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"A Christmas Plotz" is the first half of the 49th produced episode of the Warner Bros. animated series Animaniacs. The episode's plot, which is a parody of A Christmas Carol, was later adapted as the album A Hip-Hopera Christmas.

Synopsis

Slappy as Marley

Slappy in the role of Jacob Marley.

It is Christmas Eve at the Warner Bros. studio lot, but CEO Thaddeus Plotz is not at all in the mood to celebrate the holidays. As the bitter CEO complains about how everyone always sends him fruitcake for Christmas, Ralph the Guard steps in, since Plotz has called him in. Ralph reads a special holiday greeting and then gives a fruitcake that his wife made for Plotz. Plotz explains that he has looked at the end-of-the-year budget and found that Yakko, Wakko and Dot have caused far too much damage this year, and since Ralph was unable to keep them under control, he is being fired.

That night, as Plotz is figuring out how to cut costs, Slappy Squirrel suddenly appears in front of him as a ghost (because "the studio keeps givin' me these lousy cameos"). She tells him that he is going to be visited by three ghosts tonight, but she does not know why because she lost the next page of her script. After Slappy storms out, saying she needs to get a new agent, Plotz figures he must have been hallucinating.

Wakko as the Ghost of Christmas Past

Wakko as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Just then, the phone rings, and when Plotz answers it, Wakko comes out of it as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Using a movie projector, Wakko shows home movies displaying how cruel Plotz has always been, including suing the doctor after he was born, demanding Santa Claus bring him a horse for Christmas (he got a pony instead), and taking control of the studio from his father.

Dot makes her entrance

Dot as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

After Wakko and the film projector disappear, Plotz again thinks he is having a bad dream, but then a Christmas gift box appears on his desk. When he opens it, out pops Dot, portraying the Ghost of Christmas Present ("It's a pun, get it?"). Dot takes Plotz to the Happy Tail Trailer Park, where Ralph lives with his wife and his adopted son. It is revealed here that Ralph Jr. is so upset about his adoptive father being fired that he plans to someday get even with Plotz. Upon seeing this, Plotz begs Dot to take him away from this place.

Yakko shows Plotz the future

Yakko, as the Ghost of Christmas Future, shows Plotz a future where Ralph Jr. takes over the studio.

Plotz figures he should get out before the third ghost shows up. The clock strikes midnight, and Plotz tries to call for security before remembering that Ralph was the security guard. A hooded, Grim Reaper-like specter appears and spooks the CEO before revealing itself to be Yakko as the Ghost of Christmas Future. After an extravagant musical number, Yakko brings Plotz to the future, where Ralph Jr. is now the CEO of Warner Bros. When Plotz asks what happens to him in this future, Yakko brings him outside and shows him his future self - the elderly Plotz is now stuck as the studio's security guard who is constantly tormented by the Warners, and even worse, is then immediately fired for failing to catch the Warners one time too many.

Plotz rehires Ralph

Plotz tells Ralph that he is being rehired.

Upon seeing this vision, Plotz breaks down sobbing and then awakens in his office. Looking outside his window, he sees Yakko, Wakko and Dot, who tell him that today is Christmas Day. Seeing that he still has a chance to change the future, Plotz tosses a bag of money to the Warners and tells them to go buy the biggest fruitcake they can find and have it delivered to Ralph. Plotz then heads to the trailer where Ralph and his family live, bringing a large pile of presents for them. He tells Ralph that he is rehiring him and acts as nice as he can to Ralph Jr. in hopes that he won't take over the studio in the future. Yakko, Wakko and Dot then arrive, saying they have brought over the biggest fruitcake possible. When Plotz comes outside to see it, it is shown that the gigantic fruitcake is being carried by a helicopter, which then drops it on Plotz. The Warners start to eat the fruitcake, saying they should have Plotz out from under it by Easter.

Availability

The segment made its home video debut on the Animaniacs: Helloooo, Holidays! VHS tape, released by Warner Home Video on August 24, 1994. The episode containing the segment was later included on the Animaniacs: Volume 2 DVD set, released on December 5, 2006, and was also made available on iTunes.

Cast

Voice actor Character
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner
Ralph's son
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz
Ralph T. Guard
Mrs. Ralph
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Maurice LaMarche Santa Claus
Plotz's father
Nancy Linari Plotz's mother

External links

Warner Bros.
Movies
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationJack FrostNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Year Without a Santa ClausFred ClausA Christmas Story 2
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Year's End"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa on the Lam" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "The Christmas Show" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George Is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "The Santa Simulation" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol"
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "The Match Before Xmas" • The Polar Express • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleA Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • "The Plight Before Christmas" • Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little HelpersElf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Scary Christmas"
Albums
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas

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