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TV Alert: Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow on Lifetime November 21, 2015

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Phillip, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    In 1968, Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl imagined the world of Turkey Hollow, Saturday night the world gets to see it for the first time. On the Lifetime network is the world premiere of "Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow", a captivating story originally developed more than 35 years ago. Watch the show at 8|7 central this Saturday and let us know your thoughts.

    Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow will be released on DVD this Tuesday November 24 and will continue to re-air throughout Thanksgiving week on Lifetime.


    Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lifetime joins forces with The Jim Henson Company on the Lifetime Original Movie, "Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow," starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Mary Steenburgen ("Orange is the New Black," "Last Man on Earth"), Jay Harrington ("Benched," "Better Off Ted") and Grammy® and SAG winner Chris "Ludacris" Bridges ("Fast and Furious"). The live-action family-friendly film is based on original characters and story written in 1968 by creative mastermind Jim Henson and his longtime writing partner, Jerry Juhl ("The Muppet Show," "Fraggle Rock").

    “As we all know, Jim Henson was a one-of-a-kind visionary whose works have entertained and sparked the imagination of millions of people across the globe for generations,” said Tanya Lopez, SVP, Original Movies, A+E Networks. “It is a true honor to partner with The Jim Henson Company and be able to continue his legacy with this wonderful project.”

    “Turkey Hollow is an unproduced gem from our Company’s archives. I have fond memories from my childhood of my father planning and developing this production. He was delighted by the idea of magical creatures living in the woods and was excited to portray them in a more realistic way than his other well-known puppet characters,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company and daughter of Jim Henson.

    The movie follows the story of the Emmerson family, recently divorced father Ron (Harrington) and his kids Tim (Graham Verchere) and Annie (Genevieve Buechner), as they head to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to spend a rustic Thanksgiving at the farm of Ron’s eccentric Aunt Cly (Steenburgen). Surprised by the lack of internet and technology in Turkey Hollow, Tim and Annie soon find themselves swept up in tracking the “Howling Hoodoo,” an elusive monster that, up until now, Turkey Hollow residents have long dismissed as mere legend. The Thanksgiving holiday threatens to take a bleak turn when a scheming neighbor frames Aunt Cly for turkey theft, but the fractured family teams up with some surprising new friends to save the day. Ludacris appears as an on-screen narrator in the film.

    Produced by The Jim Henson Company, "Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow" is Executive Produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Company’s EVP of Children’s Entertainment), as well as Michael Taylor of Multiple Media Entertainment. Kirk Thatcher ("It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie") is directing. Christopher Baldi and Tim Burns wrote the script based on a story by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl and Kirk Thatcher. The Burbank, CA location of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designed and fabricated the creatures of Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow.


    If you saw Turkey Hollow, please like this post and share your thoughts below.
  2. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    This movie was pretty darn good. I like the fact that Jason Hopely, one of the creators of Mr. Meaty, worked on this. I liked seeing Kirk as Uncle Ned. The line about Honey Boo Boo being a myth was my favorite line.
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    A little advanced notice would have been nice.
  4. pezbalubah

    pezbalubah Well-Known Member

    Great puppets, terrible terrible show. Every frame without puppets was painful. Kirk Thatcher dragged Jim and Jerry's name in the mud on this one. For everybody that complains about ABC's Muppets, be thankful that this guy isn't writing or directing the classic characters any longer. He is reality show judge material at best.
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  5. LaRanaRene

    LaRanaRene Well-Known Member

    It was okay. I wonder what it would have been like if Henson did it.
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  6. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    The show re-airs later tonight on Lifetime (check local listings) and will be shown multiple times throughout the week. So there are multiple times to still see it on TV. The DVD release is also on Tuesday. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.
  7. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Saw Turkey Hollow and I'm satisfied with it. This is meant as a holiday specific special/TV movie, but I wouldn't put it in the same category as The Tale of The Bunny Picnic or The Christmas Toy; Turkey Hollow struck me as more of a special that could have been from the Jim Henson Hour or StoryTeller era. Good mix of a live-action storyline with judicious use of puppet monster creations. Would have liked it if the monsters were a smidge more prominent, but the whole thing worked.
    Also, a touch of parental care with the youngins watching regarding some of Sheriff Grover's dialogue when directed at Aunt Cly. It's as if the guy has Freudian tongue.

    Since Kirk Thatcher as Uncle Ned was a silent cameo I didn't notice it, thanks to others here for pointing that out.
    I give Turkey Hollow 4 out of 5 gobbla-gobbla toorkees.

    And what made it extra-special was that I caught the second half of MCC which aired before Turkey Hollow, so check your listings for when both air again during the next few days. :)
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  8. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    It was okay, I would have liked it if the monsters were featured more throughout the movie. I could definitely do without the "narrator" bits. If this movie had been made in the 60s, I'm certain that Kermit would have been the narrator, I would have preferred it that way. I did see Kirk Thatcher's picture in the movie. That was cool! Mary Steenburgen's character, I thought was pretty deadpan, I don't know if she was written that was or what.
  9. MuppetGuy75

    MuppetGuy75 Well-Known Member

    I'm not one to bash or bad talk any Henson project because let's face it... Jim was the man. He fueled a generation with imagination and wonder. I think the idea of Turkey Hollow is great but the final production lacked a lot. It really should have been a much shorter presentation and not 2 hours. It just lost steam before it could really get it. There are some wonderful scenes with the monsters and they are really cute so I can't figure out why they didn't give them more screen time? Besides that... the movie wasn't a total train wreck but it's no masterpiece either!
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  10. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Would anyone be willing to put the promo with the monsters showing how to make the best pie on YouTube? I don't think that's gonna be on the DVD.
  11. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    It was good. Not great, but good. About what I'd expect from a Lifetime Network movie. Cute and entertaining
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  12. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    "Good" pretty much sums it up. Without the monsters, this could be one of the generic holiday movies Hallmark Channel keeps churning out.
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  13. TheMuppetFan

    TheMuppetFan Active Member

    This one sentence sums it up fantastic: Why did you have to add smartphones to an good screenplay?

    Here's my actual review: In the first few minutes, I'll have to admit, I was making fun of it because of the horrible acting. But, then when Mary Steenburgen came in, it seemed like everybody could suddenly do good acting. Alright, I think that Mary had one weak line at the end, where she stayed in one tone the whole time.

    I LOVED the turkeys. They should have been shown throughout the whole movie.. I mean, 40 minutes in, and then we see our first glimpse of the turkeys. I didn't understand that. I liked the Thanksgiving scene at the end, where everybody was singing and playing instruments with the turkeys, even though that was in the teaser.
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  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I recently read somewhere that Jim and Jerry only wrote a treatment, not a proper script or screenplay.

    I saw it last night, and thought it was okay. I was also surprised to see The Muppet Christmas Carol air on the channel afterwards. I hadn't read anything about that airing.

    So is this a special or a TV movie? I thought it was going to be a special, but it is two hours long, and shot like a movie (though nearly every TV production seems to be shot more like a movie these days).
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  15. TheMuppetFan

    TheMuppetFan Active Member

    I personally thought that it was more like a TV movie, and I was also surprised to see The Muppet Christmas Carol on afterwards, as well. Oh, and I did not know that Jim and Jerry only wrote a treatment. I thought it was a full-on screenplay.
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  16. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    The Muppet Christmas Carol was on before and after Turkey Hollow. Turkey Hollow is schedule to air a couple more times. Not sure if Christmas Carol will before or after it again.

    Fans have to keep in mind that this wasn't a theater release movie or even a prime network movie. Turkey Hollow was made for the Lifetime Hallmark channel and it fit perfectly with the type of holiday movies they air. I was surprised Ed Asner didn't make an appearance in the movie.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    My cable listings said this was supposed to air again at 12:30 today, so I tuned in, and I honestly couldn't tell what it was I was watching: all I saw was apparently a single mom on "vacation" somewhere in the deep south (I was assuming was inspired by Jim's delta boyhood) with a son who apparently didn't want her to return to New York for a new job, he wanted to stay where they are so he can see more of her: there apparently was also an old man who had apparently offered to sell her half his little store so they could be co-owners, and a security guard who apparently had a past with her. Then there was this little "bonfire" the whole town attended, which essentially a little outdoor Christmas festival of lights and such where the mom and security guard apparently reconciled, and we see a paddle boat pass by with Ed Asner as Santa.

    The commercial breaks were long, and the movie itself was being played in brief spurts, not to mention how awkward the acting was, I was having trouble getting into it.

    Then finally at 1:00, the squished-down end titles rolled, and it donned on me that I apparently saw the last "half-hour" of an entire differently movie. No wonder I had to try to guess what was going on . . . and I was wondering why I wasn't seeing Mary Steenbergen, or any puppets for that matter: again, the setting was the deep south (like where Jim may have grown up), so I was assuming maybe the movie was off to a very slow start, but no, it was an entirely different movie.
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  18. kahvigirl

    kahvigirl New Member

    The first I heard of "Turkey Hollow" was the graphic novel released last fall by Archaia illustrated by Roger Landridge. The cover to it looked more like Sesame Street monsters than the creatures in the movie. For a Lifetime movie I thought "Turkey Hollow" was pretty good. I do agree that there were a lot of ads. What is the running time of the DVD?
  19. Cookie Chris

    Cookie Chris Well-Known Member

    I first heard about Turkey Hollow rather late, which was from an advertisement on IMDb on Friday night. Overall, it was very enjoyable, though it doesn't reach the heights of the previous Henson-produced holiday specials like Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, A Muppet Family Christmas, and The Christmas Toy.

    I noticed classic tropes that Jim Henson loves such as the bad puns (one was used in Ludacris's narration), a narrating character (Kermit narrated the Emmet Otter special), and the villainous businessman that the Muppet films frequently used (i.e. The Muppet Movie). The family with the mother divorcing and the father being too busy for his kids made for a sentimental, yet relatable contemporary family dynamic. Out of the human cast, Mary Steenburgen was the most valuable player. The villain was pretty nasty to hide the turkeys that returned to his farm so he could collect reimbursement money from Aunt Cly and her family. His sidekicks reminded me of Horace and Jaspar from One Hundred and One Dalmatians and the Wet Bandits from the Home Alone movies. The puppets were well-constructed in the vein of the creatures in Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, though sadly, there was not much of use of them in the storyline.

    Finally, I missed Kirk Thatcher's cameo and overall, the message of the movie was about overindulgence and relatively condemning of fatting up turkeys (as said in the movie to 30 pounds) and eating turkeys for Thanksgiving. At the end, the family decides to eat a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner with the sheriff and the creatures. It's not a message I will carry with me, but again, I enjoyed although the commercial breaks were too long. It was also nice to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol again; it has aged like fine wine into a classic film.
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  20. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I thought it was a really good TV/Special Movie. I liked it for what it was worth. I would have liked to have seen more of the characters but I still didn't think it was all that bad. I wouldn't mind them doing another one. Like what about a Christmas one or something or maybe a Halloween version?

    Anyone else agree or would it be better just to have another thanksgiving one?

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