Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Take on Some Children's Christmas "Classics"

Reposted from December 2011:  Still EXACTLY how I was feeling watching Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns the other night...

During my first few months of blogging, I discussed some children's television programs and wondered WTF was up with them.  You can check out those posts here if you want to refresh your memory (and if you want to have a laugh):

As of late, I have found myself equally as dumbfounded when watching some children's Christmas classics. 

First, let me discuss Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...
A true classic...I will give it that.  BUT Santa is just downright mean in this one.  He is super judgemental and prejudiced against poor little Rudolph about his nose.  But when he needs something, who comes crawling and begging? Yes, good old Santa.
And Rudolph's dad is cruel too.  Why would a father think that using mud to cover something up on a child's face is a good idea.  But they are reindeer, so who knows.
The elves are also vicious.  Since when is becoming a dentist worse than working in a toy factory.  Uhhhh, that's right...NEVER.  They are all just M-E-A-N, mean!

Next is Frosty the Snowman...
This is another cute one but if you watch and pay attention, you will notice that none of the kids are wearing pants.  They have coats, hats, mittens, the works...but no pants.  Why are they not wearing pants? 
Also, the little girl hops on the freight train with Frosty. That is just a bad message to send.  Sure, go with someone that you have just met and hop on a one way train heading to god knows where.  He seems sweet enough.  Jesus! Not acceptable. 
Oh, and that magician.  His skin is so yellow.  He either has hepatitis or is in liver failure.  Terrible.

Poor Karen is so cold.  Well, maybe if she was wearing some damn pants.

Finally we have Frosty Returns...
I won't even give this the time of day.  It is like the creators/writers sat down and knocked this one out in about 30 minutes...while drinking heavily.  It is downright awful.  Couldn't they have thought of a better villain than an old man who found a way to melt massive amounts of snow using an aerosol can?  And I love John Goodman but he is the voice of the snowman in this one and I feel like he is so irritating.

Even though some of these "classics" may be a little questionable and ridiculous, I am sure my children will continue to watch and love them for years to come.  And I guess that means I will too.  I.Can't.Wait.

What about you? Are there any "classics" (I use this term loosely) that you love??? Please share.  And feel free to share your critiques as well.

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  1. Too funny. I totally agree with Rudolph. Santa is an a-hole! I was wondering the other day why most of the newer Christmas movies are all about talking dogs! Santa Paws (and Santa Paws 2), Santa Buddies, The Dog that Saved Christmas, the 12 dogs of Christmas, and of course I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown.

  2. I was just watching something on History Channel last night about Christmas and back in 1965 CBS asked Charles Schulz's people to make a Peanuts Christmas special and apparently it actually WAS thrown together in about a month's time. STILL better than Rudolph and Frosty.

  3. For reeeal Santa is Reindeerist. What a tool. Though i guess he learned a lesson by the end of Rudolph...

  4. You know, lots of cartoons from the old days had kids not wearing pants. Were pants too hard to draw? I've only recently noticed that! And that Frosty cartoon? Hated it then, hated it now.

  5. We watched an incredibly racist one the other day. CRAZY.

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