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The Top 5: Forgotten Animated Christmas Specials from the 90s

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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).

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  • Kurt Baringer

    You forgot “A Wish for Wings That Work”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103272/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5QI4ESioUM

    It was a great but under-appreciated holiday special from 1991. It had so much to like about it: great animation, a haunting soundtrack, a solid and original story, and superb voice acting. It should be a classic… but it’s not.

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Thanks for adding that one, Kurt! I’ve never actually heard of it before, but I can’t wait to add it to this year’s Christmas queue! :D

  • http://www.scabfarm.com Xero

    Rocko’s Modern Christmas!

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Nice one! How could I forget Rocko?!

  • http://www.robotghost.net Robot Ghost

    What about the Bump in the Night Christmas Special Twas the Night Before Bumpy as well as the Online Adventures of Ozzie the Elf.

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Ah, I loved Bump in the Night – never knew they had a Christmas special though. I’m trying to find some footage of Ozzie the Elf online too, looks like its stop motion. :D

      • http://www.robotghost.net Robot Ghost

        here is a song from the Bump in the night special

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNN6sZHOWL4

        and this looks like the only video I could find for the Ozzie the Elf Special

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUpDui4ufgs

        • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

          Those snowmen soldiers in Bump are awesome!

          Yeah, that’s the only video I could find too. I did get a lead on Facebook for Ozzie… might try to follow that up and see if there’s a way to get it uploaded this year.