Friday, November 9, 2012

Worst Christmas Specials

10. Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (1981)- Almost surreal enough to be campy, but instead Rankin-Bass went for dull

9. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (2000)- I applaud the ambition to adapt the one song that should not work as a Christmas special, but there is no creativity in its standard story or cheap animation

8. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)- A cartoon where Rudolph and Ben Franklin explore time, help a baby and meet the Three Bears really shouldn't be able to miss, but alas it never reaches its full potential

7. Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)- Rankin-Bass was really gunning for the heartstrings on this one, but none of the dreary plot devices that happen to the static, irritating lead character are ever deserved and it all feels cheap

6. Home Alone: Taking Back the House (2002)- Brunette Kevin McCallister's parents separate so he spends the holidays at his father's young fiance's high-tech electronic mansion.  Also French Stewart replaces Joe Pesci as Marv

5. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)- Remembered only for its infamy, there are moments of weird that work as camp but there is no structure, effort or quality that it becomes impossible to sit through.  Princess Leia singing is awesome in a horrible way though

4. Christmas Comes to Pac-Land (1982)- I was born in 1991 so I know nothing about Pac-Man, after this I didn't want to know any more.  There is a scene where Santa and the irritating Pac-Baby cry together, that is the most memorable part

3. He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special (1985)- Again, born in the nineties so He-Man is a franchise that bears no weight with me.  The animation is of the lowest quality and yes, a main character kidnaps two children.  Merry Christmas, kids!

2. Pinocchio's Christmas (1980)- Why?  Out of all of the premises unworthy of an hour special, did we need Pinocchio's Christmas?

1. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)- Rankin-Bass was well past their prime.  Attempting a feature should have really been avoided

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