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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

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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.

Director:

Kirk R. Thatcher

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Hugh Fink (teleplay by), Scott Ganz (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Statler / Beaker (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Waldorf / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot (voice)
Bill Barretta ... Pepe the Prawn / Swedish Chef / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Bobo the Bear / Husband Pigeon (voice)
Eric Jacobson ... Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal / Sam the Eagle (voice)
Michael Bloomberg ... Self (as Mayor Michael Bloomberg)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Taxi Driver
Richard Griffiths ... Santa Claus
Jane Krakowski ... Claire's Mom
Nathan Lane ... Officer Meany
Jesse L. Martin ... Postal Worker
Petra Nemcova ... Beaker's Girlfriend
Madison Pettis ... Claire
Steve Schirripa ... Mobster
Tony Sirico ... Mobster
Uma Thurman ... Joy
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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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Comedy | Family | Music

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G
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Trivia

In the last scene where everyone comes in the apartment to celebrate Christmas, Rowlf the Dog comes in and says the line, "Let's trim the tree!" Rowlf hasn't spoken a line since Jim Henson passed away. This was out of respect for Jim as Rowlf was one of his key characters. See more »

Quotes

Pepe the Prawn: We'd love to help you take those letters to Santa.
Rizzo the Rat: But our flying unicorns are at the shop.
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Connections

References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck The Halls
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
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Coming from a Muppet fan, this was a big disappointment
8 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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Release Date:

17 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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