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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Family | Music  -  17 December 2008 (USA)
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When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends to try to deliver them personally to the North Pole.

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

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During the last song, "My Best Christmas Yet", The Swedish Chef is in the background greeting a turkey and giving it a hug. This is the same turkey the Swedish Chef almost cooked in A Muppet Family Christmas (1987). See more »

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Statler: This is my favorite Christmas tradition.
Waldorf: Carolers?
Statler: No, heckling them!
[both laugh]
Statler: Hey, how about you do Silent Night?
Waldorf: Not sing it, just stay silent all night!
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Follows The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975) See more »

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Written by Traditional
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Coming from a Muppet fan, this was a big disappointment
8 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love the Muppets, the show and most of their movies. However, this special was a big disappointment. Granted it has its good points, I loved the chemistry between Kermit and Miss Piggy, the production values are at least decent and I liked Gonzo very much here. Also the Muppet performers do do a decent job with weak material.

Pretty much everything else is a big disappointment. The story was fresh and original I agree at first glance, but it was a completely different story when it came to the execution. Most of it actually is very predictable and rushed. This isn't helped by the fact it is too short.

I also agree about the special's writing. The script is pretty much terrible, Gonzo and Fozzie have their moments but most of the other Muppet parts are under-written and very rarely was it funny. The jokes were also very lame and childish, and the sentimentality gets mushy.

The music was also a big disappointment. Other than Gonzo and Fozzie's duet, which was compared to everything else delightful, the music is little more than mediocre and I say forgettable too. The lyrics are also trite and the melodies are unmemorable afterwards.

The Muppets do try their best, and I was thrilled at the return of some old favourites, but let down severely by bad material, and I missed Gonzo and Rizzo's chemistry which was always delightful. The cameos are even more disappointing. Some of the characters are somewhat superfluous to the story or are poorly explored- I concur that the whole believing in Santa thing was quite poorly done- and Paul Williams' cameo especially is completely out of place and unfunny.

In conclusion, I am a Muppet fan, but I have to agree, A Muppets Christmas:Letters to Santa is quite weak. It has its moments, but it is a shame especially about the writing and music. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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