A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa will never surpass Disney’s other film A Muppet Christmas Carol in my mind. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of my childhood that’s biasing my opinion, or maybe the contradiction between my faith and America’s constantly changing humor is conflicting. Despite my having a few complaints about the short Disney film, I cannot deny the merit behind the main messages in the film. I therefore recommend this film to every family with young children.
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa – The Plotline
The film begins with several of the most beloved Muppets, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Rizzo, and the Prawn. They have queued in front of New York’s post office to deliver their Christmas letters on the day of Christmas Eve before heading off to different vacation spots for Christmas. In normal Muppet fashion, there is a song and a debacle. Some of the letters to Santa thus remain undelivered when the post office closes for the holiday.
Gonzo assures his young friend Claire her letter to Santa was delivered before he realizes he still has her letter with him. In good Muppet form, Gonzo expresses remorse at having let his young friend down and vows to find another way to deliver her letter to Santa. Several more Muppets enter the picture and try to help, but they all end up failing. One song later, and Gonzo, Kermit, Fozzie, Rizzo, and the Prawn head to the airport to catch a flight to the North Pole.
Whoopie Goldberg, Uma Thurman, and several other large Hollywood faces appear as the Muppets clumsily make their way through airport security and “wing” a flight to the North Pole. Spirits remain high as the Muppets finally find their way to Santa’s rather large toy workshop. But Santa has already left for the evening to deliver toys to all the good boys and girls. Saddened to have failed his friend, Gonzo leads a sad song that reaches Santa’s ears and causes him to return to the North Pole.
In the end, Santa receives all his letters and is happy to grant everyone’s Christmas wish. Claire had wished for nothing more than to spend the holidays with her friends. Therefore, Kermit and the other Muppets all head back home to celebrate with their young friend. The short movie then ends with a final heartwarming song about the holidays.
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa – The Analysis
The only legitimate complaint I have concerning this short film is the presence of adult humor in a children’s movie. When one of the Muppets wished for a suggestively clad, beautiful woman with a “scientifically engineered wishing device,” I thought the humor was slightly too crass for children’s viewing. Though I have seen much worse in other movies, I was surprised to have seen Disney go there. In Disney’s defense, I should remember the Muppets are not considered children themselves.
Other than this one criticism, I consider the whole plotline and moral of the story to be great for families with young children. The first moral dealt with actually doing what an individual says he or she will do. Gonzo had promised Claire that he would deliver her letter. When the post office closed for the holiday, he went even further than she expected and traveled to meet Santa himself, showing his loyalty and love he has for his friends.
Secondly, Disney portrayed the importance of spending the holidays with loved ones. It seems like everyone is busy throughout the year, whether for their jobs or while vacationing. Christmas is a time when people should take time to pause and spend quality time with their friends and family. I’ll add one thing more to this, as well: Some people have small families or even no remaining family members. It is a great kindness to actively love on these friends of ours and show them what they mean to us, especially during the holidays.
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa – The Conclusion
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa caused me to laugh and giggle like most of the Muppet films. Some jokes were hits, while others were not. However, like most Disney films, this short Muppet flick did well in portraying important family values that we all would do well to remember throughout the rest of our lives. I recommend this Muppet film alongside A Muppet Christmas Carol for a young family’s holiday viewing.