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Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

Steve Whitmire , Dave Goelz , Kirk R. Thatcher  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Directors: Kirk R. Thatcher
  • Writers: Teleplay By Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz & Andrew Samson, Story By Paul Williams and Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DLB15W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

The Muppet Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord, Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

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 (1997-2006).

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

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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

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! November 4, 2009
ok, so i'm happy most any time the Muppets do anything at all. it's true.

the only thing that i have NOT liked was the Wizard of Oz disaster.

this is the Muppets back home in New York being themselves, again. it is classicly told in the proper muppet universe.

the music is good and the jokes are fresh.

this ISN'T the MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS, (nothing ever will be that great again!)
but it is the best thing in years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, even if the plot is a little underwhelming. December 4, 2011
By Graeme
I originally watched this movie last Christmas. Surprisingly, they showed it multiple times on Comedy Network (basically Canada's version of Comedy Central): not exactly a network aimed at children. I'm a younger adult who's familiar with the muppets, but was born after their best years, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect.

Don't expect an Emmy winning effort or anything more than a super-thin plot here, on those metrics the movie doesn't do much (it was originally made for TV after-all). However, it manages to get over these issues by having just a really fun Christmas atmosphere and some decent family-friendly jokes. In particular, Kermit and Pepe really drive this release. At times, for adult viewers, it is cheesy to say the least, but somehow with the Muppets even that seems forgivable. There are some great parts in this movie, starting with some great slapstick and overall comedy of how much damage the Muppets manage to do at the post office, to a great Sopranos reference (seems like the writers threw this in especially for adult viewers), to the humor of an actual airline that goes to the North Pole, to Whoopi Goldberg's interrupting of a heartfelt song to ask for money. As mentioned, the plot is thin, but it's enough to hold all the funny clips together. The songs are simple, but don't drag on and seem to work.

Perhaps the worst-part is the ending. As another reviewer noted, there was so much potential at the North Pole, but they seem to leave as soon as they arrive and it just feels underwhelming. Then there is a cheesy, lazy ending that really "wraps things up" out of nowhere. The movie could have been a little bit longer in return for a stronger ending.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boy, you can tell that there's no Jim Henson December 22, 2009
Everything done by the Muppets since the death of Jim Henson has been sorely lacking in heart. This production had promise but it never got beyond that. Even Paul Williams' music seems to be lacking without the collaborative genius of Henson.

There are a few chuckles here and there--brought about mostly by the newish character of PePe the Prawn--but I'd have to guess that Henson wouldn't be proud of this effort.

And what's weirdest to me is that ALL of the Muppet's voices seem to have changed--not just Kermit's, who obviously sounds different these days since he isn't being performed by Henson. Fozzie sounds different, Miss Piggy sounds different, Gonzo sounds different, Scooter sounds different...and longtime Muppet fans will know it.

Just a disappointment overall and the last post-Henson Muppet production that I'll spend my money on.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How utterly disappointing November 29, 2009
By Bounce
I was so psyched to see a new Muppets special. There's been such slim pickings after "Muppets From Space". "A Very Merry Muppets Christmas", which came out in 2002, was a wee cluttered but is palpable for multiple viewings. The wholly unwatchable "Muppets' Wizard of Oz", however, was a stinking turd of a movie. Even this fan, who is a hardcore Muppet freak, couldn't make it through the whole thing.
So I was crossing my fingers for this one.
It was better than Oz, in the fact that I made it through the entire thing. Of course, it was only an hour, and they took so many commercial breaks that the darn thing was probably only about 35 minutes total, if that.
Many things could have helped what felt like a half-assed hack job. "Ooh, let's make up some random crap and make the Muppets do it, never taking into consideration how the characters should really behave," the writers said, I imagine. First, who the heck is Claire? And why should we care? What is the point of introducing two new characters that no one knows and no one cares about, for a measly one-hour special? Look, I get it. You want humans. Whoopie. Do like with Nathan Lane and Uma Thurman and give them bit roles. I'm sorry, but when it's the Muppets Anything, it should be them starring. And Jane Krakowski was completely wasted here. How sad.
What would have been much more believable would be if one of the letters was Robin's, Kermit's nephew. And Kermit feels compelled to get to Santa; which brings me to my next point--why the hell is GONZO the focus? He, while an interesting character, is not the main driver in the Muppets. Kermit is. Kermit always has been. He is the main character in the Muppets. That's how it is; that's the natural way of this franchise.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just wow. And not in a good way. December 21, 2009
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Well, I guess either all the good ideas have been done already, or they're just getting lazy, but this has to be one of the worst offerings from the Muppets that I've seen (and I'm not including the nightmare that was Oz since I couldn't watch it in its entirety.)

Boring, yes. Unimaginative, yes. I agree that the only positive with this production is its length. Retract that, the out-takes with Nathan Lane were really funny.

I understand this is a TV special and all, and they couldn't throw the budget at it like they did A Muppet Christmas Carol, but good grief. Do yourself a favor: every time you get the urge to buy this, don't and just re-watch Christmas Carol. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Time with the Muppets
Growing up, we watched the Muppets and loved all the crazy characters. Now with kids in tow, we wanted them to share our love of the crazy Muppets Gang. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amy C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I admit it -- I love Jim Henson & his muppets. It was fun and I laughed --especially at the end scenes and the "bloopers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Eisele
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very enjoyable movie, and one everyone should see.
This is a very enjoyable movie, and one everyone should see. It brings back old fashioned values that we as a society seemed to have lost in the past few years.
Published 8 months ago by N.K.Beckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Muppet Christmas!
I have loved the Muppets for years! I have several movies and this is one of the best specials they have out there! It is great family fun movie!
Published 10 months ago by Amy Baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
I like the muppets, they are so funny there singing make me sing along and they got the letters to santa
Published 11 months ago by Richard D Parker Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
The Muppets are the Best!!! Letters to Santa are enjoyed by the whole family and we love watching the Muppets all year.
Published 12 months ago by A. Karam
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Like it
I didn't like this movie at all and I should have read the reviews before I rented it. Bad movie!
Published 12 months ago by Sarah Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love the Muppets?
This is a really fun Christmas movie with the Muppets and many celebrity cameos. Take note that this is not a feature-length film but a made-for-TV movie with a short run time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by bheckel
5.0 out of 5 stars The muppets
I am a hugh fan of the Muppets and whenever there is a Christmas and the Muppets I am watching it.
Very talented people also, I would recommend this for families of all ages. Read more
Published 14 months ago by gennydan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love It
Always the best, Kermie and friends always make me laugh. Jim Henson was a genius. Love the characters! Good to see Paul Williams again.
Published 14 months ago by Mushroom Mania
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