Jim Henson’s Holiday Special Coming To Theaters

Jim Henson’s Holiday Specials were always my favorite shows each year, in particular Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. Long before DVD’s and streaming, I was able to watch this classic tale only once each Christmas season. Luckily, I now own it on DVD, and can watch it multiple times. Some of you reading this may be asking Emmet who?

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Two of Jim Henson’s classic holiday tales, Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock, will play a limited engagement at local theaters in December.

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special

Two heartwarming holiday specials that many of today’s parents grew up with on television are making their cinematic debuts when Fathom Events, and The Jim Henson Company, presents Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock on December 10 and 16 only.

This first-ever Jim Henson’s Holiday Special, brings together these two holiday classics – each recently remastered – as well as an all-new featurette, “Memories of the Jug-Band,” with a surprise celebrity guest, along with a special greeting from Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation.

Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

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The touching musical holiday fable, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, directed by Jim Henson and featuring songs and music by Paul Williams, was hailed as an instant classic when it premiered on HBO in 1977. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, tells a simple but timeless tale of devotion between a mother and her son. Ma Otter (performed by Frank Oz, voiced by Marilyn Sokol) and Emmet Otter (performed by Jerry Nelson) who have no money, but they want to do something special for each other at Christmas. They both decide to enter the local talent show to win the first prize of $50 — money that could change the holidays for them. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas also features performances by Richard Hunt,Dave Goelz, Jim Henson and Eren Ozker.

The Bells of Fraggle Rock

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The Bells of Fraggle Rock, first aired on December 24, 1984, when it premiered as a holiday-themed episode of the critically acclaimed, award-winning series, Fraggle Rock. Deftly addressing the melancholy many people feel during the holidays as they struggle to find meaning in this special time of year. The Bells of Fraggle Rock begins as Gobo Fraggle (Jerry Nelson) wonders why he doesn’t have his normal excitement over The Festival of the Bells, the most wonderful day of the year for Fraggles. Though his friends (Dave Goelz, Karen Prell, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire) try to cheer him up, Gobo ventures on an expedition to the center of Fraggle Rock – a journey that teaches him the importance of individual faith.

“These two unique and well-loved classics from Jim Henson offer an exciting new way for families to spend the holidays together, enjoying classic entertainment that will be nostalgic for parents and delightfully new for kids,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, on Blu-ray December 18, which will include the all new “A Jug-Band Revival” featurette and more. Fans can also enjoy more Fraggle fun with “Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series,” available now, for the first time ever, on Blu-ray.

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special, will play in nearly 600 movie theaters nationwide on Monday, December 10, at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (all local times). Tickets are available at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

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I am giving away a FAMILY 4 PACK of tickets to see Jim Henson’s Holiday Special at your local theater! 

Comment below on which classical tale you are most excited to see on the big screen.

Winner will be chosen 11/30/2018

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2 thoughts on “Jim Henson’s Holiday Special Coming To Theaters

  1. Definitely Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. This Henson HBO original is a classic I looked forward to watching each year with my mom. I own the DVD as well, but I think there are a few things may have been clipped from the original. Never saw it on the Big Screen. My family & I watch it every Christmas & remember mom/granny.

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