Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
- 48 min
This movie was one of the first ever to be televised via cable television in homes back in the early 1980's; for many viewers it signifies a turning point in television as it was previously known, and the beginning of an enigma. With state-of-the-art puppetry, the story of this sweet little otter named Emmet, is brought to life. Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas is symbolic of the holidays, with the quaint heartwarming story centered around a lovable main character, Emmet, who wants to buy something special for his hard-working mother this Christmas. His dear friends, who also play in a small jug-band alongside Emmet, help him to brainstorm ultimately making a sacrificial decision in an effort to enter a contest in hopes of winning first prize. With the prize money, Emmet knows that he can buy his mother the gift she truly deserves: a piano. Emmet is determined to win for his mother, despite the choices that he must make in order to pay the contest entry fee. Adding to the angst is Emmet's biggest competition, a hard-playing, tough talking rock band that also have their eye on the top prize. Emmet is confident and sure that if he can just garner the money to enter the contest, that his band is sure to win. Meanwhile, Emmet's mother has similar aspirations. Upon hearing of the upcoming Christmas eve talent contest, she also decides to enter- also relenting to temptation and making a tough choice that could have repercussions later. She is certain that her lovely singing voice will be enough to capture the judges' attention and win the contest. She daydreams of winning to buy Emmet the store-bought gift that he has been pining for: a guitar. This story is sweet and appropriate for all ages; there are few that won't enjoy this tale of simplicity, sacrifice, and inspiration. the puppetry at first glance appears a bit awkward, but as the story moves forward, the viewer forgets that the cast are indeed puppets rather than living characters. This is a classic movie that should be on everyone's favorite holiday movie list!