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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Early Muppet TV special with warmth, tunes, critters.

Movie NR 2001 48 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

An older classic that still entertains

My boss mentioned this movie as a favorite from her adolescence and eventually forwarded me the link on Youtube (yes, you can watch the whole thing on Youtube). I had never heard of it before, but was pleasantly surprised. The production values aren't very high, but the story is nice, the music is fairly good, and my kids enjoyed it immensely. A new hit in our house!

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age 4+
It's too bad that this movie does not get any air time any more. It has great message. Plus, who doesn't love cute, furry animals singing? Great family classic.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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A good-hearted Jim Henson spirit, paying tribute to family, friendship, and music (an eclectic score by Paul Williams), permeates Emmet Otter. It matters little that the muppetry here is of a simpler, lower-tech variety than productions such as as Muppet Treasure Island or Labyrinth. It's lower on the slapstick/action register than a lot of kiddie movies, and in fact one can practically imagine the whole tale done with live actors and human characters -- without significant change. But it wouldn't be the same, of course.

The miniature sets are clearly painstakingly done, and the sight of Kermit on a bicycle or swamp creatures in the background ice-skating are Muppet-errific indeed. A leisurely pace gives it a nice bedtime-story flavor, and the setting -- not really the 1930s but with a sort of Depression-era milieu and attitudes -- endows a Waltons Mountain flavor. One complaint; maybe it's the beady little black eyes, but the lookalike, pouchy-cheeked otters just don't connect to the camera and the viewer the way Henson's other, more expressive creations do.

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