Hello everyone!!! Here is a quick guide to some great holiday specials. Some of them are better knowns than others and some are not.
Ziggy’s Gift (1982) directed by Richard Williams: I am not going to lie when I was little I had a huge obsession with Ziggy. It was such a cute cartoon so it was no special that it joined the ranks of him having it’s own Christmas special.
Ziggy gets hired as a street Santa because he saw the need of Santas in the city. However gets caught up in some undermined scheme when he just wants to do good. This heartwarming Christmas cartoon doesn’t get enough recognition it deserves.
Fun Fact about this special: It is the only special made for Ziggy.
Christmas at Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1988):
So the first time I watched this special I was about seven years old. I was not aware of all of the amazing guest stars on this special! It was also my first introduction to a lot of them. I just remember forever dancing and being excited about watching it. I even watch this special when it’s not even the holiday season. For some reason I get in the mood to watch it during the summer.
Fun fact about this special: This special first premiered on December 21, 1988.
A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987) directed by Will Vinton
So I always been a fan of Claymation but I didn’t know that the majority I watch growing up was by Will Vinton. So I knew I had to include this special on this list! Also I had an obsession with the California Raisins so if I knew they were on TV. I would totally make a point to watch them:
Fun fact about this special: Will Vinton won an emmy for this special.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas directed by Jim Henson (1977):
So I actually did not know about this special until a couple of years ago. But I instantly was enamored with it when I watching it. And I am now a huge Emmet Otter fan! I even end up singing the songs while driving.
Fun fact about this special: Paul Williams made the songs for this TV movie.
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) directed by Peter Harris:
Fozzie the Bear decides to surprise his mother and brought the whole muppet gang to celebrate Christmas together.
Fun fact about this special: It is hard to track down the whole version of this special. Although you can find parts of it on youtube.
A Garfield Christmas Special (1987) directed by Phil Roman:
Jon, Garfield and Odie pack up their things to go visit Jon’s grandmother on a farm. I remember making a big deal out of this special because I was totally enamored with Garfield the cat.
Fun fact about this special: This special first premiered on December 21, 1987 on CBS.
What holiday specials do you look forward to watching during this season? Comment below!
Until next time!