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These Emmet Otter Outtakes Will Make Your Day!

That might indeed seem like a bold statement, but I truly do believe that the Emmet Otter outtakes below will make your day better. Think about it. The Jim Henson company has created thousands of hours of entertainment. New generations are daily getting their first encounters with the magic that the Henson company has created. Movies as well as of course television specials. For my money, one of the greatest of the latter is Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas from 1977.

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Image of Don Sahlin and Jim Henson, courtesy of Jim’s Red Book.

By the way, the special was shot and indeed released to Canadian television in 1977. It wasn’t seen by American audiences however until HBO picked it up for ’78 and ’79. In fact it was in 1980 when I first saw the special for myself, when it aired on ABC.

[Via] The Museum of Classic Chicago Television

Every single one of the Henson Company productions show a lot of heart. However I think that Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas has an extra helping of it. The special was based on the 1971 book by Russell and Lillian Hoban. But one of the reasons I believe the show stands out so much is the beautiful music by Paul Williams.

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

Jim Henson was well known for believing in hard work. But he felt that very work could certainly be filled with smiles and laughter as well. Perhaps one of the ways the puppeteer was able to accomplish this feat was to surround himself with like-minded performers. In the case of these Emmet Otter outtakes that includes the late and great Jerry Nelson as Emmet and Dave Golez as Wendel. In addition to Eren Ozker as Hetty Muskrat and of course Frank Oz as Alice Otter.

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

Now, it has been nearly 41 years since Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas was first aired. And I am so very pleased that we all can still be entertained with “new” footage after all these years.

I saved the best of the Emmet Otter outtakes for the last!

In this incredibly funny segment you will see how performers Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson handle a drum that won’t behave. A short moment in the film…that took 233 takes to get right.

[Via] Ruth Hill

Jim Henson’s Muppet Stories

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I have always loved the Muppet Babies, so when I found this book in a local thrift store recently I had to pick it up.

According to the Muppet Wikia 10 volumes of Muppet Stories were released, although since this is number 11, I suspect there were more. I think the real question is, could there ever be enough volumes of Muppet stories released? The answer is no.

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Dark Crystal Lunchbox

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It’s got Jen! It’s got Kira! It’s got a bag full of Doritos and a Thermos full of Kool-Aid! It’s the Dark Crystal lunchbox, straight from eBay to me!

Last week on Throwback Reviews Sean and I along with special guest Doug McCoy did an entire show dedicated to The Dark Crystal. While Sean and Doug are both fans of the film, I was more of a Labyrinth guy as a kid. Unfortunately for me eBay is fresh out of Labyrinth lunchboxes, so I had to settle for this Dark Crystal one instead.

I love displaying my retro lunchboxes but I also love bringing my lunch to work with them, which I do fairly regularly. Funny, I never noticed until this morning how much Aughra looks like a baggie full of raisins.

If you’re a fan of the film as we are here at the Retroist, don’t forget to check out some of our previous Dark Crystal posts and the Retroist Podcast discussing the film.

Sesame Street and The Muppets on Vinyl

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This time of year makes me nostalgic for vinyl records. Back when I was a kid, my mom always had music playing in our living room during the holiday season — sometimes we listened to the radio, but more often than not she would pull out her favorite records and play them on the living room stereo while we were in the house. Sometimes it was Christmas music but sometimes it wasn’t. Whatever it was, it was always family friendly and my sister and I enjoyed it. I’ve always associated listening to records with happy times and being around family.

I spent some time the other evening organizing my record collection. It’s very small — somewhere around 60 records or so — but it’s pretty specific in nature. I enjoy records that remind me of my childhood, and most of the ones I own do that in one way or another. I can’t think of much that reminds me of my childhood more than the Muppets and Sesame Street, which is why I picked these up throughout the years. Some of them like the movie soundtracks have since been released on CD, but many of them have not nor is it likely they ever will be released digitally.

I have always enjoyed the act of putting a record on the turntable and listening to it. It feels so… intentional, I suppose, when compared to simply having music on in the background of your car or blaring from a television in the next room.

Movin’ right along, Fozzy.