Behold, A Reminder That Jim Henson Bloopers Are Hilarious
It's that time of year again. As the holiday season is well underway, the iconic bloopers from Jim Henson's 1977 Christmas special, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas have made the rounds on social media once again, proving that behind each nostalgic seasonal flick comes an even more beloved set of outtakes.
"Here it is: the beloved bloopers from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, now with subtitles," wrote @HistoryMuppet on Twitter earlier this week, alongside the video. "Enjoy the comedic genius of Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson."
The clip, which depicts the behind-the-scenes madness of the crew attempting to capture a shot of a drum rolling from inside the music store towards Emmet Otter and his "Ma," Alice Otter, is two minutes and change of pure, wholesome, nonsense, that could even thaw our cold, jaded hearts.
"What the hell was that?" Alice, who is voiced by Frank Oz of Yoda fame, quips as the drum rolls off-screen.
A few moments later, they try the take again to no avail, the drum hurdling off the set. "My God, it went right in the studio floor," she said as a presumable crew member runs to grab the wily instrument.
Time and time again, they continue the take, with Alice barking a number of erm, interesting, exclamations as the drum continually misses its mark. "Sweet Jesus! Good lord! Did you see that?" she asks the stagehand during one take. "Did you see that?" she stammers, the crew member blatantly ignoring her.
"HubbaWAH!" she yells during another take. "Hubbahubaawahawah Hubba WA!"
At a certain point, the duo seemingly grows tired of the perpetual mishaps, using the opportunity to poke a bit of meta fun at their puppet-y existence. "Get the drum, run run! It's worth about ten bucks!" Alice snaps at Emmet. "Run run!"
"Oh, I can't." Emmet, who is voiced by Jerry Nelson, known for portraying Sesame Street's The Count replies, "My feet are stapled."
It seems his forcibly-planted appendages and the hazards of potential percussive pain soon raised some safety questions. "Do we get hazard pay for this?" the younger otter asked in a quick jump cut. "I thought I was gonna get hit that time."
After a few Wizard of Oz reenactments, short naps, and requests for spare change, they finally get the take they're looking for, to the applause, and likey relief of both the crew and stuffed marine mammals.
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas -- the Christmas gift that keeps on giving even 43 years later. I guess we can have nice things after all.
Top Image: Jim Henson Workshop/Disney.