This international film, originally done in French, is about Santa's need to find someone to take over after he retires (which, by the way, he doesn't want to do). S: So you can go back to [does a voice] Paul Williams again? But I didn’t want to be wrong! He’s just got that peak sort of… Muppet uniqueness. J: They should’ve used this song, “Delivering Christmas,” to rally people to support the post office earlier this year. The sequels, The Mrs. “I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus” starts playing. Though I’m surprised that we haven’t seen Big Mean Carl eat anything – oh, never mind, he literally just ate some mail. Everybody knows Santa is a magical, all-powerful being, but nobody really thinks about what it actually takes to do his job. J: Lew must have an amazing fish hook up. He’s gone. J: Okay, we’re back, let me take this back a little…. S: Have we seen Muppet penguins talk before? J: I am sure that chimpanzee has a name, and I will be completely honest, I don’t know off the top of my head. J: Would Rowlf have just been inside Santa’s workshop hanging out? J: His family in the swamp! Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher. S: I got the gist of the song. S: I still don’t understand how the Muppets were allowed to sing and dance their way into the mail sorting room at the post office. J: No, they were talking in line about how they’re all going to different places. For those who need a little dose of Halloween to cut through the Christmas treacle, this stop-motion movie from the mind of Tim Burton shows what happens when vampires, skeletons and witches take over the Christmas season. If your kids are Muppet fans and want to see something in addition to their version of A Christmas Carol (more on that in a bit), It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie does a Muppety take on It's a Wonderful Life instead. This is Julia Gaskill, and I’m back with my maybe reluctant boyfriend to do another commentary on a Muppet Christmas special that he’s never seen before. Kirk Thatcher. This whole movie? New idea! S: It seems interesting that we just watched Klaus last night, which is also about letters to Santa. Fans of the Tchaikovsky classic can watch the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production, which features designs and costumes by Where the Wild Things Are's Maurice Sendak. You’re back! Just for transparency, I unplugged my [expletive] microphone from my laptop and we had to take a quick pause. Julia: I don’t know! Afterwards, he went on to serve as the resident piano player on The Muppet Show. J: Well, that was A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. [Stephen says some explicit profanity] Cause I feel like this is the last time we’re going to see the hallway until maybe the end of the movie – I don’t know if we’ll actually see the hallway after this, which is weird since so much has already been set in this hallway. The program opens with the Muppets waiting in line at the post office to mail their Christmas cards. Score: 7 out of 10. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa by Former library book; Pages can have notes/highlighting. Or a contract termination with Bunsen since all Bunsen does is hurt him? Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and/or wonderful holiday season. Not a huge plot to follow and is fun to have on in the background. Be well. It was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD in 2008. J: The Muppets do like giving their antagonists obvious last names, like… Dominic Badguy. Or, in addition to wishing for a hot lady, you got to see ripped, shredded Beaker. Since I had a son, and many neices and nephews, I ended up watching a lot of shows with them and always loved the muppets the most. (Or a whole marathon of them.) Runtime. J: This film might be shorter than what the Internet told me. J: And with that. I want more Lew Zealand! I think the songs are beautiful. Kermit is Tony, Miss Piggy is Edie Falco’s character, somebody is the therapist, but I’m trying to figure out who Kermit would have an affair with on the side. S: Oh it would be so good! Watch out for the Winter Warlock! Unlike other Muppet holiday specials, The Muppet Christmas Carol is feature-length, so it's better for kids who have a longer attention span. The Muppets begin singing about Christmas and their mail. S: I’m just wheeling and dealing with my Muppet feelings right now! Yeah! S: Oh! When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally. I think it’s going to be revealed him and Piggy are taking a trip together. It slaps. The Bells of Fraggle Rock? I also think exploring Gonzo’s time designing and also being the participant in numerous death defying stunts, like, think of Muppets Jackass, but it’s all Gonzo! He's beaten Terminators. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree? J: He is in the hallway! Piggy is the Bride, Kermit is Bill so you don’t really see him in this one, Fozzie is Bud –. I guess we’ll probably be back next year for, I don’t know, The Great Santa Claus Switch? J: There’s Rowlf! The special follows the Muppet friends as they try to re-deliver lost letters to Santa. The A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Cast. Your favorite elf Rowlf! The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. J: So this is setting up the crux of the movie, that Gonzo’s got this neighbor kid’s letter to Santa and they’re gonna try to figure out how to get it to Santa. Y’know, what if God was one of us, just a taxi driver fleecing us for $85. It’s STILL A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, ToughPigs Art: Muppet Holidays with Jamie Badminton, 50 Years Later: The Unquestionable Legacy of The Great Santa Claus Switch, VIDEO REVIEW: 2020 Muppet Hallmark Ornaments. The Muppets Sopranos: a relaunch! That’s who I thought it was! J: [still feeling this opening number] Paul Williams wrote the music for this movie. Oooooh, hot take: Muppets Kill Bill. Don't be surprised if you catch yourself watching this one even if your kids aren't around — it's so funny, it's easy to forget that it's only rated PG. J: [starts talking over Stephen’s ramblings] All right, on that note, I’m gonna close us out. But the experience does teach him to appreciate being with his family during the holidays, which is something we all need to be reminded of once in a while. If anything, it’s like a combination of Piggy and Uncle Deadly. Opening credits finish, the movie’s story begins. S: Is this the same house that was used in Home Alone 2? If you like the look of motion-capture animation, in this film Robert Zemeckis — who directed the Back to the Future movies— uses the innovative technology on Jim Carrey, who takes on multiple roles in the Dickens classic. Postal people deliver dreams! S: Is the hallway just going to be, like, joke sequences between other joke sequences? They start singing “It’s All About Heart.”. J: Well, now I’m not sure if Lew Zealand’s going to actually be in it till possibly the end of this film. Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo go back to the post office, but it’s closed for Christmas. S: Oh it would’ve been great! A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is an NBC television special, produced by The Muppets Studiostarring The Muppets. S: I think that Beaker knows. J: He did not play Timon on Broadway, that was Max Casella, who was in the film version of Newsies, but then wasn’t in the stage production of Newsies. J: No, but we are going to see Muppets as mailmen shortly. Whoopi is revealed to be their taxi driver. Beaker needs tips on how to be hot. J: You’re saying the Muppets should recreate all of the classic Disney movies? Frank Meanie. J: Rizzo and Pepe do such a quick one eighty. And y’know, it’s a fluffy piece, but at the same time it has more of a Christmas feel. The Muppets realize they landed right by Santa’s workshop. This isn't explicitly about Christmas: Feeling guilty that she took away the Bergens' only holiday, Poppy undertakes a mission to find a new yearly tradition for her friends. S: It makes sense. Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. I’m fairly certain that Muppet productions are notorious for cutting out the finest songs from their Christmas movies. Some penguins are there speaking in midwestern accents. His inventive granddaughter goes on an adventure to get it back. The Muppets star in a 45-minute TV special for viewers with shorter attention spans. This hourlong special combines some of the best things you can put into a holiday movie: Jim Henson puppets (including a Kermit narrator), a Gift of the Magi-like story and, of course, singing woodland creatures. All the Muppets come back. This Netflix original is a musical story about a toymaker (played by Forest Whitaker) whose prized creation is stolen by an apprentice (Keegan Michael-Key). They have a Muppet Newsman. 1 Plot 2 Cast 2.1 Muppet Performers 2.2 Background Muppets (non-speaking) 3 Gallery 4 External links On Christmas Eve, the Muppets go to … J: Who do you think this lady is? J: This is the production where we learn that Zoot is Jewish. S: Nothing! This is a song about how the greatness of Christmas is about spending it with the people that you love. But I guess we’ll see. Michael Caine stars as Scrooge in this Muppet adaptation of A Christmas Carol. When a mishap at the post office causes several letters to Santa … Just so we can say that you were in there, union rules or whatever.” Beauregard never gets a story. Uma Thurman appears as Joy behind the counter. S: She’s been manipulating the Muppets the whole time! Mrs. Bitterman. “A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa” is an hour long TV special, brought to you on DVD so you can strengthen the DVD market and bolster Halloween sales. Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane and other sensational guest stars join our fuzzy friends on a wild and wacky Christmas adventure full of side-splitting laughs and memorable music. Beaker wishes for a hot lady with Bunsen’s wishing invention. Muppet Wiki: Statler and Waldorf; Disney Wiki: Statler and Waldorf; This article about a character from either a Christmas movie, television episodic series or special with a Christmas theme is a stub. S: Yeah, that’s maybe one of the reasons why I don’t like Pepe that much. After this movie was released in its native France, it won the Annecy International Animation Festival's prestigious UNICEF award, which honors animators who focus on children's rights. The Muppets go to a roof top to talk to a carrier pigeon. It is not… it’s good… this is a different song! Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, US leaders boost security at state capitols across the nation amid experts' concerns of more violence, Joe Biden executive orders will reverse Trump on climate, Iran, Covid and more. S: That’s what I thought! Rudolph usually gets all the glory, so it's nice to see one of the other reindeer get the spotlight for a change. RELATED: Disney Is Rebooting 'Home Alone' for Its Disney+ Streaming Service, and Fans Aren't Having It. Wear a mask. How was it inside?” And Gonzo would have said, “There’s no Santa! Santa and Uma Thurman fly down to the Muppets. J: It’s okay, I can make you listen to the song later, it’s on my iPhone. Cause it is someone you know and she’s pretty famous. This movie, about a divorced dad who unexpectedly has to become the next Santa, is great for those with questions about the inner workings of the North Pole. J: Would it be, like, Denise from The Muppets sitcom? Instead of focusing on that, Stephen focuses on, like, the four Muppets milling about in the background. Kids might not grasp all the nuances of George Bailey's embezzlement predicament, but they do understand the themes of being grateful for what's important to you in life. S: I’m aware of what he do! S: I feel like it seems out of character for any New Yorker to have that reaction to rats. I like this whole ending scene, I think it’s so pretty. S: It’s weird that Rizzo and Pepe are in these roles. J: That’s rude. When Anna and Elsa realize that they have no family holiday rituals, Olaf goes on a mission to find them some. Did I know that they were from the Midwest? Stephen refuses to guess and sits in silence for ten seconds. J: Yeah, so, Uma Thurman’s character is kind of my least favorite part of this, cause first she works at the airport –. Free on Netflix. Other nations have their own variations, such as Father Christmas in England and Sinterklaas in the Netherlands.. Santa has appeared in several Muppet/Sesame Street specials over the years, portrayed by different human actors and occasionally depicted as a Muppet. Could Gonzo have been vaulted into the chimney of Santa’s mansion and broken in that way? J: Spoiler alert: the whole opening song is going to be about delivering Christmas mail, so… you might not be wrong. Camilla voiced by Matt Vogel. Nathan Lane and Bobo take the Muppets to a back room to interrogate them. I already talked about the music, and just the general aesthetic, but also I feel like since the passing of Jim we don’t get a lot of Fozzie, Kermit, Gonzo team ups. He’s got a bunch of frog cousins and other folks back home. Muppets doing kung-fu-esque karate stuff? Rowlf the Dog is a Muppet character created by Jim Henson. Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the Mean One. But Jingle All the Way knows that he's still no match for the mob who wants to buy the hottest toy of the year on Christmas Eve. Kill Bill. S: That feels bad for Camilla, who is in line with him. Go behind the story of the timeless Christmas carol with this half-hour special, about a boy who meets the Wise Men on the way to Bethlehem. Jim Henson's Muppets franchise logo (1990–2003).. (Doesn't Kermit look great in a Christmas sweater?) Also, Pepe is going to hate on the idea of Santa the entire time. Just like in the the 1934 version, storybook characters like Mother Goose, Tom Piper and Little Boy Blue get mixed up in nursery-rhyme antics that end in a march of toy soldiers that puts any Nutcracker display to shame. Clause and The Escape Clause, are also on Disney+. My major takeaways? are good enough to earn a spot on your yearly holiday playlist. Imagine it! J: I think this was during the time when they were still working Rowlf back into productions, cause they retired Rowlf for a good amount of time after Jim’s passing. J: I don’t know how on board Disney would be with a Kill Bill adaptation. Arthur's underdog status makes his journey feel extra triumphant. J: Every Muppet production is a standalone story. Arnold Schwarzenegger has defeated Predators. Lots of dancing is happening in the post office. The franchise's main work is The Muppet Show, a syndicated television series which ran from 1976 to 1981.The franchise includes eight feature films, and other television series. J: Are you asking who is playing this lady or –. Pepe admits that he lied about not believing in Santa and also wrote a letter. Claire’s talking about how she’s sad the Muppets are all going away for the holidays. 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