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Top 10 Christmas Specials
Wiki Entertainment staff's picks for the top 10 Christmas specials of all time.
Worst Christmas Specials
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.
A Scooby-Doo! Christmas, also known as "Ho-Ho-Horrors!" on its Cartoon Network airings, is an animated Christmas special that originally aired on The WB on December 13, 2002. It is the second Christmas episode of the Scooby-Doo cartoon series, the first being "The Nutcracker Scoob". Three kids are playing in the snow when they find a giant snowman. One kid dares a kid named Tommy to pull its carrot nose off. Just as Tommy is pulling the carrot out, the snowman suddenly comes to life and, angered about Tommy trying to pull his nose off, scares the kids. Meanwhile, Scooby and the gang are heading to a condo that Daphne's uncle is allowing the gang to stay at. Unfortunately, they find the bridge to the other side is blocked, forcing them to go to a town and ask if there is a detour. By the time they get there, they find the three kids running away and Daphne asks what was that all about. Shaggy points out to the snowman, but Velma finds it harmless. After Fred, Daphne, and Velma leave, the snowman makes an evil look at Scooby and Shaggy, scaring them. Jed sees the gang and is not happy about it. When Daphne mentions Christmas, he tells her not to say it because Winter Hollow doesn't celebrate it due to the Headless Snowman terrorizing the town. Just then, Sheriff Perkins arrive and tells the gang to not listen to Jed. Velma asks her for directions to Mill Corners, but the sheriff tells her long directions of how to get there, leading the gang to stay in Winter Hollow for the night. (more)
- Illumination Entertainment is working on an upcoming animated movie adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! that will be directed by Pete Candeland and is scheduled for release on November 27, 2017.
- A television special based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever is planned to premiere on FOX late this year.
- ABC has renewed The Great Christmas Light Fight for a second season, and they will also premiere Toy Story That Time Forgot, a half-hour Christmas special spun off from the Toy Story movie trilogy, on December 2nd.
- NBC is producing an animated Christmas special for this year titled How Murray Saved Christmas, based on the best-selling children's book of the same name by Mike Reiss.
- The Hallmark Channel is producing a dozen new Christmas movies. One of them, Northpole, will star American Idol winner Candace Glover and air in November. Other Hallmark movies coming this year include A Cowboy for Christmas, Angel on my Tree, The Christmas Shepherd, Mr. Miracle, A Royal Christmas, One Christmas Eve (premiering on ABC as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie), The Nine Lives of Christmas, One Starry Christmas, A Cookie Cutter Christmas, Angels and Ornaments, Christmas Parade, Christmas Party, Christmas Under Wraps, Holiday Help, and a currently untitled Christmas film based on Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
- Lifetime is premiering two new Christmas movies - The Christmas Pearls and Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.
- Nickelodeon is working on another made-for-TV Christmas movie titled Santa Hunters.
- The Up TV network is premiering three original movies - Mistletoe Radio, The Tree That Saved Christmas, and Paper Angels.
- Bob Hoskins, who voiced Fezziwig and Old Joe in the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol and was best known for playing Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mario in the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, died of pneumonia at the age of 71 on April 29th.
- Maya Angelou, the author and poet who appeared as the narrator of Elmo Saves Christmas, died at the age of 86 on May 28th.
- Casey Kasem, who was the original voice of Shaggy Rogers from Scooby-Doo and Robin in The Adventures of Batman, and the narrator of The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, died on June 15th at the age of 82.
- Steve Viksten, writer of many episodes of Hey Arnold! (including "Arnold's Christmas"), passed away at the age of 54 on June 23rd.
- Meshach Taylor, who played Tony on Buffalo Bill (including its Christmas episode) and Alastair Wright on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, died of colorectal cancer at the age of 67 on June 28th.
- James Garner, who played Red Stevens in The Ultimate Gift, died at the age of 86 on July 19th.
Upcoming Video Releases
- Mr. St. Nick has been released on DVD.
- Echo Bridge Entertainment has released a Double Feature DVD containing Discover Christmas and Time for Miracles, as well as a Princess Christmas Collection DVD set featuring fifteen holiday films.
- Coming Home for Christmas is scheduled for a DVD release.
- The Pete's Christmas DVD, released as a Walmart and Sam's Club exclusive last year, will be made available for general retail.
- The Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series DVD set (which will contain "A Sweathog Christmas Special") will be released by Shout! Factory.
- Image Entertainment is releasing The Twilight Zone: The Complete '80s Series DVD set (which will contain the 1985 version of "Night of the Meek").
- "Merry Christmas from Grandpa", the series finale to Highway to Heaven, will be made available on Mill Creek Entertainment's Highway to Heaven: The Complete Fifth Season DVD set.
- Time-Life is now taking preorders for StarVista's The Wonder Years: The Complete Series DVD set (which will of course contain the episodes "Christmas", "A Very Cutlip Christmas", and "Christmas Party"), to be shipped in early October.
- Warner Home Video is releasing a 2-disc Tom and Jerry DVD set featuring a brand-new Christmas special titled Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers, plus 29 additional Tom and Jerry shorts (presumably including The Night Before Christmas).
- Warner Home Video is also going to release a new Cartoon Network Holiday Collection DVD, which will contain the Christmas episodes of Regular Show, Adventure Time, and The Amazing World of Gumball, plus two currently unspecified bonus episodes.
- Image Entertainment is releasing single-disc Classic Christmas Episodes DVDs of The Twilight Zone (which will feature the original version of "Night of the Meek") and The Dick Van Dyke Show (which will feature "The Alan Brady Show Presents").
- Christmas Grace is scheduled for a DVD release.
- Holiday Inn is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray.
- The Christmas Ornament, Small Town Santa, and A Very Merry Mix Up are scheduled to be released on DVD.
- "On Vodka, on Soda, on Blender, on Mixer!" will be made available on the Two and a Half Men: The Complete 11th Season DVD set.
- Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special will be made available in HD as part of Shout! Factory's Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray set.
- A direct-to-video film titled An Evergreen Christmas is scheduled to be released.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is scheduled to receive a 50th Anniversary Edition DVD and Blu-ray release.
- The 1938 adaptation of A Christmas Carol and Christmas in Connecticut will be made available on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.
- Amazon.com is taking preorders for the Robot and Monster: The Complete Series manufacture-on-demand DVD set (which will contain "Baconmas").
- An individual DVD set of The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete 6th Season (which will contain "Twas the Pie Before Christmas") will be released on a currently unspecified date.
- The Glee: The Complete 5th Season DVD and Blu-ray sets, which will contain "Previously Unaired Christmas", will be released on a currently unspecified date.
- The Michael J. Fox Show: The Complete 1st Season, which will include the show's "Christmas" episode, is planned for release on an unspecified date.
- The Modern Family: The Complete 5th Season DVD and Blu-ray sets, which will include "The Old Man & the Tree", will be released on a currently unspecified date.
Popular Christmas Specials
Popular Christmas Movies