A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

TV Movie   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Family, Musical

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Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.


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Peter Harris , Eric Till


Jerry Juhl

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8 December 2017 | Jared9001
| The Muppetiest Christmas You Could Ever Ask For
This is probably my favorite Christmas special of all time, and I never even saw it as a kid. I have a weakness for the Muppets, and this special literally just hits you with all the muppety goodness you could ever ask for. The crossovers with Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock are so well done, and the little relationships they build with the characters (Oscar and Rizzo, Big Bird and Swedish Chef, Animal and Cookie Monster, Kermit and Doc) are just so sweet and funny and incredibly heartwarming. That's the best word to sum the whole thing up- heartwarming. The music is wonderful, the jokes are actually kind of hilarious (the scene with Fozzie and the Snowman is INCREDIBLE), and it's just a lot of fun. My favorite bit in the whole thing has got to be the scene with Ernie and Bert and Doc ("where we're from, this is small talk), and the whole plot line with Miss Piggy trying to get to the farmhouse and her big entrance at the end is so CLASSIC Piggy, and that cameo at the end has me in tears every single time. I can't ever not watch this special, as it's the biggest and best crossover the Jim Henson Company ever did, and it's just DRIPPING in Christmas magic. I absolutely love this special, and I highly recommend it. 9.5/10

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Did You Know?


This is the second known Muppet production to feature The Muppets associated with all four of the major Muppet franchises - The Muppet Show (1976), Sesame Street (1969), Fraggle Rock (1983), and Muppet Babies (1984) (as puppets here) - the first being The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986).


Kermit: Hark! What do I hear?
Gonzo: You're about to hear me make some turkey hash!
Kermit: No, no, listen: methinks me hears carolers!


Beaker does not appear during the first half of the caroling medley. He then suddenly appears when he and Dr. Honeydew sing a verse, and he is missing again in the last shot of the medley.

Alternate Versions

In the latest video release, the following scenes were deleted:

  • A very funny joke scene between Fozzie and his snowman.
  • Rowlf playing the piano when he first arrives at the farm house.
  • Piggy singing "Home for the Holidays" when she's first brought to the farm house and slipping on the icy patch.
  • Statler and Waldorf's" I Heard the Bells on Christmas" song.
  • When the Muppets watch the film strip of themselves as the Muppet Babies, the cute scenes of them singing and the adults complimenting on it were cut and it goes right to Animal bursting through the screen.
  • Mrs. Bear putting up Fozzie's stocking, Fozzie says he's too old for that stuff, but doesn't want her to take it down.
  • During the medley at the end, Kermit and Piggy sing, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".


The Holly and the Ivy
Traditional, music first published by
Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
Performed by Janice, Floyd, and Cast


Plot Summary


Comedy | Family | Musical

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