Somehow I had never seen this movie until a couple years ago. How did I grow up deprived of this miracle of a movie each Christmas? Regardless of the whys and hows, I’m determined that my own child shall grow up without such deprivations. She will grow healthy and strong thanks to the holiday spirit of one Emmet Otter and his lovely jug-band. She will also grow up knowing the difference between an otter and a dog.