The Emmerson family heads to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to visit Aunt Cly. Tim and Annie quickly grow bored without the Internet, and soon try to track the howling hoodoo, an elusive monster the locals dismiss as a legend.
A recently divorced man named Ron Emmerson takes his children Tim and Annie to the farm of Ron's eccentric Aunt Cly in the town of Turkey Hollow which has no technology. Tim and Annie find themselves caught up in searching for the "Howling Hoodoo," an elusive monster that has been considered a legend to the citizens of Turkey Hollow while also coming across the plot of a scheming neighbor that frames Aunt Cly for the theft of the turkeys.
Jim Henson wanted to film the story in the natural world rather than a studio, and took various pictures of the five prototype Monster puppets behind his Connecticut farmhouse. His young daughters Lisa and Cheryl held the puppets in place for this photo-shoot. Lisa Henson eventually executive produced the 2015 TV version. See more »
Aunt Cly's "green tea with ginger, fully loaded with Echinacea' is clearly just water". See more »
Boy, they really do tow the line between fugly and adorable, don't they?
Hey Ron, watch it! These are practically MY kids.
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I liked this as a casual afternoon movie while taking care of some minor chores that I could do while watching. I was okay with the story having an intermittent narrator. This is not to the level of Gone with the Wind or The Deerhunter nor Indiana Jones or Lara Croft but I found it enjoyable. I have yet to see a Henson production I wouldn't watch, including this one. I can see Jim Henson's influence in the design of some of the characters but it took quite a while before they were introduced. I think it is the first time I heard the word "fugly" used on television. The title is the name of the town where the action takes place and the town's main economic product seems to be turkey which make various appearances through the movie. I will admit some of the themes are a bit predictable, notably a recent divorcée with kids. Mostly, I was relieved that it wasn't another Christmas story! There are way too many of those now, can I hear an "amen" from somebody?
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