The feature is nicely photographed, if a little darker than desired. Some scenes feel like filer; like the scene where Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are on the roof, or where Pepe talks to the gentlemen in the restaurant. Following the classic Muppet Christmas special tradition: the premise is pretty simple: after an event at the post office Christmas Eve morning, Gonzo accidentally doesn't mail a letter to Santa Claus for one of his friends. No doubt with a little more time, some of these issues could have been greatly improved upon. Pretty much everything else is a big disappointment. I don't expect another 'Rainbow Connection' anytime soon, but I'd like to at least be able to hum them to myself the next day. Statler and Waldorf briefly had a series of web shorts.
If this were the real Piggy, she would've stuck by her friends, especially her frog. He's just the second best friend in this situation, not the star. Some developments in the story seem rushed while others are slightly dragged out. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot , Bill Barretta Pepe, Swedish Chef, Rowlf, Dr. It is when they return to their apartment that Gonzo notices three letters, including one from his best friend, sweet little girl and neighbour Claire Madison Pettis , have been undelivered.
Well, it has a lot of nice, tender, heartfelt moments. There aren't really any highlights I can remember in this, apart from of course the cast cameos, but even they and the puppet characters we have grown to love over the years can't save this from schmaltzy Christmas mush, a silly short seasonal family comedy adventure. Another good component was the cameos of various actors. For one, the running time is too short. It was disappointing that it was only extended with about three minutes of additional scenes in the special. You might be better off re-watching The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Family Christmas, or even It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas which parodies It's a Wonderful Life.
Who, for instance, hit Kermit and brought back his memory in Muppets Take Manhattan? Although they have new puppeteers supplying their actions and voices, the personalities are very much on point. There was 1979, in which the Muppets made a special and an album with John Denver. We needed to know more about Claire's back-story and their family in order to give her Christmas wish more meaning. Was it all because of Jum Henson? The content's better than your average bloopers reel and includes what's edited to look like another song performance. Then, there are another three and a half minutes of bloopers over the extended credits for the special. I love Kermit with Miss Piggy. Unlike It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 2002 which had a very mean spirited tone, this feature has a much more upbeat feel and that's especially good.
Adding to the bit of blandness are the songs that the Muppets sing composed by Paul Williams. Most of the leading characters here rank as the canon's most significant and enduring. The script is pretty much terrible, Gonzo and Fozzie have their moments but most of the other Muppet parts are under-written and very rarely was it funny. All Muppets, Bear characters are copyright of. My favorite part is Nathan Lane's cameo! Since the plot focused on Claire Madison Pettis and her letter getting to Santa, it would've been nice to have seen her give the letter to Gonzo at the beginning of the special so that the audience would sympathize more with Claire and her mom.
Of course, there are complications in air and on solid ground. Thankfully, these eye-inducing moments aren't as bad they could be because it's the Muppets. The Muppets are playing themselves, telling their own story and there is a fantastic mix of classic and recent characters alike. It's always more fun with more Muppets. Veteran Muppet lyricist Paul Williams not only returns to write songs for Letters to Santa, but he also makes a cameo and joins Andrew Samson, Hugh Fink and Scott Ganz as they brings years of writing experience to the Muppet franchise. It is silly and the musical part is really funny.
They put on each Muppet Show together. Teeth, Bobo the Bear, Husband Pigeon , Eric Jacobson Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal, Sam the Eagle , Mayor Michael Bloomberg Himself , Whoopi Goldberg Taxi Driver , Richard Griffiths Santa Claus , Jane Krakowski Claire's Mom , Nathan Lane Officer Frank Meany , Jesse L. Also, why are the Muppets in an urban New York setting here? There aren't any adult jokes that'll make your kids embarrassed to watch it with you or vice versa, but there are some other things that make this film pretty weak. There is nothing else to see here and cue an excuse for a series of cameos and musical numbers. However, the way most of the Muppets were brought in for quickie appearances, the including of the guest stars Whoopi was worthless and Richard Griffiths just looked and sounded terrible as Santa , the plot seemingly jumping from A to D without much effort into giving us B and C to tie it together smoothly, even the songs didn't hook us like they normally do.
I love the Muppets, the show and most of their movies. For example, the scenes with Steve Schirripa and Tony Sirico felt somewhat out of-place. The humor never really took off, although it came close at times, and there were some nice moments. What's good about this special? The problem is this: the film wastes time in the letter delivery process. We meet 1 elf, and never venture inside. It's quite obvious that the performers are having an absolute blast here and love their work and the characters they are creating.
He's just slightly depressed and much too mellow for his character. Who was the co-star for Kermit in the Christmas Carol? It's too bad that Jane Krakowski and Jesse Martin weren't utilized more for their musical talents. First and foremost, The Muppets and voice-actors themselves. Sure, some tried to punk out in the Great Muppet Caper, but eventually they all came together to save the day. To earn that title, the makers have taken a page from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's Meet the Spartans playbook.