Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas was first published by Russell Hobin in 1971. The rights were purchase by Jim Henson and his production company and created a special that premiered on HBO in 1977 and years later aired on ABC. The special was scored with original and very catchy tunes by Paul Williams.
It begins with a special appearance by Kermit The Frog and it’s the story of a mother Ma (Marilyn Sokol) and her son Emmet (Jerry Nelson), who live in Frogtown Hollow. There Pa died sometime ago and they barely get by. Ma does laundry and Emmet does odd jobs, often making very little money. But they have each other and their friends. Christmas is approaching and they would really like to buy each other a good gift. They have hocked just about everything they can to survive. When they each hear about a talent contest coming to Waterville, that pays $50.00 to the winner, they both decide to enter (neither is aware the other is).
Emmet joins with his friends to do a jug-band and Ma sings a song. Both do really good and either one could win. At the last minute a really rocking band has entered and they end up winning. Ma and Emmet are disappointed but know that winning isn’t everything. They soon get an offer that changes their lives.
A fun-filled family friendly look at a mother and son and their love for each other. The magic of Jim Henson rounds out how great this is. If you’re a fan of The Muppets, you’ll enjoy this. And your kids will be dancing and singing along with the musical numbers.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas 40th Anniversary DVD is available in stores now.
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