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* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: At first the mood seems somber since both Alice and Emmet and his gang lose the contest to the Riverbottom gang, but then when they combine the songs they performed, this prompts Doc Bullfrog and the patrons of his restaurant to hire them as the house band and get paid regular along with meals for all, which they happily accept.


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* TriumphantReprise: “When the River Meets the Sea” returns at the end, when Alice and Emmit and the jug band all sing for Pa after their first regular performance at the Riverside Rest.


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release is about as perfect as it gets without destroying the image quality- they took the 2017 DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan (trust me, you do ''not'' want to upscale an interlaced video source to 1080p without first deinterlacing it), it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps[[note]]Which also carries the risk of ruining the video- read: motion smoothing has been known to induce ''motion sickness'' in some people[[/note]].

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release is about as perfect as it gets without destroying the image quality- they took the 2017 DVD release release's time sheet and applied it to a fresh transfer, which thus restored the 4:3 aspect ratio.ratio while retaining every scene present in the 2017 DVD release. However given that the media is Progressive Scan (trust me, you do ''not'' want to upscale an interlaced video source to 1080p without first deinterlacing it), it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps[[note]]Which also carries the risk of ruining the video- read: motion smoothing has been known to induce ''motion sickness'' in some people[[/note]].


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release is about as perfect as it gets without destroying the image quality- they took the 2017 DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan (trust me, you do ''not'' want to upscale a interlaced video source to 1080p without first deinterlacing it), it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps[[note]]Which also carries the risk of ruining the video- read: motion smoothing has been known to induce motion sickness in some people[[/note]].

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release is about as perfect as it gets without destroying the image quality- they took the 2017 DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan (trust me, you do ''not'' want to upscale a an interlaced video source to 1080p without first deinterlacing it), it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps[[note]]Which also carries the risk of ruining the video- read: motion smoothing has been known to induce motion sickness ''motion sickness'' in some people[[/note]].


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the 2017 DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps.

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release is about as perfect as it gets without destroying the image quality- they took the 2017 DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan, Scan (trust me, you do ''not'' want to upscale a interlaced video source to 1080p without first deinterlacing it), it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps.60fps[[note]]Which also carries the risk of ruining the video- read: motion smoothing has been known to induce motion sickness in some people[[/note]].


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps.

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the 2017 DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media is Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps.


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media a Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps.

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media a is Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fps.


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media a Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fpa.

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media a Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fpa.60fps.


** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio.

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio. However given that the media a Progressive Scan, it's a given that the video is still at 30fps unless they throw in motion smoothing to drag the frame rate back up to 60fpa.

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** The 2018 Blu-Ray release took the DVD release and restored the 4:3 aspect ratio.



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** Averted with the Otters, and several side characters who look like other members of the weasel family, like minks and ferrets.


** A 2015 television edit for ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" series put Kermit's scenes back in the show for the first time in 20 years. [[DigitalDestruction But the film was matted from it's 1977 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen, the frame rate was changed from 60 fps to 30 fps to make it look more like a movie]], and there were other major edits, like removing the "Ain't No Hole in the Washtub" number.[[note]]There is another possible reason why the video is in 30fps -- in its original 60fps form, the video is ''interlaced'' since it was originally recorded to magnetic tape. When converting an interlaced video to progressive scan, both fields are usually melded together and then interpolated, causing the frame rate to half, unless additional post-processing is done to add motion compensation/smoothing and retain the 60fps frame rate. The other side effect of this is the picture will ''blur''. This appears to be the case of the ABC Family and 40th Anniversary DVD release, as when the DVD media is paused, there is no telltale sign of interlacing but instead there is blurring, indicating that processing has been done to convert the video to progressive scan[[/note]]

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** A 2015 television edit for ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" series put Kermit's scenes back in the show for the first time in 20 years. [[DigitalDestruction But the film was matted from it's its 1977 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen, the frame rate was changed from 60 fps to 30 fps to make it look more like a movie]], and there were other major edits, like removing the "Ain't No Hole in the Washtub" number.[[note]]There is another possible reason why the video is in 30fps -- in its original 60fps form, the video is ''interlaced'' since it was originally recorded to magnetic tape. When converting an interlaced video to progressive scan, both fields are usually melded together and then interpolated, causing the frame rate to half, unless additional post-processing is done to add motion compensation/smoothing and retain the 60fps frame rate. The other side effect of this is the picture will ''blur''. This appears to be the case of the ABC Family and 40th Anniversary DVD release, as when the DVD media is paused, there is no telltale sign of interlacing but instead there is blurring, indicating that processing has been done to convert the video to progressive scan[[/note]]


** Listen to the lyrics of "When the River Meets the Sea". It's a song about ''death'', in a children's Christmas puppet show.[[note]]It should be noted that WordOfGod from composer Music/PaulWilliams in the 2005 Making of Documentary/Retrospective gives the opposite explanation on the song's meaning. He states it's a song about ''life'', a secular hymn on how in his view, we can never truly understand it, just appreciate it reverently. The special itself leaves the interpretation open to the viewer. Still doesn't help that it is often performed at the funerals of Muppet performers tho.[[/note]]

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** Listen to the lyrics of "When the River Meets the Sea". It's a song about ''death'', in a children's Christmas puppet show.[[note]]It should be noted that WordOfGod from composer Music/PaulWilliams in the 2005 Making of Documentary/Retrospective gives the opposite explanation on the song's meaning. He states it's a song about ''life'', a secular hymn on how in his view, we can never truly understand it, just appreciate it reverently. The special itself leaves the interpretation open to the viewer. Still doesn't help that it is often performed at the funerals funeral of Muppet performers tho.[[/note]]


A Christmas story published in 1971 by Russell Hoban. It tells of a widowed otter and her son who are struggling to make ends meet just before Christmas: she does others' laundry and he does odd jobs. Both of them want to get a gift for the other for Christmas - she wants to get him a guitar, and he wants to get her a piano. But times are tough that year, adults are taking the jobs that Emmet used to get and people are doing their own laundry. Then the town announces a talent show with a $50 prize.

Emmet and Ma both enter, keeping it secret from each other. Emmet joins a jug band with his friends, and drills a hole in the bottom of Ma's washtub to turn it into a bass. Ma Otter decides to sing, and has to sell her son's tools to get good clothing for the contest. Just before the show starts, the flashy River Bottom Band from two towns over shows up and easily wins the contest. As Ma, Emmet, and his friends walk home, Ma sings her song with the jug band playing behind her, and the local innkeeper hears them and hires them as the house band.

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A Christmas story published in 1971 by Russell Hoban. It tells of a widowed otter and her son who are struggling to make ends meet just before Christmas: meet: she does others' takes in laundry and he does odd jobs. jobs around town. Both of them want to get a gift for the other something really special for Christmas - -- she wants to get him a guitar, guitar and he wants to get her a piano. But times are especially tough that year, this year: adults are taking the jobs that Emmet used to get and people are doing their own laundry. Then the town announces a talent show with a $50 prize.

Emmet and Ma both enter, keeping it secret from each other. enter without the other's knowledge. Emmet joins a jug band with his friends, and drills even though it means drilling a hole in the bottom of Ma's washtub to turn it into a bass. Ma Otter decides to sing, and has to sell her son's tools to get good clothing for the contest. Just before the show starts, a dress to wear. Their acts go well, and both seem to have a strong chance of winning, but the flashy River Bottom Band from two towns over shows up sails in and easily wins steals the contest. As show.

With their hopes and livelihoods gone,
Ma, Emmet, and his friends walk home, head home. On the way, Ma sings stops to sing her song again with the jug band playing behind her, and the local innkeeper hears them and hires them as the house band.



* AdaptationExpansion: The Riverbottom kids are a gang of thugs in the Jim Henson special, and appear in a number of scenes before they show up at the talent show as the Nightmare.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the book, the Riverbottom Nightmare Band are just a more professional act. In the special, however, they're a bunch of bullies.
* AllThereInTheScript: Out of all the Riverbottom members, only Chuck and Howard were referred to by name.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The Riverbottom River Bottom kids are a gang of thugs in the Jim Henson special, and appear in a number of scenes before they show up at the talent show as the Nightmare.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the book, the Riverbottom River Bottom Nightmare Band are just a more professional act. In the special, however, they're a bunch of bullies.
* AllThereInTheScript: Out of all the Riverbottom River Bottom members, only Chuck and Howard were referred to by name.name.
* AmbiguousSyntax: Emmet's DisappearedDad lost his money selling snake oil. In the film, this is interpreted as oil ''for'' snakes (for which, surprisingly, there wasn't much of a market).



* ChekhovsSkill: Early on, the Riverbottom gang is shown entering a music store and jamming out... and they're ''good.'' This comes back to haunt our heroes at the end.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Early on, the Riverbottom River Bottom gang is shown entering a music store and jamming out... and they're ''good.'' This comes back to haunt our heroes at the end.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: After all that trouble neither Ma nor Emmet's band win the contest--but they do get steady jobs working for Doc Bullfrog, so presumably they'll be able to afford the guitar and the piano.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After all that trouble neither Ma nor Emmet's band win the contest--but contest -- but they do get steady jobs working for Doc Bullfrog, so presumably they'll be able to afford the guitar and the piano.



* FruitCart: The Nightmare knock over a fruit stand as they barrel through town.

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* FruitCart: The Nightmare River Bottom gang knock over a fruit stand as they barrel through town.



** ''"The Bathing Suit That Grandma Otter Wore"''. With all the things mentioned, the song seems to imply that Grandma Otter has a ''huge posterior'' and/or ''huge jugs''.

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** ''"The Bathing Suit That Grandma Otter Wore"''. With all the things mentioned, the song seems to imply that Wore"'' suggests Grandma Otter has was a ''huge posterior'' and/or ''huge jugs''.woman of size in every possible way.



--> ''Going to Old Man Possum’s shack / Sister Possum waiting out back''

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--> ''Going to Old Man Possum’s shack / Sister shack[=/=]Sister Possum waiting out back''



* IAmSong: The Nightmare's song "Riverbottom Nightmare Band" is this for the Riverbottom gang.

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* IAmSong: The Nightmare's song "Riverbottom "River Bottom Nightmare Band" is this for the Riverbottom River Bottom gang.



* RealityEnsues: The Riverbottom Nightmare Band puts on a big, flashy, professional-level musical act... and wins the talent contest. Emmett and Ma's incredibly poor decision to gamble with each other's livelihoods nearly ruins them. Though as Emmet points out to Ma after Doc Bullfrog hires them, they make much better singers than they do launderers and doing odd repair work, if they had never taken the risk, their hidden talents would have never been discovered. Talents that are actually appreciated, as opposed to the way Ma's customers and Emmet's brief employers treated them.

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* RealityEnsues: The Riverbottom River Bottom Nightmare Band puts on a big, flashy, professional-level musical act... and wins the talent contest. Emmett and Ma's incredibly poor decision to gamble with each other's livelihoods nearly ruins them. Though as Emmet points out to Ma after Doc Bullfrog hires them, they make much better singers than they do launderers and doing odd repair work, if they had never taken the risk, their hidden talents would have never been discovered. Talents that are actually appreciated, as opposed to the way Ma's customers and Emmet's brief employers treated them.



** A 2015 television edit for ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" series put Kermit's scenes back in the show for the first time in 20 years. [[DigitalDestruction But the film was matted from it's 1977 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen, the frame rate was changed from 60 fps to 30 fps to make it look more like a movie]], and there were other major edits, like removing the "Ain't No Hole in the Washtub" number.[[note]]There is another possible reason why the video is in 30fps- in it's original 60fps form, the video is ''interlaced'' since it was originally recorded to magnetic tape. When converting an interlaced video to progressive scan, both fields are usually melded together and then interpolated, causing the frame rate to half, unless additional post-processing is done to add motion compensation/smoothing and retain the 60fps frame rate. The other side effect of this is the picture will ''blur''. This appears to be the case of the ABC Family and 40th Anniversary DVD release, as when the DVD media is paused, there is no telltale sign of interlacing but instead there is blurring, indicating that processing has been done to convert the video to progressive scan[[/note]]

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** A 2015 television edit for ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" series put Kermit's scenes back in the show for the first time in 20 years. [[DigitalDestruction But the film was matted from it's 1977 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen, the frame rate was changed from 60 fps to 30 fps to make it look more like a movie]], and there were other major edits, like removing the "Ain't No Hole in the Washtub" number.[[note]]There is another possible reason why the video is in 30fps- 30fps -- in it's its original 60fps form, the video is ''interlaced'' since it was originally recorded to magnetic tape. When converting an interlaced video to progressive scan, both fields are usually melded together and then interpolated, causing the frame rate to half, unless additional post-processing is done to add motion compensation/smoothing and retain the 60fps frame rate. The other side effect of this is the picture will ''blur''. This appears to be the case of the ABC Family and 40th Anniversary DVD release, as when the DVD media is paused, there is no telltale sign of interlacing but instead there is blurring, indicating that processing has been done to convert the video to progressive scan[[/note]]



* VillainyFreeVillain: The Riverbottom Nightmare Gang acts like a group of troublemakers and competes in the talent show, but they never do anything truly villainous, and they don't appear to cheat to win the talent show; as noted, their act is genuinely impressive.

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* VillainyFreeVillain: The Riverbottom River Bottom Nightmare Gang acts like a group of troublemakers and competes in the talent show, but they never do anything truly villainous, and they don't appear to cheat to win the talent show; as noted, their act is genuinely impressive.


** And the original book mentions ''Sister Possum'', a song that the ''Tough Pigs'' Muppets fan supersite calls ''potentially scandalous''. Thankfully, the only things the book gives us about the song is the two lines below:

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** And the original book mentions ''Sister Possum'', a song that the ''Tough Pigs'' Muppets fan supersite calls ''potentially scandalous''. Thankfully, the only things thing the book gives us about the song is the two lines below:


** Listen to the lyrics of "When the River Meets the Sea". It's a song about ''death'', in a children's Christmas puppet show.[[note]]It should be noted that WordOfGod from composer Music/PaulWilliams in the 2005 Making of Documentary/Retrospective gives the opposite explanation on the song's meaning. He states it's a song about ''life'', a secular hymn on how in his view, we can never truly understand it, just appreciate it reverently. The special itself leaves the interpretation open to the viewer. [[/note]]

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** Listen to the lyrics of "When the River Meets the Sea". It's a song about ''death'', in a children's Christmas puppet show.[[note]]It should be noted that WordOfGod from composer Music/PaulWilliams in the 2005 Making of Documentary/Retrospective gives the opposite explanation on the song's meaning. He states it's a song about ''life'', a secular hymn on how in his view, we can never truly understand it, just appreciate it reverently. The special itself leaves the interpretation open to the viewer. Still doesn't help that it is often performed at the funerals of Muppet performers tho.[[/note]]

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