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Christmas Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas

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          I have a BETA VHS version of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas recorded off of HBO from the mid-80's.

          Recently, I found the tape and got my BETA machine fixed. I transferred the tape to DVD in time for last Christmas. It was amazing, as an adult, to watch the version that I loved as a child.

          Read the article below to understand the different edited versions of the show. The HBO version I have opens with Kermit The Frog. It has the scene when Ma Otter tells Gretchen Fox "I would really appreciate it if you'd...fall off the dock." It has all of the scenes listed below. Any version of the movie is great, but I think I have the closest unedited version available.

          E-mail me through my HolidayPages4u website if you would like a copy.

Alternate versions for
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas



  • The first two video releases, from 1982 and 1996, both did not include the scene with a group of bunnies dancing at the talent show. Both of these video releases also had a shortened version of "There ain't no hole in the washtub".

  • The new Disney/HIT DVD has removed all instances of Kermit the Frog due to rights issues, however they also included (in the extras section) all of the footage (listed in an above post) that appear in the original version only on HBO. The previous dvd version (Sony) keeps the kermit footage but does not contain any of the HBO footage, or really any other extras for that matter

  • The HBO version still has one difference that does not appear on the new Disney/HIT dvd, or any other video release. After the scene in the very beginning When Emmet and his mother sing "Hole in the Washtub", the picture fades out and we see an over head shot that zooms onto Emmet's house and he comes out of the back door (music plays in the background for this whole scene). The HBO version of this scene is exactly the same except we have some added narration (that plays on top of the music) from Kermit the Frog. The narration is as follows:

    • "One morning Frog Town Hollow awoke to discover winter had arrived. With ice on the river and snow on the fields, Emmet did his chores not knowing it would be a very special day".

    • The narration ends right before Emmet appears out of his back door.


  • The DVD release has some footage removed from the original print of the movie such as...

    • When talking to Gretchen Fox, Ma Otter tells her "I would really appreciate it if you'd...fall off the dock." This part is edited out.

    • When Ma and Emmett are rowing home in the boat some dialogue is cut before the "ain't no hole in the washtub" song. Ma says, "Oh there ain't no hole in the washtub, that's your basic keeping warm while you're rowing home song." Emmett says. "I'm rowing, where's the singing?" This part is completely removed.

    • Originally, after the hedgehog finishes mangling "Barbecue", Harrison Fox says to the stage manager, "Better get ready. We're off to a shaky start." (I don't remember the exact line, but that's close.) Then it fades to black, fading up on Fox finding the jug band in the alley (suggesting a passage of time).

    • Second, the DVD version cuts Kermit's final narration in Doc Bullfrog's restaurant.



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