This international film, originally done in French, is about Santa's need to find someone to take over after he retires (which, by the way, he doesn't want to do). Runtime. J: His family in the swamp! S: Maybe we got a version that cut out some of the best songs. Cause it is someone you know and she’s pretty famous. Click here to have a hot take about Lew Zealand on the ToughPigs forum! J: I know, I’m a disappointment as a Muppet fan. Pepe admits that he lied about not believing in Santa and also wrote a letter. They have a Muppet Newsman. Uma Thurman appears as Joy behind the counter. I’m fairly certain that Muppet productions are notorious for cutting out the finest songs from their Christmas movies. 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. I feel like… yes? Arthur's underdog status makes his journey feel extra triumphant. J: No, but we are going to see Muppets as mailmen shortly. Less Bloomberg! The Muppets are back in that hallway again. J: I’m pretty sure he’s in the closing number. J: Y’know, they need ambience Muppets, Muppets doing busy work in the background, and Beau’s good at that! This is a list of productions based on The Muppets characters and franchise, including films, television series and specials, and other media. His inventive granddaughter goes on an adventure to get it back. Bradby was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding and … No Lew Zealand! Re-watch this one until the remake comes to Disney+. While there, the Muppets mistakenly intercept three letters sent by children to Santa Claus. S: It’s not the same. J: There’s Rowlf! The sequels, The Mrs. Nathan Lane lets the Muppets run to catch their flight. [Stephen says some explicit profanity] Cause I feel like this is the last time we’re going to see the hallway until maybe the end of the movie – I don’t know if we’ll actually see the hallway after this, which is weird since so much has already been set in this hallway. Similar to Arthur Christmas, this series of short, 22-minute adventures goes behind-the-scenes with an elite squadron of elves as they prepare for Santa's arrival and maintain the security of the North Pole. S: The ability of the Muppets to survive the fall off of the wing of an airplane is impressive. J: I don’t know how on board Disney would be with a Kill Bill adaptation. Muppets arrive at the airport. In the very back row! S: I don’t care about The Sopranos. J: The Muppets do like giving their antagonists obvious last names, like… Dominic Badguy. I think the connection is very clear in terms of subject material. The Muppets begin singing about Christmas and their mail. Uma Thurman introduces herself as Joy the ticket agent. You’re back! Julia has gone on record multiple times in ToughPigs articles about how much she loves this special. S: I’m pretty sure the Muppets choose their own costumes. I also think exploring Gonzo’s time designing and also being the participant in numerous death defying stunts, like, think of Muppets Jackass, but it’s all Gonzo! J: Yeah, so, Uma Thurman’s character is kind of my least favorite part of this, cause first she works at the airport –. Baking Christmas cookies is fun. Directors. J: Every Muppet production is a standalone story. S: So you can go back to [does a voice] Paul Williams again? He’s gone. J: So this is setting up the crux of the movie, that Gonzo’s got this neighbor kid’s letter to Santa and they’re gonna try to figure out how to get it to Santa. All the Muppets start piling into Claire’s apartment. Michael Caine stars as Scrooge in this Muppet adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Not enough diversity of Muppets. I accept that Rizzo is the side assist to Gonzo when Gonzo’s not crewed up in the main Muppet squad, but I’m surprised there’s not more of the main Muppet squad happening. They read Claire’s letter about how all she wants for Christmas is that her Muppet friends spend the holiday with her. This version of the North Pole uses a highly trained team of elves to take care of Christmas business, but when one gift is left behind it's up to Santa's hapless son, Arthur, to make sure no kid goes without a present. The special follows the Muppet friends as they try to re-deliver lost letters to Santa. J: [starts talking over Stephen’s ramblings] All right, on that note, I’m gonna close us out. It always comes back to the hallway! Wear a mask. When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally. — get to see it on the small screen courtesy of Amazon. J: I mean, I wrote a piece for ToughPigs that I will probably link RIGHT NOW so people can read if they want to understand why I like this film. Kirk Thatcher. S: Makes sense. Opening credits finish, the movie’s story begins. S: Is Lew Zealand going to be in this movie? Use this as a reminder to get your shopping done early. Later, Claire, a young girl who lives in the same building as the Muppets, is disappointed when Gonzo reveals that the Muppets will not be around for Christmas as they are all going on vacation. S: It feels dangerous to have someone like Big Mean Carl in the mail room. Santa Claus is a traditional, secular figure of Christmas good cheer, generally depicted as a jolly fat, old man in a red suit. S: Okay, scratch my Lew Zealand idea! J: He is in the hallway! On December 14 th, 2020, Julia Gaskill and her boyfriend, Stephen, watched A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.Julia has gone on record multiple times in ToughPigs articles about how much she loves this special.Stephen had never seen it and knew nothing about it except his girlfriend’s defensive rants, and just knew he really wanted to see Lew Zealand. [beat] And that’s it. The Muppets move onto an Italian restaurant. J: There’s Lew Zealand! Since I had a son, and many neices and nephews, I ended up watching a lot of shows with them and always loved the muppets the most. In this one Rizzo and Pepe are there, but Fozzie and Kermit are essentially teaming up with Gonzo. There are so many options: You can watch favorites from your childhood, like the Rankin/Bass specials, Peanuts and the Grinch. S: Why don’t you go on to explain your defense of this movie! The Muppets are brainstorming other ways to get the letters to Santa. Disney has started to drench the market with Muppets, including “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa,” a special being shown Wednesday on NBC. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. He is going to be in the final song, but I think Bill Barretta had only just started playing him more. S: I can make up Muppet names left and right. Jim Henson's Muppets franchise logo (1990–2003).. Instead of focusing on that, Stephen focuses on, like, the four Muppets milling about in the background. Yeah! But the experience does teach him to appreciate being with his family during the holidays, which is something we all need to be reminded of once in a while. Whoever did the costume designs did a great job. A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa. Just like in the the 1934 version, storybook characters like Mother Goose, Tom Piper and Little Boy Blue get mixed up in nursery-rhyme antics that end in a march of toy soldiers that puts any Nutcracker display to shame. J: He did not play Timon on Broadway, that was Max Casella, who was in the film version of Newsies, but then wasn’t in the stage production of Newsies. I’ve seen the other movie with Beaker. Rating. I bought one movie as a gift and the other for myself. It's impossible to watch this one without getting the song stuck in your head, so be prepared to thumpity-thump-thump your way through the rest of the day. S: Is it over? A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is an NBC television special, produced by The Muppets Studiostarring The Muppets. I couldn’t tell! S: Oh yeah, I forgot they took Manhattan following their trip to LA. This is it? [probably is dancing at this point] It doesn’t really make sense though since it’s already evening on Christmas Eve in New York, and they think they’re going to be able to get to the North Pole in time to see Santa. !Requested By: Connace The VHS Collector, LionsgateAtomsBDGuy, & Ebenezer TheMovieManList In order1. That’s who I thought it was! “I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus” starts playing. It'll also have them thinking of angels whenever they hear jingle bells. Original songs come courtesy of John Legend, Philip Lawrence and Davy Nathan, and one is performed by Usher. J: Would Rowlf have just been inside Santa’s workshop hanging out? S: This is a perfect scene for Lew Zealand! J: This is one of the gags that I don’t super love in this film. S: Where does this fall in the Muppet timeline? J: It’s okay, I can make you listen to the song later, it’s on my iPhone. How was it inside?” And Gonzo would have said, “There’s no Santa! RELATED: 25 Animated Christmas Movies That Are Too Cute to Resist. Production year. They have a Muppet dedicated to making things blow up. And I think if Beaker had the ability to get free of that contract he would get ripped. I know what Beaker’s getting into. Spine may show signs of wear. Hold on! Queueing up the Christmas song playlist is joyful. J: They’re made of felt and stuffing, Stephen. S: She’s been manipulating the Muppets the whole time! Those are our takes on A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. S: Oh it would’ve been great! J: That’s rude. J: I like all the Christmas decorations in this scene too. And that that was worked into Gonzo’s backstory in this forty-five minute Christmas special?? 60 minutes. S: There was a little girl just now writing a letter, and Klaus is about a mailman that delivers kids’ letters to Santa. You’ve heard all of my immediate thoughts. J: See, Gonzo kind of messes everything up. The last song, “My Best Christmas Yet,” starts up. Celebrate the season with all your favorite Muppets in this heartwarming and hilarious holiday movie. And since the movie is about an 8-year-old girl nursing a wounded Prancer back to health and returning the animal to Santa, it has a good message about being giving and caring during the holidays. J: This part definitely dates the film as to when it came out. Stephen! What follows is a (condensed) transcript of their conversation during their viewing. J: I mean, sure, he was Timon, but he’s maybe more well known for the work he’s done on Broadway. I think a lot of what I like about this movie is the aesthetic. The A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Cast. Everybody knows Santa is a magical, all-powerful being, but nobody really thinks about what it actually takes to do his job. Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. They made it to Santa’s mansion –. S: I feel like this song doesn’t know what song it wants to be. It’s horrible for everyone. The Muppets Sopranos: a relaunch! Do you remember who she played? S: It makes sense. Oops. It’s certainly better than A Muppets Christmas: A Letter to Santa, ... Christmas. Take care. Crazy Harry pops up in the apartment’s hallway. Also, Pepe is going to hate on the idea of Santa the entire time. RELATED: Disney Is Rebooting 'Home Alone' for Its Disney+ Streaming Service, and Fans Aren't Having It. S: [deep sigh] This actually feels like a video that you don’t want to show for supporting the post office, seeing as they are just throwing mail around. And y’know, it’s a fluffy piece, but at the same time it has more of a Christmas feel. (Doesn't Kermit look great in a Christmas sweater?) He’s just got that peak sort of… Muppet uniqueness. Muppet Wiki: Statler and Waldorf; Disney Wiki: Statler and Waldorf; This article about a character from either a Christmas movie, television episodic series or special with a Christmas theme is a stub. As you can imagine based on the title, the Muppets have to take letters to the North Pole and that doesn't go quite as planned. Take a look at our favorites here. Fans of the Tchaikovsky classic can watch the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production, which features designs and costumes by Where the Wild Things Are's Maurice Sendak. They start singing “It’s All About Heart.”. I already talked about the music, and just the general aesthetic, but also I feel like since the passing of Jim we don’t get a lot of Fozzie, Kermit, Gonzo team ups. Dec 22, 2012 The Muppets are back for another holiday special in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. The Muppets all show up at Claire’s apartment. Free on Netflix. Songs by Danny Elfman, especially "What's This?" In many parts of the country, it's a tradition to watch this on Thanksgiving, so it's not only one of the best Christmas movies, it's one of the first Christmas movies of the season. S: I kind of feel like his life was destined for the naughty list considering that his last name is Meanie. J: Oh, you’re talking about when he’s beefed up. Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the Mean One. Spoiler alert: they completely forget to check it out. J: Lew must have an amazing fish hook up. Fozzie Bear voiced by Eric Jacobson. Whoopi is revealed to be their taxi driver. It's nice that A Charlie Brown Christmas gives kids permission to feel a little melancholy — and then gives them the spirit to keep going. (Hmm ... wonder what happens next.) I think the writing is a lot better than It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, and those two always get lumped together cause they came out in that chunk of time where there were no full length Muppet films. S: It seems interesting that we just watched Klaus last night, which is also about letters to Santa. Shipping and handling. When Anna and Elsa realize that they have no family holiday rituals, Olaf goes on a mission to find them some. J: Rizzo and Pepe do such a quick one eighty. This year we are doing A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, which I like more than a lot of people with ToughPigs, so this one’s gonna be an interesting watch. Plus Rowlf is here!”. Jesse L. Martin was happy to invite them back and ask if they wanted to help, but it was only until they messed everything up –. S: I feel like it seems out of character for any New Yorker to have that reaction to rats. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, US leaders boost security at state capitols across the nation amid experts' concerns of more violence, Joe Biden executive orders will reverse Trump on climate, Iran, Covid and more. Kids might not grasp all the nuances of George Bailey's embezzlement predicament, but they do understand the themes of being grateful for what's important to you in life. Miss Piggy voiced by Eric Jacobson. Lots of dancing is happening in the post office. Frosty isn't the only snowman that's ever come to life. Claire’s mom screams when seeing some Muppet rats enter the apartment. Kill Bill. Did I know that they were from the Midwest? If your kids find it charming, there's a sequel: The Magic Snowflake. The Sopranos sequence, I… I didn’t know why they were doing it, and I don’t have a connection with The Sopranos, but on the plus side it does make me want to see a wealth of HBO Muppet projects – all the dark Muppet stories that could be out there. Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and/or wonderful holiday season. The Muppets star in a 45-minute TV special for viewers with shorter attention spans. J: Who do you think this lady is? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a good one to start with because as Rudolph teams up with a group of misfit toys, it teaches kids to be accepting of their differences. Or a contract termination with Bunsen since all Bunsen does is hurt him? Don't be surprised if you catch yourself watching this one even if your kids aren't around — it's so funny, it's easy to forget that it's only rated PG. Frank Meanie. Cause they drove to Los Angeles, and one would think they’d live in LA for a while. They spend the entire film disbelieving in Santa, and now they’re not acknowledging how wrong they were. It was shot in Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan. It felt a little unnecessary, I wish he had wished for… a sandwich? The gist of the song is: no Rowlf! J: That’s a solid question. S: That feels bad for Camilla, who is in line with him. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa; Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular "Single All the Way" External links. J: The Heart song is only a minute and a half long. Gonzo realizes he has several letters to Santa in his backpack, including Claire’s. A sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2, will come to Netflix on November 25. Fred Astaire narrates this hourlong Rankin/Bass story, which looks into the origins of many Christmas traditions. Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2012. Is Lew Zealand going to be in the hallway? The Muppets find out that Santa has already left and they don’t know what to do next. I dunno, it’s a short little thing. More Floyd! For those who need a little dose of Halloween to cut through the Christmas treacle, this stop-motion movie from the mind of Tim Burton shows what happens when vampires, skeletons and witches take over the Christmas season. I like this whole ending scene, I think it’s so pretty. Gonzo has flipped a lever and now everything’s going crazy in the post office. 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. It’s been a lot of – y’know, in the previous feature films Gonzo was with Rizzo and was more of a storyteller or sidekick of the human lead, and everyone else was playing a role. These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car, The Highest Paying Cash Back Card Has Hit The Market, 16 Highly Unnecessary Things People Waste Money On (You’re Guilty Of Many), We Ranked the Best Kids' Christmas Movies to Watch on Netflix, 25 Animated Christmas Movies That Are Too Cute to Resist, Disney Is Rebooting 'Home Alone' for Its Disney+ Streaming Service, and Fans Aren't Having It. This gentle adventure tale is based on the book by Raymond Briggs, and its near-wordlessness and short running time means its appropriate for your youngest little elves. Though I’m surprised that we haven’t seen Big Mean Carl eat anything – oh, never mind, he literally just ate some mail. J: You’re saying the Muppets should recreate all of the classic Disney movies? For those who want to see more of the Grinch, this movie — from the studio that brought us the Minions — offers a feature-length glimpse of his life. Not a huge plot to follow and is fun to have on in the background. All the Muppets come back. I won't spoil anything but, it's a happy ending. Claire’s talking about how she’s sad the Muppets are all going away for the holidays. Santa and Uma Thurman fly down to the Muppets. The Muppets hold onto the outside of the North Pole airplane and then plummet to the ground. The Muppets have gone inside of the post office, still singing. Gonzo’s like “I just need to be alone”, he walks over, and what’s that? She’s probably met those rats before. Stephen: [reading a selection on the title menu] What’s “The Muppets’ Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord”? J: Y’know, it’s a short film, so they probably picked the few Muppets they wanted to focus on. S: Lew Zealand is maybe the best Muppet. S: I thought you were just transcribing this, you don’t have to say all this! Kermit could be the stalker in the house with the knife! The Muppets go to a roof top to talk to a carrier pigeon. RELATED: We Ranked the Best Kids' Christmas Movies to Watch on Netflix. J: She was already established in one of the previous movies we watched. S: I think that Beaker knows. J: I don’t remember this actor’s name, but that’s Mr. Dursley in Harry Potter. The Muppet Christmas Carol has established itself as the Muppets holiday special of the people. Studio. Those things! What are your takeaway thoughts, Stephen? Rowlf the Dog is a Muppet character created by Jim Henson. Netflix's big holiday movie last year was this beautifully animated feature about a postal worker who befriends a lonely toymaker. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of of A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa with exclusive news, photos, videos and more at TVGuide.com When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, the Muppets deliver them to the North Pole. Imagine it! J: Do you have any questions or should we dive in? Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane and other sensational guest stars join our fuzzy friends on a wild and wacky Christmas adventure full of side-splitting laughs and memorable music. We love you. This is another great Muppets movie and is full of holiday cheer. J: No, they were talking in line about how they’re all going to different places. J: It is weird that the Muppets all live in an apartment building together, but then they do have just two random neighbors who are humans. J: But Santa was already gone so there wouldn’t have been any point? Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo go back to the post office, but it’s closed for Christmas. S: Man, they could have solved this whole movie by reading her letter. Created by Disney, they have a lot of the same snap and wit as the Disney shorts that are shown theatrically before movies. Christmas isn't always jolly for everyone 100% of the time, and we've all had Christmases that just didn't go our way. This is a song about how the greatness of Christmas is about spending it with the people that you love. S: Is this the same house that was used in Home Alone 2? Muppets are kicked out of the post office and head back to their apartment. Gonzo voiced by Dave Goelz. You could have acknowledged that potentially Gonzo was mailing stuff to the Muppets from space from the movie Muppets from Space. Like Beaker wishing for the hot meeping lady. This Netflix original is a musical story about a toymaker (played by Forest Whitaker) whose prized creation is stolen by an apprentice (Keegan Michael-Key). NO COPYRIGHT IS NEEDED!! It slaps. They’re all neighbors in the same building. I think it’s going to be revealed him and Piggy are taking a trip together. And uh, celebrate Christmas. Just for transparency, I unplugged my [expletive] microphone from my laptop and we had to take a quick pause. J: Wait, I’m so lost in your tangent right now, are you saying you wish there were more Gonzo stunts in this? S: I’m aware of what he do! There is a long lull of silence, presumably Julia is giving Stephen a look. S: We still need to be supporting the post office, Julia. The great thing about Christmas movies for kids is that it's so much easier to find a good one than a bad one. Score: 7 out of 10. I want more Lew Zealand! S: I still don’t understand how the Muppets were allowed to sing and dance their way into the mail sorting room at the post office. This movie, about a divorced dad who unexpectedly has to become the next Santa, is great for those with questions about the inner workings of the North Pole. It’s STILL A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, ToughPigs Art: Muppet Holidays with Jamie Badminton, 50 Years Later: The Unquestionable Legacy of The Great Santa Claus Switch, VIDEO REVIEW: 2020 Muppet Hallmark Ornaments. 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. J: I think this was during the time when they were still working Rowlf back into productions, cause they retired Rowlf for a good amount of time after Jim’s passing. The Bells of Fraggle Rock? [big deep “here we go” breath] Hello! They did that in honor of Jim since that was his first Muppet. J: But then they wouldn’t have gotten that mean Nathan Lane TSA agent off of the naughty list. S: Oh! At this point Julia accidentally unplugs the microphone and there’s some rushing to replug and rewind everything. Julia: I don’t know! If anything, it’s like a combination of Piggy and Uncle Deadly. J: I love all of the sweaters and scarfs that the Muppets wear in this movie. J: The Internet definitely lied to me, cause it said the run time was an hour and twenty minutes, and I believe we finished in under an hour. S: Like where’s Rowlf then? S: Is the hallway just going to be, like, joke sequences between other joke sequences? J: I don’t know what it is, but maybe we’ll find out when this is over! J: Klaus is a very good movie on Netflix. Muppets doing kung-fu-esque karate stuff? The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. (Doesn't Kermit look great in a Christmas sweater?) S: I feel bad for all these background Muppets. J: No, I’m not going back for Paul Williams! They’re back in the apartment’s hallway. They immediately get off topic. J: Oh yeah, we’re going to get a cameo from [laughs] could-have-been-president Michael Bloomberg. This movie shows a side of The Nutcracker we've never seen before. Just out of curiosity, with your gut, who do you think it is? Nathan Lane and Bobo take the Muppets to a back room to interrogate them. S: [very suddenly] So that’s Timon! A Christmas Story is simultaneously very nostalgic and completely unromantic about the holidays.
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