A Muppet Family Christmas

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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A short-and-sweet, tuneful holiday reunion.
  • NR
  • 1987
  • 42 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Viewers see characters from three different Jim Henson universes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive about A Muppet Family Christmas, 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymadsisawesome October 13, 2018

Fun Movie

As far as Christmas Crossover Movies go... this one's a win! Highly recommended for TMS, SS, and FR fans.
Adult Written byLowe's man September 29, 2016

for anyone who likes reunions

A big part of the fun is the get-together with the Muppets from THE MUPPET SHOW, SESAME STREET and FRAGGLE ROCK. So rarely do they all see each other. As for... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byhomealonefan123 December 28, 2011

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, 17 years old Written byabbacus July 12, 2012

What's the story?

In A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS, after 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?

Muppets from three separate Jim Henson universes get together for Christmas in the countryside in this rib-tickling holiday movie. 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, A Muppet Family Christmas 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.

Talk to your kids 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.

  • How do they celebrate in A Muppet Family Christmas?

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