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The perfect holiday gift has arrived for Jim Henson fans this year, as Fathom Events and the Jim Henson Company are bringing two of Jim Henson’s holiday classics to the big screen for the first time this December. “Jim Henson’s Holiday Special” will feature The Bells of Fraggle Rock and Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas features songs from Paul Williams and has been hailed as an instant classic. Premiering on HBO in 1977, it has never graced the silver screen. Now, along with some holiday magic, the timeless tale of Ma and Emmet Otter will be retold in a way never seen before. The special features wonderful music and performances by many Henson legends like Frank Oz 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.”
In addition to the on screen event, Sony will release a special Blu-Ray release of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas on December 18th. Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series has also been released, which will include the special holiday episode among countless other classic episodes. “These two unique and well-loved classics from Jim Henson offer an exciting new way for families to spend the holidays together, enjoying classic entertainment that will be nostalgic for parents and delightfully new for kids,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations.
Make sure to catch this special presentation before its too late. “Jim Henson’s Holiday Special” kicks off on Monday December 10th with showtimes at 4PM and 7PM. You can also catch an encore on Sunday, December 16th at 1PM and 4PM. You can learn more about this event and other upcoming specials by visiting Fathom Event’s official site.