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YMMV / Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

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  • Adaptation Displacement: TV movie over book.
  • Awesome Music: All of the music. That's what you get when Paul Williams is writing the songs.
  • Creepy Awesome: The Riverbottom Nightmare Band.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "When The River Meets The Sea" becomes even more achingly beautiful when you realize how many people who were associated with the special have died over the years. As stated below, it's frequently played at several Muppet peoples' funerals.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: The entire special, especially if you grew up on it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Of course everyone loves Emmet and Alice, but some viewers just can't help liking the Riverbottom Nightmare Band's song more.
    • That's probably intentional. When the Nightmare starts up, Wendell gets into their song, and the expressions on the rest of our heroes' faces makes it clear, they know they're getting schooled. The River Bottom gang may be a bunch of jerks, but they're talented jerks, and they deserved to win.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Well, OK, it could be a coincidence that the Riverbottom Nightmare Band's titular song sounds a LOT like "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix...
    • The song they play in the music shop strongly resembles Free's "All Right Now."
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "When The River Meets The Sea" is beautiful, especially for a children's puppet Christmas Special - there's a reason it's been covered by John Denver and Rose Polenzani.
    • It certainly becomes more poignant with the numerous deaths of Muppet people associated with the special, notably Jim Henson (for which Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold sang the song at his memorial service), Richard Hunt, Jerry Juhl, Nelson himself, and Jim's widow Jane.
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    • Dave Goelz revealed at a public event shortly after Jerry Nelson died that whenever a Muppet-related person dies, the song is played at their memorial. He then mentioned that 30 puppeteers sang it at Jerry's memorial.
    • In a similar spirit, Our World. A simple little ballad of peace and love, again coming from a children's Christmas special. Paul Williams, ladies and gentlemen. It is also the only other song in the special to receive a cover, this time by My Morning Jacket on a compilation CD called The Green Album.
    • "Alice Keep Dreaming" from the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Jim Henson always tried to have some new kind of puppet effect in his work that would make everyone say "How did they do that?" In this case, it was the shot of Emmet in the rowboat, achieved with a mechanical, remote-controlled puppet.


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