This was one of the first programs I ever recorded with our new VCR! This is, I believe, the greatest TV Christmas special of all time! The ending is the goofiest part of all: He-Man dresses as Santa, complete with gut and all, while the space shuttle that was supposed to be broken for days suddenly gets fixed so the kids can return to Earth in time for Christmas. The forever-scowling kitty stole the hearts of basically everyone, and, in 2014, Lifetime resurrected the 1980s philosophy of giving every piece of pop culture a Christmas special. - A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time!) All that would be mostly normal, however, if the Turtles looked anything like they did in the movies or cartoons. This cartoon was hilarious for kids and adults. This is one of the great Christmas specials of all time. They Can Really Sing. Yet, for a few years in the 1980s, raisins were actually cool thanks to a group of Claymation, Mowtown-singing raisins known as The California Raisins. Inspired by the tradition, and the California Raisins Christmas special, one year we decided to go wassailing. Thanks Amazon! Here We Come A-Wassailing: The finale of the special see's Rex, who has failed in his attempts to convince people that the correct words are "Wassailing" not Waffling, Waddling, or Wallowing, vindicated by a group of townsfolk caroling the song with the correct lyric "wassailing" while indulging in cider. The famous claymation California raisins ice-skate, sing and entertain the whole family in these festive holiday vignettes. Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. This means snarky, meta jokes from Grumpy about how she can't die because she's the star of the movie. Real treat and now on DVD! At one point, the camera cuts to Plaza in the recording booth. You will not be missing much, the parts with the dinosaurs were so random and uninteresting. FAQ No. They show up to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," if only because there are no Christmas songs about grapes. T, who earlier convinced Lewis to give his dad's phone number to a total stranger, called him and had him pick up his kid to spend Christmas together. then you have that in common with about 40% of people I tell this too. Christmas spirit has a limited shelf life when you're dead and evil. It's the non-Life Day stuff that catapults Star Wars into Christmas infamy. A tribe of evil beings called the Awgwas attempt to stop Claus from making children happy, but the immortal fairies kill them in cold blood, as is befitting a Christmas special. They also have a Halloween and Easter one too. That's too bad, because a feral Santa who acts like a big cat would be the best thing ever, until he tries to sit in all the boxes of presents, anyway. | I was lucky enough to have done all of the music for this production. Neither happened—instead, the Christmas Turtles look like psycho killers, with huge bug eyes and gigantic grins that bare all their gruesome turtle teeth. Image Source. Basically two dinosaurs based on Siskell and Ebert bicker about the meaning of Wassail while presenting different bits. "A Claymation Christmas Celebration" is a 24-minute animated short film from almost 30 years ago. The claymation is superb, the soundtrack is amazing, and the overall Christmas feel of the show will make you want to wassail your way all the way through New Years! That alone makes zero sense, since Eternia, home to the myriad "Masters of the Universe," isn't anywhere near our solar system, but if we're going to do Christmas, it might as well be on the one planet that celebrates it. Along the way, Michelangelo sings opera, the Turtles wrap presents while rapping the "Wrap Rap" (try wrapping that around your head), and finally they settle on buying Splinter, of all things, a framed plastic pizza. It all sounds bad, but it's actually so much worse. Their debate gets confounded by various animals singing their own versions, such as "Here We Come A-Waffling," performed by dogs hawking waffles from a food truck. We watched it once. We wore our tape into oblivion and it took me forever to find another copy. Adventures presents perhaps the goofiest "how Santa happened" story ever. Also, there are two ventriloquist dummies—one of which looks like Mr. T—just in case this whole thing was starting to make sense. It was his good deed for the year. This truly is one of the Christmas Specials I cherished not only as a child but as an adult as well. Based on Frank Baum's equally weird 1902 book of the same name, a bunch of immortal fairies sit around a table as the apparently immortal "Great Ak" recaps how he found baby Santa 60 years prior, swaddled and abandoned by unnamed parents. Grace Jones arrives in a box meant for the White House—some postman apparently read that and decided "Play House"—and sings "Little Drummer Boy," because she's there so why not. De'Vear Small AKA Dee Smalls Decatur, GA Nowadays it would be CGI but back then they knew the value of stop motion. They venture there, but the ghosts get in their way, as they're wont to do. Few have matched the genius of Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. After much hesitation, and after much comforting by Jubilee of a sad little Morlock girl, Wolverine lets the sick Morlock absorb his healing powers, which makes her better. Witty, charming and enjoyable, the comedy of Herb playing against his straight man Rex works wonderfully. Eventually, they learn to be grumpy together, and work to help save an expensive dog stolen from the pet shop. She accepts and becomes super-successful thanks to a combination of Christmas spirit and a meddling kid. This little show has been a constant in my life for nearly every Christmas.From when I was very young to my teenaged years, to now in my early twenties. This is a must-see-movie in our household. It is fun, but not as creative as some of the other pieces. User Ratings Apparently, Wolvie had tried this power-transfer over 20 times before and nobody had survived—clearly, the problem was he never tried it on Christmas. "Claymation Christmas" is hosted by two dinosaurs, the smart and proper Rex and dimwitted Herb. Yeah, Pee-wee's Christmas passes the realm of bizarre basically from the start. They are all on one DVD. The main plot is pretty basic: Man-baby Pee-wee Herman's Christmas list is so long Santa had no room for anyone else's presents. My favorite is most likely the Carol of the Bells. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Color/NR/fullscreen. It was one of the most fun and rewarding projects I have ever worked upon. Rockettes doing Nutcracker routines at Christmas is fantastical dream sequence stuff now, apparently. Two anthropomorphic dinosaur hosts, an intellectual Tyrannosaurus named Rex and a hungry Styracosaurus named Herb (both of whom originally appeared in a previous Vinton special, Dinosaurs! There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay! Well done animation and story that makes you just want to wassail. Grumpy Cat remains grumpy throughout, because otherwise there's no meme and no merchandising empire. Splinter, being a kind soul, accepts this gift lovingly, though he was probably thinking of selling it to the Rat King first chance he got. We would watch it, but as time wore on, years, the station that once showed the show stopped. It even affects evil Skeletor, who kidnaps the children but then finds himself so overcome by good tidings, he releases them and even saves them from his own master. They All Had Names. The Temptations, as the California Raisins, sings Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. The Californian Raisons are held back until the end, with a questionable carol to their lips (is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer really a carol?) Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Plus Halloween & Easter Celebrations. Why anyone thought we needed He-Man to remind us of how neat Christmas is, we'll never know. Thus, we got things like Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Celebration, which is exactly what it says on the tin. 4.8 out of 5 stars 1,197. - A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time!, but this Christmas special is the first in which they have dialogue and contemporary personalities, vaguely parodying Siskel and Ebert respectively. Who was that conductor again? The special is hosted by two dinosaurs who spend most of their time arguing about the definition and pronunciation of "wassail", from "Here We Go A-Wassailing" fame. Anyway, I wore the tape out as I watched it all the time. Raisins aren't exactly the most exciting of snack foods. He can't sing worth a lick, because the Christmas spirit, while powerful, can't fix pitchiness. A Claymation Christmas Celebration is a neat special. Meanwhile, two of the other X-heroes, Gambit and Jean Grey, argue over how to cook Christmas dinner, and yet another X-man, Beast, sets off the intruder alert by cooking a cranberry glaze that explodes everywhere. Remember, the Raisins were VERY popular at this point. There's stretching for a pun, and then there's this. Because Grumpy's mouth never moves during the special, Plaza quickly realized she could say virtually whatever she wanted. What makes this special unique is that it gives the songs a new twist and even injects some of the trademark humor the Claymation titles are known for. But this is the best Christmas CD ever! Video game hero Pac-Man and his cartoon family are making "snow ghosts" (the ghosts being his mortal enemies; that'd be like you or I making a snowman of the rude salesclerk at the liquor store) when Santa gets lost and crashes in Pac-Land. Unlike in the song, Movie Grandma isn't a drunken old lady, nor does she die after her run-in with Dasher. The songs are stylish, and the religious overtones are of course present, but not dominant, allowing people to choose to believe in what they will and still enjoy the show. If there's anything tying this special together, it's two dinosaurs arguing over what "wassail" from "Here We Come A-Wassailing" means. I like to see if any other members remember this cartoon!! 1984's A Christmas Dream plays out exactly like a dream. The basic plot involves Orko, cutesy sidekick to heroes He-Man and She-Ra, accidentally accidentally launching a space shuttle that sends him to Earth. From shop AtypicalSemester. Sadly it played maybe 3 yrs straight. Herb keeps sneaking off and getting food from the vendors while Rex tells about the songs. It's great family fun all ages can enjoy. As a result, the WB gave us Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer in the year 2000, proving that even the most innocuous and ridiculous of songs can be stretched to feature-length—if quality isn't one of the filmmaker's goals. Still very charming, 30-plus years later. As one might expect, a big focal point is how Wolverine, grumpy Gus that he is, has absolutely no Christmas spirit. So what happened that caused The California Raisins' star to fall? Rather than take responsibility for the child himself, the woodsman (Ak) arranges for a nearby lioness to raise him, but a wood nymph eventually adopts the boy. Dozens of people gift Pee-wee fruitcakes, because he's building a new wing of the playhouse made entirely out of fruitcakes. Searched all over the internet for this about 10 years ago... Two dinosaurs become the host of a Christmas festival. The episode ends with the X-Men being invited to the Morlocks' Christmas dinner, and poor Gambit bemoaning all the time he wasted preparing a meal nobody was going to eat. In 2014, the California Raisins made a cameo appearance in the RadioShack Super Bowl XLVIII commercial " The '80s Called ". The camels really rock as do the California Raisins. 'A Claymation Christmas Celebration' was one of the trio of seasonal TV specials created by clay animation expert Will Vinton, and deservedly won an Emmy. DVD $19.99 $ 19. I loved this movie as a child, and I've watched it every Holiday season it came on. They proceed to educate us on a series of perennial Christmas songs, enacted by a wonderful bunch of characters. It takes a certain kind of bizarre to film a scene where Dinah Shore turns "12 Days of Christmas" into several hundred days and have that be the most normal part of the show. There's no real story, just a bunch of wacky claymation scenes where wacky clay figures sing Christmas songs, all wacky-like. Finally, as Claus hits old age and is ready to die, the fairies decide he's earned immortality, so they grant it to him. Star Wars' own Luke Skywalker shows up looking as orange as the sun, sitcom veteran Bea Arthur is a Mos Eisley Cantina bartender who ultimately serves no purpose at all, Chewie's dad gets excited over a sexy Diahann Carroll music video, we see a Star Wars cartoon with some of the worst animation in history, 1970s comedy stalwart Harvey Korman is a cross-dressing, four-armed, English-speaking TV chef the Wookies learn to cook from somehow, Jefferson Starship performs via Wookiee music box, and the galaxy's favorite princess, Leia, sings a "Life Day" carol to the tune of the Star Wars theme. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Christmas with the California Raisins - The California Raisins on AllMusic - 1988 - From their 1988 claymation CBS-TV special, the… Joy <3. Plenty of Christmas specials have told the origin story of Santa Claus. Orko befriends two Earth kids who are out looking for a Christmas tree. Later, Lewis sees the Rockettes rehearsing and then dreams they're toy soldiers from The Nutcracker. Grumpy's voice actress, Aubrey Plaza, apparently had fun on the job. 4.5 out of 5 stars (9) 9 reviews $ 8.00 FREE shipping Favorite Add to California Raisins PVC and poseable plush lot AtypicalSemester. After explaining Christmas to the unknowing Pacs, Santa sends Pac-Man to retrieve Santa's toys but is attacked by the ghosts along the way. Most any attempt to turn Pac-Man into anything beyond a mindless pellet-gobbler has been suspect; adding Christmas to the mix makes the whole thing even more baffling. At first I could not remember any of it. California Raisin Christmas Ornaments dellviewmusic. No. Naturally, Dream has a happy ending. If you have a sense of humor, you will enjoy this cartoon as an adult as well. Find the kids and a big lump of clay and enjoy! And, of course, we can't have an '80s claymation special without the godfathers of the genre, the California Raisins (who, in case you forgot, were talking raisins). introduce several segments featuring clay animation set to Christmas music. As she told USA Today, "The movie kind of has a Mystery Science Theater 3000 vibe to it ... you're getting Grumpy's commentary throughout the whole thing, but then Grumpy is also starring in the story." I may be a bit biased as I am not big claymation style, but still I found this a disappointing effort in terms of visuals. He gives friends odd gifts like perfume that smells like him and press-on toenails. In the early 2010's, Grumpy Cat ruled the interwebs. It went forgotten in my mind until a couple of years ago when I started my collection of Christmas movies to get me into the "spirit". Music is original with redone Christmas favorites. The music, songs, animation and story are so well done that it deserves to be aired along with other classics, seeing that it truly should be considered one. They all wind up back on Eternia, where the kids teach everyone there about the holiday spirit. Lost among all of this is how we now know Skeletor's weakness: he turns good on Christmas. Metacritic Reviews. Yes, seriously. He then wishes for world peace, which should come true at any time probably. That's not even the worst of it. You might be even lucky to see it in one of the oldest record stores across the country! What truly makes the Pee-wee Christmas Special bizarre, however, is everything else. Amazingly, the ghosts listen and let them into the Forest, because Christmas spirit (this despite their knowing virtually nothing about the holiday until right that second). Well done animation and story that makes you just want to wassail. Making the Turtles look like complete nightmares in the process most certainly is. Includes Claymation Comedy of Horrors (1991/24 min. | The California Raisins are turning out to be the hottest imaginary entertainers in the world. This is great work of Will Vinton. He does the latter anyway, because sweet X-man-in-training Jubilee gave him sad doe eyes and that's his one weakness. It was called, “The California Raisins Show”. Don't pity the fool, for, if you watched this, you're the fool. The special is co-hosted by Rex (Johnny Counterfit), an erudite Tyrannosaurus rex, and Herb (Tim Conner), a dimwitted and bespectacled Styracosaurus with a gluttonous appetite. From shop dellviewmusic. He starts creating fun things that he later calls "toys," and sets up shop at a place called the "Laughing Valley of Hohaho" (because origin stories that explain absolutely everything isn't a new Hollywood invention). Since no one we knew would have wassail we had to supply it. Waffle? I recall watching this on T.V. 99 $24.95 $24.95. Singing camels bring us "We Three Kings", Quasimodo conducts a symphony of living bells, one of whom just can't quite get it right, for "The Carol of the Bells", and there's much more. and the work in expression on these characters is simply wonderful. The poor tiger mama was never seen again. Thumbs down, not recommended. Great job, Venton! Special Guest Stars: The California Raisins! It is full of humor and it enjoyable for all ages. Bucks winds up being a nice CEO, who offers to franchise Grandma's fruitcake shop instead of buying her out. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. If you loved Deadpool's fourth-wall breaking, you might enjoy Worst Christmas. "Claymation Christmas" has been one of my favorite specials ever since I was a kid. It has the California raisins singing songs. So on the one day when he's happy and least suspecting, sneak up on him and use the power of Greyskull to waste him once and for all. Today we have the special effects done on computer, but the claymation was very impressive. Our dinosaur hosts, Rex and Herb, take us through six "music videos" of different Christmas carols. The Turtles need to buy Splinter a present, so they hit New York City, undisguised, and go shopping. Worst Christmas Ever stars Grumpy as a lonely, grumpy kitty nobody wants to adopt. The silly dinosaur sings, "Here we go a WAFFLING" and annoys the other dinosaur by not singing right! Besides the song that we know so well, they did four studio albums between 1987 to 1988. Meanwhile, Rex and Herb spend the interludes arguing over the proper ways to celebrate Christmas, including a long bit about what “wassailing” is. The director here is Oscar winner Will Vinton. Could it really be coming up on 25 years? For something so bad it was only shown on TV once, never to get a VHS or DVD release, it's somehow become almost as legendary as other, much better Star Wars movies. Lewis then joins in, also dressed as a soldier. And it was good. Each song was beautifully represented as was the picture that went with it. Oh, this movie is pure ’80s gold. Throughout the special, Rex tries to explain to Herb and other numerous characters the true meaning of the song "Here we come-a wassaling". The plot, as it were, has Han racing to get Chewie home to his family for Life Day, the Wookiee Christmas that practically invites Grinches galore. If your immediate response is, "what's that?" Everything about it is produced well, from the clay animation to the restructured songs, it's a perfect and short holiday film for the entire family. Pretty confused how this won an Emmy. My favorite Christmas special of all time is Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas. Maybe he was on the Naughty List that year. Also, there is an interesting B-story where Rex and Herb argue about the meaning of "wassail" from the carol "Here We Come a-Wassailing". Thanks to ALL who worked on this and made it a special treat for all to enjoy! Some of these scenes include a bunch of camels singing "We Three Kings," a gaggle of sentient church bells banging each other over the noggins for "Carol of the Bells" (giving new meaning to the "congratulations, you played yourself" meme), and "Angels We Have Heard on High" performed by walruses and penguins. It's hosted by 2 funny dinosaurs. And you thought an elf dreaming of dentistry was weird. For no real reason beyond "Pac-Man is a thing," Hanna-Barbera made Christmas Comes to Pac-Land in 1982. A fever dream. | Follow Herb & Rex as they host a Christmas extravaganza including ice skating walruses, carol of the bells featuring a clumsy bell and humped over conductor, trimming of the tree, Joy to the World, everyone's favorite singing fruits, the California Raisins, and many other claymation skits that are sure to have to singing the true praises of Christmas all year round. In many ways, bizarre holiday specials begin and end with the Star Wars Holiday Special. The Temptations, as the California Raisins, sings Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. So in 1987 they made a whole Christmas special based around the California Raisins singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". A wonderful bunch of wacky Claymation scenes where wacky clay figures sing Christmas songs he turns good on.! 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