Anytime you see an iconic name like the late great Jim Henson on a project you can’t help but be interested. The latest, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow aired as a TV movie based on an idea originally conceived by Henson himself, but does this film have any of that usual magic to help it live up to the Henson name or will it be a failed holiday adventure?
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow follows a recently divorced father who takes his two kids to spend Thanksgiving with his eccentric aunt in the rustic town of Turkey Hollow. While there the kids discover the legend of the Howling Hoodoo and while investigate come head to head with a scheming neighbor determined to take their land. Now they must enlist the help of some magical new friends to help save the farm and Thanksgiving. First and foremost this film sadly fails to do much than deliver the typical throwaway movie of the week vibe with the production value to boot. The few puppet creatures they feature are fun to watch and vintage Henson creations, but lack much of the magic you might hope for. While it is great to see these creatures brought to life, the story they are attached to offers up very little to keep you all that interested and instead is filled with clichéd moments and bad acting. One of the strangest things about this film is the inclusion of Ludacris as the narrator of the story. He doesn’t just offer up his voice, but is physically in the film throwing out one liners and corny jokes that really offer little to help with the film and is a bit baffling to why he chose to do it in the first place.
In the end, fans of Jim Henson will likely want to check this film out just to see yet another Jim Henson project come to life, just don’t expect all that much and revel in the puppets themselves. AS a family film it works decent enough as being one that everyone can watch despite a few jokes from Ludacris right on the edge.