Turkey Hollow
Television release poster
Screenplay byTim Burns
Christopher Baldi
Story byJim Henson
Jerry Juhl
Kirk R. Thatcher
Directed byKirk R. Thatcher
StarringMary Steenburgen
Jay Harrington
Graham Verchere
Genevieve Buechner
Reese Alexander
Gabe Khouth
Peter New
Linden Banks
Narrated byLudacris
Music byMick Giacchino[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersRitamarie Peruggi
Harvey Kahn
CinematographyRandal Platt
EditorRichard Schwadel
Running time88 minutes
Production companyThe Jim Henson Company
Original release
  • November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21)

Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow is a 2015 Thanksgiving television film created by The Jim Henson Company and aired on Lifetime on November 21, 2015. The film is narrated by Ludacris and stars Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, Graham Verche, Genevieve Buechner, Reese Alexander, Gabe Khouth, Peter New, and Linden Banks.


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As part of the Thanksgiving holidays, a recently divorced man named Ron Emmerson (Jay Harrington) takes his children Tim (Graham Verchere) and Annie (Genevieve Buechner) to the farm of Ron's eccentric Aunt Cly (Mary Steenburgen) in the town of Turkey Hollow which has no technology. Tim and Annie find themselves caught up in searching for the "Howling Hoodoo," an elusive 10 ft. monster that has been considered a legend to the citizens of Turkey Hollow while also coming across the plot of the scheming neighbor Eldridge Slump (Linden Banks) and his farmworker minions Buzz (Gabe Khouth) and Junior (Peter New) that involves illegal turkeys activities and a plot for Eldridge to claim Aunt Cly's farm. With the aid of some new creature friends named Squonk, Zorp, Burble, and Thring, the Emmersons must expose Slump's plot and save the day.


Kirk Thatcher cameos in a photo as Uncle Ned.


Additional puppeteers


Turkey Hollow started out as a story called "The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow" which was written by Jerry Juhl as one of Jim Henson's proposed specials.[2] The original production phase of "The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow" made it as far as puppet design where some of them were built and still exist in the archives. Photos of Lisa Henson and Cheryl Henson were taken in Jim Henson's back yard as a test to see how the puppets would look in the real world outside of a sound stage. The intention was to shoot the special on location.[3] In 2014, "The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow" was adapted into a graphic novel.[4]

When Turkey Hollow went into production, the original puppets in storage were refurbished by Jim Henson's Creature Shop with their designs updated by Robert Bennett (the winner of Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge) and Peter Brooke, the fabrication done by Julie Zobel, and the animatronics provided by John Criswell as seen in the Google+ Hangout tour.[5] Principal photography was set to begin in the spring of 2015 in Nova Scotia, Canada.[6] Because of a new tax credit, production on the special moved to Front Street Pictures in Vancouver where filming began on June 8, 2015.[7]


  1. ^ http://filmmusicreporter.com/2015/11/14/mick-giacchino-scoring-lifetimes-jim-hensons-turkey-hollow/
  2. ^ Manhattan Research, Inc. book, chapter by Karen Falk and Irwin Chusid.
  3. ^ "The Jim Henson Company". The Jim Henson Company. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  4. ^ "Old Henson creatures come alive in 'Turkey Hollow'". USA Today. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4df8-sOBw#t=1938
  6. ^ "Jim Henson film first of many to leave Nova Scotia thanks to tax credit cut: John Dunsworth | Metro News". Metronews.ca. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  7. ^ "Cameras set to roll on 'The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow' in B.C. - BC". Global News. 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2015-11-19.