Jim Henson created the Muppets in the mid 1950s, and they became hugely popular with young children, thanks to the television series Sesame Street
, a show that began production in 1969 and continues today. In The Muppet Show
(1976-1981), Henson took the Muppet characters that young children so loved and created a variety show aimed at the whole family. Suddenly Mom, Dad, and kids of all ages fell in love with Henson's adorable creatures, and it seemed like the Muppet movies and TV shows couldn't come fast enough. The Muppets' popularity continued after Jim Henson's death in 1990 with new productions such as the 1999 movie The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
and the television series Bear in the Big Blue House
A 2008 TV special, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa features favorite Muppet characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear as they prepare for a busy holiday season in the modern world. Kermit and Ms. Piggy are headed to the Caribbean, Gonzo is off to Hawaii, Fozzie is embarking on a comedy road tour, and it seems like everybody is in a hurry to get somewhere. Stuck in line at the post office, Kermit tells his friends to relax and enjoy the best time of year, so they all take a moment to "help" their local postal workers. When Gonzo returns from the post office, he realizes that he's forgotten to mail three important letters to Santa--one of which is from his good friend Claire (Madison Pettis), who's already feeling a bit blue because all of her friends are going out of town for the holiday. Selflessly putting their own plans on hold, Gonzo, Kermit, and Fozzie embark on a long journey to the North Pole to deliver the letters. Along the way, they catch a cab driven by Whoopi Goldberg; meet a new friend, Joy (Uma Thurman), who speeds them on their way; and discover a way to help the curmudgeonly Officer Meany (Nathan Lane), who's been on Santa's naughty list for years. What they learn during their journey is that Christmas is really about family, friends, and togetherness. This television special is full of adorable characters and fun songs that appeal to kids of all ages, and it provides the perfect opportunity for a whole new generation of kids to fall in love with the Muppets. Bonus features include deleted scenes and a "Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord" in which viewers gaze at the fire while listening in on the Muppets' holiday meal. --Tami Horiuchi
Celebrate the season will all your favorite Muppets in this heartwarming and hilarious holiday movie. Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane and other sensational guest stars join our friends on a fun-filled Christmas adventure full of sidesplitting laughs and memorable music. When Gonzo forgets to mail three letters to Santa, he convinces Kermit and the gang to help him deliver the notes to the North Pole. Along the way, they discover that Christmas is the time to be with those you care about most, as they dash home to make a friend's Christmas wish come true. Bursting with bonus material and never-before-seen footage, A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA is hours of holiday fun for the entire family!
Bonus Features include. The Muppet Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord, Deleted Scenes