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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 4 December 1977
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A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

Director:

Jim Henson

Writers:

Lillian Hoban (book), Russell Hoban (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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It's a Toe-Tapping Christmas in Frogtown Hollow! See more »


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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$473,802, 16 December 2018

Gross USA:

$231,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$231,710
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Amy Poehler states that Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is her favorite Christmas special. See more »

Quotes

Ma Otter: A person's got to take some chances or life will never come to nothin'.
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Alternate Versions

The first two video releases, from 1982 and 1996, both did not include the scene with a group of bunnies dancing at the talent show. Both of these video releases also had a shortened version of "There ain't no hole in the washtub". See more »


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Written by Paul Williams
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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
12 October 2005 | by cdg7072000See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. The plot is great and that little Emmet is so cute. This is clearly one of Jim Henson's best films for all ages. There's comedy, drama and suspense. You'll be on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. Don't miss out on this classic film! Run out and rent or buy it today. Don't waste any time in delaying. It's clearly a film that ranks up there with other top films such as Ghostbusters, Seven, Saving Private Ryan, Batman Returns, Chicken Run, Pride & Prejudice, Pulp Fiction and many, many more. If you haven't watched this movie yet, then you really haven't lived!


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