|Directed by:||Rusty Mills|
|Written by:||Peter Hastings|
|Release date:||December 13, 1995|
|Running time:||22 minutes|
|Available on:|| VHS|
A Pinky and the Brain Christmas is a special half-hour Christmas episode of the Warner Bros. animated television series Pinky and the Brain, originally aired as a prime-time special on The WB on December 13, 1995. In 1996, the episode won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program".
At Acme Labs, Pinky is busy writing a letter to Santa Claus, when Brain tries out his new invention on him - a doll in Brain's likeness, which broadcasts hypnotic orders from him. After finishing the demonstration, Brain explains that the doll, which he has named "Noodle Noggin", is part of his current plan for world domination. Despite Pinky questioning if it is really a good idea to try to take over the world at Christmastime, Brain explains that he plans to get a Noodle Noggin doll into every home on the planet. Then, on Christmas morning, he will broadcast a hypnotic suggestion to everyone that he should be their ruler. However, he will need 1,000,000,000 Noodle Noggin dolls built, a task that would take too long for him and Pinky to accomplish on their own, so he needs to find a huge group of workers who can make that many dolls in a short amount of time. Brain then notices a want ad in the newspaper, saying that Santa is looking to employ new elves. He explains to Pinky that they shall get jobs at the North Pole and get Santa's elves to make the Noodle Noggin dolls, and then Santa will distribute the dolls to everyone.
Pinky and Brain get transportation by building a humanoid dummy, disguising it as someone who is trying to get to the North Pole, bringing along a cage with them in it. While on the private charter plane, Pinky continues working on his letter to Santa. However, when the pilot gets up to go to the back of the plane, the mice's dummy is unable to take the wheel, and when the pilot tries to get the plane back on track, the mice and their dummy accidentally unlock the door and fall out. Pinky and Brain manage to parachute down using the dummy's now-loose head, and then continue onward using a sled and dog team.
Upon finally reaching Santa's workshop, Pinky and the Brain put on their elf costumes. They go inside for their job interview, conducted by an elf named Schotzie, who assigns them to work in the mail room. Once there, Brain adds a Noodle Noggin doll to everyone's wish lists. When Santa is given a spreadsheet listing what all the kids in the world want, he is curious as to what Noodle Noggin is and tells Schotzie to go look for the blueprints. Pinky, meanwhile, wants to give Santa his letter, but Brain tells him there is no time for that, since now they have to secretly place the Noodle Noggin blueprints in the design office. However, while trying to sneak there, Schotzie catches them in the act and then chases after them, during which he pulls off their fake elf ears and beards.
After catching them, Schotzie begins to interrogate the mice when one of the other elves takes a look at the Noodle Noggin blueprints Brain was carrying. Although Schotzie suspects Pinky and Brain of being spies sent by another holiday spirit, Brain goes along with Schotzie's accusation and says that, since they caught him, the elves now have to make the dolls. He and Pinky then escape while Schotzie isn't looking and hide in the elves' toy manufacturing plant, where they see that the elves have now begun working on the Noodle Noggin dolls.
After making it out of the toy manufacturing plant, the two mice see Santa getting ready to take off in his sleigh. Pinky still wants to bring his letter to Santa, but again Brain stops him from doing so. They disguise themselves as two of Santa's reindeer and fly alongside the actual reindeer until they fly over Acme Labs, at which point they detach themselves and crash-land through the roof, accidentally breaking Brain's hypnotic transmitting equipment. While Santa continues distributing the Noodle Noggin dolls all over the world, Brain gets to work repairing his device.
By the dawn of Christmas Day, just as Brain is finishing the repairs on his transmitter, Pinky finds his letter to Santa and realizes he never got the chance to give it to him. He cries about it to Brain, who is still too occupied with getting his transmitter functioning to care about his problem. After finishing the repairs on the hypnotic device, Brain orders Pinky, who is still sobbing about failing to give his letter to Santa, to go set the power switch on when the meter hits the red level. While waiting for the power meter to go up, Brain takes a look at Pinky's letter and reads it. As it turns out, Pinky's letter states that all he really wants is for his best friend, the Brain, to be happy. Upon reading these touching words, Brain finally realizes how much of a jerk he has been to his best pal; he breaks down sobbing and, when it comes time to broadcast his hypnotic message, commands everyone in the world to have a Merry Christmas, and afterwards destroys his broadcasting machine. Later that day, Pinky and Brain exchange gifts; Brain gives Pinky a spellchecker, and Pinky gives Brain a key-chain that looks like the world.
- Pinky has a flashback to a previous plan of Brain's in which they tried marketing themselves as popular toys that could be attached to car windows with suction cups. This is a reference to the Garfield plush toys that were often seen placed on car windows in the 1980s.
- Pinky tells Brain that he wants to be a dentist instead of an elf, referencing Hermey from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Pinky and Brain's voice actors, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, said they were in tears while recording the scene where Brain reads Pinky's letter.
The special was made available on VHS by Warner Home Video in 1996. The VHS release also included another episode from the show's first season, "That Smarts". The special was later included on the Pinky and the Brain: Volume 1 DVD set, released by Warner Home Video on July 25, 2006. It has also been made available on iTunes.
|Maurice LaMarche||The Brain|
|Tress MacNeille||Dave Burl|
|Frank Welker||Bill Clinton|
|Earl Boen||Santa Claus|
- A Pinky and the Brain Christmas at the Internet Movie Database
- A Pinky and the Brain Christmas at TV.com
- Platypus Comix's review