OK, you’ve all seen them again. What’s the best animated Christmas shows? The only one I haven’t seen this year is the Charlie Brown Christmas, which bugs me. I think CBS had the rights and they put it on a couple of weeks ago. I missed it and they’ve never rebroadcast it.
1. Charlie Brown Christmas
It has to be #1. A fantastic Jazz soundtrack. (Although the Jazz snobs like to thumb their nose at it – but come on. It’s not bad to be accessible by the average American.) It’s still a classic even if it seems a bit slow paced by today’s standards. I just love this cartoon. I can’t believe it’s only been on TV once. It’s almost enough to make me buy the DVD.
2. Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
OK, part of the reason I love this was because way back in the early 90’s when David Letterman was still funny (and didn’t look like he lives in a retirement home) he did this great sketch on this. It was Dave in what looks to be the typical college bachelor pad. (You all know what I’m talking about) He’s sitting there in his underwear with a 2 liter diet Pepsi watching this. When Rudolf’s nose lights up to guide Santa’s sled Dave says (deadpan), “Damn that Rudolf is one brave son of a bitch.” Still cracks me up to this day. Nearly as funny as pea boy or throwing things off a 5 story building. (Yes, I’m a child of the 80’s)
3. A Year Without Santa Claus
Actually only a so-so special. (Santa in 1910 goes to the South to see if anyone believes and doesn’t see a single black face) However two musical numbers makes this one of my favorites.
4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
One of my favorites. (I like how everything is grey with only a few colors – something Tim Burton copied in his Corpse Bride) But the best part of this is only on the DVD. It’s this weird LSD inspired song number by Santa’s very well endowed girl friend. Very weird and apparently deleted when it typically shows on TV.
5. South Park
South Park has a bunch. My favorites are the ones with the Satanic woodland creatures and then the first one with Mr. Hanky.
YouTube keeps getting sued by CBS so I can’t put up a link to them. But both are fantastic. Not the kind I’d watch with my mom, mind you. But a pretty good send up of all the classics.