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"In Arms Way" is a Christmas-themed segment from the tenth episode of the Warner Bros. animated television series Steven Spielberg presents Freakazoid! The episode featuring the segment was originally broadcast on Kids' WB! on December 16, 1995.


Freakazoid is busy trying to do his Christmas shopping, having unfortunately waited until the last minute to do so. While Freakazoid is out looking for presents for his friends and family, a nearby coffee shop receives a sudden visit from Arms Akimbo, a mobster whose arms are permanently fixed in a jaunty pose. Joe the announcer tells Akimbo's origin to the viewers, explaining that he was raised by his parents to be a print model, and after years of posing that left his arms frozen in their position, he turned to a life of crime. Akimbo tells the coffee shop's clerk that he is here to sell "Oops Insurance", and by that, he means that he will knock everything in the store to the ground unless they give him all their money.


Freakazoid visiting a department store Santa.

As Akimbo goes about on his crime spree, Freakazoid visits the local mall's Santa Claus, asking what he should get for his girlfriend Steff. The mall Santa suggests he just get Steff some perfume, but Freakazoid is still not certain that is a good gift. Just then, he receives a phone call from Mike at the hot dog stand, which has just been vandalized by Akimbo. However, Freakazoid is quickly distracted by the sight of a chocolate moose, which he declares is the perfect gift for Sergeant Cosgrove.

Freakazoid then heads to Chochkey's store to continue with his shopping when he realizes he forgot about Mike's call. Before he can get going to the hot dog stand, though, he comes upon his nemesis, the Lobe, who is also doing his Christmas shopping. After the two try to figure out what they've bought for each other, Freakazoid wishes happy holidays to the Lobe and continues trying to finish his shopping. Just as Freakazoid again remembers that there's a crime he needs to stop, Arms Akimbo shows up in the store. Freakazoid remarks that they haven't crossed paths since last year's superhero/villain softball game, which briefly triggers the two to argue over whether Akimbo successfully tagged Freakazoid out during said game. Akimbo orders his henchmen to take out Freakazoid, but he dodges their attack easily. Freakazoid then spins Akimbo around square-dance-style, knocking him into a shelf full of coffee mugs.

When the police come to arrest Akimbo and his henchmen, Freakazoid asks Sergeant Cosgrove what he thinks would be the right gift for Steff. Cosgrove responds by suggesting "banjo lessons or a new turban," saying that he never uses perfume because it's for girls. Freakazoid then decides that he should just tell Steff that he himself is her Christmas present, but Cosgrove replies that he should just get her the perfume, to which Freakazoid responds "I think you're right."


The episode made its home video debut on the Freakazoid!: Season 1 DVD set, released by Warner Home Video on July 26, 2008.


  • Joe Leahy's opening line ("Darkness creeps across the city with big tabby cat feet!") is a parody of the opening line from the poem Fog by Carl Sandburg.


Voice actor Character
Paul Rugg Freakazoid
Ed Asner Sergeant Mike Cosgrove
David Warner The Lobe
John Shuck Arms Akimbo
Jeff Bennett Cave Guy
Frank Welker Santa
Tress MacNeille Girl
Joe Leahy Narrator

External links

Warner Bros.
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"
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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