Overlooked Christmas Specials – Nostalgia Critic

More robotic Santas need to kill people. Here are the Nostalgia Critic’s Overlooked Christmas Specials.

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HopeBanta
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OMG FIRST FIRST FIRST!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Darth Nilronne
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I honestly can’t understand the point of bragging about having the first comment. All it does is make sure you’re skipped over and wastes both your time writing it, and everyone else’s time reading it.

junebug_nery
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And how much time did you just waste being all bah humbug about it? Srsly, what’s the problem? Are you really that furious that your eyes spent two seconds noticing the “First” comment before you could get to the subsequent comments? Take a tip from Elsa and…Let It Go!

CoolBean
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Ha, its funny how angry people get about someone posting “first” , well more like amusing. Old people getting mad at loud noises amusing.

FataMorganaPseudonym
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I honestly don’t know who I dislike more, the people who make pointless, stupid “first” posts or the people who defend the people who make pointless, stupid “first” posts.

Shad0w136
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To be honest, it sounds like Darth Nilronne is jealous lol

William Patterson
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No. He’s giving constructive criticism, you bigot.

William Patterson
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You can’t even spell. You’re not worth it. I would point out the flaws of your comment and ignorance, but again, you just aren’t worth it.

happymel
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When you’re first, it gives you such a good feeling. It makes all the backlash worth it.

Cynthia Roundtree
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My first post on the new Channel Awesome website. AWESOME!

SebastianNero
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wow people still do that shit? youre a sad human being aren’t you?

Humanoidfreak
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OH MY GOD. WHO THE HELL CARE’S?????

ThisIsScorpio
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No one cares.

SimmonsTwoPointOh
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Congrats! now be the first to hold your head under water until the bubbles stop

ZombieFX
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I will report your account and hope you never come back and you know why……..

Fretzers
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Futurama’s Christmas episodes has been my annual tradition for many years!

The Mysterious M
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I love Santa in that episode. Yeah, in the other episodes (when he’s voiced by Dan Castalenetta) he’s funny. But John Goodman just owned it. Also, of all Santa’s appearances, he was the funniest in this show: * Did either of you stop to think about Dr. Zoidberg’s feelings!? * You would dare bribe Santa? I’m going to shove coal so far up your stocking, YOU’LL BE COUGHING UP DIAMONDS! *My god Bender, framing an orphan!? That’s so naughty, I’m going to add it to my list right now! *You’ve all been very naughty VERY NAUGHTY indeed. … Except you… Read more »
Joey411
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Actually, John DiMaggio (Bender and others) voiced Robot Santa after his first appearance.

The Mysterious M
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Thank you for the correction.

icthulu
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I’m curious how Futurama fans view Invader Zim’s Most horrible X-mas ever since it falls in a similar story vein?

Darth Nilronne
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I don’t know about anyone else but I remember the Disney Christmas Carol quite well. I believe they show it in primary school,

Lizmichi
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I also remember it. Hell, it’s one of my favorite Christmas specials. I haven’t seen it in years, but it still is amazing.

Vaggos
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I love the mickey mouse special.

astrakhan
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Anything Rifftrax mocks in relation to the cheap K. Gordon Murray Santa Claus film is golden, like Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, Santa’s Village of Madness, and the recent live riff of the film. Praised be Craig!

czebinator
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I remember the Dexter’s Lab Christmas Special, where Dexter tries to prove that Santa isn’t real, gets into a dogfight with him, and then shaves off his beard, to prove his theory.

The Spongebob one was also great. It was funny, surprisingly sad and very heartwarming.

Kopaka1242
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The Dexter one was terrible, but Christmas Who? (the Spongebob episode I assume you’re referring to) was really good, as was the stop-motion special from last year.

Irishdragon5
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I wonder if/when you’ll do a top 11 “Christmas Carol” specials.

The Thin White Duke
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I remember loving the Disney Christmas Carol when I was a kid. I had it on VHS (that long ago). It is that version and the Alistair Sim adaptation that I know the best.

DANIELLELENNON
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You forgot the Community Christmas special. You would loooooove it

Equisifredo
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Yes, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” is one of my favorites. Also the first one (I forgot the name) when they have a fight at the end is good, but nothing beats Community and claymation.

A.M.V_P
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The season 3 Community Christmas special, “Regional Holiday Music,” is fantastic as well, though more in a broad comedy way rather than emotional nuance. The whole episode is a prolonged take-down of Glee, and it’s just so gloriously cruel yet righteous in its assault of that show’s entire rationale. Though not among my favorite episodes (again, the emotional elements aren’t as strong as they could have been, especially coming on the heels of the excellent Dean-centric episode “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”), “Regional Holiday Music” is perfect for those looking for a bitter take on the holiday season.

Kryss LaBryn
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Came here to say that too. It’s a great one.

Lotus Prince
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I wouldn’t call this a classic, but one special that rather amused me was Matt Groening’s “Olive the Other Reindeer.” Santa lost one of his reindeer, and he said that he’ll have to rely on “all of the other reindeer,” so a dog named Olive thought that Santa was referring to her, and therefore thinks that she’s a reindeer, on top of that. Also, the villain of the movie is a mailman, because Christmas is probably the most stressful time for postal workers. 🙂

squeemu
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I agree with this one. It’s far from the best special of all time, but it’s cute and quite funny in several places.

We actually named our second dog Olive because of this special too!

ghazzter
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I remember that, that wasen’t bad. Who else remembers: Romuald The Other Raindeer? Once you hear the opening, you’ll never unhear it— ever! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL9LhPr33OE

JamiSings
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Bit different from the book – yes, it was a children’s picture book first (I work in a library) – she’s singing Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer and missings the lyric “all of” as “Olive,” decides the song is about her, and goes off to be one of Santa’s reindeer. I can’t remember how the rest goes.

roseoswiins
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I was hoping some one would bring that one up for some reason it has just stuck with me my whole life

Indigo_Dingo
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Okay, this has gone beyond simple omission to actively ignoring it. Where. The. Fuck. Is. Love. Actually? Its omission from the top 11 was crime enough, this is just unbearable.

BobLogical
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In the trash, where it belongs.

Indigo_Dingo
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How is it possible for a man to simukltaneously have no taste, no brains, and no heart? Do you have any organs at all left?

Kopaka1242
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Watch the Honest Trailer. That is all.

Indigo_Dingo
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If I wanted a macho asshole superficially talking about something he took pride in not understanding I would have asked for it.

I'mVeryAngryIt'sNotButter
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I'mVeryAngryIt'sNotButter

You don’t need to ask for one. Just look in a mirror.

Kopaka1242
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^This

BobLogical
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Sure is lucky it’s winter. Going to need some snow to cool off that burn.

JamiSings
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Maybe Doug’s setting it aside for a special? Like he did with The Monster Squad.

You can’t ignore a movie with Alan Rickman indefinitely. That man is too awesome. Eventually his sexy voice will draw Doug in.

KKDW
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The last episode of Thunderbirds (Give or Take a Million) was a Christmas episode, though not really much of a Thunderbirds episode now I think about it (one website I saw many years ago pointed out that if you don’t see anything blow up in the opening titles for this weeks episode you know it won’t be as good).

ThatManWithTheHeadband12
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ThatManWithTheHeadband12

Look, I know you bailed on Hey Arnold very early on, as you described in your Nicktoons review, but MY GOD, Arnold’s Christmas is one of the best Christmas specials of all time. How many Christmas specials have Vietnam War flashbacks separating a father from his infant daughter so she can have a better life?

Also, Holidays of Future Passed was an exquisite Simpsons episode from 3 seasons ago that’s not only a great Simpsons episode from *insert shark jumping season here* onwards, but for the entire run of the show

smjaiteh
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Of all the Christmas specials on Earth, Arnold’s Christmas is the only one that could ever emotionally move me in any way. That hits me harder than any other Christmas special.

A notable mention goes to the only good Doctor Who Christmas special: “A Christmas Carol” (sorry, I accidentally skipped “The Snowmen” so I don’t know about that, but the rest aren’t very good at being Christmasy).

Snugens
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I am right there with you brother. Why does no one ever talk about Arnold’s Christmas? I watch it at least once every single year and every time I have trouble holding back a tear or two. Incredibly underrated.

Doug, heart to heart, I really do insist that you check it out.

Kumi
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For that matter, I don’t go a year without watching Arnold’s Thanksgiving. Hey Arnold! is just a great show period.

Lynnberrie
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I’m so glad you mentioned Mickey’s Christmas Carol. It is still one of my favorite tellings of the story and not just because I’m a sucker for the classic Disney characters. I think it’s short running time worked in it’s favor so as too have all these beautifully animated scenes without dragging the story on.

ThunderDave
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I like the Futurama Christmas. And some of the Riff Trax. I also watch the Mickey Christmas Carol. Here are a few of my other Christmas shows I like to watch. The Real Ghostbusters: X-mas marks the spot. Real fast the Ghostbusters destroy Christmas by capturing the three ghost in Scrooge’s apartment. Kim Possible- A very possible Christmas: Ron Stoppable decides to take on one of Kim’s enemy so she can have Christmas with her family. *Code Name Kids Next Door- Operation Naughty: The delightful children from down the lane break into the north pole dressed as the kids next… Read more »
HS199432
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OH MY GOD, HOW DID I NEVER REALIZE THAT?!

SebastianNero
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Channel Awesome is a mistake… It’s pain to find new NC videos there is no need to make a new site, its not like people come to watch anyone else but NC. Everyone else is grossly unpopular compared to NC. Same with getting that studio, no one cares about that fat girl or black guy. I don’t even remember their names that how much I don’t give a crap about them. TGWTG.COMm would be find by itself if it was just NC changing things or adding people to the site just fuck stuff up. Like I didn’t even know you… Read more »
Artista-AF
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exactly that’s why the Channel Awesome site was redone so all the non-Doug Walker reviewers can get a fair exposure not to mention the other site was a poorly designed hard to navigate mess, and how stupid you must be to NOT be able to find doug’s videos

wordforger
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Actually, they’ve been needing to redo the site for quite awhile. Some of the links were seriously broken and it was much harder to navigate. Yeah, boo-hoo that that the Nostalgia Critic now gets nearer equal billing with the other reviewers. It’s not like any of them have good shows too or anything… OH WAIT. Have you watched any of the other shows on here? I started with the Nostalgia Critic myself, but there’s only one of him and so many times you can watch the same episodes, and they don’t come out every day. But I noticed that some… Read more »
The Mysterious M
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Yeah. That’s what I like about the new site. It’s not focused on just one show. I started out with just Doug. But then I expanded. Now I watch Doug, Brad, Louis, and Lindsay.

wordforger
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I’ve become a fan of Paw, Nash, iRawss, Erod, MikeJ, Cinema Snob, Sage, Todd in the Shadows, Film Brain, Count Jackula, Horror Guru, and Linkara all because I got bored and decided to try something new. I still have occasional dry spells, but not nearly so much as before thanks to casting a wider net.

squeemu
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As wordforger said, definitely check out some of the other shows. After years of ignoring the others, I finally tried out Bad Movie Beatdown by FilmBrain. It took one or two episodes to get used to his purposefully over the top voice, but now I love him almost as much as the critic.

And for what it’s worth I think that Tamara and Malcolm (not fat girl and black guy) are hilarious and welcome additions to the videos.

FataMorganaPseudonym
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Obvious troll is obvious.

trlkly
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Yes. Because there is no bigger focus on anyone else, at all. Doug still gets an entire column, and the banner is only characters from the NC. (Except the guy on the right, who I think is Brad in his Gameshow host setup.)

Chirp421
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Seriously have you even tried watching any of the other producers? There is a lot of good talent on this site. Linkara’s Atop the 4th Wall, Nash’s What the fuck is wrong with you and Here there be dragons, Film Brain’s Bad Movie Beatdown, Paw’s Music Movies, Mike J’s Shameful Sequels.

Stop being a close minded asshat.

Aroree
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Todd in the Shadow and Rap Critic with pop and rap music respectively, and Brad Jones with exploitation films, and porn even! What is not to like! Something for everyone! <3

Aroree
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Ok, I see he called he fat up above. Uh she is barely hollywood fat dude, what is your deal.

JamiSings
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I prefer MikeJTV, myself. He tends to do more stuff I’ve actually seen. It’s rare that Doug reviews a movie I’ve watched. (What will it take to get him or anyone on this site to do Dark City?! ARG! And a DECENT Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter review would be great too!)

But I hate how things aren’t separated like they were. I don’t like having the movie reviews mixed in with Infomeralism.

SpikeGal
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I watch other reviewers here, not just Doug. I like Blockbuster Buster, Linkara, the new Shark Jumping reviews, Brad Tries, Todd In The Shadows, I even liked Paw before he disappeared off the face of the Earth! (seriously, what the hell happened to him?!)

And those two guys? Malcom and Tamara.

wordforger
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I’m guessing Paw might possibly be busy with be married and having a new baby to take care of.

JIMENOPOLIX
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You know what you should do for your next editorial? The “Top 12 NEW Best Christmas Songs”. Songs that people don’t often sing at Christmas time as opposed to the usual classics such as “Jingle Bells”, “Oh, Christmas Tree”, “Joy To the World”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, etc. You could include new Christmas songs such as “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, “The Christmas Shoes”, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, “A Baby Changes Everything”, or “It’s Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”, etc. Christmas songs that aren’t often sung by people but do play around the holidays and… Read more »
SebastianNero
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that fat ass guy that wears a blindfold over his eyes and plays the piano, does those types of videos I think. So its not likely NC would do it.

Hinatachan360
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What is this obsession with other people’s weight? It’s kind of odd. And Tamara isn’t fat. She’s pregnant.

Dumbledore the Grey
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Reading SebastianNero’s comments makes me wish he was banned from ever posting on this site again.

Aroree
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What made you think he was referring to Tamara? He was talking about Todd in the Shadows. Who is also not fat.

FataMorganaPseudonym
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Again, obvious troll is obvious.

SpikeGal
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Todd In The Shadows, and he’s a a good reviewer if you ever give him a chance.

Swarmcrow
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The Most Horrible Xmas ever ! Invader zim christmas special!

you cant get better than that

A.M.V_P
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I was gonna say, “Most Horrible Xmas Ever” is among the best episodes of the series. It serves as the defacto finale for the show, and provides some rich world-building in its callbacks to previous episodes and introduction of new characters (Mini-Moose, the most perfect instantaneous integration of a new character into a cast ever). It was great to see Invader Zim go out on such a high note, even as the uniform excellence of season three made losing Invader Zim that much more painful. I’m well due to give this show another look, and “Horrible Xmas” will definitely be… Read more »
EpicFish
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Bow down, bow down
Before the power of Santa!
Or be crushed, be crushed
By his jolly boots of DOOM!!!

Kopaka1242
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YES!

Amesang
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I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to recall “Invader Zim,” for when I think of St. Robot-Nick, I think of “The Most Horrible Xmas Ever.”

…although NOW I’m thinking of “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” Christmas special that involved Princess Sally. Heh.

Looking back, though, I think my three favorites are still “Home Alone,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Die Hard.”

ChaosShadow
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“But Zim and Dib were wrong that day. Santa wasn’t destroyed. Santa lives on.”
“In the hearts and minds of us all? Hee-hee!”
“No… in space! Gathering power! And every year he comes back, and that’s why we live in these protective domes!”

xxadverbxx
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I was rather disappointed not seeing any mention of Invader Zim’s version as well.

Pinky Suave
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Pinky and the Brain Christmas special is one of my all time faves

Also, check out Doctor Who Christmas specials.

94rrrRyle
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Coincidentally enough, I watched Tokyo Godfathers yesterday and I think it’s my new favorite Christmas movie. To me, the overlooked Christmas specials include:
The 1999 version of Annie
A Muppet Family Christmas
Arthur’s perfect Christmas (even when they cram in other holidays)
Adventures in Odyssey audio series makes some good Christmas episodes too (Especially Gifts for Madge and Guy)

Hinatachan360
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Oh, wow, I love A Muppet Family Christmas! It was the first thing my family watched after my father came home from being deployed overseas. That brings back happy memories.

EpicFish
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*gasp* I was hoping someone would mention Muppet Family Christmas! I love it soooo much! It’s great seeing all of Jim Henson’s (muppet) characters all together in one place before his passing! Speaking of other Muppet related Christmas Specials, I’ve always loved Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree with (high as a kite) Robert Downey Jr., Leslie Nieelsen, and Stockard Channing! Meet Me in St. Louis is a great one too! Although it takes place through the year, the iconic moment is Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to Margaret O’Brien. It’s kinda cheesy, but it’s still a wonderful… Read more »
Animikean
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Also muppet and Christmas (and excellent), The Christmas Toy.

Rugby the tiger, Apple the doll, Mew the cat toy!
I’d describe the plot, but then someone will claim it to be Toy Story’s but they did it first and better!

Rosemara
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ZOMN Muppet Family Christmas and Muppet Christmas Carol are always top on my must-watch list! MFC not only has all the Jim Henson characters in one place, it really is about family love – everyone’s quirkiness, the reminiscing, the warm fuzzy feeling of seeing loved ones for the first time in a while. The music is also great – The traditional songs are arranged well and then the Fraggle Rock characters sing “Pass It On” – not a Christmas song but it fits well with the mutual sharing of the holiday. Unfortunately, I think the extensive amount of music is… Read more »
A.M.V_P
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I’d go so far as to hold Tokyo Godfathers among my favorite films of all time. The themes of loneliness and family as so potent that they’d work even if the Christmas overtones weren’t there, and the air of magical realism is perfectly balanced, never taking things too over the top or getting too harsh. The film also does some really interesting things with its incorporation of the holiday’s spiritual elements. I was genuinely saddened by Satoshi Kon’s passing; I was a junior in college when it happened and I believe Paprika had just seen its American release. I love… Read more »
Immortal_Vanguard
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I’m actually pleasantly surprised that someone else remembers Adventures in Odyssey. Sure, Focus on the Family have been relative pricks lately, but back when I listened to those cassettes (Because either it never played on the radio near me, or I just never tuned in… never figured out which) the stories, while corny in their own right, had a certain amount of charm. I’d like to say Prairie Home Companion sealed my appreciation for radio dramas and storytelling, but Odyssey started it.

And agreed. Their Christmas specials were quite nice.

thatguyfromdc
Guest

Another overlooked Christmas special: the one done by Richard Williams featuring Alister Sim reprising the role of Scrooge. Beautiful animation, but I think you may have already mentioned that in a previous special.

moonbeam
Guest

I’m going to have to check out “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”.

Legal_Assassin
Guest

It might’ve been cheesy, but I loved the Veggie Tales’ Christmas special. While it did give focus on the biblical aspects of the holiday (as it was a show that adapted stories and teachings from the Bible), it also focused on the ideal of giving rather than just “I want this!”

Kopaka1242
Guest

Um…which one? I mean, there was The Toy That Saved Christmas (barely remember), that one where Bob and Larry try to start a career in the theater business with a play using a Star of Christmas (thought was okay, though maybe that’s just my memory of the credits song talking), and probably a lot of others.

Legal_Assassin
Guest

Huh, I didn’t know there were more than one.

I meant “The Toy that Saved Christmas.”

A.M.V_P
Guest

Was that the one with the wooden puppet? I remember enjoying that as well. I’d be interested to see how it holds up.

Kopaka1242
Guest

That was Toy That Saved Christmas, I think. Though mildly touching at times, the anti-commercialism message it had was a little too…on the nose (pun intended).

KitKat1721
Guest

I love Tokyo Godfathers, so glad it was included on this list! I also used to watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol on VHS a lot as a kid.

Another Christmas special I really enjoy is Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas from “Community,” a sitcom episode that pays homage to the Rankin/Bass specials, complete with claymation, some songs, and a nice mix of melancholy with a warm, uplifting spirit.

Mayhem66
Guest

Invader Zim’s Christmas episode and Blackadder’s Christmas Carol for me.

venkarl
Guest

Tokyo Godfathers was a nice one to include. Now that you bring it up, I might actually watch that one again. It really was a good movie.

The thing I love most about that first Futurama Xmas episode was the evil version of Deck the Halls that played when Santa was on his shooting spree. Such a simple thing but so brilliant.

nopenopenope
Guest

I LOVE Tokyo Godfather!! It definitely deserves more love!

MikeJ2
Guest

Scrooged with Bill Murray is the best A Christmas Carol movie ever!

Artista-AF
Guest

i will also add, the Looney Tunes version of the Christmas carol just because Daffy Duck being haunted by the cliches of the Christmas Carol while Buggs bunny is so genre awareness is very funny, it has good comedy, some cute moments and a good combination of what Looney Tunes character plays what Carol character

also not really overlooked but the Doctor Who Christmas episodes are very enjoyable for how silly they can get

GoodfellaSeinfeld
Guest

I really enjoy both the Flintstones Christmas Carol and White Christmas. Seriously, how is that one constantly overlooked by the general public?

SpikeGal
Guest

I’ll never understand how the hell Flintstones CAN have a Christmas special?!

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