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A Muppet Family Christmas has been released on home video a number of times. No release has ever included the completely unedited version that first aired on TV in 1987. US releases have seen the most significant cuts due to music rights. Overseas releases have had fewer problems securing rights to songs, but have still suffered from minor edits.

Domestic Releases[]

Cover Year Notes
1995 Distributor: Buena Vista Home Video (Jim Henson Video)
Catalogue number: 2594
UPN number: 765362-5940-3
Running time: 47 minutes
1998 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video (Jim Henson Home Entertainment)
Catalogue number: 02388
UPN number: 043396 023888
Running time: 42 minutes
2001 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Jim Henson Home Entertainment)
UPN number: 043396 078147
Running time: 42 minutes

This DVD release of the special utilizes the same cuts and edits as the previous US VHS releases.

  • The red "A Muppet Family Christmas" logo seen at the beginning was added for the home video releases of the special. In the original cut of the special, the logo is seen over Ma Bear's farmhouse at the end of the song "We Need a Little Christmas". However, when reediting the special for future television airings it was slightly reworked. This brief musical interlude was edited from the master and the logo was reinserted separately. Because this new master was of higher quality it has been used for all subsequent TV airings and all video releases.
  • The snowman musical and comedy number with Fozzie is completely gone. In the original version the song "Sleigh Ride" is sung. Rowlf begins playing the song on Emily Bear's out-of-tune piano, saying he "loves out-of-tune pianos," while Sprocket watches him play. Fozzie, the Snowman, and penguins sing outside. This is cut due to rights with the song.
  • The Muppet Babies song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is removed. Included in the broadcast version of the film are the baby versions of Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Rowlf, Scooter, Animal and Gonzo. In the edited versions of the film, they begin the home movie and Animal immediately bursts through the screen – the whole home movie and song is cut, again due to music rights.
  • Miss Piggy and the Muppets singing "Home for the Holidays" is not shown in the edited version. After Miss Piggy arrives and Kermit mentions that she always likes to make an entrance, the edited release cuts immediately to the beginning of the Carol Sing Medley. The entire song, along with Miss Piggy falling on the icy patch, is removed due to music rights.
  • A brief segment (5 seconds) where Fozzie and Elmo light the Christmas tree only appears on the original 1987 version.
  • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" are both removed from the Carol Sing Medley on the DVD. This is due to the music rights for the songs.
  • The scene with Fozzie and Ma hanging a stocking is removed. In the scene Emily Bear (Ma) hangs Fozzie's stocking underneath the fire. Fozzie mentions that he's a grown bear, alluding to the fact he doesn't need it anymore. When Emily reaches to take it down, Fozzie decides it's okay to leave it up. This lost scene was cut from the 1989 remastered version.
  • The DVD version has different end credits. The ABC version has the copyright information right below Jim Henson's name on the last credit. The DVD version is similar to the ABC one, but does not have the original copyright title, and cuts to a Henson logo.

International Releases[]

United Kingdom

Cover Year Notes
AMFC JH Palace
1987 Distributor: Palace, Virgin/PVG Limited (Jim Henson Palace)
Catalogue number: HPV004

1994 Distributor: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Ltd. (Jim Henson Video)
UPN number: 5017182 259428

1998 Distributor: Sony Music Operations (Jim Henson Home Entertainment)
Catalogue number: CVR 77727
UPN number: 5023940 772788
Running time: 47 minutes

Uncut, except for a very brief scene where Fozzie hangs his stocking.

Also available as a collector's edition which included a small Kermit the Frog plush toy.

2000 Distributor: Cinema Club
Catalogue number: CC 8167
UPN number: 5014138 281670
Running time: 47 minutes

Budget reissue of the Columbia TriStar release.

2001 Distributor: Cinema Club

Take Three

VHS Christmas boxset also containing the films Millionaire Dogs and Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night.

2002 Distributor: Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd.
Catalogue number: C906 5233
UPN number: 325990 652330
Running time: 47 minutes

Another budget reissue of the Columbia TriStar release.

2003 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Catalogue number: CDRP 1288
UPN number: 5035822 128811
Running time: 97 minutes (both specials)

The only British DVD release of the special. Like with most overseas releases of the special, this DVD release is uncut except for a very brief scene where Fozzie hangs his stocking.

The DVD also includes The Christmas Toy as a special feature, which like with MFC is uncut.

Other territories

Cover Year Notes
2000 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video

Die Muppets feiern Weihnacht

German VHS release. It is uncut except for a very brief scene where Fozzie hangs his stocking.

Amfc spanish vhs
TBC Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video

Spanish promotional release included with Los Teleñecos magazine.

Amfc french DVD
2002 Distributor: Elephant Films[1]

Spécial Noël Muppets

French double-disc set. Includes the special and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

Unecom pt dvd
2002 Distributor: New Age Entertainment

Um Natal Especial com os Marretas

Portuguese DVD release. Includes the special with English audio and Portuguese subtitles.

Bonus Features:

2005 Distributor: Bridge Entertainment Group

Dutch DVD release. Includes the special with English audio and Dutch subtitles.