When Jim Henson and company set out to produce this project they raised the bar for their already high production values. This project would be the most realistic production they had ever produced with elaborate, complete sets and characters that moved through them using a variety of different puppetry methods. The result is a visually stunning, delightfully crafted and utterly simple story about an otter and his widowed mother trying to get along with the little they have. It features lovely, folksy songs by Paul Williams that really stick with you, and charming humor that warms your heart. Playing against type, as one can only completely do when voicing an animated character, Marylin Sokol is Ma Otter.
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This musical number from the show is courtesy of HensonCompany on YouTube. I'm happy to say that there is a collector's edition DVD available now and it includes some great behind the scenes footage that shows how they created such realism in the final product. If you haven't seen this one, you should definitely rent or buy it. It's charming from start to finish.
Obscurity factor: 2 (Not widely known, but has a large cult following, Available on DVD)
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