For the first time ever this December two Jim Henson Company holiday specials are coming to a theater near you. If you were an 80’s kid then you are familiar with Fraggle Rock. Thanks to Fathom Events and the Jim Henson Company, “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” and “The Bells of Fraggle Rock” will be shown on the big screen December 10th and 16th only.
This first-ever “Jim Henson’s Holiday Special” brings together 2 loveable holiday stories – each recently remastered – as told by the ever-endearing muppets. It will also include a new featurette, “Memories of the Jug-Band,” with a surprise celebrity guest and a special greeting from Cheryl Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson and President of the Jim Henson Foundation.
Tickets for this special are available at www.FathomEvents.com or check your local theater box office.
Can you believe it has been over 40 years since the musical holiday fable “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” premiered on HBO? With songs and music created by legendary Paul Williams, it’s no wonder fans will be embracing this classic tale once again.
“Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas”tells a simple but timeless tale of devotion between a mother and her son: Ma Otter (performed by Frank Oz, voiced by Marilyn Sokol) and Emmet Otter (performed by Jerry Nelson) have no money, but they want to do something special for each other at Christmas. They both decide to enter the local talent show to win the first prize of $50 — money that could change the holidays for them. “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” also features performances by Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Jim Henson, and Eren Ozker.
“‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas’ was a favorite project for my dad since it included such sweet characters, Paul Williams’ delightful music, and a timeless holiday message. Also, the special was a great opportunity for him to experiment with puppetry techniques and effects that would be seen in his later works,” said Cheryl Henson. “The citizens of Frogtown Hollow are sure to look their best in this remastered version. And it is exciting for families to share this holiday classic along with the special episode ‘The Bells of FraggleRock,’ a rare opportunity to see the Fraggles on the big screen, and to introduce these beloved characters to a whole new audience.”
The second story, “The Bells of Fraggle Rock” was first seen during Christmas 1984 when it premiered as a holiday-themed episode of the beloved, award-winning series “Fraggle Rock.”
Deftly addressing the melancholy many people feel during the holidays as they struggle to find meaning in this special time of year, “The Bells of Fraggle Rock” begins as Gobo Fraggle (Jerry Nelson) wonders why he doesn’t have his normal excitement over The Festival of the Bells, the most wonderful day of the year for Fraggles. Though his friends (Dave Goelz, Karen Prell, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire) try to cheer him up, Gobo ventures on an expedition to the center of Fraggle Rock – a journey that teaches him the importance of individual faith.
Have no fear. If you miss this holiday box office special you will be able to purchase it on Blu-ray™ December 18, which will include the all-new “A Jug-Band Revival” featurette and more. Fans can also enjoy more Fraggle fun with “Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series,” available now, for the first time ever, on Blu-ray™.
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