Welcome to another Holiday Edition
of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers
! To close out 2018 J. Blake
and Dion Baia
are showcasing a cult Christmas
classic that is getting some much-deserved love in recent years. They’re tackling the Jim Henson
holiday classic, Emmet Otter’s Jug~Band Christmas
, from 1977!
The boys lovingly unpack this once lost holiday gem that is celebrating its 40th anniversary
in ‘the states’ this year. Dion
utilize the original 1971 source book
by Russell and Lillian Hoban
for reference, and can’t hold back their utter amazement at the technical prose of the Jim Henson
team and the unbridled magic they are able to create. Mixed with the genius that is Paul Williams
and his music, they layout a Christmas Special
that may have more film cuts than Blade Runner
. So come pull up a chair and a have a listen as the boys grab their Mom’s washtub and head down to Waterville
and Frogtown Hollow
, on an all new holiday installment of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers
And thanks to our sponsor, Robinhood
Please go listen to J. Blake‘s 2014 Blues album, When You Coming Home?, as discussed in this week’s episode.
Here’s Dion with Paul Williams when they met at an Emmet Otter event in Queens
, in December 2018.
Check out these hilarious outtakes from the 1977-78 Christmas Special!
Have a listen to this amazing soundtrack, which has been released for the first time this year, showcasing the genius that is Paul Williams.
Here’s an unused song from the special, written for the meek Music Store Owner, titled Born in a Trunk!
Lastly, take a look at this stirring rendition of the song “When the River Meets the Sea“, song by Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold at Jim Henson’s Memorial Service.