Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)


Jim Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” is a really short, delightful and heartwarming movie. The film is based on the children’s book by the author / illustrator team of Russell and Lillian Hoban. We can empathize with the two main characters, Ma and her son, Emmet – a family of otters that have to take on odd jobs just to get by. Christmas is approaching, and each wants to give the other a special gift. So, when a talent show comes to town, both Ma and Emmet put it all on the line to win a $50 prize. What they learn at the end will surprise you. This movie, with its puppetry effects, musical depth and picturesque setting, is my recommendation for a family movie this holiday season.


About Philip B.

I'm a recent MLS graduate seeking work as a youth services librarian in a public library. I especially enjoy organizing and presenting storytimes using my puppetry and storytelling skills. I love books, both print and electronic. I also enjoy art, music, theatre and baseball. One of my favorite summer activities is going to the NC mountains and exploring hiking trails.

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