R.I.P. June Foray
The Christmas Specials Wiki pays tribute in loving memory of the legendary voice actress.
Top 10 Christmas Specials
Wiki Entertainment staff's picks for the top 10 Christmas specials of all time.
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Wiki Entertainment staff's picks for the worst 10 Christmas specials of all time.
The True Meaning
Read about the true meaning of Christmas, according to Linus van Pelt.
"It Happened One Night Before Christmas" is the first Christmas episode of the Warner Bros. animated television series The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. It was broadcast on Kids WB! as part of the show's first season, on December 16, 1995. Its story is inspired by a plot thread from the film It's a Wonderful Life. The episode opens on Christmas Eve in the town of Bedspread Falls, where an elderly, absent-minded man named Willie Daily is frantically searching for an envelope containing $8,000 that he has lost, or else his family's savings and loan business will be ruined. His pet mice, Hubie and Bertie, observe his situation and decide they should help him. Looking at one of their owner's Christmas cards, they give Willie the idea that he should call his sister, Granny. Soon after, Granny arrives in Bedspread Falls, along with her pets, Tweety, Sylvester, and Hector. After Granny reunites with her brother, he explains to her that he was supposed to be making the family's weekly deposit at the bank, but when he arrived, he had lost the envelope containing the deposit. Granny asks him if he didn't make any unplanned stops on the way over, and upon noticing that Willie has quite a few strings tied around his fingers, she decides that they should retrace his steps. (more)
- NBCUniversal rebranded the Sprout network as Universal Kids on 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.
- 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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