Monday, December 16, 2013

50 Best Christmas Specials (40-31)

40. Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (1979)
As popular as Looney Tunes are you would think they would have a Christmas classic.  This is pretty standard fun, nothing close to the best from Warner Bros.  but definitely the best of Looney Tunes in the seventies.  This has three shorts: A Christmas Carol with Bugs Bunny as the three ghosts, a Road Runner winter short, and Taz getting mixed up for Santa.  This would be fun to see on TV, but it has never really reaired.

39. It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992)
The first follow-up to A Charlie Brown Christmas.  I prefer this one to Charlie Brown Christmas Tales and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.  It is based on the best of the Christmas comic strips and has some fun bits with Peppermint Patty and Marcy.  This never reaired, but would be nice to see again.

38. From All of Us to All of You (1958)
In the fifties Disney only had one hour a week of programming, their movies were released in theatres sporadically, there was no home entertainment or internet.  So seeing Disney animation on television must have seemed like a real treat.  Jiminy Cricket was a good choice for a narrator, who introduces clips from shorts such as Snow White and Peter Pan (the clips would be updated in subsequent airings).   The titular song is a fun Christmas carol that Disney has reused many times.  This is still huge in Europe where it is a Christmas tradition and gets huge ratings every year along with Ferdinand the Bull.

37. what I want (2006)
In this Strong Bad e-mail Strong Bad explains what he doesn't want for Decemberween through means of a home shopping network show.  This short takes jabs at homemade gifts and ornaments.  "These gifts are forgettably precious."

36. Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
We only like this short for two reasons: Heat Miser and Snow Miser.  The rest does not make much sense.  Do people believe in Santa or not in this special?  Oh well, Heat Miser and Snow Miser is one of the best Christmas special songs that saves this special.

35. Yule Log (1966)
A loop of a fireplace with public domain Christmas carols does not seem that great, but the story behind it is pretty cool.  This was WPIX's gift to New Yorkers without fireplaces and also allowed employees to go home on Christmas.  Many stations picked this idea up and it is still being used in several markets today.  DVDs have been sold of this and it is even available on Netflix streaming.  A simple Christmas tradition, but sometimes those are the best.

34. Jack Frost (1979)
Okay this is a Groundhog Day special, but what network will air an animated special at any time besides Christmas?  This is a fun special with some creatively designed characters.  Jack Frost is a likable, charming character and I love Buddy Hackett's groudhog.  Not one I've seen in a while, but I always enjoy it.

33. It's a Meaningful Life (2010)
Came across this new VeggieTales cartoon on Netflix and enjoyed it quite a bit.  I found this to be much more relatable than It's a Wonderful Life.  Instead of wishing he was never born Larry the Cucumber has regrets regarding one event.  He sees that had things gone the way he wanted that his life would have been worse.  God's plans are better than ours.  This was a message I really needed to hear, and it is one of the better VeggieTales cartoons.

32. Toy Tinkers (1949)
A classic Disney short and one of the best Chip 'n Dale cartoons.  Chip 'n Dale reek havoc in Donald's house on Christmas time.  The chipmunks size offers up some great gags with Donald's toys.  Just a fun Donald Duck short.

31. Tangerine Bear (2000)
A really sweet cartoon that has been somewhat forgotten.  It is a story of a bear with his mouth sewn upside down so nobody wants him.  He of course ends up finding out that he has a home.  The animation is surprisingly good and well designed.  Liked this a lot when I was a kid and wouldn't mind seeing it again.

No comments:

Post a Comment