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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is an hour-long Christmas special starring the Muppets, which first aired on December 17, 2008 on NBC. The plot involves the Muppets mistakenly intercepting three letters sent by children to Santa Claus and their attempts to fix the problems created by their mishap.

Celebrity appearances include Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Richard Griffiths, Jane Krakowski, Uma Thurman, Jesse L. Martin, Madison Pettis, Petra Nemcova, Nathan Lane, Paul Williams and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A DVD of the special was released on September 29, 2009.The disc's bonus features include deleted scenes and interviews with the cast.

A soundtrack album of the four original songs from the special was released for download on the iTunes Store and Amazon.com on November 23, 2009.

Plot Edit

The program opens with the Muppets waiting in line at the post office to mail their Christmas cards. While there, the Muppets mistakenly intercept three letters sent by children to Santa Claus. Later, Claire, a young girl who lives in the same building as the Muppets, is disappointed when Gonzo reveals that the Muppets will not be around for Christmas as they are all going on vacation. However, the Muppets soon realize that the spirit of the holidays is more important than their vacation, and they attempt to fix the problems created by their mishap and get the averted letters to Santa Claus before Christmas. They rush to the airport via taxi, where they encounter Joy, a friendly ticket agent, and Officer Meany, a bitter airport security guard. They try to catch a flight to the North Pole before it's too late.

Some unspecified last-minute additions to the plot were taken from the unproduced special The Muppets Run for President.

Songs Edit

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

  • "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
  • "Delivering Christmas"
  • "It's All About Heart"
  • "I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus"
  • "My Best Christmas Yet"

Notes Edit

  • 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.
  • Martin P. Robinson performed Dr. Teeth in the scene where the band leaves for vacation and one of his lines ("I'm all about far out, but the Pole is way too cold!") was left undubbed, retaining Robinson's vocals. Likewise, Tyler Bunch performed Rizzo in some of the airport scenes; one line re-inserted into the extended version ("Who wants to fly to the North Pole?") is also undubbed, leaving the original vocals by Bunch in.
  • As an inside joke, references to Frank Oz and Jerry Nelsonare made over the loudspeaker at the airport.
  • This special contributes a hint towards Bunsen and Beaker's relationship.
  • This is Robin’s first appearance since The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

Cast Edit

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Muppet Performers:
  • Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson, Pam Arciero, Heather Asch, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, James Godwin, Jim Kroupa, Matt Vogel, Tim Lagasse, Peter Linz, Edward Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Paul McGinnis, Marty Robinson, David Rudman:*: Human Cast:*:* Michael Bloomberg as himself
    • Whoopi Goldberg as a cab driver
    • Richard Griffiths as Santa Claus
    • Jane Krakowski as Claire's Mom
    • Nathan Lane as Officer Meany
    • Jesse L. Martin as postal worker
    • Petra Nemcova as Beaker's girlfriend
    • Madison Pettis as Claire
    • Steve Schirripa as Mafia guy
    • Tony Sirico as Mafia guy
    • Uma Thurman as Joy
    • Paul Williams as Santa's chief elf

Muppet Cast Edit

Muppet Characters (speaking)
  • Kermit the FrogRobin the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Rizzo the Rat, Camilla, Pepe the Prawn, Sweetums, Sam the Eagle, the Swedish Chef, Lew Zealand, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Scooter, Rowlf the Dog, Statler and Waldorf, Beaker, Crazy Harry, Dr. Teeth, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Bobo the Bear, Pigeons, Frackles, Droop, Koozebanian Phoob, Male Koozebanian Creature, Female Koozebanian Creature, Baby Koozebanian Creatures, The Fazoobs, Whatnots, Pigs, Frogs, Prairie Dogs, Raccoons, Billy Bunny, The Turtle, The Termite, The Porcupine, Johnny Fiama, Sal Minella, Seymour, Clarissa, Spamela Hamderson, Mr. Poodlepants, Shakey Sanchez, Hilda, Gaffer, Mo Frackle, Wayne and Wanda, Captain Pighead, Snorty, Craniac, Clueless Morgan, Polly Lobster, Mad Monty, Old Tom, Calico, Black Dog, Spotted Dick, Real Old Tom, Dead Tom, One-Eyed Jack, Afghan Hound, Baskerville the Hound, Foo-Foo, Lyle the Dog, Muppy, Rufus the Dog, Wolfhound, Dwayne, French Poodle, Jim the Dog, Frank the Dog, Dogs, Lenny the Lizard, Flower-Eating Monster
Background Muppets (non-speaking)
  • Rats, Pops, Beauregard, Chickens, Penguins, Turkey, Quongo, Large Marvin Fraggle, Pokey, Murray the Minstrel, Inkspots, Luncheon Counter Monster, Big Mean Carl, Snails, Uncle Deadly, Yolanda Rat, Bubba the Rat, Chester Rat, Masterson Rat, Tatooey Rat, Fast Eddie, Shakes, The Birdman, Troy, Howard Tubman, Elvises, Eugene (Muppets Tonight), Nigel the Conductor, Nigel (Muppets Tonight), Bill the Bubble Guy, Bill, Gil, Jill, Mrs. Appleby, Woodland Animals, Lips, Deer, Digit, Leon, Lindbergh, Chip, Vicki, Jacques Roach, Zondra, Clifford, Ubergonzo, Alien Gonzos, Baab the Sheep, Flash, Beard, Soild Foam Drummer, Anthony, Fern, Annie Sue, Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Mildred, George the Janitor, J.P. Grosse, The Mutations, Doglion, Timmy Monster, Mean Mama, Thog, Purple Lothar, Beautiful Day Monster
Sesame Street Characters
  • Elmo, Big Bird, Zoe, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Oscar the Grouch, Louie, Two-Headed Monster, Baby Bear, Mama Bear,Papa Bear, Curly Bear, Murray Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Barkley, Alice Snuffleupagus, Mr Johnson
Sesame Street Background Characters
  • Chickens, Penguins, Sheep, Herry Monster, Maurice Monster, AM Monsters, Anything Muppets, Betty Lou, Prairie Dawn, Honkers, Dinger, Guy Smiley, Simon Soundman, The Amazing Mumford, Hoots the Owl, Buster the Horse, Forgetful Jones, Narf, Googel, Phoebe, Mel, Deena, Pearl, Clementine, The Big Bad Wolf, Roxie Marie, Humphrey, Ingrid, Baby Natasha, Benny Rabbit, Dr. Feel, Mr Honker
Fraggle Rock Characters
  • Gobo Fraggle, Wembley Fraggle, Red Fraggle, Mokey Fraggle, Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt, Sprocket, Marjory the Trash Heap, Philo and Gunge, Junior Gorg, Ma Gorg, Pa Gorg, Cotterpin Doozer, Architect Doozer, Flange Doozer, Wrench Doozer, Modem Doozer, Wingnut Doozer, Doozers, Feenie Fraggle, Marlon Fraggle, Morris Fraggle, Rumple Fraggle, Tosh Fraggle, Lou Fraggle, Dimpley Fraggle, Noble Fraggle, Gillis Fraggle, Storyteller Fraggle, The World's Oldest Fraggle, Henchy Fraggle, The Cave's Oldest Fraggle, Convincing John, Fragglettes, Fraggles, Cantus the Minstrel, Brool the Minstrel, Brio the Minstrel, Balsam the Minstrel, Mudwell the Mudbunny, Begoony, Wander McMooch, Aretha, Poison Cackler, Blustering Bellowpane Monster, Baby Tree Creature, Mama Tree Creature, Papa Tree Creature, Skenfrith, Marly Fraggle, Dimple and Wimple, Uncle Gobo Fraggle, Unnamed Cave Creatures
Fraggle Rock Background Characters
  • Merggles, Lanford, Chuchu Fraggle, Harmer Fraggle, Gettas Fraggle, Phil Fraggle, Clerk Fraggle, Rock Hockey Hannah, Cave
The Animal Show Characters
  • Jake the Polar Bear, Stinky the Skunk, Armstrong the Chicken Hawk, Bunnie Bear, Rhonda the Raccoon, Doreen the Camel, Lydia the Ostrich, Alexis the Giraffe, Tommy the Thomson's Gazelle, Custer the Bison, D'kembe the Gemsbok, Monica the Musk Ox, Billy Bob the Lemur, Lenny the Gorilla, Victor the Rattlesnake, Hortense the Hornbill, Dooley the Armadillo, Hillary the Owl, Bernice the Warthog, Leapovitch the Frog, Swifty the Cheetah, Harry the Rhinoceros, Achilles the Shark, Lamont the Sloth, Kasey the Kangaroo, Chuck the Lion, Randall the Zebra, Guffrey the Vulture, Bosko the Baboon, Ernie the Mongoose, Galahad the Grasshopper Mouse, Chauncey the Turtle, Vernon the Grizzly Bear, Hector the Spider Monkey, Trudy the Chimpanzee, Phoenicia the Hippopotamus, Stella the Stoat, Stanley the Mouse, Flora the Koala, Perry the Wild Horse, Ralph the Moose, Charlotte the Penguin, Sly the Crocodile, Winston the Woodpecker, Pearl the Pika
Bear in the Big Blue House Characters
  • Bear, Ojo, Tutter, Treelo, Pip and Pop, Luna, Shadow, Ray, Dog Hogg, Lois, Jeremiah Tortoise, Miss Maxwell, Otto and Etta Otter, Jack the Dog, Mama Duck, Harry the Duck
Little Muppet Monsters Characters
  • Tug Monster, Boo Monster, Molly Monster
Dog City (special) Characters 
  • Ace Yu, Colleen Barker, Miss Belle, Bugsy Them, Laughing Boy, Mad Dog, Scruffy, Spot (Dog City), Bubba the Bartender, Officer Fuzzy
Dog City (series) Characters
  • Artie Springer, Terri Springer

Crew Edit

Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher
Story by Paul Williams and Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz & Andrew Samson
Teleplay by Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz & Andrew Samson & Paul Williams
Original Songs by Paul Williams
Score by Chris Caswell
Produced by Martin G. Baker
Edited by Jamie Kirkpatrick
Puppet Captain: Bill Barretta
Muppet Workshop: Jane Gootnick, supervisor; Melissa Creighton, Peter MacKennan, Tom Newby, Stephen Rotondaro
Visual Effects by Look FX N.Y.
Puppets Provided by Puppet Heap
Filmed in Part at Steiner Studios and on location in New York City
Special Thanks To: New York State Office for Motion Picture & Television Development; The City of New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting
©2008 The Muppets Studio, LLC

Promotion Edit

  • "Glad All Over" music video was released on the Muppets' YouTube, MySpace, and Vimeo channels and on Muppets.com.
  • Kermit the Frog was featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2008
  • Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared on Christmas in Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2008
  • Kermit the Frog appeared on Dr. Phil on December 16, 2008
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appeared on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on December 17, 2008
  • Miss Piggy appeared on The Today Show on December 17, 2008
  • Pepe the King Prawn appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show on December 17, 2008
  • The full special was released for online viewing via NBC.com and Hulu.com from December 18–31, 2008.
  • Free Muppet Christmas e-cards released for limited time on NBC.com.
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