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muppet family christmas question

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by the_great_gonzo, Jul 15, 2002.

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  1. the_great_gonzo

    the_great_gonzo New Member

    I just had a quick question. I recently bought a VHS copy of Muppet Family Christmas and noticed that it's about 5 minutes shorter than the one I grew up with. There are scenes I remember that are missing such as the home video of the muppet babies singing SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN and Fozzie first meeting the snowman. First off, does anyone know why they changed it and where can I find a copy of the original 47 minute version?
  2. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Oh you are not imagining - I think this was discussed at great length on the old forum. I think even the original VHS release was cut a bit from the 47 minute TV version - can anyone confirm?

    The only way I know you can get the one, true and original special is to find someone with a copy of the original broadcast in the 80s. Even when the special is rerun at Christmas time they now show a chopped version.

    No one understands why this was done.
  3. Yep, it sure was. :(
  4. Aerosmith

    Aerosmith New Member

    I have the original some where.
  5. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but AFAIK the UK video release is uncut.
  6. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    anathema,

    Yes the UK release is uncut, But what is AFAIK ?

    See ya
  7. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    AFAIK = As Far As I Know :)
  8. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    anathema:

    man, you have one of the coolest names on the forum!
    oh, back to mfc...yeah, on ol skool mc it was discussed to no end...but really, i just saw the mfc dvd and once again i am taken aback how great this is. theeee best muppet special ever(with WDW a close second)

    .beaker///HACK

    'that ive become the anathema of my soul'-epicentre, vnvnation
  9. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Thanks! This being a family forum, I probably shouldn't post the reason I picked it :)

    Regarding Xmas specials, I rather liked 'A Christmas Together', and man was that a pain to get hold of!
  10. gymkatarules

    gymkatarules New Member

    MFC (isn't that a Pearl Jam song? Hmm...) is the best. I wish they wouldn't cut stuff up like that, though.

    -Chris

    P.S.- Pearl Jam's MFC stands for Mini Fast Car, I know, I know. But...what if...?
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I have NO idea what you just said. My theory, the greedy video company wanted more time to show their insipid previews. I never fully understood why anyone would cut so much off of a special like that, especially when it's on video.
  12. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    I think the edits were originally done for a TV repeat in order to get more advertising in. Subsequent
    US video releases have for some reason used the edited version, whereas the UK releases got the complete
    thing. The German home video release (done by the same company as the UK one) also uses the edited version.
    Maybe there's some arcane rights issue in some territories?
  13. gymkatarules

    gymkatarules New Member

    That makes sense.

    -Chris

    P.S.- I was amusing myself by saying that Pearl Jam's song MFC (from their album Yield) secretly stood for Muppet Family Christmas. Alas.
  14. Jeffrey Gray

    Jeffrey Gray Member

    Notice that most of the edited stuff were songs. Those songs could not be cleared for home video, so they edited them all out.


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