Emmet Otter and his mother are barely making ends meet at Christmas, and both risk what little they have so they can try to make the other’s Christmas special.
Director: Jim Henson
Writer: Lillian Hoban, Russell Hoban, Jerry Juhl
Starring: Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Jim Henson
Notes: Songs written by Paul Williams, who also wrote for the Muppet Movie.
Heavily edited for different versions. No two DVDs seem to be the same.
Comparisons of the different versions (and there are several) can be found on the Muppet Wiki site.
Originally aired on the CBC in Canada in 1977.
Utterly charming. A subdued tale of a mother and son who live a simple life and struggle to find a way to buy gifts for each other. It’s classic Jim Henson in so many ways. Great songs, inventive puppeteering and charming story. What more could you want?