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IAD Christmas Carol After-Party
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:23:07 pm »
 :daffy: Well, I've changed my ways...............so you're all invited!


*Stampede*  YAYYYYYY!



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Re: IAD Christmas Carol After-Party
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 03:18:47 pm »
??: Hold on there!!

It's a very peed off Yogi Bear on a motor scooter, with a bunch of bags under his eyes!!

Yogi: I demand compensation for the burning of Jellystone Park! And look, a lot of you toons, not to mention a lot of Toontown, are on fire!

:daffy:: Oh, really!? Well, how about this!?

:daffy: takes out a giant fire hose and hoses down all the burning toons. Then he goes all around Toontown and puts out all the fires, and finally hoses down Jellystone.

:daffy:: There! No more future apocalypse. *zips back to the mansion* And as for you, you mad bear, try Chip and Dale's new hibernation pills! For best results.....

:daffy: mallets Yogi on the head!

:daffy:: ....knock yourself out and then take a whole bunch of them!!

He dumps the whole canister into Yogi's mouth!

:daffy:: Let's celebrate!

All the toons cheer! Meanwhile, :bugs2: comes in with :bugs:, me, , and the Dogfather!

:bugs2:: Ehhh, *chomping on carrot* looks like you've changed, doc!

:daffy:: Dogfather! You're okay!

Me: He came out of his coma earlier today, and all his injuries are healed! It's simply a wonderful Christmastime miracle!

:daffy:: You won't believe what I've gotten for you! *zip out and zip back in with a box which he rips apart* A new massage chair!!

Dogfather (smiling): Oh boy. I'm quite flattered.

:bugs2:: Eh, take a sit on it, doc!

So the Dogfather relaxes very pleasingly on the massage chair. Refreshed he feels indeed!

:daffy:: And how are the human orphans, my two favorite Toads?

: Oh, they're quite fine, especially with the pensions we get from the Toontown government because of these parties!

:daffy:: Well, guess what? Things are going to get even BETTER for them! *giving me a bag of money* From now on, every Christmas I'm going to give you folks $5000!

Me (blushing): Why, thank you very much for your kindness, :daffy:!

:daffy:: And thank YOU, Toadette, for writing me into submission so that I can be this generous in the first place! :biggrin:

Yeah, this party came on short notice. Let's see how much I can write in the next few days....

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2014, 07:38:10 pm »
In the mansion's screening room, the Little Man is preparing a print of Christmas Cracker.

As the Little Man begins watching the film, however, it suddenly goes out of focus and eventually breaks!

It is then that :pink: walks into the frame, holding a pair of scissors. He settles into place and starts smoking in his usual manner.


Little Man: GRRRRR!!!! *jumping up and down*

In anger, the Little Man goes over and, using his giant shadow covering the projector light, grabs and squeezes :pink: with his giant shadow-hand, and, using his other (clenched) shadow-hand, constantly slams :pink: in the head! :pink: proceeds to take out his pair of scissors and cut one of the shadow-hands from the shadow-arm, in effect cutting out one of the Little Man's hands!

Little Man (jumping up with a Mel Blanc scream, his hand being left behind on the ground): AAAAAAAAH!!!

Just when :pink: seems fine, however, the two paper kids from the first segment of "Christmas Cracker" enter and use their separate body parts to start beating up :pink:! :pink: runs off into the distance while the floating parts chase after him, continuing to beat him up.

Misterjaw and Catfish are looking in.

Catfish: Gosh, chief, what's those kids' problem?

Misterjaw: Don't you know, you dumbcuff? "Christmas Cracker" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short of 1964. Guess what it lost to?
« Last Edit: December 22, 2014, 07:42:21 pm by Toadette »

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An egg for Christmas
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 01:28:45 pm »
In the main room, :daffy: has just given :sylvester: a present.

:sylvester:: Thufferin' thuccotash! *unwrapping* A egg! *licks lips*

Before he can eat it, though, :tweetie: pops out of it with a giant egg that he throws onto :sylvester:!

:tweetie:: Mewwy Chwistmas, puddy-tat! You got what you wanted!

:sylvester: (flattened in a curved way): On second thought, I've lost my appetite. There's only so much egg I can take before I feel terrible.

:shame:: *sobbing spoilingly* I wanted an egg!! I'm sick of Christmas cookies!

:sylvester: (taking the giant egg): So, you want an egg, eh?

He throws the giant egg onto :shame:! This time, however, the egg breaks, leaving :shame: covered in raw whites and yolk.

:sylvester:: Thpoiled brat!! *marches off*

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Little Audrey laughed and laughed...
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2014, 05:10:04 pm »
:audrey:: Say, :bugs2:, how did you think my performance as the Ghost of Christmas Past was?

:bugs2:: Eh, you could've done with more glowing text, Little Audrey! Come to think of it, though, knowing your origins, I would love to know how you reacted to the last part of the Carol, when things went uber-depressing.

:audrey:: Oh, as usual, I just laughed and laughed! *does her trademark laugh*

As she laughs, all the toons in the mansion cover their ears in pain! :donald: goes mad!

:donald:: WAAAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!!! *takes out an aluminum Christmas tree*

:audrey: stops laughing and starts running as :donald: chases her with the fake tree!

: How could you, :donald:!? That's commericialism!

: I'm afraid that's how Christmas is like now, Charlie Brown. Even our special has been turned into a vehicle for merchandise and other such stuff.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the street with :bugs2:'s mansion, :coyote: is waiting with his boxing glove spring trap from "Beep, Beep" for :roadrunner: to come.

:roadrunner: arrives in the distance....


:roadrunner:: Beep beep!

....and :coyote: shoots and, of course, misses. Instead, the boxing glove makes it all the way to :bugs2:'s mansion.....

....where, in the meantime, :audrey: has given :donald: a good hit on the head with his aluminum tree, which is now snapped in half.


:audrey:: Wow, :donald:, at least you only got one bump! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha—

.....and the boxing glove punches her face at that moment! :audrey: is thrown back to the wall.

:bugs2:: Yeesh, are you okay, :audrey:? You've got a bad black eye there.

:audrey:: Oh, it's only one black eye! *starts laughing again*

:daffy:: You know, the original :audrey:, before Famous took her in, seemed a very cynical character. Maybe if Termite Terrace had gotten her.....

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Re: IAD Christmas Carol After-Party
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2014, 08:53:50 pm »
The sound of jingle bells are heard outside of the party.
  Wait..quiet one second..I hear him!  He's coming!  HE'S COMING!!!
 :daffy: Huh?  Who's coming?  Bugs, who's coming?
The door opens to show Santa and Rudolph.

Santa:  Ho! Ho! Ho!  Merry Christmas!
everyone: Merry Christmas Santa!
Santa:  Ho! Ho! Ho! This Christmas is special because it's the 50th anniversary of my lead deer's special, so he's come to celebrate with you toons. 
Come on Rudolph, can we see you're nose glow?
 :audrey:  Yeah..gee Mr. Rudolph...let's see that nose of yours
Rudolph:  Well....ok...  glows

All the toons are in awe of his red nose.

voice:  NOW WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!
everyone: GASP
A cold breeze.  Cue music to Let It Go.  Elsa appears.
Elsa:  [singing to Let It Go]
His nose glows bright on a mountain tonight, but he isn't what he seems
The Disney merchandise proves otherwise and it looks like, I'm the queen
The crowds are howling for Frozen by their side
Rudolph couldn't keep up, heaven knows he tried...
Don't let him in, don't let them see
The red nose that glows so bright with glee
Conceal that nose, it's an old show.....
that no one knows...

Let him GO...Let him GO
Rudolph's not popular anymore...
Let him GO..Let him GO...
The popularity's gone...
Rudolph is....No longer here to stay...
Leave their characters behind.....
 
(skips to the end stanza)

Even Frosty the Snowman is out shined by Olaf...
Everyone screams for Frozen all around...
It may not rhyme, but who really cares no one asked..
There is no going back..the past is in the PAST....

Let him GO...Let him GO
Rudolph's not popular anymore...
Let him GO..Let him GO...
The popularity's gone...
Rudolph is....No longer here to stay...
Leave their characters behind.....
Rudolph's lost his red glow anyway...


Rudolph:  You mean...everyone's forgotten about me? [looks so sad]
Elsa:  Ah Ha Ha Ha!! So sorry my red beaked reindeer, but everyone's talking about Frozen.. I am the hit Christmas gift this year which means all of you toons are all no longer hip anymore.  Ah Ha Ha Ha!!!!

special thanks to Toadette who gave me some ideas for the song...I did try to use some of the ones I remembered that were really good.  I did make some changes though.

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Brainwashed?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2014, 10:23:09 pm »
:bugs2:: Now wait just a minute, bub! If Rudolph is so forgotten, then how come he's still on CBS? Why is there a Blu-ray of his special out? And most importantly, why is Gene Autry's cover of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer playing on the radio as Toadette types this!?

Elsa: That's all irrelevant. What matters is that I am representative of pretty much the most popular merchandise around! I'll go down in history! But first......time for you all to die!

Just as Elsa is winding up her ice powers, however, the door is slammed right onto her! In comes Frosty the Snowman.

Frosty: Happy birthday!

:daffy:: Don't you mean "Happy Christmas"? Frankfurterly, I'm not sure anyone's birthday is on Christmas Day.

Me: Well, actually, VoiceTalentBrendan's birthday is on the 26th. ;) And in real time, it's His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan's birthday today. Though in Japan it's already well into the 24th, but the Japanese Beetle is notably absent nonetheless.

Rudolph: Gosh, Frosty, it sure is good to see you in cel-animated form again! That "Christmas in July" movie was.......well, I don't know WHAT Rankin-Bass was thinking!

Frosty: Anyways, I'm here to warn you guys about two other characters now owned by our current owners. Simon Bar Sinister and Cad are at it again......and here is their first new victim.

Frosty uncovers the door-slammed area, indicating that he's referring to Elsa, who is knocked out.

Then :mighty: flies in (with his "The New Adventures" design).

:mighty:: Hi, folks! It's been a while since I actually appeared, but I want to warn you that two of the folks here are phonies.

:bugs2:: Let's just cut to the chase. *begins to eye Santa*

Santa: Uh......what's up doc? Ho ho ho, I'm the real Santa!

But :bugs2: tears the mask right off, revealing Simon Bar Sinister!!

Rudolph: What!? What's going on here!? *notices Frosty edging towards the door* Wait a second, "Frosty"!

He runs in front of Frosty and, using his red nose, melts him! And guess what....he turns out to be Cad!

Simon: Drat! Foiled by a furry hero again!

Rudolph: What did you do with Santa, Simon Bar Sinister!? And what's this whole plan of yours about!?

Simon: It's elementary school, my dear Rudolph. I brainwashed Elsa so that she would hate you and "Rank-and-Base", as Mark Kausler used to call your little studio, in general. Then I locked Santa up, and disguised as him, while Cad, for whatever reason, melted Frosty and took on his appearance. From there, I would take you over to this mansion, where I had prepared Elsa to sing her little song in order to ruin your confidence and give you the idea that Disney was involved in a conspiracy to ruin your popularity!! Then she would kill all your cel-animated friends.

It was the perfect scheme, but you, Cad, had to ruin everything by barging in early when I told you to stay OUT!! Then that :mighty: tipped us off! You know what, let's ditch this joint! And take the girl! Plus, I'm deducting your salary by half for self-destructing this otherwise genius plan.

Cad: Gosh, boss!

Cad takes Elsa, and he and Simon run out.....to find that :mighty: has destroyed their getaway sleigh!

:mighty:: All right, villainous scum, you've nowhere to go!

Simon: On the contrary, I have a backup getawayer!

Simon takes out a stick with a propeller attached and, with Cad (holding Elsa) hanging on as well, flies off.

:mighty:: Hey, get back here!!

:mighty: flies off into the distance, chasing after them.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2014, 10:37:16 pm by Toadette »

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Re: IAD Christmas Carol After-Party
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2014, 11:24:53 pm »
Rudolph:  Well, I'm sure glad Christmas is safe.  Hey, look.

Simon and Cad had dropped Elsa in the middle of the snow.

 :bugs2:  Ehh..come on everybody, let's bring her into the cold.

Elsa gets warmed up by the fire and wakes up.

Rudolph:  Are you ok Miss Elsa?
Elsa:  Oh Rudolph, I'm so sorry for my behavior towards you.  You deserve the same popularity as you have an important job.  You keep the kids just as entertained as I do, but your's is extra special because you only come around once a year. 
Rudolph:  Aww gee Miss Elsa..I just.  [Rudolph turns red as his nose]

 :bugs2:  Alright Daffy...now that you've changed your ways...did you invite Sailor Moon at last....
 :daffy: Too be fair I tried.  Sailor Moon and the others said they could come, but Sailor Mars is still sick from Thanksgiving.  I wonder why?

Back in Simon's Lair

Simon:  Drat..sigh...oh well, at least my little plan which has been delayed is still in the works.  And this time we've got toon town for sure.
Cad:  Yeah boss, with the candy plan of your's and Sailor Mars being the one handing them out and her appetiteb of toons because of you...
Simon: DON'T go there again...I changed some plans.  Instead of Mars going around..she will be inviting all the toons to her place rather than Bugs's for New Years Eve.  That way, we shall get all the toons together and then...heh heh heh...NO MORE TOONTOWN!!
Cad:  But how?
Simon:  I shall tell you after Christmas. 

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The stolen Stollen
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2014, 12:09:32 pm »
Back at the mansion...

:bugs2:: Well, we're lucky that the fake Santa this year was Simon Bar Sinister and not the Grinch's cousin peddling some provocative band!

:daffy:: Oh, and I almost forgot! I baked a German Christmas fruitcake, called Stollen. The worst thing you could do today is NOT eat it!

So all the toons are gathered around the large kitchen table, with a covered platter in the center. When :daffy: opens it, however, he does a wild take....the cake is missing!!

:daffy:: Where is it!? I spent three hours making this pure unadulterated deliciousness, and now it's missing!! My Stollen has been stolen!! *turning to everybody with a suspicious face* All right, you depraved cookies, which one of you ate it!?

Cookie (:buddy:'s wife): Don't blame me, :daffy:! Much less call me depraved!

Rudolph: I just arrived!

:bugs2:: Eh, not me, doc!

Hubie: Gee, if Boit and I took it, then why aren't our stomachs full?

:mickey:: Gosh, not me!

:goofy:: I already fail at making cakes!

:dodo:: Not my zany self! I have a distaste for too much sweetness!

:daffy:: Oh, really? Well what about YOU, Tom and Jerry!?

:porky:: D-d-d-d- :daffy:, you're pointing at the mansion's p-p-p-portrai-p-p-portra-uh, pictures of Tom Stathes and Jerry Beck.

:daffy: (whose finger grows limp): .......oh, uh, silly me. :redface: I meant YOU, :tom: and :jerry:!

:tom: and :jerry:, surprised, shrug in unknowing.

:daffy:: Hmmm, not speaking, eh?

:bugs2: (at the fourth wall): You know, folks, I'm getting rather tired of this intrigue.

Meanwhile, Baby Bowser is flying on his machine as seen in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Baby Bowser: Eee-hee-hee-hee-hee! Boy, when the guys at the Videoville Villain Party see this *holding up the Stollen* cake I brought back, I'll finally be accepted as a villain of my own!

But suddenly :bugs: pops out from under, holding a mistletoe!

:bugs:: Kiss me, my beloved turtle!! *trying to smooch*

Under the distraction, the flying machine starts to go in for a crash landing!

Baby Bowser (trying to let go): Ow—quit it!! I thought Sogturtle was your favorite turtle!! Stop—

The machine crash-lands in front of 's castle. , who is tending to the orphans, comes out.

: Now who would, or why would anyone, create this much noise on Christmas? *notices the turned-over machine and the hearts coming out of it* Hmmmm....

goes over and, with all her strength, lifts over the machine. Luckily, the sight is less disturbing than she thought it would be.....:bugs: is merely still trying to smooch Baby Bowser.

Baby Bowser: Oh, quit it! Peach, you gotta help me here!!

(smiling while picking up the stolen Stollen): Oh, I'll help you........bring back this Stollen you stole! It's Christmas; if there's ONE day that you should not steal on, it's this one!

Later, 's carriage pulls up to :bugs2:'s mansion; comes out with the cake.

She opens the door to find :daffy: whipping a :speedy: doll!!


:daffy:: Come on, you mouse! *whip* If you're so fast at running, *whip* then why aren't you a fast talker!? *whip*

:speedy: (to the fourth wall): He's a loco duck, all right. But I still like him.

: Stop, :daffy:! I have the missing Stollen here. Baby Bowser pilfered it.

:daffy: (taking the Stollen): Oh, thank you, ! By the way, I've donated to your orphanage. Toadette has the money.

Me: Here you go, mother!

: Well, thank YOU, sir! ;D Surely you wouldn't mind if I stuck around a bit, would you? Toadsworth is caring for the orphans for me.

:bugs2:: Eh, why not? We're pretty much just trying to blow off steam here after the big Carol.

:dodo:: Yeah, like THIS!!

:dodo: pulls opens a black hole that starts sucking in everything!! Before any serious damage can be done, however, and indeed just as the Stollen is about to be stolen away forever, :bugs2: plugs the hole up with a giant cork.

:bugs2: (gesturing with his fingers): A-bup-bup-bup! NOT like that.
« Last Edit: December 24, 2014, 12:32:45 pm by Toadette »

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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2014, 07:33:20 pm »
Out on the street,  :sniff: is seen lonely and sad...
 
:sniff: : Once again, Mary Jane did not make it to the party. (sniff, sniff)

Ness: Hey, buddy! Why are you so sad? It's Christmas Eve!

 :sniff: : My special friend Mary Jane hasn't shown up yet.

Ness: Mary Jane!? I think I know her. She was at the Videoville Christmas Party. Buddy, I don't think she is going to make it anytime soon. She's passed out from drinking too much egg nog.

 :sniff: : Well, she always had a weakness for egg nog.

Suddenly, a car stops by the sidewalk. The door opens, and an obese female figure comes out. The figure turns out to be none other than...

 :sniff: : OH MY GOSH, MARY JANE!!! YOU'RE FAT!!!!  :o

Mary Jane: Yep! That's what happens around the holidays. You gain weight like there's no tomorrow!

Ness: We need to get you on the scales!

Catfish (pops from a newby sewer lid): Did somebody say scales?

Ness: Beat it!

Catfish goes back in the sewers.

Ness: So just hop on the conveniently located coin-operated scale and it will guess your weight.

Mary Jane hops on the scales. She ends up weighing...

Mary Jane: 450 POUNDS!!!!

 :sniff: : It's okay! Just try not to gain any more of those holiday pounds.

: Greetings, everyone. and I have arrived to wish you some holiday greetings. (to Mary Jane) My, you're a lovely miss. Here, have 450 pounds!

 :sniff: : OH NO!!! SHE DOUBLED HER WEIGHT!!

Mary Jane: Honestly, what am I going to do with so much British money?

rolls his eyes. Him and his master exit.

Ness: Come on,  :sniff: and Mary Jane, let's go inside  :bugs2: 's mansion for a nice cup of cocoa over an open fireplace. I can keep it going with my PK thunder.
« Last Edit: December 24, 2014, 07:36:20 pm by Mister Bighead »
Happy Holidays, everyone!

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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2014, 07:47:35 pm »
Back inside...

: I finally done it! After so many years, I made the perfect holiday fish!

: It looks good, Chuck! Now everyone is going to love it!

: Here, Linus! Why don't you try a sampling of my fish.

chews some of the fish and makes a disgusted face.

: Well, um, I...

: Charles, it looks like Linus isn't a fan of your fish.

: Marcie's right. It isn't very good.

: Aaugh! Everything I touched gets ruined!

: Cheer up, Charlie Brown. Maybe you can make some Christmas toast!

: I can't even make that without messing everything up!

: Well, you can feed it to the dog.

: Here , you can have the fish I made. I don't think it should go to waste.
Happy Holidays, everyone!

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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2014, 08:04:09 pm »
walks outside all depressed. He stops by Lucy's psychiatrist stand.

: 50 cents for psychiatrist help! Good grief!

: The price was raised due to inflation.

: Man, the economy makes the holidays more depressing!

: What seems to be the trouble?

: I'm depressed. I thought I made the best holiday fish ever, but it ended up being a disaster. Linus thought it tasted awful.

: If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the recipe?

: How to Cook for Forty Humans. Here, I have the book with me.

: (going through the book and finding the Christmas fish recipe) Charlie Brown, this Christmas fish is 4,500 calories! Do you know what that could do to people?

: It could make them fat?

: Exactly! If people ended up liking your fish, you would have put them in danger of gaining some of those holiday pounds.

: Well, I guess I'm sort of a hero! I guess that sort of makes people want to treat me with respect!

: Exactly! No go inside, and have some fun.

: Thanks, Lucy! (goes back inside)

: Then again, if people did gain weight from the fish, they could've talked to me about the emotional side effects of being overweight while checking their weights on the coin-operated scale next to me. Well, maybe there's more fattening foods at the party. could definitely gain some weight.
Happy Holidays, everyone!

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« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2014, 12:20:53 am »
Inside, most of everybody is drinking cocoa over a PK Thunder-powered fireplace. The Stollen has been stolen into everybody's stomachs. In the kitchen....

 :daffy: : I heard your real-life supervisor was unable to get Looney Tunes Platinum Collections 1 and 2, so here you go, Toadette!

Me: Why, thank you! Oh, if only I—or Toontown and Videoville in general—were as real as these parties would have people thinking. And how went your Stollen?

 :daffy: : Certainly it got a better reception than that fish. Look, 's getting sick from that horribleness!

Gagging, turns green, purple, and plaid before doing a dramatic death scene!

: Oh no, I killed him! Not even my dog can stand that dumb fish! AUUGGGHH!! *runs off in frustration*

Me: Hmmmmm.....maybe needs a little love, is all.

I stand up 's corpse and start decorating it with a bunch of ornaments and lights from a box nearby, whereupon he starts growing coniferous branches.

Me (to the tune of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"): Ooh, ooh ooooooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh, ooh oooooooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh....

As I do this, however, comes to and notices what has happened to him and what I am doing!

(very angry): RAAAAASGDHAGRHRHRHAAAHGGH—

In a drybrushed whirl, transfers all the ornaments and lights and tree branches to me! Such it is that I'm the Christmas tree now, and adds on a star on top of my pileus.

(continuing from where I left off): Ooh, ooh ooooooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh....(continues)

Me: I don't know what I was thinking with this.

(upset at how I'm speaking): *ranting in Melendez-speak*

Me: Fine, I'll be quiet!

So continues his vocalising of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing".

Me (whispering to you readers on the other side of the fourth wall): Anyways, for my final Animated Musing for this season—if you folks are looking for a different special about the TRUE true meaning of Christmas besides "A Charlie Brown Christmas", I would highly recommend Chuck Jones's "A Very Merry Cricket", from 1973, as an alternative.

It is distinctly more visual in its communication of how commercialism and the problems of human pettiness have polluted the season, along with, naturally, the meaning of Christmas. Despite the fact that it's a sequel to "The Cricket in Times Square", it is more personal of a film than Jones's famous Grinch.

The way I see it, there are two main reasons why this unique cartoon has not achieved the fame of the Grinch. One is elaborated upon in Thad Komorowski's most recent WBGO podcast—the Grinch was made at a time when Christmas specials were a relatively new thing, and the makers of the specials—whether Rankin-Bass, Bill Melendez, or Chuck Jones—were encouraged to put as much effort in as possible, as they did not know whether they would be able to make such specials again. In contrast, by 1973 it seems that Christmas specials, even those talking about the meaning of the season, were very commonplace, and nearly all the studios had gotten into the act.

The other reason, and one that many serious critics might point out, is that, as mentioned above, it is a very personal film, made clearly according to Jones's whims. Said critics might take it further and call it Jones's by-this-time-unrestrained pretentious ego at work, and I would not entirely object to that. I might even call it Jones trying to prove that quality animation CAN be done on television, and that one does not need monologues to express the true meaning of Christmas.

If one looks at how Jones was railing against "illustrated radio" and the lack of actual animation in his later years, one can pinpoint what he was going for with this special. Drawings and/or inanimate things come to life, after all, are the basic root of animation. However, it seems that Jones took it a little too far with the striking visuals and overall artiness, at least too far to appeal to a general audience, so to speak.

The results are, nonetheless, quite charming; the final sequence, in particular, which looks like something that could have come from the National Film Board of Canada, is surely one of the greatest things Jones ever did in his post-WB years. For those of you who haven't seen it, I would recommend you check it out at least once!

Now that it's officially Christmas Day by IAD time, I think now—midnight—would be a good time to finish this story. We've had a long, wonderful year of parties for this 10th anniversary of the independent GAC forums—so join us on the 26th, when Sailor Mars's mansion will host the GAC-IAD 10th Anniversary New Year's Wrap Party! It'll be one last romp on these old IAD forums before the move occurs. See you then, and Happy Christmas! ;)

The camera pulls back to reveal all the toons (and video game characters) singing the last lines of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" around me! The following text fades in above me, and I look up at it:

Happy Christmas from the IAD Forums!

With one final wink from me ;) , fade out.
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