Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

USA, 1977
colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American puppet television special directed by Jim Henson.


Emmet and Ma Otter may be poor but they’re happy and enjoy a good song. But as Christmas approaches, they both want to buy each other something special and with a local talent show offering $50 to the winner, this could be the answer to their problems. Ma prepares a special song and Emmet forms a jug-band with his friends. But standing between them and the price are the Riverbottom Gang, rich kids in a rock band…


Directed by: Jim Henson
© The Jim Henson Company MCMLXXVII [1977]
Jim Henson Television. Produced in association with Parents’ Magazine Films, Inc. and Westfall Productions
Executive Producer Henson Associates, Inc.: David Lazer
Produced by: Jim Henson
Associate Producer: Marilyn Stonehouse
Written by: Jerry Juhl
Based on the book by Russell and Lillian Hoban
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas published by Parent’s Magazine Press
Associate Director: Lynn Klugman
Lighting Consultant: Tom Wright
Camera: Wayne Summers
Music and Lyrics by: Paul Williams
Music Recording: Garry Ulmer
Sound Effects: Dick Maitland, Barbara Wood
Re-recording: Emil Neroda
Puppets by: Don Sahlin with Caroly Wilcox, Dave Goelz, Mari Kaestle, Amy Van Gilder, John Lovelady, Marianne Harms, Rollin Krewson, Leslee Asch, Janet Lerman
Special Muppet Effects: Faz Fazakas with Larry Jameson
Muppet Clothes: Calista Hendrickson with Sherry Ammott
Muppet Creative Consultant: Frank Oz, Michael Frith
Special Effects: George Clark
Settings Designed by: William Beeton
Design Services Provided by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Set Decoration: Stephen Finnie
Production Consultant: Charles G. Mortimer Jr

With Jim Henson’s Muppets
Jerry Nelson (Emmet Otter/Weasel/Doc Bullfrog/Melissa Rabbit/Yancy Woodchuck)
Frank Oz (Chuck)
Marilyn Sokol (Ma Otter)

Dave Goelz (Wendel/Pop-eyed Catfish/Will Possum)
Richard Hunt (Charlie/Lizard/George Rabbit)
Eren Ozker (Gretchen Fox/Hetty Muskrat/Mrs. Mink/Old Lady Possum)



  • Entertainment Weekly no.624 (9 November 2001) p.88 – review (Video: Jim’s Dandy (B+) by Marc Bernardin)