Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Nostalgia Critic

If you happen to get seizures from flashing lights you may want to skip 25:02 – 25:15 – A terrible song deserves a terrible special.

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  1. Well Critic you are kind of close; it’s the place where the powerpuff girls were sent to in order to put them in a “realistic environment”; the episode based around it is known as one of the worst ppg episodes, just fyi.

    Also, I kind of wished you made this episode with Todd, seeing as how he made a video about the song and did mention the special a bit, but the review was still very good.

    • oh yeah, that one episode where the professor moves for a new job and the girls get put into a new school. Everyone there were jerks to them and were completely repulsed by them by the end. Something like that right. Yeah, that episode almost made me punch the TV

    • I actually really like that episode.
      It’s basically showing what things would be like if the Girls were in a realistic town and poking fun of just how unrealistic cartoons like the PowerpuffGirls, or super heroes in general, are.

      • No… no, I have to disagree with you on that. I mean if you like the episode that’s fine. But if it was realistic instead of everyone shouting at them and acting like jerks it would be more like.

        HOLY SHIT! Those girls can fly! Holy FUCK they can shoot laser beams from their eyes and are they lifting a car!

        Their was nothing realistic about that, other then a big city being jerks and even that is a sterotype. I mean their are other properties that handled the realistic superhero thing much better then that episode. Kick-Ass and Watchmen come to mind for mass type stuff.

      • It’s pretty much the “Homer’s Enemy” of the Powerpuff Girls where reality pokes its head into the cartoon’s fiction. Either that appeals to you or it doesn’t.

    • The site moved? Dang. Wasn’t expecting that.

      Gonna miss That Guy with The Glasses.

      Oh well, new NC at least.

  2. ThatManWithTheHeadband12


  3. ThatManWithTheHeadband12

    The song was friggin awesome! The comments however need edit and delete functions for the commenters to access

  4. Maybe THAT’S why I like this special: because it’s just so stupid that I can’t help but laugh at how stupid and half-assed it is, kind of like how I like Master of Disguise even though it has nearly everything I could hate in a movie crammed into its running time.

  5. This was nuts, cant wait to see what else is in store.

  6. If “and” is the ultimate truth serum, imagine the powers of “if” or “but”.

  7. I must admit, I’ve always had a special fondness for this special, the sheer idiocy and randomness of it has always made it a personal cult classic. I don’t know how many times my siblings and I have burst out into “Grandpa’s Gonna Sue the Pants off of Santa!” Great review, Doug, can’t wait for the rest of the month!

  8. HOLY CRAP THAT ENDING WAS AWESOME! Come on Malcolm, grow a pair! That’s the good old crazy psycho Christmas obsessed NC that I know and love! I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    I think this movie is the very first one I ever saw that filled me with the mindset “This is so bizarrely stupid that it’s entertaining. It’s weird, dumb, and I…..want to keep watching it…”

  9. So this is the new site? Huh.

    The song “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” was a favorite of mine for a while. Then I just got sick of it. Also, I’m pretty sure the song kind of paints “grandma” as sort of unpleasant. I’d like to see a Christmas special about this NEW Christmas song!

  10. Love the new site. So much for the gag of “the site update is coming.” It’s nice to see this look more streamlined.

    As for this special, oh god this was big bleh fest.

    I love that song, and your new Christmas look was savagely awesome yet freaky. Looked like Devil Boner did it with Sheamus of WWE and an elf combined.

  11. Apparently the NC doesn’t like the original song. Weird. I loved how cheerfully dark it was. You’d think the Critic would appreciate a Christmas classic about a dead grandma.

  12. The special and the review was good old Nostalgia critic but the song at the end absolutely blew me away. This is that craziness that I love you for Doug. Keep it up and happy christmas.

  13. I swear I see Christmas specials like this, and it becomes clear why Saturday Morning Cartoons have died.

  14. commentary and making of…..NOW

  15. Fun video ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never actually seen this special but I just might have to check it out to see just how bad it really is. Great start to the Christmas season. Can hardly wait to see what’s in store this month ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Btw Jingle All The Way 2 came out recently. It’s straight-to-video, so… yeah

  17. It is just not Christmas without the critic going all crazy.

    And the song is pretty cool.

    • I did expect Tamara to dramatically rip off the patch and the critic to go Christmas Crazy. What I didn’t expect was a full musical number in the style of bettlejuice!

  18. THAT WAS AMAZING. Kudos! Kudos to you and Rob Scallon!

  19. Ooh… I got here by clicking the one new link in the video slider on, and I must say I like the layout for this site a lot better. I think I shall stay!

    As for the subject of the review, the song was adorably campy and the Christmas special was horribly forced. I definitely agree there.

    Also, I absolutely LOVE the ending to this review. It definitely filled me with Christmas cheer alright!

  20. MiscellaneousSoup

    I’m excited to see this. My sister and I can enjoy it after school. I’ll just read the comments while I wait to go to school.

  21. I am so glad you’re doing this. I get genuinely angry when animated specials are this badly animated, let alone written and performed and transmitted and watched and existing.

  22. The whole “Santa not being known as real” makes even less sense when you look at the whole plot of the film.

    So Grandma gets run over, because Santa’s reindeer are lured by the reindeer nip in the fruit cake, right? So Cousin Mel specifically made a fruitcake with reindeer nip in it, so that this would happen.

    So cousin Mel’s plan is to kill grandma, by having her fun over by a holiday diety that she doesn’t even believe in, on the off chance he was flying by.

    Unless Reindeer nip is poisonous to humans, and she was just trying to kill grandma like that.

    Or she was trying to lure no magical reindeer

    • The “Santa’s not real to adults in a world where he actually exists and delivers presents that the adults seem surprised about even though this is a yearly thing that happens.” Has never made sense ever.

      It’s logic that is meant for children, but isn’t supposed to be thought hard about. I mean, even in movies people love it’s there. The adults claim there is no Santa, then presents from Santa appear and they are surprised as if this doesn’t happen nearly every year to millions of families on the planet.

      Maybe all the adults have some sort of holiday-based anterograde amnesia. It’s the only semi-logical explanation.

    • I agree with the Santa thing. I’ve always wondered what the adults thought happened the whole time Santa brought presents. But in a defense AND kinda critique of the movie, Cousin Mel actually didn’t know the stuff would attract reindeer. They never actually name the stuff during the movie, with Mel calling it “this” in the beginning, and Jake saying “This vial of bad stuff” later on (my criticism being that they never name it). Her intention putting it in the fruit cake was to make any of Grandma’s customers who ate it sick. At the court case, Jake shows that it attracts the reindeer, saying “You see, your honor, it had the effect of Reindeer Nip…”

  23. That was amazing, that ending song blew my mind.

  24. Um… I did have a globe in my room as a kid.

  25. You certainly took a page out of Bettlejuice on that last song, didn’t you? Well, I certainly don’t mind spending time with “Christmas Crazy Critic.” Then again, I’m a Christmas Crazy, too.

  26. In first grade my school had us sing the fruit cake songโ€ฆWould you believe they censored out the word “killer” from the song. Don’t you just love our public schools.

  27. You know I kinda get the impression this wasn’t supposed to be for kids but was more intended to be an adult spoof of Christmas special… No, Seriously think about it. Oddly atractive females (even the very old ones) out of place crude language with suggestive wordplay here & there plus suggestive imagery. Add several sex scenes & you have the Christmas equivalent of “Once upon a girl”… Just with the Live action framing replaced by singing redundant narration

  28. No edit Function? ๐Ÿ™
    But I really like the new website and of course a good nc again ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. I fucking love the song hahahahahah ๐Ÿ˜€
    great episode ๐Ÿ˜€

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