• BigJennaTalia
    Comments: 12

    Crazy “put a hit out on a cricket” man didn’t shoot the cronies with bullets, he shot them with the christmas spirit.

  • pinkrobotgirl
    Comments: 7

    Wow, they managed to make every single character in this movie into an absolutely horrible person. Impressive, Rankin-Bass.

    I’m sad we never got to see Mr. Green again, he was the best thing in this film after the Silent Hill bride, though I guess she was more your work than theirs.

    The art shifts to the more “realistic” style (idk what else to call it) were so gross. I don’t know why, they were just so WRONG, like a pre-CGI uncanny valley thing.

    And of course, what Christmas special is complete without a human straight-up murdering some talking cartoon animals? I’m still not entirely convinced that you didn’t edit that in, it was just that incredible.

  • UltraTurboJack
    Comments: 17

    Rankin-Bass sure is an interesting company…

    Oh well, at least I still enjoy the classic Christmas specials and The Last Unicorn!

  • Doresh
    Just might make the CUT
    Comments: 40

    Well, it’s good to see the movie got its priorities straight… <_<

    Anyone wanna bet the captain would've gotten a bullet in the head as payment as well? The cricket smuggling industry is a bit self-destructive, which probably explains why it isn't a thing anymore.

    And I presume if crickets bring any luck, it runs under the "Things have to get way, way worse before they might eventually become a bit better" principle.

  • Pijon
    Old Man
    Comments: 2

    Ah, it just isn’t a good ol’ fashioned Deceasember without a few unexpected deaths.

    XD The cartoon reviews always look like they require a ridiculous amount of effort to make. Much appreciated!

    • Phelous
      Comments: 625

      Thanks! I do try to put a good amount of work into some of those bits for these.

      • MisterReece
        Old Man
        Comments: 4

        I’m surprised there isn’t a scene where the captain dump their corpses in the ocean for the sharks lol. By the way, any chance of you reviewing the other Dingo Pictures movies such as ‘Pocahantas’ and ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’?

  • Codythesickdog
    Bat Hero
    Comments: 82

    I was never bothered by Mario’s different mustache and hair colors but this.. This is ridicules

  • Ultratech94
    End Of Transmission
    Comments: 381

    it just cracks me up that we went from this already weird story to a nightclub with a dancing cat and a bunch of dogs going googly eye over her. what kind of pheromones did this slutty cat fart out to make the dogs crave this pussy? what a cold farted itch!

    anyways. joking aside, this was a great episode. Merry Christmas Phelous.

  • Dust
    Bat Hero
    Comments: 86

    Those police couldn’t have arrested any of the lunatics in this story, I’m afraid.

    They were clearly out in the rain, which of course left them completely useless.

  • MWaser
    Old Man
    Comments: 2

    I still can’t believe that murder scene was actually in the movie, and not added by you… That was the most horrible (and hilarious) thing I’ve seen in a cartoon… like ever. Still a great review, I must say, I’ve grown quite fond of your style.

  • t1337dude
    A Real Turtles Fighter
    Comments: 31

    Good review of quite possibly the most painful and unpleasant cartoon I’ve witnessed in recent memory. Feels like more effort went into this review than that was actually being reviewed.

    P.S. Please consider doing the 2nd Scooby Doo live action movie, it’s up your alley and it’s ripe 😉

  • Ultratech94
    End Of Transmission
    Comments: 381

    it would be both strange and funny if he did either a review of the TMNT Christmas Special or the Pokemon Christmas Special.

  • likalaruku
    Completely Useless Now
    Comments: 935

    That Aladdin thing was just too funny. XD XD XD

    Oh, well…What’s the saloon scene from Fival Goes West doing in this movie? Miss Kitty really let herself go.

    You could play Voice Actor Bingo between this & The Last Unicorn.

    The second half is kinda trippy & disorganized. Surely drugs happened at some point.

  • Handsome Pete
    Handsome Pete
    Bat Hero
    Comments: 93

    The plot of the original is that a guy named Edward is lost at sea, so his fiancee gets engaged to his dad’s boss. Then the boss learns that his new fiancee’s married friend Dot has been getting extremely cozy with a weird lodger, so he tells the husband, who is heartbroken. But Dot’s marriage is saved when the lodger is revealed to be the missing Edward in disguise. So the girl leaves the boss and marries Edward at long last, but the boss is okay with this because of Christmas cheer. Besides having a blind sister, Edward also has a mother and a mother-in-law, and Dot has an infant son and a wacky maid, all of whom are basically dead weight where the plot is concerned. And the cricket does not live with Edward’s family of toymakers, but rather with Dot’s family who work in shipping, and actually are quite lucky. So as you can see, the plot of the animated film is very similar, while simultaneously being an extremely poor adaptation.

  • The Fragminion
    Old Man
    Comments: 1

    What I would like to know is when the Captain shot the animals…why did the gun flash a different color each time?

    Christmas Bullets?

  • PANDorica
    A Real Turtles Fighter
    Comments: 26

    ah, edward and beRTHA… still a better love story than–
    wait, they were supposed to be brother and sister?
    …still a better love story than twilight

    ah, how i missed that whyyy????

    • Kooshmeister
      I'm THE BEST!
      Comments: 108

      Wikipedia’s summary explains that there are two different families in the original story, the Peerybingles and the Plummers. The Peerybingles consist of dad John and wife Dot as well as a baby. The Plummers consist of Caleb and his two children Bertha and Edward. There is no romantic involvement between the two Plummer siblings. Rather, it is a woman named May who Edward is in love with, and she is the one who is going to marry Tackleton, not Bertha.

      The movie eliminated the Peerybingles altogether and combined the characters of Bertha and May. To avoid having the romance be incestuous, they changed it so one of the Plummer siblings (Edward) was not Caleb’s child. The movie showing Bertha and Edward together as children is merely implying they grew up together, not that they’re siblings.

    • Kooshmeister
      I'm THE BEST!
      Comments: 108

      They’re only siblings in the original story, where Edward is in love with a woman named May. She is the one who thinks he’s dead and is going to marry Tackleton, and there is no uncestuous romance between brother and sister. The movie combined the characters of Bertha and May, and, to avoid having it be incest, changed it so one of the siblings (Edward) wasn’t Caleb’s child. They’re unrelated in the movie, and flashbacks showing them together as children are merely showing they grew up together, not that Edward is Bertha’s brother.

  • TheDog
    Comments: 7

    From the title, I thought this was a rip-off of Elf on the Shelf. I didn’t know it was an adaptation of a Dickens story from the sixties.

  • turbowolf7
    Prodigy Pet Gym Leader
    Comments: 121

    Wait! The creepy old guy was Edward!? Mind, blown! Ah yes, killing animal henchlings off over a cricket, a Christmas tradition! Now if you’ll excuse me, i need to invite a random person to live with me. I think I’m feeling lucky, i saw a Sad Panda wandering around recently!

  • Kooshmeister
    I'm THE BEST!
    Comments: 108

    The bit with the cat dancer reminded me of a slightly classier version of the burlesque performance from The Great Mouse Detective, albeit with a less catchy song.

    …and so I guess Tackleton never finds out what happened to Uriah? Or wonders where he went?