Elena of Avalor-Snow Place like Home
Muppet Babies 2018-A Very Muppet Babies Christmas/Summer’s Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise
Puppy Dog Pals-A Santa for Bob
DuckTales 2017-Last Christmas!
The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special
Bizzardvark-Holiday Video Sketchtacular
Coop and Cami Ask the World-Would You Wrather Get a Moose Angry?
Fancy Nancy-Nancy and the Nice List
Powerpuff Girls 2016-The Gift
We Bare Bears-Christmas Movies
Hello, Spongey here.
It is time once again to look at the kid network Christmas episodes we’re dealing with these days. We’ve got a fair few, even if some shows oddly are left out. I mean, we have to talk about the latest boring Disney Sitcom but Andi Mack still has nothing.
Ah well, I’ll just try to enjoy what we do have. The only thing to say before we dive in is that Vamprina had an episode I thought would fit in here…but not quite. It revolves around a vampire holiday and traditions and stuff, but the holiday is way more like New Year’s with it being about ringing in the new “Scare”.
The holiday doesn’t need to be just Vampire Christmas exactly but it doesn’t really feel like it, not enough for me to count it as one. I never have this kind of problem with the Christmas reviews so it is quite odd. But if you wanna know, the episode was decent like the Halloween one and was a bit better in some ways. Doesn’t fit totally but it’s sill fine..
But let’s see how the ones that do count turn out.
This, is A Look Disney/Cartoon Network Christmas Episodes (2018)
(Yep, Nick did flat out nothing this year. Ugh) (Also, I’m ditching the Christmas Cliches thing cuz it was dumb)
Snow Place Like Home [Elena of Avalor]
Season 2, Episode 19
Writer: Tom Rogers
Runtime: 22 Minutes
A Snowstorm threatens to ruin Elena’s Navidad plans.
This episode was good, I honestly thought it was much better than the first Navidad episode. Continuity is involved as there a subplot with Victor and Carla but you don’t need to know the entire backstory to enjoy this. It helps but it’s not as much of a requirement as it was with other holiday episodes we’ve reviewed.
Their subplot is a tad pointless, as it mostly exists to get Gabe away since he is trying to track them down. But it works as an excuse and it has some good moments, like when Carla can’t walk further so Victor carries her. That was a surprisingly nice moment for them.
Although the real standout moment for them is the ending to their plot. No spoilers but…can’t wait to see how they deal with it. Oh and to get another nitpick out of the way, I honestly think the instrumentation in the first song is a bit all over the place despite the generally fun tune and strong singing.
The other song is nice, but i do think the songs in the first episode were better. Everything else is great here though. Esteban is worried that the rest of their family is out there and ends up rushing the others when they are doing things to fix this or pass the time.
It’s a case of someone making a mistake but still being sympathetic when you see why they are doing this. We actually find out more about his backstory and it is rather heartbreaking. Although it does amuse me how many dead relatives this Disney Jr show now has.
Elena’s attempts to keep them busy are rather nice and gives us some fun moments along with the nice ones. There are of course plenty of really heartwarming moments in this one, such as the ending. The general idea isn’t crazy new (Sofia did it first) but it usually works like it does here, mostly due to the characters and their strong bond.
Despite a couple slightly forced moments, this is a strong episode with sweet moments, a good Esteban backstory and some surprises here and there. Even if you aren’t caught up, this episode is generally worth a look.
A Very Muppet Babies Christmas/Summer’s Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise [Muppet Babies 2018)
Season 1, Episode 17
Writers: Robyn Brown/Eric Shaw
Runtime: 11 Minutes each
Airdate: November 30, 2018
It’s Christmas in the playroom and everyone loves their secret Santa gifts except for Kermit.When a snowstorm cancels Summer’s trip home, Piggy brings her traditions to the playroom.
These episodes were decent. I actually liked the Halloween ones more but these were fine too. The first segment was just okay though. The message is a nice one but the plot relies on Kermit somehow never seeing the other side of his gift the whole time he was hauling it around. But aside from that it was fine, the other episode was better though.
The plot flowed fine and it’s got a nice “home is where the heart is” kind of moral, along with more jokes than the other episode had. Both were decently Christmas-y though, so it is fitting for those who care. These episodes also addressed my question from last time, as Kermit mentions his Mom, so now I just wonder exactly how this set up works.
What I said about the Halloween episodes apply here, but I like them a tad less. Either way, kids will enjoy it and adults will find it perfectly fine. That is all.
A Santa for Bob [Puppy Dog Pals]
Season 2, Episode 7a
Writer: Rick Suiavlle
Runtime: 11 Minutes
AirdatE: November 30, 2018
The pugs go on a mission to find Santa.
This episode was…fine. I liked a bit more than the Halloween one but a bit less than the first Christmas one. It didn’t do anything too wrong but it didn’t get much of a reaction out of me either. The plot is a fine one and the ending is nice but there’s nothing deep here in terms of story or heart.
But it all works okay and it’s cute. Also I like how Mrs Claus has to take over for Santa when he’s sick, I oddly haven’t seen that happen too much. I wish they did more with it though. So yeah, it’s perfectly acceptable but so much for kids that I don’t even feel right reviewing it.
Even stuff like Muppet Babies gives me more to work with, this is just…yeah. At least it’s cute and harmless. Go right ahead if it’s your thing. Thankfully our next preschool one will likely be better, but before that…
Last Christmas! [DuckTales 2017]
Season 2, Episode 6
Writer: Francisco Angones
Runtime: 22 Minutes
Airdate: Decwember 1, 2018
Scrooge avoids the pressures of the holidays by traveling back in time with a trio of fun-loving ghosts to crash history’s greatest Christmas parties instead. Meanwhile, time-lost Dewey teams up with young Donald Duck to find his mom on Christmas.
This episode was good. There’s actually more to it than the summary says that makes this one unique. It turns out Scrooge actually does not hate Christmas and infact makes it a tradition every year to hang out with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future at some of the best holiday parties in history.
But this year he’s taken to one from his past and then it goes off from there. There’s some twist I did not expect which made this a far more interesting story than your typical Christmas carol episode. My only complaint is Dewey’s story kind of interrupts the main one and it basically becomes the real story.
It’s good but the mixing doesn’t feel too natural, until a twist that does cleverly tie them together but it does feel slightly forced. But aside from that, this episode was pretty unique while still having solid Christmas spirit.
The Dellah stuff works better if you’re caught up with the show but on its on it’s still nice. Also, Jack McBrayer voices Christmas Past and Bill Faggerbake is Christmas Present, that was neat. While the plot mixing could be better, this is still overall a really solid and unique episode that was pretty nice.
Definitely a must watch for this batch.
The Doc McSuffins Christmas Special
Season 4, Episode 3
Writer: Chris Nee
Run time: 22 Minutes
Airdate: December 2, 2018
When Santa goes missing, Doc and her toy friends must save Christmas.
This episode was decent. Everything about it works perfectly fine, just wasn’t something I was really into. I like it more than some of these others but I do think it is a bit too typical. I’ve seen this premise so much and being the kind of show it is prevents it from doing anything too new.
But my only true complaint is that they never explain where Santa went. Seriously, he just shows up at the end and they simply say he was “a little lost”. It’s not a big deal since it’s a children’s show but this is a major plot point, you can’t just hand wave it like that.
But otherwise , it hits all the beats fine. Honestly, I wish it focused more on this one girl who apparently has been having a bad year. Her bits were interesting and I would have liked them to flesh that part out more. It gets a bit schmaltzy even for me, but generally the heart was nice.
I don’t know, I’d say I liked it but it could have been better. I don’t know, frankly got more into that Vamprina episode that I didn’t even count. (Same creator, by the way, hence why I brought it up). Still, this is at least pretty all right for kids and had it’s moments.
Like a Winnie the Pooh cameo that’s a callback to a crossover from earlier this year. Disney’s been doing some epic crossovers lately, eh? So yeah, it’s totally fine, just nothing too special plot wise.
(Side note: It’s been ages since I’ve seen any of this show but now she’s got this toy town and tech or something? Wasn’t this show about fixing toys or something? Whatever, onto some sitcoms)
Holiday Video Sketchtacular [Bizaardvark]
Season 3, Episode 8
Writers: Katy Lidsky, and Erin Pineda
Airdate: December 7, 2018
Frankie and Paige join some of their vloggin friends to create several fun holiday themed sketches.
This episode as…eh. As you can tell, it’s a sketch thing like the Sonny With a Chance Holiday episodes so it is hit it or miss…but mostly miss. It’s hard to review comedy but I think you can see why I don’t find most of this that funny.
The first sketch revolves around mocking Bernie, to the point where apparently opening a present gets him hospitalized. The joke is that it make no sense but it fits right in with all the “lol Bernie is so pathetic” jokes this show does.
Then we have Paige and Frankie as clerks who are like Jewish mothers and boy is it not funny. But to be fair, the 2nd half has a few okay ones, like the one with them as bad lawyers. Stuff like that was actually kind of funny. I also enjoyed the fake trailer they do because at the end the guy just goes “This movie’s really bad, don’t see it”
I wish more trailers had that.
Otherwise, this was not very good. You can tell they were tight on time this season so they just came up with random stuff like this. There’s some funny stuff here but most of it didn’t work for me. The target audience might enjoy it, but most of the people reading this will likely find it even less funny than I did.
So yeah, the Halloween and Christmas episodes got weaker each time. I’m glad there likely won’t be a Season 4 at this rate.
Would You Wrather Get a Moose Angry? [Coop and Cami Ask the World]
Season 1, Episode 8
Writer: Maiaya Williams
Airdate: December 7, 2018
The children come together to fulfill their Mom’s wish to have a classic Wrather Christmas but of course hi-jinks ensue.
This episode was fine. It’s what I expected: Some dumb jokes but with a fine plot that is topped off with a nice ending. Most of the show so far has been like this, as my Twitter followers may know. You may also know my intense dislike for Fred, the main comic relief who is in no way funny.
He’s sadly no better here, but at least Mom shares my dislike of him. Otherwise, the dumb stuff isn’t too bad, although the subplot that Fred is involved in doesn’t really go anywhere. The main is fine though as they try to do nice things for Mom, and even Cami tries to get along with her sitcom arch nemesis.
Things wrap up well enough and as a whole it’s a perfectly acceptable episode. It’s nothing special in terms of plot and humor. But unlike some others, it is fine enough for kids to enjoy and those who choose to watch it generally won’t hate it.
It’s totally…fine. Jesus, I need another notably good one, these middling ones are killing me. Still, this wasn’t too bad at least.
Nancy and the Nice List [Fancy Nancy]
Season 1, Episode 18
Writer: Andy Geurdat
Runtime: 22 Minutes
Airdate: December 14, 2018
Nancy tries to make it on Santa’s Nice list.
This episode was decent. You may recall I wasn’t a fan of Nancy’s behavior in the Halloween episodes but they actually improve her a lot her. She’s rude to Jojo at the start but when she visits Mall Santa, she realizes this and this becomes her motivation to get on the nice list.
She goes a bit crazy with her attempts but she has a good reason for it and she isn’t too annoying here. It all leads to a really nice ending that has her doing something really generous and it works quite well.
My only real issue is that it feels a bit longer than it is, but the way the ending plays out makes up for it. While I wonder if they can make a conflict without Nancy being a slight jerk first, this still handled it better than the Halloween episodes did.
Add in some nice moments, and you have a pleasant surprise. Not totally worth going out of your way to see, but for kids it works and even for me I give it credit for doing things mostly right.
Didn’t expect Nancy to top Doc but there you go.
The Gift [Powerpuff Girls 2016]
Season 3, Episode 22
Writers: Haley Mancini and Jake Goldman
Runtime: 11 Minutes
Airdate: December 16, 2018
The girls must replace the Professor’s Christmas present on Christmas Eve.
This episode was decent. Okay, I know for a fact this is more hit or miss outside of the holiday episodes (thank you, Shadow Streak) but somehow these keep being good. To be fair, this does one problem that really annoyed me.
Blossom keeps going on about how Santa’s existence makes no sense. Yes, Blossom. Part of a trio of super powered little girls whose nemesis is a primate. You see the problem here. It hardly even matters until the end, so why is this even here?
Otherwise, this one was actually rather nice as they try to get something for the Professor. It’s nothing too great but it stays fun with a very nice ending. I like that we see a bunch of villains, and they do something with them at the end I found pretty funny.
I love how Morebucks is buying mugs just to break them.
The ending does use a certain cliche Christmas episodes love using but it’s nice enough that I can somewhat forgive that. So yeah, it as annoying element but otherwise it is a perfectly nice and enjoyable episode, even with a cliche ending.
It’s a decently fine episode. And finally..
Christmas Movies [We Bare Bears]
Season 4, Episode 25
Writers: Christina Chang and Hanna Cho
Runtime: 11 minutes
Airdate: December 17, 2018
“I love movies”
On Christmas Eve, the Baby Bears are working at Last Weekend Video and stay the night when the owner locks up. A thief named Harry breaks in posing as Santa to rob the place, but the Baby Bears see through his disguise and try to apprehend him.
This episode was good. It was a fun little plot with a rather nice ending. I think them working at the rental store makes it stand out as we get some amusing parodies of Christmas movies.
And one of them even factors into the plot in a nice way. This show showing appreciation for film isn’t too surprising given Shush Ninjas though. I also like how they figure out that the Santa is the guy from earlier fairly quickly, they don’t hold the idiot ball for too long.
I was going to point out that he’s voiced by Cricket from It’s Always Sunny but soon after finding that out I also found out he was Fanboy from Fanboy and Chum Chum and I think that is far more interesting to point out.
So yeah, a fun episode that has a nice ending and a good ending gag. Not amazing but it’s pretty even, slightly unique and funny. Not much more to say, it’s worth watching and is a good one to end on.
So those were this years Christmas episodes. They weren’t great. It’s not like we had many truly weak ones (besides Bizzardvark), we just didn’t get that many. A fair amount of them were just whatever.
But we had a couple gems, the best being Elena, DuckTales and We Bare Bears. Although Nancy was also a decent surprise, along with the 2nd Muppet Babies segment. I just wish some of these stood out a bit more, or that we had more.
Especially from Nick, what the hell? And no, that SpongeBob moon special doesn’t count. But hey, we at least had a couple stand outs and that’s all I can ask for. Hopefully next year we will have more.
Until then, tune in in a bit for the Warner Bros Christmas Episodes.