Tough Pigs Anthology

Christmas 2004


Secret Santa


Picture this: Christmas, 1970. It's just a year after the premiere of Sesame Street, and the Muppets are kinda-sorta household names. They've spent four years doing popular guest spots on The Ed Sullivan Show -- so, as a Christmas present, Ed gives the Muppets a whole hour of his show, all decked out as the Muppets' very first TV special. 


   It's called The Great Santa Claus Switch, and this isn't just any guest spot. It's a full-on Henson production -- written by Jerry Juhl, music by Joe Raposo, puppets by Don Sahlin. For Christmas, Ed Sullivan gave Jim Henson the keys to his show -- the primest of prime time on network TV -- and told him to bring it back when he was done with it. This was the biggest, longest and loudest the Muppets had ever been. 


   Now, the Ed Sullivan folks own this special, so nobody knows if we'll ever see it released on DVD. But here's the full story, as a Christmas present from me to you. 



Part One:

The Switch Is On



Part Two:

Christmas Evil



Part Three:

Wreck the Halls



Part Four:

Hostile Takeover



Part Five:

Christmas In Custody



Part Six:

Frackle Rocks



Part Seven:

The Flight Before Christmas



Part Eight:

Merry Christmas To All



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