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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas!!!

I'm often blown away when I mention 'Emmet Otters Jug-Band Christmas', and someone responds with a confused stare. 

Growing up, this muppet-classic was a staple in our home. We would quote it, sing the songs - (mostly the 'River Bottom Nightmare Band' song), and laugh at the weird way the muppets walked.

 The story revolves around a poor otter family, and how they risk everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

But they must compete against the gnarliest, most reckless band in town:

'The River Bottom Nightmare Band!'
The River Bottom Nightmare band were rumored to NOT brush their teeth... because their cavities helped to keep them mean.
They were also pretty mean to Kermit. 

And there's this guy.

And here is the actual Jug-band. They practiced in a tree... and were once mistaken for birds.
Doc Bullfrog helped run the talent show during the finale.  
He was filled with energy - as you can plainly see.
I suppose this movie can be considered a sort of cult classic.
If I'm not mistaken, it aired on HBO exclusively for many years, so it didn't get the same viewership as the other classic Christmas specials.

Yes, it's corny. Yes, some of the songs are tough to get through. (One in particular gives me the same teeth-grinding, ear-plugging feeling I get listening to Charlie's mom sing 'Cheer up Charlie' in Willy Wonka.

That's a wig... right?

 Either way, I watch it every year, just to enjoy the cozy nostalgia it brings.

Oh, and I stumbled upon some pretty cool fan art online!
Art by: Mona Collentine
Art By: Brian Kesinger
Art By: Katie Cookie

Here's a cool 'Cubecraft' you can print and make!
(Note: use heavy stock paper - reg paper is too flimsy)

Cool Emmit Otter Wallpaper!

So, if you've never seen it - may I suggest a large mug of hot chocolate and some of your favorite cookies to go along with it.


  1. Yeppers! And it's only 5 bucks on Amazon.

  2. My brother and I watched it every year as kids and now I do with my kids. Wonderful special. And the "bloopers" on the DVD are great, too!

    1. Hold up! There are bloopers on the Dvd?! Guess I know what I'm stopping to get tonight.

    2. Yes, and if you love the special and the Muppets you will love the bloopers, too.

    3. I bought it last night and watched it. I was rolling on the floor. When the drum rolls out, "What the hell was that?" LMAO!

  3. So glad you bought it. Love it! They are so funny. "Who are they ma?"

  4. Did you ever see this on HBO? I'm always a little upset that they have never put out that version. The opening was hosted by Kermit the frog. And if I remember correctly he cut in once or twice during the show. It's how my sister and I remember it. When they put out the complete edition I thought finally but no beans! I wish we would have held on to our VHS that we taped so I would know.

    1. Yes! HBO is where I originally watched it as well! I remember it coming on right after Fraggle Rock, during the Christmas season.

  5. I remember the uncut HBO/Kermit version, as well. When Ma Otter is talking to Gretchen Fox and hoping the lady will pay the bill, I swear she says something else when Gretchen Otter walks away and the guy on the dock says something like "Good one, Alice." But it isn't in the version on the DVD, it just cuts from the lady fox leaving to Alice and the guy on the dock talking. This isn't just me, right?

    1. Not just you, Joe. I remember that as well! It's a shame they cut that all out in the DVD. So silly to take it out. Maybe they thought people wouldn't understand why it was there?

    2. I guess. I said to my kids that I wondered if they thought it was too harsh for Alice Otter to say. I wish they had just left it alone.

    3. Yeah, so silly. It's sort of strange to think someone went through the movie and decided to cut it. OR... someone complained. LOL


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