A Muppet Family Christmas

  • Review Date: October 3, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1987
  • Running Time: 42 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A short-and-sweet, tuneful holiday reunion.
  • Review Date: October 3, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1987
  • Running Time: 42 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

It does miss an important opportunity to explain winter holiday celebrations that fall outside the Christian mainstream.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Viewers see characters from three different Jim Henson universes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive about this movie, but it does miss an important opportunity to explain winter holiday celebrations that fall outside the Christian mainstream of American society. Instead, the Fraggles celebrate their own non-Christmas gift-giving celebration, which seems to be a nameless catch-all placeholder, leaving parents to explain alternatives such as Hanukkah, Kwaanza, and Winter Solstice.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Assuring everyone that his mother loves surprises, Fozzie Bear and several carloads of Muppets pull in unannounced at the Bear family farm for Christmas. In fact, Fozzie's mom is about to go on vacation in the tropics, and has even rented the place out to a nice old man (Gerry Parks, "Doc" from the Jim Henson HBO program Fraggle Rock) and his dog. Mrs. Bear resigns herself to a busy Yuletide celebration at home instead.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Muppets from three separate Jim Henson universes get together for Christmas in the countryside in A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS. Muppets from Sesame Street arrive in force, and Miss Piggy makes a dramatic entrance. There's a strained moment when the Swedish Chef wants to serve up Big Bird in lieu of a Christmas turkey. The yellow fowl's selfless gift-giving causes the cook to have a change of heart.

With no pretenses other than to capture a gentle holiday spirit, this video is a worthy addition to Jim Henson's Muppets series. While light on plot, there's an unbridled joy in watching Muppets join together from various Henson productions. For maximum impact, young viewers should already be familiar with these characters, but it's OK if they aren't. Numerous Christmas carols, mostly secular ("Jingle Bell Rock"), are performed, although the absence of subtitles for the lyrics makes this a little less than a pure sing-along. Putting in a warm cameo appearance at the end is none other than Jim Henson himself, doing the dishes in the kitchen during the party. "They seem to be having a good time out there," the Muppet mogul says. The statement could equally apply to mirthful young viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about alternative holiday celebrations. Why doesn't everyone celebrate Christmas? Why do people who aren't particularly religious, or not even Christian, celebrate the holiday? Explore alternative holidays together, such as Kwaanza, Winter Solstice, and Hannukah.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 25, 1987
DVD release date:November 6, 2001
Cast:Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Jim Henson
Director:Eric Till
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Holidays, Music and sing-along, Puppets
Run time:42 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written byhomealonefan123 December 28, 2011
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a good christmas show from Disney/Jim Henson Productions

okay people say that this is a baby show but this is a good christmas show
Teen, 14 years old Written byJemmy November 24, 2009
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Great for all ages!

I love this movie because it combines all of Jim Henson's puppets together to form a Christmas celebration. There's the Muppets, Seaseme Street, and even Fraggle Rock. I thought the songs were well-picked, and the message of Christmas comes shining through. See A Mappet Family Christmas!
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