Another great list of forgotten Christmas specials. I don't know if you've ever heard of this one, but may I suggest The Tiny Tree for the next list? The animation is mediocre but the simple story and powerful message really stuck with me.
For some reason, I vaguely remember Bluefoot- I think that was screened over Christmas on the CBBC segment on BBC1 in the early 1990s. I'm surprised to see Father Christmas on the list, but I guess the American networks haven't taken a shine to it, unlike here in the UK. It has been screened ever since its premiere in the early 1990s on Channel 4. I thought some of the other Briggs adaptations, like Ivor the Invisible or The Bear, were lesser known then that special. I have just checked out a few of them specials last year, and I was glad to have seen them. Cartoon Brew had an entry all about Ziggy's Gift, and mentions that some of the animation came from the legendary animator Eric Goldberg (of Aladdin's Genie fame). I also had issues with Williams' A Christmas Carol too, mainly as I felt it was rushed in places, but does has some lovely animation.
There are a lot of these I've not seen before expect for 9, 6, 3 & 1.
I never watched a lot of the Yogi movie so I can't say much about it; the Father Christmas one is after the Snowman, Santa even sees James with his Scraf & a different Snowman (Santa even comments about it) and have you seen the Snowman & the Snowdog that was released this Christmas?; I do remember this from CiTV when it was played, but I think that was the first time I saw the Forgotton Toys; this one I didn't know what it was... for 3 seconds when I saw what it was. I remember seeing this when I was young, but only the ending because that was the only thing that was taped. I didn't know it's name until you mentioned it Chad. Thank you!
Loved it...and I need to look up at least a Clip of that Cindy bear dance. and Oh god...Annabelle's Wish... I remember watching that as a kid...made me cry then too. I mean I cried just watching your little recap of it. >.< good Christmas specials always do that to me.
I got to get my hands on some of these specials, the troll one seems delightfully absurd, the Bernstein Bears one doesn't look too bad especially since I love the ending and Ziggy's Gift seems hilarious and heartwarming at the same time.
Wonderful list. I wish I got to see most of these when I was younger. Have you ever seen Olive the Other Reindeer? If yes, what are your thoughts on it? For me, it's not that bad of a Christmas special, but most of the songs are forgettable and not very well done...however the voice acting is pretty good and the animation (I'm guessing they used Flash) was pretty decent. Plus, I remember seeing it with one of my family members one night on Nickelodeon, and that along with other Christmas memories, are the reason why I not only love Christmas, but it also leaves me feeling happy and relaxed. Anyway, sorry for rambling on. Wonderful video.
Pretty nice list, and I actually remember a good majority of these (I didn't think Yogi's First Christmas was that forgotten since Warner Bros. did put it out on DVD a couple of years back and I actually have it). One special that I was hoping would make the list was Santa Bear's High Flying Adventure, which honestly hardly anyone remembers these days, and that special only aired once on CBS (I did my own video on it last month).
Believe I remember seeing the Berestien's shown in my second or third grade classes and I glanced at the Ziggy one briefly on Nick Jr. For some reason I've always seemed to avoid Annabelle's Wish for some odd reason.
I know the Halloween counterpart of Gift of Winter more-so from viewing it on the Disney Channel once and for some time was trying to remember what it was called.
I saw the Yogi one a plenty on Cartoon Network in its earlier years. For some reason I never quite remembered the mistletoe song much. Maybe it was edited out? o.o Also that one line the Hermit keeps saying keeps sounding like "Christmas Jews" the way he says it. XD
Wow, I can't believe you were aware of Annabelle's Wish (or heck, that anybody besides me remembered it). And to put it as number 2! I used to watch that special every Christmas when I was younger. Aw, good old nostalgia.
Thank you so much for the shout out to Hans Conrid, whose always been one of my favorite voice actors and old school comedians, ever since I first saw him in a late night airing of "The Ten Thousand Fingers of Doctor T", well back in 1991.
I had no idea that anyone else remembered annabelle's wish. I figured it was just that one movie that people would see at a video store (god, I sound old saying that) and just didn't think was that good. Anybody else have a movie like that?
Yeah, I used to have a lot of these; Once upon a Forest was one of them. In fact, before I saw your first x-mas special list, Christmas is Here Again was one of them. I can tell you right now that I did feel really stupid afterward.
Oh my god this is awesome, I was just about to say thank you for mentioning Annabelle's Wish....!!! It's one of my favorites, me and my mother watch it every year. And don't worry CR, I love Tom Sawyer too. I have a lot of obscure "video store" gems like that <3
Trying to think of one to add to the list. .n. I can't XD
Awesome episode, dude!! So happy you mentioned Annabelle's Wish! Kinda wish Twas teh Night Before Bumpy was mentioned too, but oh well. Anyway, can't wait for the next episode. I'll keep my fingers crossed.