The Top 5: Forgotten Animated Christmas Specials from the 90s
It’s officially December and that means we can finally start breaking out Christmas posts with reckless abandon! Last year we featured not one, not two, FOUR Top 5 posts featuring forgotten Christmas specials and movies and this year we’re looking to add a few more to your viewing list. Consider it an early gift from us to you… but if you feel like it, you can return the favor by letting us know which ones we missed – leave a comment below!
Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish (1999)
Wild, zany and often times completely bonkers, the trio of Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner were orphans who caused all manner of havoc for the citizens of Hollywood, CA. Wakko’s Wish, the only Animaniacs movie, finds them transported back in time in a frantic quest to find a shooting star (which they believe will grant them a wish). While not specifically a Christmas special, the film does take place during winter and shares some of the traditional Christmas special motifs.
It’s a Very Merry Eek’s-mas (1993)
Over the course of it’s five season run, Eek! the Cat had it’s fair share of brilliant moments, most of which revolved around pop culture parody. In it’s second Christmas special, It’s a Very Merry Eek’s-mas, the show finds Eek and his main antagonist, Sharky, taking over for Santa Claus after the big guy and his elves go on strike due to a lack of Christmas spirit.
The Forgotten Toys: The Night After Christmas (1995)
Released in the shadow of Toy Story, though not necessarily related, The Forgotten Toys is a heart-warming tale of two toys (a bear and a doll) thrown away after Christmas. Torn and tattered, the two form a bond that finds them in search of a new home with children who will love them (loose stitching and all). Shades of Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper and The Christmas Toy abound.
Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992)
In a classic cartoon villain move, Dr. Claw takes control of Santa’s elves through the use of and replaces the “jolly old soul” with the intent of ruining his reputation by making defective toys. As expected, Inspector Gadget goofs up and confuses the real Santa as the culprit and arrests him while Penny and Brain help to foil Dr. Claw’s plot behind the scenes.
Pinky and the Brain: A Pinky and the Brain Christmas
Somewhat taking this post full circle with another entry from KidsWB!, A Pinky And The Brain Christmas is perhaps one of my all time favorite animated Christmas specials for obvious reasons. There’s top notch voice acting, a great cast, funny jokes and a truly satisfying ending that stays true to who Pinky and The Brain are as characters. Looking back, I can see where this special may have influenced Family Guy’s Road to the North Pole (another must-see).