Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I Lost Mine

Of all the Christmas-themed holiday specials from my youth, one of my favorites, and one of the most underrated, was the Claymation Christmas. It was a bunch of Claymation shorts strewn together ranging from the pointless (two walruses ice skating while penguins try to drown them) to the creepy (Joy to the World sung while disturbing paintings of Jesus are flashed on screen; this was the part that was always fast-forwarded through). All of this was hosted by two gay dinosaurs.

One part of the show is genuinely funny, which is unique when talking about Christmas specials. Think about it - has anyone ever thought of Mickey Mouse or Charlie Brown as funny? You only enjoy them for nostalgia's sake. If you want actual funny moments from the Christmas specials, there are very few:

* Snoopy dancing on top of the Schroeder's piano, then realizing he's being watched and coming down in embarrassment

* In Mickey's Christmas Carol, when looking at the Cratchit's Christmas turkey, Scrooge asks if they're cooking a canary

* In Garfield's Christmas, Jon Arbuckle and his brother, Doc Boy, attempt to wake up their Dad so they can open presents at midnight

* The look on Max's face when he shrugs at the Grinch from the back of the sleigh

* The magician in Frosty the Snowman attempts to lure the children back to his dirty van for "Christmas treats"

And then there's the Carol of the Bells segment from the Claymation Christmas. Every time I see it, it makes me laugh about has hard as I ever have. Pound for pound, it's the funniest thing I've ever seen. Enjoy:

Don't even act like you didn't lose it when he tries to steal the hammer from the bell next to him, then straightens his bow tie.

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