|A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa|
|Screenplay by||Hugh Fink|
|Story by||Paul Williams|
|Directed by||Kirk R. Thatcher|
Jesse L. Martin
|Country of origin||US|
Martin G. Baker
|Production company||The Muppets Studio|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||December 17, 2008|
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is a 2008 NBC television special directed by Kirk R. Thatcher featuring The Muppets in a Christmas mission to personally deliver three letters to Santa Claus, accidentally diverted by Gonzo, to the North Pole. The special, shot in Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan, was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD.
On Christmas Eve, the Muppets go to the post office in New York City to deliver each of their letters to Santa Claus. When they head back to their apartment, Gonzo discovers that three letters wound up in his coat from a mishap there. One of those letters he recognizes as being written by his friend, a neighbor girl named Claire (Madison Pettis). On Gonzo's insistence, the principal Muppets decide to go to the North Pole and deliver them personally. The Muppets end up getting tickets from a North Pole Airlines clerk named Joy (Uma Thurman) and getting caught by a bitter security guard Officer Frank Meany (Nathan Lane) who, for being a bully, perpetually ended up on Santa's naughty list. He and Bobo the Bear allow the Muppets to pass through.
They eventually reach the North Pole, only to find out that Santa has already left to deliver the presents. The real Santa (Richard Griffiths) overhears their grieving and returns. While on a sleigh ride, they hand him Claire's letter and the other two which are revealed to have come from Frank Meany (who wants to be taken off the naughty list) and Pepe the King Prawn. Santa brings them home to New York in time to spend the rest of the holiday with Claire and her mom, which was all Claire wanted in the first place.
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Additional Muppets performed by Pam Arciero, Heather Asch, Kevin Clash, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Alice Dinnean, James Godwin, John Kennedy, Jim Kroupa, Tim Lagasse, Peter Linz, Jim Martin, and Paul McGinnis
|A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (Soundtrack from the TV Special)|
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|Released||November 23, 2009|
|The Muppets chronology|
This is the fourth time that songwriter Paul Williams has contributed songs to the Muppets. A version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by The Crystals was also used during the opening credits but was not available on the soundtrack itself.
|1.||"Delivering Christmas" (featuring Jesse L. Martin)||Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn, Pepe, Sweetums, Camilla the Chicken, and Everyone Else||3:41|
|2.||"It's All About Heart"||Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn, Rizzo the Rat||1:43|
|3.||"I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus"||Gonzo & Fozzie Bear||2:26|
|4.||"My Best Christmas Yet" (featuring Jane Krakowski and Madison Pettis)||The Muppets||4:13|