A warm Yuletide special, A Muppet Family Christmas pairs the Muppet gang with the perennial favorite Sesame Street cast for a holiday celebration. With a blizzard brewing outside, Fozzie's childhood farmhouse on Christm... more »as Eve becomes the backdrop for a medley of holiday tunes--eight in all--ranging from the Muppet band's rousing "Jingle Bell Rock" to Big Bird's sweet rendition of "The Christmas Song." Though the script meanders in part, the 42-minute program shines as a musical revue, seasoned with quick-witted interludes by the culinary comedic Swedish Chef, slapstick odd couple Ernie and Bert, and the diva-like escapades of Miss Piggy. While lacking the irresistible sizzle of The Muppet Movie, the show's finale, which includes Kermit and Piggy under the mistletoe and a cameo appearance by Jim Henson, proves that nothing can dim the Muppets' appeal. --Lynn Gibson« less
Jessica S. (jess83) from CHARLESTON, WV Reviewed on 4/11/2012...
First of all, I LOVE THIS SPECIAL! The original special, that is. As discussed previously, die-hard fans will be upset because the edits/cuts to the original. The commercial releases have been PLAGUED with multiple licensing complications. Despite these complaints, the special is wonderful. I would quickly copy any version (even while complaining about the edits) availible. It's a classic/must have if you are a Muppet fan. Probably one of the biggest treats is the fact that Fraggles, Muppets, Muppet Babies, & Sesame Street characters are featured.
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Dan J. from CIRCLEVILLE, OH Reviewed on 4/16/2011...
There are too many cuts made to the official for anyone who remembers how it aired to enjoy it. E-mail me if you want a version with ALL of the songs. dan611Logan@yahoo.com
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Not for 80's fans!
Fritosgirl | Here, There, and Everywhere... | 12/01/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Really now.. When I heard that they were putting my FAVORITE Christmas film on DVD I was so excited. Muppet Family Christmas is something I watch every December. It's funny, sweet, and so entertaining. But, unfortunetly, the version on the DVD is not the version I just praised. There are massive edits that are very noticable to viewers who have watched it since it first aired on TV and may leave first time viewers confused. Fozzie's duet with the Snowman is cut out, the Muppet Babies home video is cut out (leaving Doc with a very strange line that doesn't make sense) and in my opinion the best part, where Miss Piggy enters and sings her song and slips on the Icy Patch is edited out. The best Icy patch gag and it's left out of the DVD/VHS.
I am not going to buy this DVD, Fortunately, my VHS tape still works well enough to watch it (yes with the OshGosh commercials and Double Mint Gum ones, too!). Until they put the real complete version on the market, I will not spend my money on the DVD.
Update: I have received many message from Amazon readers asking if I could transfer my copy to dvd, but unfortunately, I lack the equipment to do so and do not know anyone offering copies at the moment. Best of luck to all the searchers!"
Rebecca Roel | San Diego, California | 01/10/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am very annoyed with the video that I bought off this website. I had the video recorded from t.v years ago and accidently loaned it out to someone. When I found it on amazon, needless to say I was thrilled, until I watched it. You cut out the major scenes from the movie like when Fozzie does his stand up comedy act with the snowmen and when the Muppet babies video is cut short. I don't mind little edits, but editing out these parts is absolutely ridiculious! I would have given the movie five stars, but since it has been butchered, it only receives three stars. People who have never seen this movie would never notice the edits, but if you're like me and you have watched this video about 5 million times, you will definetly notice the edits. You shouldn't even be selling the movie like this! It ruins the whole story! Therefore, I will continue to look for my old copy and watch the one I recorded off Odyseey instead."
The edited version - explained
Don't tread on me | North Carolina, USA | 04/14/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Like many of the other reviews, this version is extremely frustrating. Some of the best scenes and songs are edited out. For those who have seen the unedited version as it was broadcast on television, you probably won't like this. If you haven't seen the edited version, you may like this. However, there are scenes that may have you thinking - "What happened?" "That was short." "Did they cut something out?"
I sent an e-mail to Jim Henson productions. The official explanation has to do with licensing and copyright issues on the songs that were edited out. For example, Henson was cleared to use the Muppet Babies singing 'Santa Claus is coming to Town' on television. However, they were not licensed to release it on DVD / VHS.
Here is the more frustrating point. Many movies have had similar issues. Weird Science, Heavy Metal, etc. were all held up being released on video because of songs, licenses, artist royalties, etc. However, all of them were eventually worked out and released. I think that Henson productions could do something similar. One can always hope.
Added: December 18, 2006 Here's what Henson Productions had to say about the edited versions
Thanks for your email regarding A Muppet Christmas Carol & Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. It is true that the video releases of of these productions are shorter than the broadcast specials. The original agreement that was made for the music was for the original TV broadcasts only. Subsequently, when we tried to arrange for the home video we were not allowed to release it unless certain sections were removed. This situation, which currently remains unchanged, is regrettable both to us and to our many friends who have been disappointed with their purchases. FYI, The Walt Disney Company acquired The Muppets and the Muppet properties from The Jim Henson Company some time ago. Since this is now a Disney property perhaps you might write to them with your complaint perhaps they can rectify the situation since we no longer can.
The Walt Disney Company 500 S. Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91521-9722 Phone: 818-560-1000 Fax: 818-560-1930 http://disney.go.com
Again thank you for writing and for your interest.
Regards . . . The Jim Henson Company
Pieces missing from Classic
Don't tread on me | 10/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an annual favorite. I can't for the life of me figure out why Henson Productions would allow these meaningless edits. After all, a vhs tape will hold 2 hours-worth. This special was watched BY MILLIONS of people on Nick-at-Night for years, not to mention it's original airings. Did they think NO ONE would notice the missing scenes????? For this reason, I give this vhs version only 4 stars. Absolute senseless and stupid editing by people who obviously have NO CLUE why we true fans like The Muppets. It's a good thing I have an old video tape copy from having taped it off TV myself. Maybe we'll all get lucky, and The Odyssey Channel will air it this season, unedited. (tho their track record for giving the Muppets their due is sketchy at best). If you've never seen this... it's a family favorite, charming, sweet, and **very** funny! The running gag of the icey patch, the Swedish Chef trying to make a holiday meal of Big Bird, Piggy getting caught in a blizzard, and the poignant cameo by Jim Henson all make it a wonderful special that's hard to beat (even the edited version). At the end is a wonderful Christmas carol sing-along. A real treasure."
Why is part of this moving missing?
Don't tread on me | 05/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While still being a cute holiday video, several songs/scenes from the television special are missing in this video. Among those missing are the best scene of the movie (when Fozzy, the snowman, and Ralf the Dog sing "Sleigh Ride"). Also missing are the Muppet Babies singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", and Miss Piggy singing,"There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays". For some reason the non-traditional songs, such as "Pass It On" by the Fraggles, were left in. It's bad enough that the movie was butchered, but why cut out the best scenes and leave some of the less "Christmasy" ones?! If I had known that half of the movie was missing I would not have bought it. My entire family was extremely disappointed."