Twelve Days of Muppet Christmas, Part 7
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
Directed by Peter Harris and Eric Till
Written by Jerry Juhl
Jim Henson (Kermit, Ernie, Rowlf, Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth), Frank Oz (Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Animal), Jerry Nelson (Emily Bear, the Count, Gobo, Floyd, Robin), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Boober), Richard Hunt (Scooter, Janice, Snowman) Steve Whitmire (Sprocket, Wembley, Rizzo, Turkey) with Caroll Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar) and Gerry Parkes as Doc
A Muppet Family Christmas aired on ABC in 1987. The very loose plot follows Fozzie Bear as he brings his Muppet friends to surprise his mother at her farm house for Christmas. Before long the Muppets are joined by Doc and Sprocket, The Swedish Chef, Rowlf the Dog, a hip turkey, the Muppet Babies, the Sesame Street gang, the Fraggles, Miss Piggy, and Jim Henson himself. The special features a whopping eleven individual songs as well as a nine minute carol medley. Often regarded as the greatest Muppet special of all time, A Muppet Family Christmas has never been released uncut in its entirety due to music and character rights.
A Muppet Family Christmas can be viewed, uncut, on YouTube here:
In 1987, my parents taped this onto videocassette, commercials and all. We watch it every year as we decorate the tree. It’s incredibly important.