R.I.P. June Foray
The Christmas Specials Wiki pays tribute in loving memory of the legendary voice actress.
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The True Meaning
Read about the true meaning of Christmas, according to Linus van Pelt.
Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! is a special extended Christmas episode from the second season of the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb, originally aired on December 6, 2009, on Disney XD, preceded by an "all weekend-long" marathon of the show. The special opens on the morning of Christmas Eve in Danville, and while Phineas and Ferb are off driving their "dual toboggan" beds, their sister Candace is trying to figure out what she should get her boyfriend Jeremy for Christmas. She calls up their mom, Linda (who is at the airport with Lawrence, to pick up Ferb's grandparents, whose flight from England has been delayed) for help, but has no success. Candace then dashes to her brothers' room, attempting to catch them in the act again, but is surprised to find they've already returned. She then takes a look at their to-do list and notices they have "writing a letter to Santa Claus" on there as well, which she scornfully laughs at. But she then realizes this could be the way to figure out what to get Jeremy - she'll have him write a letter to Santa, telling "in great detail" what he wants most, and then get a look at it so she can buy the right gift. (Phineas points out that she could also just ask Jeremy what he wanted "to avoid any unnecessary complications", but she laughs him off again.) Phineas admits that he and Ferb consider Santa one of their greatest heroes, for giving everything to everyone else, and never asking for anything in return, so he decides to turn Danville into a giant thank-you card. (more)
- NBCUniversal will rebrand the Sprout network as Universal Kids, beginning September 9th.
- June Foray, one of the biggest stars in the voice-acting industry, died on July 26, 2017, less than two months shy of her 100th birthday. She was known for having voiced such characters as Granny from Looney Tunes, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Grammi Gummi, Magica DeSpell, and even Mrs. Claus in a few Christmas specials.
- Canadian actor Harvey Atkin died on July 17th at the age of 74. Known for his roles in the crime drama Cagney & Lacey and the movie Meatballs, he was also the voice of King Bowser Koopa and Tryclyde in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons and Sam the dog in The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police (including their Christmas episodes).
- Stephen Furst died at the age of 62 on June 17th. Known for his roles in Babylon 5 and National Lampoon's Animal House, he also voiced Booster Munchapper on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (including its Christmas episode) and Fanboy on Freakazoid!, and also played the hospital doctor in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure.
- TV's Adam West died on June 9th at the age of 88. Best known for having played Batman in the 1966 television series of the same name (a role he reprised for Filmation's The New Adventures of Batman, the last two seasons of Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends series, and last year's direct-to-video film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), he also voiced the mayor on Family Guy, a parody version of himself on The Fairly OddParents, Ernest Hemingway's caricature on Histeria!, and the narrator in the Johnny Bravo episode "Twas the Night".
- Tino Insana, the voice of Bushroot from Darkwing Duck and Uncle Ted from Bobby's World, died at the age of 79 on May 31st.
- British actor Roger Moore died at the age of 89 on May 23rd. Best known for having played James Bond from 1973 to 1985, he also appeared as Edward, the Duke of Castlebury in A Princess for Christmas.
- DHX Media has acquired Iconix Brand Group's entertainment brands, including 80% stake of Peanuts Worldwide (the other 20% remains in the ownership of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates), thus bringing Peanuts under the same corporate umbrella as the Cookie Jar Group and DiC Entertainment libraries.
- Walt Disney Animation Studios is working on Olaf's Frozen Adventure, a new holiday TV special spun off from Frozen, directed by Prep & Landing directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton. It will be premiering in theaters with Coco on November 22, 2017.
- Illumination Entertainment is working on an animated movie adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! that will be directed by Pete Candeland and will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. It is scheduled for release on November 9, 2018.
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