JIM HENSON'S EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS (CBC 12/4/77) + BONUS DISC - VERY RARE!!!
This 2-DVD set is the hard-to-find rare 1977 version with Kermit the Frog as the host and narrator, plus additional special bonus features!
In Toronto in 1977, Muppets creator Jim Henson produced a one-hour television adaptation of the story by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban that featured several original songs written by songwriter Paul Williams. The special premiered on CBC on December 4, 1977 with a U.S. premiere the following year on HBO on December 17, 1978.
The story: Emmet and Ma Otter are very poor, but they are very happy and talented singers. Christmas is around the corner, and they both want to get the other a very special present. The prize in the talent show is $50. Both Emmet and Ma get a song ready for the competition; Emmet forms a jug band, and Ma practices alone, to vie with the Riverbottom Gang.
NOTE: This DVD is the original special that features an introduction by Kermit the Frog, who also narrates certain scenes, and makes an appearance near the end delivering closing remarks. The Jim Henson Company sold the rights to the Muppets (including Kermit) to The Walt Disney Company in 2004 (namely their branch in The Muppets Studio), and Kermit's scenes and narrations were thus omitted from later retail DVDs.