By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
Many animated Christmas specials (from 19xx to 2000) are considered tradition, and others–the newer stuff–are jockeying for position as a fan favourite in today’s holidays. Of the channels I’m subscribed to (or are part of my regular network package), the content is not feeling as fresh as it could be. YTV is generally my go to channel, but these days, this station is including programming that mixes up decades and a few new things as staples for the season.
They offer a bit of new content. There’s plenty of top ten or twelve, but I’m tightening the belt on making it five!
In the proper category of one-offs, Netflix has a beautiful continuation to their 2017 hit, Angela’s Christmas, with Angela’s Christmas Wish.
On HBO Max is Bugs Bunny’s 24 Carrot Holiday Special. When considering a bunch of movies pulled from theatrical showings are coming to this streaming service in 2021, now is a good time to subscribe. On Shudder, A Creepshow Holiday Special has caught my curiosity and I must take advantage of this service’s 7 day free preview to check it out. This program airs Dec 18th.
On Nickelodeon, a lot of their new and old programs aired their respective specials–namely The Casagrande’s Christmas Special and The Loud House. They’re more like holiday episodes than outright specials but they’re enjoyable to see nonetheless. While some people prefer the old, like good ol’ Charlie Brown, I’m at the point of simply wanting new content.
But as for regular programming from the past twenty years, there’s only a handful of shows which I’d happily watch time and time again.
Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular
It’s a Spongebob Christmas
Tiny Toon Adventures Christmas
Toy Story That Time Forgot
Pineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation