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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.
The True Meaning
Read about the true meaning of Christmas, according to Linus van Pelt.
"The Bells of Fraggle Rock" is a Christmas-themed episode of the Jim Henson Television series Fraggle Rock, produced as the first episode of the show's third season. It premiered on HBO on Christmas Eve of 1984, and was repeated there each Christmas until HBO dropped the show in 1988. It was then aired in the shows' reruns on TNT from 1988 to 1992, the Disney Channel from 1992 to 1996, the Odyssey Network from 1999 to 2001, the Hub Network from 2010 to 2013, on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas in 2015 (as a one-shot special; the series itself was not aired on that particular channel), and most recently on HBO Family as of 2017. As the episode opens on Doc and Sprocket being excited about the upcoming holiday, the Fraggles, meanwhile, are prepping for their own special holiday festivities, the Festival of the Bells. However, Gobo questions the true meaning of this particular holiday. Wembley describes the legend of the Great Bell, which is supposedly located at the heart of the rock; every year, the rock gets colder and starts slowing down, and unless the Fraggles ring their bells at the festival, the rock will eventually stop altogether and freeze forever. Gobo says that nobody has ever seen this Great Bell and questions its very existence. Gobo takes out a map and Wembley accidentally discovers a cave shaped like a bell drawn on the map. (more)
- Heather North, who voiced Daphne Blake on Scooby-Doo from 1970 all the way up to 2003, passed away at the age of 71 on November 30th.
- The Walt Disney Company has officially acquired most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, thus bringing Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone, The Simpsons, and the X-Men movies under the same corporate umbrella as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, Phineas and Ferb, the Muppets, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Star Wars.
- The 25 Days of Christmas, the annual Christmas programming event that has aired annually on Freeform and its predecessors for the past 20 years, officially expanded this year to air on its sister networks ABC, the Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior.
- 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).
- 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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