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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No specific educational content, but kids will learn some great lessons.
The story has positive messages of friendship, loyalty, respect, and spreading joy.
Positive Role Models
The Muppets always listen to their hearts and follow through on what they believe is right, even if they sometimes get sidetracked on the way.
Violence & Scariness
In one scene, the Muppets fall an impossible distance from the wing of an airplane -- but land safely in the snow. One comment about a postal worker "going postal," but it's meant as a joke.
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Products & Purchases
The Muppets are at the center of an extensive line of merchandise (clothing, toys, games) and other TV shows and specials, but there's no hint of marketing in the show itself.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this holiday special starring Jim Henson's beloved characters will delight the whole family. The story includes strong positive messages about dependability, friendship, understanding, and respecting others' feelings. There's no iffy content whatsoever, and the heartwarming tale will surely fill viewers with holiday cheer. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA is as fulfilling to the holiday spirit as Christmas dinner is to the holiday appetite. Few other stuffed stars can rival the Muppets' unique blend of comedy, adventure, and musical accomplishment, and this special weaves themes like loyalty, friendship, and good will into a delightful, tune-filled tale that the entire family can enjoy together.
While the story is clearly geared toward kids, adults in particular will get a kick out of seeing celebs like Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, and Sopranos heavies Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa -- who make mobsters seem as cuddly as the Muppets themselves -- try to keep pace with their cushiony costars. Whether you grew up with the Muppets or this is your (or your kids') first time meeting them, you'll be enchanted from start to finish by this heartwarming holiday tale.
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