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Trivia / A Muppet Family Christmas

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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: You'd be hard-pressed to get a copy of the complete original network broadcast version on an actual tape, because the official home video releases had to cut out several scenes due to music rights issues. And don't hold your breath Disney will release the special uncut, since even though all Disney would have to do is pay small licencing fees to Sesame Workshop and The Jim Henson Company for the use of the Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock characters in the special, they seem unwilling to do so. While putting the special on Disney+ may be a possibility, a physical disc release seems unlikely - especially since Disney stopped issuing deep catalog content on new DV Ds in the late 2000s. As of this writing, the uncut broadcast (with a few seconds missing at the beginning) is on YouTube.
    • The European release supposedly has all of the songs intact and is only missing a couple scenes that were cut out of the master copy to accommodate ad breaks for broadcast. Still, don't expect it in America anytime soon. This cut was also shown on television, including Canadian family network YTV and on Nickelodeon, throughout the 90's and early 2000's. The last known broadcast in the US was on the Hallmark Channel in 2002.
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    • The full, uncut version of the special is available for viewing in the library at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, and presumably at their West Coast branch in Beverly Hills, CA. The special is also shown for the public in the Center's theater during the holiday season. The uncut version of the special is also a staple of the Astoria-based Museum of the Moving Image, often screened every year as part of their holiday programming.

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