1977 was a watershed year in the history of Little Monster entertainment. Not only did the most groundbreaking movie of all time — Star Wars — change everything (for better or for worse is an ongoing debate), but unique shows like Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas popped up on the TV and screen throughout the year.
Not only was Emmet Otter a huge hit, it was a trial run to demonstrate to the studio that Henson and his legions could pull off a feature length program with their star Muppets. It also began a partnership between Henson and composer/song writer Paul Williams. The result was The Muppet Movie, released two years later with a Williams original score and songs. And the rest is history.
I haven’t seen Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas in many years, but when I found this clip on YouTube and played it, I knew every word to the song on the first play. How scary is that? Go ahead. You know you want to: BBQ!