A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
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DVD cover
Distributed by NBC Television
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher
Produced by Anthony Katagas
Martin G. Baker
Written by Hugh Fink
Andrew Samson
Scott Ganz
Paul Williams
Starring The Muppets
Uma Thurman
Jane Krakowski
Nathan Lane
Jesse L. Martin
Madison Pettis
Music by Songs:
Paul Williams
Score:
Chris Caswell
Cinematography Luke Geissbuhler
Editing by Jamie Kirkpatrick
Production company The Muppets Studio
The Walt Disney Studios
Country US
Language English
Original channel NBC
Release date December 17, 2008
Running time 80 minutes

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is a 2008 NBC television special, directed by Kirk R. Thatcher and produced by The Muppets Studio, featuring The Muppets in a Christmas mission to personally deliver three letters to Santa, accidentally diverted by Gonzo, to the North Pole. The special, shot in Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan, was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD.[1]

Plot[edit]

On Christmas Eve, the Muppets go to the post office in New York City to deliver each of their letters to Santa Claus (Richard Griffiths). When they head back to their apartment, Gonzo discovers that three letters wound up in his coat from a mishap there. One of those letters he recognizes as being written by his friend, a neighbor girl named Claire (Madison Pettis). On Gonzo's insistence, the principal Muppets decide to go to the North Pole and deliver them personally.

The Muppets end up getting tickets from a North Pole Airlines clerk named Joy (Uma Thurman) and getting caught by a bitter security guard Officer Frank Meany (Nathan Lane) who for being a bully perpetually ended up on Santa's naughty list. He and Bobo the Bear allow the Muppets to pass through.

They eventually reach the North Pole, only to find out that Santa has already left to deliver the presents. Santa overhears their grieving and returns. While on a sleigh ride, they hand him Claire's letter and the other two which are revealed to have come from Frank Meany (who wants to be taken off the naughty list) and Pepe the King Prawn. Santa brings them home to New York in time to spend the rest of the holiday with Claire and her mom, which was all Claire wanted in the first place.

Cast[edit]

Cameo guest stars[edit]

Muppet Performers[edit]

Main article: List of Muppets

Additional Muppets performed by Heather Asch, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, James Godwin, John Kennedy, James Kroupa, Tim Lagasse, Bruce Lanoil, Peter Linz, Jim Martin, Paul McGinnis, and Allan Trautman

Music[edit]

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (Soundtrack from the TV Special)
EP by The Muppets
Released November 23, 2009
Genre Christmas
Label Walt Disney
The Muppets chronology
The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas
(2006)
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
(2008)
Muppets: The Green Album
(2011)

This is the fourth time that songwriter Paul Williams has contributed songs to the Muppets. A version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by The Crystals was also used during the opening credits.

Soundtrack[edit]

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (Soundtrack from the TV Special)
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Delivering Christmas"   The Muppets (featuring Jesse L. Martin) 3:41
2. "It's All About Heart"   The Muppets 1:43
3. "I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus"   The Muppets 2:26
4. "My Best Christmas Yet"   (featuring Jane Krakowski and Madison Pettis) 4:13

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