Dodyas's Articles In Movies & TV & Books
December 11, 2006 by Dodyas
A Chipmunk Christmas is the 10th feature in my 31 Days of Christmas.

The cartoon opens with a doctor visiting Tommy, a very sick young boy. He isn't expected to make it through Christmas. Later at a department store Alvin overhears Tommy's sister telling her mother that Tommy would so love a Golden Echo Harmonica for Christmas, but the mother says they can't afford it. Alvin's prized possession happens to be a Golden Echo Harmonica so he shows up at Tommy's house later to give it to him. ...
December 11, 2006 by Dodyas
The 31 Days of Christmas continues with A Family Circus Christmas

I always enjoyed reading The Family Circus strip in the Sunday paper, so when I found the cartoon I decided it was a must see. The cartoon is just like the strip, simple and sweet.

Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ start to decorate the Christmas tree but can't find the star to put on top. Bil and The (the parents) are afraid it was accidentally thrown out last year. It was a special star, made by Bil's dad when Bil himself was j...
December 9, 2006 by Dodyas
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, the next feature in my 31 Days of Christmas, is made up of five short stories. The first one, Belles on Ice, was an ice skating duel between Minnie and Daisy reminiscent of Nancy and Tonya but hippos and gators instead of tire irons and hit men.

The second segment, Christmas:Impossible, starred the three most annoying ducks in the history of cartoonland, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Am I the only one that has a passionate loathing for these creatures? And...
December 9, 2006 by Dodyas
Next in the 31 Days of Christmas lineup is another Rankin/Bass production....Frosty the Snowman (1969)

I had to watch a few more Christmas shows before I reviewed this one just to make sure I wasn't becoming jaded because while watching Frosty I kept thinking of at least a dozen other things I could be doing. In fact cleaning the toilet with my hair was starting to sound like fun!

For those who don't know the storyline to this classic (firstly what cave you been living in?) it's about...
December 8, 2006 by Dodyas
On the 6th day of Christmas my true love sent to me...oh wait, wrong song!
On the 6th day of December Scrooge was my movie... ha!

Yup, another classic. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is probably the most remade Christmas story today. I bet any one of you could name at least 10 versions of it you have seen. Whether its an old classic black and white, the Muppets version or a family sitcom version.

I will be reviewing A Muppet Christmas Carol later on in the month, but today's sh...
December 5, 2006 by Dodyas
Another Rankin/Bass production from 1970, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town is the 5th Christmas show in my 31 Days of Christmas!

I must not have seen this one as often as I saw the other Rankin and Bass cartoons because I had forgotten the storyline. If not for the nostalgic pull to it, I would deem this one much to cheesy to bear. Its one saving grace, other than being a R/B production is that at least it wasn't a movie about "saving Christmas". After 5 days of Christmas cartoons/shows I am...
December 5, 2006 by Dodyas
Day four of my 31 days of Christmas brings us another classic!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

As the very first of the Peanuts gang animated specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) holds a special place in television history. It's also the cartoon that brought us the term Charlie Brown Christmas tree, meaning a very ugly and spindly tree.

Charlie Brown is depressed over the over commercialization of Christmas. It seems everyone is caught up in the madness. Lucy complains that she ...
December 4, 2006 by Dodyas
If you are tired of the same old Christmas cartoons, the 3rd installation in my 31 Days of Christmas brings you something a little different.
Santa Vs. the Snowman

A lonely snowman's only solace is playing music on a flute made of ice. But a flying object roars past one night causing the Snowman to drop and break his flute. Curious about the flying object the snowman heads off to find it, but what he finds instead is Santa's workshop. Peeking in the window he sees how much everyone loves th...
December 4, 2006 by Dodyas
Next in my 31 Days of Christmas is a more recent Christmas Movie:

Elf is the story of a human baby, Buddy, raised by elves in the North Pole who never really quite fit in. One day he overhears two elves talking and finds out he is adopted. One of my favorite lines is from Leon the Snowman who looks suspiciously Sam the Snowman from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, "At least you have a daddy. I was just rolled up one day and left out in the cold!"

His adopted father gives him a photo o...
December 2, 2006 by Dodyas
First up in my 31 Days of Christmas* one of my favorite Rankin & Bass cartoons.:

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Santa sick with a cold and believing no one cares anyway follows his Dr.'s advice and takes a vacation this year. (Never listen to Doctors! Especially ones looking suspiciously like Ebenezer Scrooge!) Mrs. Claus determined to show Santa that people do still believe in him sends out two elves, Jingle and Jangle along with a young reindeer, Vixen, to find people that d...