First episode dateDecember 16, 1987 Written byJerry Juhl WriterJerry Juhl LanguageEnglish
DirectorPeter Harris, Eric Till Release dateDecember 16, 1987 (1987-12-16) NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Childrens Program Executive producerJim Henson, Martin G. Baker, Diana Birkenfield Similar moviesThe Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Tree Miracle, Yes, Virginia, Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Great Santa Claus Caper, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2
TaglineIt's a merry Muppet Christmas with Fozzie and friends!
The muppets a muppet family christmas 1987
A Muppet Family Christmas is a Christmas television special starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the special was first broadcast on December 16, 1987, on American Broadcasting Company.
Fozzie Bear is driving many of the Muppets to his mother Emily's farm for Christmas while they all sing Christmas Carols. Unbeknownst to Fozzie Bear, Emily Bear is preparing to go to Malibu for the holiday and rent her farmhouse to Doc and Sprocket, who want spend a nice quiet Christmas in the country. Doc and Sprocket have arrived when Fozzie Bear and the other Muppets enter, disrupting Emily and Doc's plans for the holidays. Just then the telephone rings, the call is from Miss Piggy who tells Kermit the Frog that she is at a photo session and will be late, making Kermit very worried.
More Muppets arrive, and they begin to prepare for Christmas. After the performance, Fozzie goes into the house where he tells Kermit about his new act. During Fozzie's description, Kermit answers the phone where Miss Piggy tells Kermit that she is doing a little Christmas shopping before she goes to the farm house.
A group of carolers arrives, proving to be Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street Muppets. All of the Muppets continue to prepare for Christmas as the news comes on TV that the worst blizzard in 50 years is approaching the area. Kermit realizes that Miss Piggy is out in the storm.
Fozzie Bear and Emily go over where everyone is going to sleep. The Sesame Street Muppets perform a pageant of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Kermit gets a call from Miss Piggy stating that her limo got stuck in the snow and that she is calling for a taxi. Fozzie approaches Kermit stating that now is a good time to show him his new comedy act with the Snowman. While Doc is looking for Miss Piggy, Kermit is called to the basement, where he and his nephew Robin find a Fraggle Hole and the Fraggles.
Finally, all of the Muppets sing a medley of carols and exchange presents (except Oscar the Grouch, who sits in his trash can, sighing miserably due to his hatred for Christmas).
"We Need a Little Christmas"
"Jingle Bell Rock"
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"Here We Come A-Caroling"
"Deck the Halls"
"The Christmas Song"
"Pass It On" from Fraggle Rock
"Home for the Holidays"
Carol Sing Medley
"Ding Dong Merrily on High"
"I Saw Three Ships"
"Good King Wenceslas"
"The Holly and the Ivy"
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
"Happy Holidays" (reprise)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
"It's in Every One of Us" from John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
"Together at Christmas (Old Friends, New Friends)" from The Christmas Toy
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
Gerry Parkes as Jerome "Doc" Crystal
Jim Henson as Himself
Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, The Swedish Chef, Waldorf, The Muppet Newsman, Ernie, Guy Smiley, Baby Kermit, and Baby Rowlf
Frank Oz as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Baby Piggy, Baby Fozzie, and Baby Animal
Jerry Nelson as Robin the Frog, Emily Bear, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Count von Count, Camilla the Chicken, Herry Monster, Two-Headed Monster (Left Head), Gobo Fraggle, and Lew Zealand
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Janice, Statler, Beaker, Kathleen the Cow, Two-Headed Monster (Right Head), and Snowman
Dave Goelz as Gonzo the Great, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard, Boober Fraggle, Traveling Matt, and Baby Gonzo
Steve Whitmire as Rizzo the Rat, Lips, Christmas Turkey, Wembley Fraggle, and Sprocket the Dog
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch
Kathryn Mullen as Mokey Fraggle
Karen Prell as Red Fraggle and Maureen the Mink
David Rudman as Miss Piggy's Photographer (voice)
This is one of the very few Muppet productions to feature Muppets associated with all four of the major Muppet franchises as a crossover: The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and Muppet Babies (who are seen as actual puppets here instead of animated counterparts). This special also features an onscreen guest cameo by Jim Henson; he can be seen in the kitchen doing dishes with Sprocket towards the end of the special. In addition the United Kingdom broadcast marked the first appearance of Doc on British television, as the UK version of Fraggle Rock featured new "Outer Space" segments, in which Sprocket's owner was a lighthouse keeper.
Scenes omitted in North American DVD and VHS release
The original opening title (superimposed over a shot of Emily Bear's house).
The snowman and Fozzie joke and sing the song "Sleigh Ride" when hearing Rowlf inside playing the piano.
The home movie featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Scooter as babies singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with baby Rowlf playing a toy piano.
The Muppets sing "Home for the Holidays," after Miss Piggy's grand belated arrival, then later "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" during the final medley.
A brief shot of Fozzie Bear and Elmo lighting a Christmas tree.
Fozzie tells his mother, Emily Bear, that he is too old to have a stocking hung for him, then changes his mind.
TV Guide ranked the special # 8 on its 10 Best Family Holiday Specials list.