A Muppet Family Christmas

Title: A Muppet Family Christmas
Year: 1987
Network: ABC
Length: 42 minutes
Directors: Peter Harris & Eric Till
Writer: Jerry Juhl
Starring: The Muppets (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire, Karen Prell, Caroll Spinney), Gerard Parkes
Music: Eric N. Robertson (director)

My reaction
Synopsis: the Muppets visit Fozzie’s mom for Christmas
How I saw it: on video a few times (have on VHS), most recently yesterday
Concept: Great. The Muppet Show Muppets, Sesame Street Muppets, and the Fraggles, all in one show.
Story: Bad.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Bad.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good. Nothing makes Christmas songs tolerable quite like Muppets.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Easily the best of the Muppets’ many Christmas movies/specials. There’s something wonderful about Doc from Fraggle Rock looking on with quiet horror as The Count counts “worried frogs.”
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good)


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