A Look at Warner Bros Cartoon Christmas Episodes

INDEX:

Batman TAS-Christmas With the Joker
It’s a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special
Animanics-Twas the Day Before Christmas/Others
Animanics-A Christmas Plotz
Tazmania-No Time for Christmas
A Pinky and the Brain Christmas
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries-It Happened One Night Before Christmas
Freakazoid-In Arm’s Way
Batman TAS-Holiday Knights
Animanics-The Christmas Tree
Pinky, Elemyra and the Brain-Yule be Sorry
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries-Feather Christmas
Static Shock-Frozen Out
Baby Looney Tunes-Christmas in July
What’s New Scooby Doo-A Scooby Doo Christmas
Justice League-Comfort and Joy
A Mucha Lucha! Christmas
Krypto the SuperDog-A Storybook Holiday
Tom and Jerry Tales-Ho Ho Horror
Batman The Brave and the Bold-Invasion of the Secret Santas
MAD-The Da Grinchy Code
MAD-Undercover Claus
The Looney Tunes Show-A Christmas Carol
MAD-Fantastic Four Christmases
Teen Titans Go-Second Chrristmas
The Tom and Jerry Show-The Plight Before Christmas
Teen Titans Go-The True Meaning of Christmas
Be Cool Scooby Doo-Scary Christmas
Teen Titans Go-Teen Titans Save Christmas
Be Cool Scooby Doo-Scroogey Doo
Justice League Action-Party Animal

Unikitty-Top of the Naughty List

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, now it is time for our official Christmas episode review roundup! I explained before why we’re doing the Warner Bros Cartoon ones this year, so back to that Halloween post to see why, if your’re not caught up. This should be more fun than that one as we have more episodes, and thus more variety.

And by that I mean we’ll have fewer Teen Titans Go Episodes in a row to deal with. But will these episodes be any good? What will the highlights be? Let’s dig into this big feast and find out!

This, is A Look at Warner Bros Cartoon Christmas Episodes

Christmas With the Joker [Batrman TAS]

Season 1, Episode 2

Writer: Eddie Gorodetsky

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: November 12, 1992

After escaping Arkham Asylum on Christmas Eve, the Joker takes over Gotham’s airwaves and terrorizes the city for a crime. He challenges Batman and Robin to find his hidden TV studio and free his hostages – Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock and Summer Gleeson – before midnight.

This episode was good. It’s not a big heavy hitter per say but it was pretty enjoyable. This episode was actually the first  appearance of Mark Hamil’s Joker and he makes a great first impression. His very first scene has him breaking out of Arkham with a Christmas tree after singing Jingle Bells Batman Sells.

This episode establishes Joker as a threat that will still be very fun to watch. You can tell it is an early episode since the plot isn’t super complicated and arguably could have been told in 11 minutes. But what they do with it makes it enjoyable.

Them going around the city to stop the Joker’s stuff makes a fun plot, and they get a lot of the Christmas imagery. It’s a good example of the whole Butt kicking Christmas thing. Side note, I love how Bruce has never seen It’s a Wonderful life because he couldn’t get past the title. Nice.

It doesn’t do anything amazing but it is a a fun time with a solid set up and a good introduction to a great version of a classic foe. If you want a more action-y holiday episode, this is a solid fit to check it out, even if won’t be one of your all time favorites.

It’s a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special

Season 3, Episode 20

Writers: Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 6, 1992

Acme Acres has a problem since Buster Bunny is considering quitting Tiny Toons. Before Buster can throw himself out of the picture, his guardian toon angel shows him the consequences of the TV show if he never was the star in the first place.

This episode was decent. It’s an enjoyable take on the Wonderful Life story, but I do think the pacing takes away from it a bit. It takes too long to actually get to the plot so it doesn’t have quite as much time to play out as it needs, and even the wrap up is a bit too long.

It’s 22 minutes so this isn’t a big deal but it didn’t have quite the impact it could have. What we get works well enough, life how Plucky is now the star and that stuff is pretty funny. It’s just the pacing does make it more enjoyable than full on impactful.

But I don’t think it was meant to be taken super seriously so it works an enjoyable story. Also, the reveal of who the rabbit angel actually is, IS pretty great.

It takes too long to get going and it’s not one of the best takes on this story I’ve seen, but they still have fun with the idea and also include a decent song at the end. Some of the hit or miss impressions Night Ghoulery had are still here but overall this was enjoyable.

Not great but still fine.

Twas the Day Before Christmas (and others) [Animaniacs]

Season 1, Episode 49

Writers: Randy Rogel, Tom Ruegger, Deanna Oliver, and Tom Minton

Runtime: 22 minutes (the Christmas segments don’t toTal up to that but whatever)

Airdate: November 29, 1993

Slappy tells Skippy a story about the studio’s plans to deliver Christmas presents to the Warners, with Ralph standing in for Santa Claus.

This episode was good. Well, rEally it’s the first segment that I really like. Jingle Boo is okay but it’s just another Chicken Boo segment, but with a nice happy ending. There’s also a Great Wakoritti segment that’s fun but just there.

So yeah, it’s the main segment that sticks out. It’s told in rhyme and they have a lot of fun with mixing those in with the jokes. There’s also good use of some of the other characters, and it all comes together to make something pretty funny. Not fantastic per say but pretty good.

I’m a sucker for rhyming and this does that pretty well. The other segments are okay but the first segment makes the episode worth watching. It’s fun, check it out.

A Christmas Plotz/Little Drummer Warners [Animaniacs]

Season 1, Episode 50

Writers: Randy Rogel, Paul Rugg, Earl Kress, Tom Ruegger

Runtime: 22 Minutes overall

Airdate: December 6, 1993

A Warner version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with the Warners as ghosts and Thaddeus Plotz as Ebenezer Scrooge./A retelling of the birth of Jesus, set to several familiar carols.

This episode was good. A Christmas Plotz is the main segment here and it’s a pretty good take on A Christmas Carol. It’s fairly straightforward but the format is really good, from Slappy’s cameo to what Baby Plotz was like. The latter really got me good.

And for a 11/15-ish minute episode, it does tell the story decently well. The ending is as effective as it could be, even if it of course focuses on the jokes. It’s a decent mix they strike here, even if the humor is the reason to watch it.

Little Drummer Warners is odd as it plays out like a straight forward telling of the birth of Jesus, just with the Warners. There’s not many jokes until their song at the end. But oddly enough, it’s pretty effective. I’d say I like IT more than the full animated film version we got last year.

I would have liked a more comedic take, but this one oddly works. Overall, a strong segment and one oddly effective one makes for a pretty solid episode that I enjoyed more than the other one. And even if you find the latter segment dry, the first has enough humor to make up for it.

Both make for a solid episode worth seeking out.

No Time for Christmas [Tazmania]

Episode 40

Writers: Mark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Mark Evanier

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 25, 1993

With everybody in Tazmania getting ready for Christmas, Taz makes a trip across the Outback to deliver gifts to his friends.

This episode was fine. It’s generally decent but it didn’t quite knocks my socks off. My main problem is that it feels like an 11 minute plot stretched to 22 minutes. The plot works fine but it’s not especially complicated and they have to pad it out a lot to get it to this length.

It’s a very simple story so there’s no need for the extra time. Otherwise, IT was indeed fine. It’s not especially great in terms of comedy or heart but it does fine in both camps. There’s some funny 4th wall jokes (like how Taz’s sister says the episodes title doesn’t give her an excuse to be thoughtless) and Tazis pretty likable with how He just wants to spread Christmas cheer but everyone is more focused on other things.

It leads to a nice ending as it works. It’s just a story this simple doesn’t need to be this long, ya know? Nothing here is anything that special compared to some of these others, but as it is is perfectly fine. It’s somewhat a skip in the grander scheme of holiday episodes, but if you’ve never seen it and are curious, it wouldn’t hurt to try it out if you’ve seen most of these already.

Just don’t expect anything grand.

A Pinky and the Brain Christmas

Season 1, Episode 9

Writer: Peter Hastings

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 13, 1995

Brain builds a toy based on him called a “Noodle Noggin Doll”, which has the power to hypnotize people so he can order the world to obey him. Taking a job as one of Santa’s elves, he puts the doll on every Christmas list in the world, so that every household receives a doll so he can take over the world.

Eh, this episode was fi-oh I’m not fooling anyone, this episode was pretty great. You’ve likely heard praise for this one in other places and this place is another one of them. I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up but it ended up still being really good.

The main plot is a solid one and it allows for plenty of good jokes. Brain and Pinky’s chemistry is strong and gives us most of the best jokes, but they are some clever zingers like The Brain’s Donner Party comment. Pinky is one of the better dumb characters out there as he is actually likable and doesn’t usually hurt anyone besides The Brain, who usually deserves it.

This shows off that off really well, especially with the ending. Yes, it’s every bit as emotional as I remember and was a nice cap to the story. And in contrast to the previous episode, they actually fill the 22 minutes up nicely and it actually goes rather quickly in a good way.

I personally don’t have any problems with this one. All the jokes land, the plot is solid, and the ending is relaly nice to see. It’s got everything you’d want out of a Pinky and the Brain Christmas special and is the definition of a must watch.

So yeah, it’s good.

It Happened One Night Before Christmas[ The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries]

Season 1, Episode 10

Writers: Tim Cahill and Julie McNally

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 16, 1995

Granny tries to figure out who has her brother’s $8,000 he made from his company.

This episode was the definition of…okay. It had some pros and cons but overall it did nothing too special in either direction. The best way to describe is that it’s like those Tom and Jerry movies where they do a bunch of slapstick while a real plot is happening in the background.

It’s far more than enjoyable than those as there is some decent humor at times, but it’s the same kind of thing. The mystery isn’t meant to be that unpredictable so it kind of lives on the humor which is just…fine. I liked some of the rhyming narration but there’s weird gaps without it.

The Christmas element is mostly just set dressing, as it could have just been a winter episode. I’m not expecting anything too deep out of this kind of show though, so it’s not the biggest deal. It’s just the average-ness would be easier to be fine with if maybe the Christmas element was stronger.

As it is, this was just there. It was perfectly fine to watch but it didn’t get much of a reaction out of me and it didn’t seem too different from your typical episode. It’s not painful or anything, but if you want a memorable Christmas tale, this is a skip.

Although I will give the show this: The them song is pretty catchy.

In Arm’s Way [Freakazoid]

Season 1, Episode 10a

Writers: Ken Segall, Paul Rugg

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: Decmber 16, 1995

Freakazoid’s Christmas shopping is interrupted by Arms Akimbo’s crime spree.

This episode was good. The Christmas element is somewhat ditched near the end and isn’t too strong, but it s at least there. This episode isn’t one of the funniest I’ve seen but it was pretty amusing. It’s fun to see him juggle shopping and crime fighting and being far more interested in the latter.

It leads to some good jokes and the punchline is a funny cap to a running gag.It’s pretty simple but still filled with good humor.After our previous episode, it was nice t o watch one with a lot of personalty.

There’s not really much to say here. I wouldn’t put it too high on your list as it is short and simple, but if you’re interested it is decently funny. Not my favorite but still fun.

Holiday Knights [Batman TAs/The New Batman Adventures]

Season 3, Episode 1

Writer: Paul Dini

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: September 13, 1997

Three Holiday themed segments: Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn kidnap Bruce Wayne and use his credit cards for a shopping spree, While shopping for a gift for her father, Barbara Gordon spots a group of shoplifters that turn out to be portions of Clayface, and Batman and Robin race to stop the Joker from killing the crowd at the Gotham City New Year Celebration.

This episode was decent. It’s a fun collection of stories, even if nothing stands out too much. Compared to Christmas with the Joker, it’s slightly less memorable but I still enjoyed it. This sHow is really good at atmosphere and this episode shows that off pretty well.

Each story is about the same quality wise, they are all solid and enjoyable. There’s no deep themes or anything like that but they use the Holiday well and the baddies get some fun moments in. It doesn’t have a lot of memorable stuff in it, especially compared to the shows other episodes like this but it was still an enjoyable watch.

The biggest drawback is that isn’t too memorable and won’t stick in your head as much as others. But in the moment it is enjoyable and that’s all that matters. Christmas with the Joker is the more memorable choice, but this one isn’t too bad either.

The Christmas Tree [Animaniacs]

Season 5, Episode 7a

Writer: Nick DuBois, Kevin Hopps, Randy Rugel, and Tom Ruegger.

Runtime: 12-ish Minutes

Airdate: April 25 (?), 1998

“This is starting to turn into a comedy routine. Without the comedy”

After Slappy’s tree is cut down and taken to New York City for use as the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, she drives everyone crazy trying to get back to sleep.

This episode is good. It perhaps runs a tad long but otherwise is a fun one. There’s some classic antics with Slappy trying to get rid of all this, and there’s some good laughs. The Christmas setting helps to make it stand out more, even if it is ditched by the end when she goes against this CEo.

Much like Scare Happy Slappy, it’s enjoyable with it’s simple antis that use a holiday setting. My review is also simple: If you want a funny cartoon that also happens to be a holiday one, it’s worth a look. The other Animaniacs ones are better, but this is a solid choice too if you want.

Yule be Sorry [Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain]

Episode 6a

Writer: Jon P McCann

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 12, 1998

fter Brain gets angry at Pinky and wishes that Pinky was never his friend, he has a dream that shows him what things would really be like if they were in Acme Labs with Elmyra instead.

This episode was actually kind of decent. I say kind of because it’s not very funny and wasn’t quite that good but for what it is, it was honestly fine. I helps that this one is more about the heart, as The Brain realizes how worse off he would be without Pinky.

In the dream he sees that while things with Elmyra are bad, they would be worse without Pinky to help out. I do like the reflection on the past year he does at the start, and at the end he learns to suck it up for for the holidays.

It’s far from a great take on this kind of story but there is some sort of sweet stuff here. That said, it’s not a must Ese. Yes, it it is surprisingly nice at times but the writing is far from the strongest and plenty of other episodes do similar things much better. And aside from a few of The Brain’s comments, it’s not that funny.

But still, I give them credit for trying at least compared to what I expected. So while I wouldn’t put it on my list, at least know that the Pinky Elmyra and The Brain Christmas episode is actually kid of okay.

Feather Christmas [The Slyvster and Tweety Mysteries]

Season 4, Episode 7a

Writer: Carolyn Gair-Taylor

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 12, 1998

During the holidays in New England, Granny and the gang helps get back a little girl’s bird that is delivered to a pet shop that the parents sent it to.

This episode was every bit as okay as the other one. It improved in some ways as there is more focus on the comedy than the mystery, so it feels a bit more balanced. Being shorter helps in that. The thing with Sylvester trying to get on the nice list gives us most of the humor and it works…okay.

Where the episode loses me is the ending. There’s a change of heart… i think, that is so rushed that it just cuts to him being willing to do a nice thing, with no transition at all. And the whole situation with the girl is weird. Does Tweety belong to her or what?

It’s implied to be that way with how they react but then it cuts to them all back home like normal, I don’t get it. So yeah, this was mostly okay like the last one, being slightly better until the ending which was just poorly written and confusing.

Just like the last one, it is not too bad to watch but there’s nothing really worth going out of the way to see. It just…exists. Nothing too bad, nothing too good. It’s just a thing that exists, with the only truly memorable thing being the theme song. Moving on!

Frozen Out [Static Shock]

Season 2, Episode 5

Writer: Len Uhley

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: Febuary 23, 2002

Virgil’s attempts to balance out his duties during the Holiday season are made more complicated by a bang baby called Permafrost, who has ice powers.

Remember how I talked about an episode of this show in the latest Marathon Edition? There I talked about why the show’s better episodes work and this episode is an even better example of that. Yeah, this one is good. This episode has some nice holiday stuff, but it’s mostly actually kind of heavy.

Permafrost’s whole deal is that she is homeless, so this episode basically becomes about the homeless plight.It’s a bit “Very Special Episode”-y at times but otherwise they do a good job of handling it. It’s not hard to feel sorry for her as she always acts timid and makes it clear she doesn’t really want to be evil per say.

Then we get her backstory which is just…dang, it goes beyond a haha perfect family entertainment joke. I won’t spoil it but it’s kind of dark in a way that helps the story. She ends up being a really sympathetic and interesting character, and Hyden Walch helps with this too.

It all comes together in a nice ending that pushes the good message well. This episode is a tad corny at times but it ends up being pretty effective, especially emotionally. I might actually like this more than the episode I talked about, so I’m glad I got to talk about it.

It’s a bit heavier than some other kids show episodes you might watch around this time of year, but it’s still very much worth seeking out.

Christmas in July [Baby Looney Tunes]

Season 1, Episode 12b

Writer: Lisa Medway

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: October 1 (!), 2002

The babies pretend it’s Christmas to surprise Lola.

This episode was decent. It was an improvement on the Halloween episode because the characters actually almost feel like themselves. It’s clearly toned down but their personalities do shine through at some points and there is some funny moments. Plus, some nice stuff at the end.

But it takes too long for them to even bring up Christmas, so there isn’t enough for that stuff to be fleshed out. The episode left me with a “Oh, it’s already over?” feeling. So it’s even the most fitting for Christmas In July (it’s no Fa La La La Ed) but on its own, it’s fine.

It has some decent jokes like the reason why Lola doesn’t wanna play house and a nice ending. Nothing special but not a bad watch overall. Not one I’d go out of my way to see due to the problems, but it’s not ad at least.

(Side note: Apparently Daffy rejects Taz’s playtime suggestion because they’re just babies. I’m not sure I want want to know what he said)

A Scooby Doo Christmas [What’s New Scooby Doo]

Season 1, Episode 10

Writers: Jonathan Collier, George Doty IV, James Krieg, and Ed Scharlach

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 13, 2002

Scooby and his pals arrive in a town where Christmas is not celebrated because a headless snowman terrorizes the residents, so the amateur sleuths set out to solve the mystery.

This episode was decent. It’s mostly typical Scooby Doo stuff but the Christmas elements adds a little something to it. The mystery is nothing too crazy but they use the winter setting well enough and the concept is a fine one. For the most part it’s nothing that special but the execution makes it enjoyable.

The main thing that makes it stick out is the ending. It’s super corny but in the nice way, and it is a bit unique for Scooby Doo which is nice. In short, the Scooby Doo Part is fine but the Christmas part is what makes this one decent.

It’s not a must see by any means, but it’s fun with a nice ending. If you want a Scooby Doo Christmas Episode, this will fit the bill nicely but I’d skip ahead my reviews of the Be Cool ones to see if those are more fitting for. EITHER way, this isn’t high on my list, but I still enjoyed it okay.

Comfort and Joy [Justice League]

Season 2, Episode 23

Writer: Paul Dini

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 13, 2003

After saving two worlds, the members of the Justice League decide to take a break to celebrate the holidays.

This episode was good. It’s unique for this show as it is the only single episode, rather than the two parters it usually did. It’s also considerably lighter than most episodes, to the point wheere it is a bit “kiddie” for lack of a better word.

Even the lighter episodes before this were a bit more serious than this one, which is mostly a corny and cozy holiday tale. On its own it works, but in the scheme of the show it can be a turn off. But besides that, I really enjoy this one.

It’s made up of little stories like Hawkgirl showing Green Lantern how her planet celebrates, and Clark Kent taking Martian Manhunter home for the holidays with him. Oh and there’s also the Flash trying to find a toy for some kids, and the toy is of a rapping farting duck. Yes.

The whole thing is rather corny but so cozy and sweet that it works. They really capture the Christmas spirit and a lot of scenes have that cozy feeling, especially in Martian Manhunter’s plot. It’s the kind of episode I want to put on every year in the background because it’s good as fun background noise, while still being very enjoyable when you actually watch it.

The kiddie nature of it along with some of the corniness takes away from it a little bit, it’s still a really nice Christmas episode that I’d recommend for those who want something especially nice. Some have more an edge but sometimes you just want something really nice.

And this really fits that bill.

A Mucha Lucha! Christmas

Season 3, Episode 11

Writer: Ray DeLaurentis

Runtime: 22 Minutes

AirdatE: December 11, 2004

Rudo Claus, Santo Claus’ evil twin brother, and his team of Chupracabras tries to take over Christmas by giving only those who’ve been bad gifts. Only Buena Girl is left to rescue Santo Claus.

This episode was good. It definitely stands out with its focus on Luchadore stuff and that helps make this one unique and enjoyable. It’s able to have that Christmas spirit but in a more fun way. Even the obligatory cheesy moments work because it’s followed by a fight, but not in the cheap way.

Rudo taking over Christmas leaves to some fun moments with everyone going bad to get presents, even Ricohet himself. That adds a little something to the plot and adds some stakes. Compared to the other Mucha Lucha episode I reviewed, I was more invested and found it pretty unique.

I wouldn’t say it does anything amazing per say but it used the show’s unique style to it’s advantage and created something unique but not too crazy. I wasn’t expecting much going in but this ended up being a creative and fun episode. Their version of Christmas was amusingly different while still feeling familiar enough.

(They hang their Leotards instead of Stockings, that’s the kind of thing I’m talking about)

So if you want something unique and enjoyable, with a nice moment or two than this is one to check out. It’s not one of the best”unique” ones either but compared to some others and what I expected, this was a pleasant surprise. Check it out.

A Storybook Holiday [Krypto the SuperDog]

Season 1, Episode 26

Writer: Matt Wayne

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 5, 2005

Kevin buys a book for Melanie when his relatives come to visit. Desperate to get away from them, however, he accidentally reads a spell that sends him inside the book. It’s up to Krypto to go after him now.

This episode was fine, but it didn’t really have much to do with Christmas. Yes, he has this thing with learning to accept his crazy family but the main bulk with the storybook stuff doesn’t connect to it that much. He just randomly is told the lesson and is sent home.

The story stuff itself is fine enough, with them going into classic stories like Hansel and Gretel. It’s not especially great but it is enjoyable enough. It’s all perfectly acceptable with some decent humor, even if it is clearly for kids.

I just don’t get why this is a Christmas episode, it could have been a normal “going inside books episode”. If you’re looking for that, you’ll get some enjoyment here. If you want a Christmas episode, you won’t get too much out of it.

Ad yeah, that’s about it. Fine on its own, but doesn’t connect much to Christmas. That’s all I have to say about that.

(Side note, I’ve seen shows that say the title out loud, but this one also says the name of the writer and director too. Neat?)

Ho Ho Horror [Tom and Jerry Tales]

Season 1, Episode 8a

Writer: I didn’t check when I had the chance and I don’t wanna go back to look

Runtime: 7 Minutes

Airdate: February 10 (?)?, 2007

Jerry enters Tom’s dream and turns it into a nightmare, resulting in both of them trashing their entire house in their sleep.

This episode was decent. It’s  basically Christmas Sleepy Time with Tom and Jerry and it was amusing enough. It didn’t outstay its welcome and the slapstick was pulled off well. It does feel restrained due too the clean animation but I’ve seen worse.

The dream thing gives them a chance a to be a bit more creative and it is amusing. I’m not sure it took enough advantage of the Christmas setting but there is rhyming narration at least. So yeah, for a quick little short, it’s perfectly fine.

It’s not high on the list due to how short it is, but as a short it was decently fun to watch. Nothing great, but fine.

Invasion of the Secret Santas [Batman the Brave and the Bold]

Season 1, Episode 5

Writer: Adam Beechen

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 12, 2008

Batman teams up with the Red Tornado to battle Fun Haus, who plans to ruin Christmas with his arm of toys.

This episode was good. It really reminded me why I remember really liking this show, and why it was a shame it had to come out the same year as The Dark Knight. Like most episodes, it’s silly but only in that comic book-y way rather being totally stupid humor.

I wanna marathon this show so that I can hopefully cover it further in a marathon edition so onto the episode on its own. My only real complaint is that Fun Haus is a bit too much like the Joker, so he doesn’t stand out too much.

Otherwise this was a lot of fun while of course also being rather sweet. Red Tornado is a robot so he doesn’t get the Christmas spirit and tries to find it. The way that arc concludes is pretty nice and Batman also ties into it well.

We actually get a flashback to his childhood and while adding more to his backstory can be pointless and annoying, I feel it mostly adds to the theme of the episode.  Although the line about him being their “little detective” is dumb and on the nose.

I really enjoyed this. The action was fun and it had the Christmas spirit with some nice moments I wasn’t quite expecting. It feels true to the spirit of Batman while being a bit on the silly side, of course.

If you’re up for something action-y AND nice, this is an easy recommendation from  me. Also, there’s a cute Baby Doll cameo, what’s not to like?

Da Grinchy Code [MAD]

Season 1, Episode 12

Writers: Kevin Shinick, Kirill Baru, Aaron Blitzstein, Steve Borst, Susan Clarke, Jacob Fleisher, Marly Halpern-Graser, Ben Joseph, Zack Kahn, Matt Lawton, Heather Maidat, Mason Steinberg and Eric Zimmerman

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: November 22, 2010

A “man who looks just like  Tom Hanks with bad hair”), Nicolas Cage, and Indiana Jones are brought in to figure out who stole Christmas in the town of Whoville.

This one is odd, as the entire episode isn’t Christmas themed. Just this one big skit and a few small gags in the middle. They go more all out in the other ones but this has enough for me to cover it.

Anyway, it was decent. It’s one of those skits they do for the pun but they do go all out with the rhyming narration, and they do some funny things with it. The jokes that relate to the Grinch work better than the Da Vinci Code ones but it still works.

There’s an amusing twist and yeah, just a fun take on the Grinch with the obligatory 2000 version reference  thrown in. For just a skit, it’s decently funny and amusing.

I’d say just watch all the MAD ones if your’re gonna throw on this one to get more bang for your back, but this skit is still solid on its own.

FROST/Undercover Claus [MAD]

Season 2, Episode 15

Writers: Kevin Shinick, Aaron Blitzstein, Steve Borst, Matt Lawton, Marly Halpern-Graser and Greg White

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 12, 2011

On a Christmas vacation,  Woody and the gang end up on the island of misfits toys after they fall out of their plane./Santa decides to go undercover one of the elves to see how hard their jobs are

This one was decent, not much to say really. The first skit is a fun mashup but I found it more amusing than funny. I actually laughed more at the other stuff, like the bit with a kid getting a time machine.

And while I know nothing about Undercover Boss, it’s more about general jokes with Santa going undercover and they are decently funny. Like how he picks a silly Elf name when the head elf guy is just named Mitch.

Nothing too hilarious, but the jokes are decent enough and nothing flops so I’d say it is a fine watch.Nothing too more complicated than that. And also I’ll say a wrap up when I get to the last MAD one.

But yeah, a slightly weak first skit aside, this was decently funny.

A Christmas Carol [The Looney Tunes Show]

Season 2, Episode 10

Writer: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf & Rachel Ramras

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 4, 2012

When the overwhelming heat zaps everyone’s enthusiasm for Christmas, Lola decides to stage a production of A Christmas Carol to renew the town’s holiday spirit.

This episode was pretty decent. I wouldn’t call it the most engaging plot ever and it could have been a tad funnier, but otherwise I quite enjoyed this. Lola was usually funny on this show and here she works without going too overboard.

She has her heart in the right place, and her only crime is making a bad play. As Santa says at the end, it still took effort and that should be acknowledged. Wait, this episode has a message about not getting mad at people just for making bad art? I think of people online should watch this one.

Anyway, Lola could have been annoying enough to not earn sympathy but thankfully I feel they avoid that. Daffy’s subplot with him trying to find Santa isn’t quite as good but it has some good jokes here and there.

I couldn’t exactly quote anything here but there are some funny moments, most of them coming from Bugs deadpan reactions to  Lola. So yeah, this captures the Christmas spirit well and has some moments along with a nice ending.

I’d say it is worth checking it out, and is better than you may expect. Also, the song is pretty good, not much else to say.

Fantastic Four Christmases/Red & White Collar [MAD]

Season 3, Episode 20

Writers: Kevin Shinick, Justin Becker, Aaron Blitzstein, Susan Clarke,
Marly Halpern-Graser, Heather Maidat and Mason Steinberg

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 6, 2012

Can the Fantastic Four stop fighting the villains and enjoy Christmas together?/Santa Claus teams up with the FBI to solve a case of breaking and entering, which was committed by his own elves.

This one was decent, but this is a case where the middle skits were a lot funnier than the main ones. The first one has decent use of the Fantastic Four villains but otherwise was more amusing than funny. And the latter one was just kind of…eh.

I had never heard of White Collar much less seen it so any novelty value from that stuff was lost on me, and even on its own comedy just isn’t quite there. I did chuckle at the at the last joke though.

The middle skits on the other hand did get some laughs out of me, like Frosty thinking his weight loss program will work on humans. (“What’s a human?”).Plus, Dana Snyder is in quite a few of them which is neat.

So yeah, the middle skits make it worth it but the rest is just okay. I’d suggest either watching all of them at once or only watching Da Grinchy Code if you want your MAD fix. These are mostly fun but nothing I’d go out of my way to see on my own.

Still, they are there and aren’t too bad.

Second Christmas [Teen Titans Go!]

Season 1, Episode 35

Writer: Amy Wolffram

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 4, 2013

The Titans are excited about Christmas, but when it ends they fool Starfire into throwing a second one.

This episode was decent. I had seen this one before so I already knew it was one of the good ones for this show. It actually does manage to be rather nice, as it it even starts with the Titans really enjoying Christmas.

Thus why they can’t wait for next year and decide to trick Starfire into doing a 2nd one, as she overhears something wrong and that gets us into the plot. It’s a bit off of them but it doesn’t come across as too bad with how they handle it.

The ending  does sort of forgive them a tad too much but it isn’t too bad as the ending is both rather nice and rather funny. Plus, they actually build up to it!  Despite the comedy, this episode does have a nice vibe to it.

Starfire’s excitement is enjoyable and as I said, it ends on a nice note. There’s a couple off moments that prevent it from being a fave for me but I still enjoyed it. And I would suggest checking it out if you have time.

We’ll see how they handle Christmas in their next outings but for now, this was nice.

The Plight Before Christmas [The Tom and Jerry Show]

Season 1, Episode 14b

Writer: Charles Carney

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: July 16, 2014

While celebrating the holidays with Beatie and Hildie, Tom and Jerry destroy their Christmas tree and must go out to obtain a new one. In the process, they help out Santa Claus by delivering presents for Christmas.

This episode was generally decent. It decent energy, surprisingly strong music and solid heart. The tree part of the plot is sort of ditched when Santa shows up, but they do resolve it somewhat at least.

There’s some nice stuff with the duo at the end, and no this doesn’t ruin them because we know they’ll be back at each others throat in the next episode. It was just nice to see them care about each other just this once. (As long as they don’t go full Tom and Jerry movie, ugh)

I’m not sure why they are with witches but whatever. Also, some strong rhyming narration! So why did I say generally? Well, there’s only one real problem and it’s a big one: The animation.

They do try to have some energy but for some reason the animation itself is really stiff. Which isn’t good for a slapstick cartoon. Granted, there isn’t a ton of it here but when they try it early on it does not look good.

Mucha Lucha is a flash cartoon from almost a decade prior to this show and it looks much better, that’s a problem. Now, I did get used to it but it did ruin the impact of some of the comedy at times.

Plus it’s an issue with the show itself and not something unique to this one episode, at least from what I can tell. So if you wanna watch this one, keep that in mind. Some won’t be able to look past it, which is fine.

But if you can, this episode has enough to like despite the stiff animation. It’s pretty alright.

The True Meaning of Christmas [Teen Titans Go!]

Season 3,Episode 19

Writer: Ben Gruber

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 3, 2015

Fed up with never getting presents from Santa, the Titans head to the North Pole to take themselves off the Naughty List … by any means necessary.

This episode was eh. Finally, a weak TTG episode on here. It’s in that mold where they set it up like they will teach a  moral but don’t, or in this case, teach a bad one for comedy. That’s fine but they do a bit too much to the point where it isn’t funny. We get it, you don’t wanna teach morals.

This episode is supposed to be a parody of the typical “true meaning of Christmas” stories but simply isn’t very funny. It’s played a tad too straight for the comedy to work, and they clearly aren’t trying to say Christmas is only about presents and all that.

There’s some amusing moments with them at the north pole, and a catchy theme tune for Santa but otherwise this didn’t do too much for me. And while The Titans being on the naughty list makes total sense with most of the show, it really contrasts with how they were in the previous episode.

Then again, this show isn’t exactly about continuity so whatever. So yeah, this is a skip. It’s parody moral that isn’t very funny but at least the first Christmas ep was actually good. Stick with that one.

Scary Christmas [Be Cool Scooby Doo]

Season 1, Episode 14

Writer: Jon Colton Barry

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: December 10, 2015

The gang visits the town of Rockwellville in search of a Christmas mystery, but all they find is a pterodactyl who seems to have nothing to do with Christmas. Meanwhile, Daphne, who is tired of having her December 25th birthday overshadowed year after year, tries to convince the gang to celebrate her birthday instead of Christmas.

This episode was decent. The joke of Fred wanting to tie the mystery into Christmas got old after awhile and I wouldn’t call it great, but it was decently enjoyable. The mystery generally isn’t anything special but the comedy does work here.

I especially like the running gag about Fred’and his epiphanies. And while they could have done a tad more with Daphne’s side, it’s still fine enough and adds to the nice ending. I wouldn’t say it does anything too special but it was enjoyable and nice in the end.

This show generally does a fine job mixing in the typical mysteries with some unique aspects, and this episode isn’t the best example of that but it does work. Not the best one, but worth a look. And the only thing left to mention is three side notes:

  1. I swear they play a bit of the Spy vs Spy music at one point.2. Normally someone mentioning

2.Usually someone mentioning a Tri State Area would mean nothing to me, but knowing the  writer (literally in this case), hmm….

3. The mayor is voiced by Esteban from Elena. Seriously, he used the same voice and this was half a year before lol.

So yeah, it was decent.

Teen Titans Save Christmas [Teen Titans Go!]

Season 4, Episode 6

Writers :Aardon Horvath and Micheal Jelenic

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 1, 2016

Santa quits Christmas and stops giving presents because he can’t have the other holidays, so the Titans try to save Christmas.

As you can tell from that summary, this is indeed a sequel to Halloween v Christmas so I guess you should watch that one first since it was decent.

This one was fine though.I had a hard a sort of hard time following the premise but once it got into it, it was enjoyable enough. It is typical “failing to be Santa” stuff (although Robin actually getting fat and having heart problems was…something) but it was amusing enough.

Santa being a villain is now odder after watching the True Meaning episode where was not evil but it’s still a fun enough idea. I didn’t enjoyed as much as Halloween v Christmas for overall this had enough amusing moments and was an interesting premise.

I feel like I should had more of a reaction to it but while Second Christmas is the TTG ep to check out, this one works fine too, especially compared to True Meaning. That is all.

 

Next is supposed to be a Wabbit episode…but once again it is impossible to find,  unless you want me to get a “free” trial on the Boomerang add that you still gotta pay for in a way. I spent like an hour trying to find it and I’m really not interested in jumping through hoops for just one episode so screw it. Sorry.

Scroogey Doo [Be Cool Scooby Doo]

Season 2, Episode 14

Writer: Tom Konkle

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: November 30, 2017

The gang visits Britain so Velma can give a speech, but they are quickly sidetracked by a man named Scrooge, who claims to be plagued by three phantoms. While trying to solve the mystery, Velma quickly discovers that the ghosts aren’t there for Scrooge, but rather for her. Giving the Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol a new spin, the three ghosts of Christmas try to show Velma that the gang is holding her back in life.

This episode was good. It is a tad confusing though, as this is actually a retelling of a Christmas Carol set in that time period of the 1800’s, meaning this is an Alt Version of the Gsang but they act so exactly that same that you wouldn’t quite know that this is what they were going for even though they do remind you of that.

That kind of makes it hard to totally get into the story given it won’t really effect the characters in the present. But despite that, this was a fun take on the story. Right off the bat there’s a funny cold open with Scrooge calling out the ghosts for being rather rude.

They nicely combine good jokes with a decent story as Velma eventually realizes that her ghosts are actually wrong. Yeah, that’s a new spin that I quite enjoyed and felt was nice. The reveal of who did this and why works even with intentionally convoluted it is.

It also leads to a pretty funny ending on Scrooge’s side of things. Once you realize what you’re going into, this is a funny spin on A Christmas Carol that gives us a nice story of its own.

I wish the time period stuff was made a bit more clear but otherwise this is a solid one that is worth checking out. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was a pleasant surprise.

Party Animal [Justice League Action]

Episode 46

Writers: Paul Dini and Tim Sheridan

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 2, 2017

Determined to finally throw a successful Christmas party for the Justice League, Green Arrow finds his plans thwarted when Plastic Man brings a tranquilized Solomon Grundy to the gathering as Plastic Man didn’t want to make a scene while trying to incarcerate Solomon Grundy at S.T.A.R. Labs during their Christmas party.

This episode was good. It felt oddly crowded despite being mostly lax but otherwise it was fun. There’s some funny stuff here like how Green Arrow thinks he has a bromance with Batman.

That’s a bit different from what you may expect from that character but it works. I was worried Plastic Man would be annoying but he’s not in this too much. There’s some okay action, and Grundy actually ends up adding a nice element to it.

There’s a generally lax feeling to this one, even with some of the stuff going on later in it. It’s not mind blowing or anything but it was decently funny and nice. I wanna see more from this show, what I’ve seen of it was actually quite good.

But yeah, a fun one worth watching.

And finally..

Top of the Naughty List [Unikitty]

Season 1, Episode 39

Writer: Ben Gruber

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: December 21, 2018

Unitkitty and pals try to stop Master Frown from stealing Christmas.

This episode was good. Although oddly enough, the officially summary mentions them telling Frown stories of his past but nothing like that happens. There is a bookend with him telling this as  story to his minion though.

But what we have is still fun. Nothing especially amazing, but it was just all very fun. This show’s style of humor and pacing is the kind you need to be in the mood, but it mostly works for me. It’s just so infectiously fun that i can mostly get wrapped up in it.

It helps that this episode is more action-y. Hell, there’s even a Die Hard reference. It only references the true classics. Speaking of Christmas, i will say it doesn’t embrace the spirit as much as the series being what it is, but it still is a fun time.

Others embrace the spirit more but this was still a fun time.  Much like the LEGO movie, it does feel like something a child would come up with, in the good way. Side note, the trailer for LEGO 2 makes a direct reference to this show, so I guess it’s canon?

Either way, simple but fun episode. Not my favorite on here, but worth a look if you want something silly and fun.

 

And those were the Warner Bros Cartoon Christmas episodes. I very much enjoyed these more than the Halloween ones. There were a couple weaker ones like the Sylvester and Tweety one, or the 2nd TTG one but for the most part these were at least decent.

Hell, even the Elmyra one was fine. My favorite was easily Pinky and the Brain but I also quite liked Static Shock, Brave and the Bold, and the Animanics ones. Those are all worth adding to your annual viewing, but there are others I enjoyed here too.

I’m not sure what the future holds with EB Cartoons, they don’t have too much going on besides TTG and Unikity but hopefully they get some better shows that can have good holiday episodes.

But speaking of the future, this is sadly the end of these holiday episode reviews. I’ll still review each year’s new episodes but that’s about it. I’ve covered just about everything, at least everything I feel I’m qualified to review.

In the future I plan to do a full update of that crappy Christmas specials list, where I will hopefully get o include some stuff from all over like some live action adult shows. But outside of that, I’m out of themes.

Which is good, I was getting tired of doing all this work every year. Plus, it will add to my goal to control the number of posts I do each year, which I’ll talk more about some other time.

It was still fun to do these though. At least doing each year’s episodes will give me a bit of that fun, seeing what each show does with holiday episodes. So yeah, it truly is the end of a rather short era but it was fun.

I’ll see you tomorrow for my positive Christmas movie review. Until then, that is all I got.

See ya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Spongey444

I'm 20 and I'm a slightly below average man who can barely spell. I mostly spend my time watching TV and movies, hence why i ended doing a blog all about those things. I tend to have weird tastes, but I like think I'm just fair on things.
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