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John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together is, as its title suggests, a Christmas television special starring John Denver and the Muppets. Based on the album of the same name, this one-hour Christmas special was originally produced for ABC and aired on December 5, 1979.

This special was one of the relatively few productions featuring the Muppets that was not sold to The Walt Disney Company when they acquired the characters from The Jim Henson Company in 2004. It, along with the later Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets, are instead owned by John Denver's estate.

Unlike Rocky Mountain Holiday, A Christmas Together has never been commercially released on home video. It is, however, available for public viewing at the Paley Center for Media.

Synopsis

MuppetsSingingTheTwelveDaysOfChristmas

The Muppets and John Denver singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in the opening scene.

Highlights include:

The program concludes with Denver and the Muppets singing "Stille Nacht," and children in the audience join in for the English version, "Silent Night."

Notes

Edits

  • The three-minute sequence of wooden soldiers dancing and singing "Camaraderie" was deleted from some reruns on the Disney Channel (which also appear to be slightly zoomed in compared to the original broadcast).

Credits

  • Executive Producer: Jerry Weintraub
  • Producer: Bob Finkel
  • Director/Choreographer: Tony Charmoli
  • Writers: Bob Finkel and Herbert Baker
  • Special Material by: Jon Stone

Cast

Actor/Muppeteer Character
John Denver Himself
Dave Goelz Gonzo
Jim Henson Kermit the Frog
Rowlf the Dog
Dr. Teeth
The Swedish Chef
Waldorf
Richard Hunt Beaker
Janice
Scooter
Statler
Jerry Nelson Floyd Pepper
Lew Zealand
Robin the Frog
Frank Oz Animal
Fozzie Bear
Miss Piggy
Michael Earl
Cheryl Henson
Phillip Huber
Brian Muehl
Kathryn Mullen
Robert Payne
Steve Whitmire
Louise Gold
Additional Muppets

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" • Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
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 • "Mrs. Zabarelli's Holiday Baton" • "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

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