Thursday, December 4, 2008

Favorite Christmas Shows

I hope everyone is staying nice and warm. We've had some snowy, slick weather creep upon us. Of course, the 4wd would go out of my SUV (we paid $1200 to get it fixed a couple of months ago!), so while they were replacing the defective part, I was literally sliding around town in my husbands work car, a Ford Escort :P

I am going to divulge a secret to my blog-friends. Even though I became a nurse, that choice was #3 on my list of "favorite careers." #2 was chef (but I chose to stay in my small-town area, so not much a market for that here). And #1 was....a puppeteer! I was obsessed with the Muppets since I was really little. I remember getting up at 6 a.m. when I was 5 or so and watching "The Muppet Show" on TnT with my mom. There was another show, I think it was called "Madame's Place", where the main character was an old, rich woman puppet. The rest of the characters were humans. I have a really good memory!

I really enjoy all things claymation...which explains my love of Gumby and Mr. the Bass-Rankin classics like "Rudolph" and "Frosty the Snowman" are definitely childhood favorites when it comes to Christmas-season shows. But the REAL Jim Henson (before his death...and before his company was bastardized by the Disney Company) will always win my heart. Here are my all-time favorites!

From 1977, "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is just a classic. I remember watching it on HBO as a kid during the season. I found it on DVD at Walmart a couple of years ago and was sooo excited. Basically, it is about a poor otter and his mother who both want to get each other a Christmas gift so bad... so they compete in a talent competition to try to win money to do so. It is a great video, and a GREAT example of classic, genius puppetry. Plus the jug-band music is so catchy, I often find myself singing the "Barbeque" song.

"The Christmas Toy" is from 1990, and I it was on one of the network channels when it aired. I was 10 at the time ☺ It is about the toys in the toyroom making room for the new toys from Christmas. There is a really great song called "Old Friends, New Friends". Another classic Henson, in my book.

This movie has been impossible to find. Several years ago, I saw VHS copies of it at Shopko. I kick myself for not buying one then...they have been selling on eBay for upwards of $60 a copy! BUT... on November 4th, it was released on DVD, which I just found out today. Now I can buy it for $8.99!!!

Today was definitely a good day. ☺


Kristi said...

Ahhhh! These are two of my favorites!!! I think The Christmas Toy may be from 1986 though, for I remember watching it on TV when it came out. I think I was in the 4th grade...

Emmet Otter RULES. I also recall watching it on HBO. Ah, memories...And thank goodness for DVDs!! :) :) :) ♥

SquishyCuteStuff said...

You know, Kristi, I also thought I was younger than 10 when I first saw The Christmas Toy. On Amazon, it says 1990...maybe they are wrong ☺

58 Cherries said...

Sometimes you just have to be patient and the show or movie you've been dying to have will FINALLY be released on dvd and at a far more affordable rate. Glad you found your favorite!

This year I finally found a dvd version of the PBS Six Wives of Henry VIII they FINALLY released on dvd with captioning (CC is a necessity due to my hearing problem). I've waited soooo many years for this. Now I just have to wait to open it for Christmas as it is my mother's gift for me. I waited years for it and now it is only a matter of weeks, but it is killing me. LOL And I loved the muppets. Even the Muppet Babies cartoon when I was a kid. I've never seen The Christmas Toy - I'll have to give it a try. Happy Holidays!!

Sara said...

I've never heard of either of those! My gosh, I need to branch out from White Christmas, Holiday Inn, and Nightmare Before Christmas. They look cute! And I love otters!