Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas specials you may have forgotten

These shows just don't get shown 24-7 like "A Christmas Story." Which ones do you remember?

--The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas. (1973) Casey Kasem narration! Tommy Smothers as Ted E. Bear!

--The Glo Friends Save Christmas (1985). Remember that Glo-Worm toy? Yeah. Featuring the voices of "All in the Family" stars Carroll O'Connor and Sally Struthers. Watch it online.

--He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1985). Perhaps the best title of the bunch. Awesomeness. Just try to follow the plot summary at Wikipedia. That thing's as complicated as Ulysses.

--Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. (1977) Rankin/Bass greatness! Yet somehow not nearly a famous as Rudolph and crew.

--Ziggy's Gift. (1982) Look, has Ziggy ever been funny or witty? Yet this thing won a Emmy. Also, the Wikipedia summary was apparently translated from the Bulgarian or something. Actual line: "Ziggy lets the cat know the fealling his mutchle but the cat is need at the poor famlys house more."

--Raggedy Ann and Andy in the Great Christmas Caper. (1978) Raggedy Ann must have had a slight comeback in the 1970s. I had and loved the doll and had a couple of the Johnny Gruelle storybooks, too. Wholesome yet somehow mischievious, I loved her. That said, I don't ever remember seeing this special, which includes the encasing of toys in something called "gloopstick."

--A Snow White Christmas. (1980) Do not remember this AT ALL. Was it even shown in this country? Snow White and KING Charming have a daughter, also named Snow White, with snow white hair?

--The Night The Animals Talked. (1970). Kind of a cult fave. Apparently passed around on bootleg tapes like The Star Wars Holiday Special, only, you know, not as crappy.

--The House Without a Christmas Tree. (1970) Aw, I loved these Gail Rock books, in part because they were written by a "Gail" and my name was just not that common. But also, who couldn't love Addie, when her dad blames her for killing her mom and won't let her have a Christmas tree, and then she wins one at school? There were other holiday books (The Thanksgiving Treasure, Addie and the King of Hearts) and all were awesome.











2 comments:

Dimestore Lipstick said...

Here's another one you never see--"A Wish for Wings that Work". Bloom County's Opus and Bill the Cat help Santa. I remember that it was very sweet, and rather beautiful.

Anonymous said...

This movie made a big impression on me when I was a kid, but I think I only saw it once. Alexa Kenin! it seems like she was in everything in the Seventies.