airport terminal is a federal offense? Especially jokes that are that bad.
Fozzie Bear: Well, if you didn't like that one, I've got a hundred more.
[takes out index cards]
Bobo the Bear: He's got cards!
[Tackles Fozzie]
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Follows The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) See more »

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My Best Christmas Yet
Written by Paul Williams
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All I want is some Xmas magic
15 December 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

It's Christmastime in New York, and the Muppet gang have posted their cards and wishlists, but after causing mayhem at the Post Office Gonzo is left with three undelivered letters to Santa. When he gets back he discovers that the office is closed and he must deliver them to the North Pole by hand. After a few false starts he and a few of the others manage to get to the spot with an all-southern view and save Xmas, for three people. Cameos from Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane, Mayor Bloomberg (!), and, obviously, Whoopie Goldberg come and go.

Directed by Kirk Thatcher, the "Punk on Bus" himself, this is a lot better than his previous attempt at Yuletide Muppetry. I found A Very Merry Muppet Christmas to be rather flat and TV-ish. There's nothing wrong with the TV platform as many Xmas specials have become classics, a few Muppet efforts among them, but the atmosphere matters and Letters to Santa is slightly better than the 2002 in that regard. I don't know what it is, I can't put my finger on it, but maybe the real locations detract from the feeling. I think that the Muppets work best when they are shot entirely in studios where the lighting and effects can be more competently controlled.

It's worth watching, but not up to the better Muppet Xmas specials.


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