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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is an hour-long Christmas television special starring the Muppets, which first aired on December 17, 2008 on NBC. Shot in Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan, it is notably the first Christmas production featuring the Muppet Show characters following their acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2004.

Synopsis

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On Christmas Eve, the Muppets go to the post office in New York City to deliver each of their letters to Santa Claus. Later, Claire, a young girl who lives in the same apartment building as the Muppets, is disappointed when Gonzo reveals to her that the Muppets will not be around for Christmas as they are all going on separate vacations - Kermit and Miss Piggy are going to the Caribbean, Fozzie is heading out on a comedy tour, and Gonzo is going to Hawaii. But then Gonzo discovers that three letters wound up in his coat from a mishap at the post office, and one of them was written by Claire. Unfortunately, the post office is now closed, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew states that Santa doesn't have wireless Internet. Despite the Muppets preparing to leave for their vacations, Gonzo is sad about these letters not being able to be delivered and persuades Kermit and Fozzie into helping him deliver them to Santa themselves. Rizzo and Pepe also tag along, despite the fact that they do not believe in Santa Claus.

At the airport, the Muppets end up getting tickets from a North Pole Airlines clerk named Joy, but then get caught by a bitter security guard, Officer Frank Meany, who perpetually ended up on Santa's naughty list for being a bully. He and Bobo the Bear eventually allow the Muppets to pass through, but they have to ride on the wing of the plane.

Gonzo, Kermit, Fozzie, Rizzo, and Pepe eventually reach the North Pole, only to find out that Santa has already left to deliver the presents. Santa overhears their grieving and returns. While on a sleigh ride, they hand him Claire's letter, and the other two which are revealed to have come from Frank Meany (who wants to be taken off the naughty list) and Pepe. Santa brings them home to New York in time to spend the rest of the holiday with Claire and her mom, which was all Claire wanted in the first place.

Songs

The special features four original songs written by frequent Muppet collaborator Paul Williams, who also appears in the special as Santa's chief elf.

Walt Disney Records released the special's soundtrack, containing the four original songs, as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon.com on November 24, 2009. "I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus" was also included on the 2011 reissue of A Green and Red Christmas.

Trivia

  • One of Fozzie's joke cards says "What do you call a reindeer wearing ear muffs? Anything you want because it can't hear you!" This is a reference to the song "North Pole Comedy Club" from the album A Green and Red Christmas.
  • During the opening credits, the Jim Henson and Muppets stamps are used on the letters.
  • As an inside joke, references to Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson are made over the loudspeaker at the airport.

Availability

A Muppets Christmas - Letters to Santa - DVD

The cover to the DVD release.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the special on DVD on September 29, 2009. The DVD contains an "extended edition" cut, with seven minutes of new scenes not seen in the televised broadcasts, adding up to a total running time of 55 minutes. After the credits, a blooper reel is presented. The DVD also includes short interviews with Madison Pettis, Jane Krakowski, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie, plus still photos and four deleted scenes.

Cast

Actor / Muppeteer Character
Steve Whitmire Kermit the Frog
Rizzo the Rat
Statler
Beaker
Dave Goelz Gonzo
Waldorf
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Zoot
Bill Barretta Pepe the King Prawn
The Swedish Chef
Rowlf the Dog
Dr. Teeth
Bobo the Bear
Husband Pigeon
Eric Jacobson Fozzie Bear
Miss Piggy
Animal
Sam the Eagle
Matt Vogel Floyd Pepper
Robin the Frog
Son Pigeon
Additional Muppets
David Rudman Scooter
Janice
Additional Muppets
Martin P. Robinson Crazy Harry
Additional Muppets
Tyler Bunch Wife Pigeon
Additional Muppets
Michael Bloomberg Himself
Whoopi Goldberg Cab driver
Richard Griffiths Santa Claus
Jane Krakowski Claire's mom
Nathan Lane Officer Meany
Jesse L. Martin Postal worker
Petra Nemcova Beaker's girlfriend
Madison Pettis Claire
Steve Schirripa Mafia guy #1
Tony Sirico Mafia guy #2
Uma Thurman Joy the ticket clerk
Paul Williams Santa's chief elf
Pam Arciero
Heather Asch
Tyler Bunch
Leslie Carrara
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
James Godwin
James J. Kroupa
Tim Lagasse
Peter Linz
Noel MacNeal
Jim Martin
Paul McGinnis
Additional Muppets
Nadine Ellis
Kevin Sateri
Douglas Caldwell
Mary Ann Lamb
Terrance Reddick
Warren Adams
Dancers
Paul Becker Postal dancer (uncredited)
Peter Conboy Holiday commuter (uncredited)
Paul T. Gosselin Postal customer (uncredited)
Bill Timoney Additional voices (uncredited)
Guy Veryzer Mailman

External links

Jim Henson Productions and Related Shows
Specials
Sesame Street and related shows Christmas Eve on Sesame StreetA Special Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves ChristmasElmo's World: Happy Holidays!A Sesame Street Christmas CarolElmo's Christmas CountdownChristmas with Ernie & Bert • "Monster Monster Day" • Untitled 2016 Christmas special
The Muppets John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Muppet Family ChristmasThe Muppet Christmas CarolIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaLady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular • "Single All the Way"
Other shows and specials The Great Santa Claus SwitchEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas • "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" • The Christmas Toy • "Refrigerator Day" • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree • "A Berry Bear Christmas"
Albums
Merry Christmas from Sesame StreetJohn Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves Christmas: Holiday FavoritesA Green and Red ChristmasBob! from Sesame Street: Christmas Sing Along
The Walt Disney Company
Animated shorts
Empty SocksMickey's OrphansSanta's WorkshopMickey's Good DeedThe Night Before ChristmasToy TinkersPluto's Christmas TreeThe Small OneMickey's Christmas Carol • "Jingle Bells, Something Smells" • "The Nutcracker" • "Mickey's Mixed Nuts" • "Mickey's Christmas Chaos" • Operation: Secret Santa • "Oh, Christmas Tree!"
Movies
Animated The Nightmare Before ChristmasBeauty and the Beast: The Enchanted ChristmasMickey's Once Upon a ChristmasWinnie the Pooh: Seasons of GivingMickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of MouseRecess Christmas: Miracle on Third StreetA Very Merry Pooh YearMickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasMy Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas MovieA Christmas Carol
Live-action Babes in ToylandOne Magic ChristmasThe Christmas StarErnest Saves ChristmasA Mom For ChristmasIn the Nick of TimeThe Muppet Christmas CarolThe Santa ClauseThe Christmas TreeI'll Be Home For ChristmasSanta Who?The Ultimate Christmas Present 'Twas the NightThe Santa Clause 2Eloise at ChristmastimeThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseSanta BuddiesThe Search for Santa PawsGood Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Television specials and episodes
Animated
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Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior "A Circus Town Christmas" • "Twinkle's Wish" • "The Christmas Wish " • "The Wind-Up Toy Prince" • "Mickey Saves Santa" • "The Night Before Zipsmas / A Gift For Zooter" • "Flicker Saves Christmas" • "The Ayalas' Christmas Extravaganza" • "The Living Holiday Lights" • "It's a Winter Never Land!" • "A Very McStuffins Christmas" • "Holiday in Enchancia" • "Captain Scrooge" • "Winter's Gift" • "Toby's Christmas Critter / A Very Tricky Christmas"
Live-action
Television specials The Walt Disney Christmas ShowChristmas at Pooh CornerA Magic Kingdom Yuletide SpecialThe Disney Christmas SpecialMickey's NutcrackerDisney's Christmas Fantasy on IceA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaGood Luck Jessie: NYC ChristmasJessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker & JoeyDisney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday
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Touchstone / ABC Studios "It's a Marginal Life" • "Yule Better Watch Out" • "I'm Scheming of a White Christmas" • "Santa's Little Helper" • "'Twas the Blight Before Christmas" • "Some Like It Hot Rod" • "'Twas the Night Before Chaos" • "'Twas the Flight Before Christmas" • "Easy Street" • "Bright Christmas" • "A Very Topanga Christmas" • "Home for the Holidays" • "An According to Jiminy Christmas" • "One Office Party Too Many" • "The Christmas Party" • "Secret Santa" • "Silent Night, Opening Night" • "Stalking Santa" • "Aru-Bah Humbug" • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" • "The Gift of Maggie" • "Christmas Time" • "Light the Lights" • "The Miracle Song" • "Fake Plastic Snow" • "The Nutcracker" • "Two for the Money" • "Holidaze" • "Boom Crunch" • "Cold Turkey" • "How the 'A' Stole Christmas"
Albums
A Family ChristmasDisney's Merry Christmas CarolsA Pooh ChristmasDisney's Christmas CollectionDisney's Christmas Collection IIDisney's Family Christmas CollectionDisney's Snowy ChristmasDisney's Princess Christmas AlbumDisney's Merry Little ChristmasA Green and Red ChristmasDisney's Holiday Celebration 2007Disney Channel HolidayDisney Holiday Magic 2009Disney Winter Wonderland 2010Phineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesMickey's Magical Holiday 2011Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
Other
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