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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Jim Henson  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (570 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Jim Henson
  • Producers: Jim Henson, David Lazer
  • Format: Color, VHS, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Muppet Home Video
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (570 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C5OHY5I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

First airing on HBO in 1977, "Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas" saw its first release on VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc in 1983. This tape is the first, but not the last, VHS release of the timeless Christmas special.

This tape contains two scenes involving Kermit the Frog, one of which has not been included in subsequent VHS or DVD releases of the film to date. It also contains narration by Kermit the Frog that has also been omitted from all other home video releases.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
91 of 104 people found the following review helpful
By S. Luna
Someone who let Disney get a hold of Kermit, that's who. I have an earlier VHS release of this movie which my family has watched many times. My daughter has about worn it out so I bought the "collector's edition" DVD. There's more than just Kermit missing. The extra's are just bits taken from the "making-of" special HBO did during the original release. Nice to see those, but inexcusable to re-release on DVD with the main feature edited down significantly from the original airing (not just the few seconds some claim). Oh, and the edited out parts are NOT in the extras, as someone claimed on here (I hoped for that too). Best bet is to find the old VHS copy, a new DVD, and get someone to edit them together. Thanks, Disney, you license-happy, money-grubbing *&#$@! (not suitable for children). "Screw the kids, if we don't get a fat cut, then it stays in the vault!" Jim and Walt are probably both rolling in their graves!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kermit Legal Issue December 7, 2008
Love, love Emmet Otter! My husband had been watching this since he was a kid. He is an Emmet Otter purist. He states that Kermit was in the orginal both to at the start of the movie and at towards the end in the Riverside Rest as part of the audience. According to Wikipedia the following is the reason we may never have a full version available...
Wikapedia writes:
The original special was hosted by Kermit the Frog; however later releases edited out the frog's naration due to legal issues. While The Jim Henson Company retained ownership of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, the company sold the rights to the Muppets (including Kermit) to the Walt Disney Company in 2004.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A BUTCHERED EDITION . . . December 17, 2006
Just to clarify further some of the mystery surrounding this version of what is still a great seasonal classic, I want to add a few pieces to the puzzle. First, there is no Kermit on this dvd. The introduction, the ending and the segue ways feel very choppy as a result. Secondly, there are a number of jokes that have been cut out, apparently to make room for ad time during the ABC broadcasts. I watched this show on HBO for years and years and watching this version really really made me mad. I want to point out that if you click on the dvd box to see the large image, that is where it is mentioned that it is the "New Edition Without Kermit Introduction." Note also that Amazon has not provided a plot summary, as it does for most of its products. I read plot summaries from other websites, compared the packaging and titles, and decided this version might not be as bad as the other reviewers seemed to think it was. But it is. I don't think there is such a thing as a DVD edition of this film as it originally appeared on HBO. The Jim Henson people need to get their act together and put out a complete, unabridged edition. Until then, if you want the songs, the sensibilities and the moral of this story enough to ignore that it has been senselessly butchered, then $10.00 may not be too much to spend to hold you over.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmet Otter fans, you owe it to yourself to see this! October 23, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I admire the fact that Many Emmet Otter fans dont want to buy this DVD because of the fact that, once again, money comes before art, due to the fact that the Kermit scenes are cut from this version.

I agree. Kermit should be in here, and money shouldnt be an issue...the loyal fans should be the top consideration.

Having said that, i want All Emmet Otter fans to know that they MUST watch this DVD. If you dont want to buy it, then please atleast rent it. The behind the scenes documentary is fabulous, and it's almost as good as the actual show itself!

You get to see interviews with the actual people that "puppeted" or in this case "Muppeted" Emmet and some of the other characters.

You get to see behind the scenes footage of the people on the set doing their work.

Jim Henson's daughter is one of the primary interviewees, detailing her father's special devotion to the Emmet Otter story and to making it come alive in this special.

You get to see and hear from the people who made the actual Puppets/Muppets, and you also get to see how they got Emmet to row the boat on the River that flows through Frogtown Hollow.

You get to hear an exclusive excerpt of a song that was going to be used in the special, but which was later deleted and never used.

Also there are funny "Bloopers", a "sing-along", clips of the musical segments of the show, and of course the behind the scenes documentary.

Emmet Fans, trust me, a fellow Emmet fan, you owe it to yourself to see that documentary. It gives you a new appreciation for all of the work that it took to make Emmet come alive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NO KERMIT.....NO LOVE!!! September 16, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
One of my favorite ALL TIME Christmas Classics, but as it has been said here probably more times than we would like to read...this edition does not contain Kermit, and has deleted or cut scenes which make absolutely no sense! I still watch it every year, and every year, I say....."Well it's only a few more days 'til Christmas and I'd really appreciate it, if you'd....FALL OFF THE DOCK! lol Fans of the uncut version will understand what I mean. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas DVD
We bought this for the family as a yearly routine to watch together. We love this movie and we were glad to find it to purchase.
Published 10 days ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmett Otter's Jugband
it was the best story I love it .going to watch it again this weekend the story line was about family and love.
Published 11 days ago by Dianne Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
We love this movie and watch it all year long! I wish more people knew about this true classic christmas movie!
Published 17 days ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past.
This was a little known gem from my youth. It ran a couple of years on HBO and then disappeared it was nice to find it so reasonably priced.
Published 23 days ago by Chester Sulborski
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Christmas Tradition
My family LOVED this movie. its a Classic! We received it early and it was in excellent condition!! We plan to keep it in our family for a long time.
Published 27 days ago by books n more
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This was the perfect addition to our holidays this year!! This movie brought back many memories from watching it on TV years ago.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Borngesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmet Otter
This is my all time favorite children's Christmas video. It's old school for sure with the characters being on strings sometimes but it is a classic. Highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Christmas Classic
This movie may be old and you can see the stings in some season but it's just a good wholesome Christmas movie to watch with the whole family.
Published 1 month ago by Mischa Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Used to be televised.....when my children were babies...30 plus years...
It brought us ALL back to when my babies were babies, love the quality of this product, clear and AWESOME!
Published 1 month ago by Alice J Sibley
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite
I've loved this film ever since my children were small and we watched it together every Christmas. I had to upgrade from VHS to DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Kelly
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