Jim Henson’s Holiday Special

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special


Celebrate the holidays with Jim Henson! Two beloved specials have been remastered and are coming to the big screen, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock. The event includes an all-new featurette with a special guest!

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Based on a book by Russell and Lillian Hoben, this beloved Christmas story, with music from Paul Williams and an all-puppet cast of woodland creatures, tells the story of Ma and Emmet Otter – a family that has little more than each other. When a talent show is held in town, a fifty-dollar prize gives them each hope of buying the other a real present this year.

The Bells of Fraggle Rock

Deftly addressing the melancholy many people feel during the holidays as they struggle to find meaning in the special time of year The Bells of Fraggle Rock begins as Gobo Fraggle 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 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.

Dove Review

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special is a gem for the whole family this Christmas. Jim Henson’s (Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock) Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas originally released in 1977 and The Bells of Fraggle Rock originally released in 1984 have been remastered and brought to the big screen as a Fathom Event on December 10 and 16, 2018.

The Holiday Special begins with a brand new Featurette, Memories of the Jug-Band, with celebrities and Jim Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, sharing their memories and behind-the-scenes stories. This is followed by the original remastered of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas is an adaptation of the illustrated book Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban in 1971. The TV version has an introduction and close from Kermit the Frog. The story follows Emmet Otter and his Ma, who are trying to earn money to financially support their family, because their Pa had passed away. They do odd jobs to get by and encourage each other as a family by singing songs and playing outside in the snow and frozen river outside their home. They learn about a talent show that has prize money of $50 and independently Ma and Emmet enter the contest with the hope to win the $50 to have enough money to buy each other a gift. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas brings a positive message about family bond, hope during the good and bad times.

The Bells of Fraggle Rock is the story of Gobo Fraggle who is not overly excited about their Festival of the Bells holiday, the Fraggle’s most cherished celebration. So, Gobo journeys to find the Great Bell at the heart of Fraggle Rock is real. Through his search he discovers that what he is looking for is not inside the cave, but what really matters is what’s inside of him is the heart of the Festival of the Bells. Jim Henson’s Holiday Special earns the Dove-Approved Seal for all ages.

The Jim Henson’s Holiday Special is a great opportunity to talk about family and what is in the heart of a person matters.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: The special showed values of family and work were shown by Emmet and Ma. They have respect for others.
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Fathom Events
Director: Jim Henson
Genre: Children
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Doug W.