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Christmas specials: “Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws”

Updated on December 10, 2021

Today’s Christmas special isn’t an actual special. It’s a segment (but a hilarious one) from the popular 90s Cartoon Network cartoon “Dexter’s Laboratory.”


“Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws” was a Christmas-themed short. The plot: Dexter doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, and insists on proving to Dee Dee he’s just their father in disguise. Too bad for Dexter St. Nick’s real (and dislikes Dexter’s attempts to “prove” him a fake).

This one was one of my favorite shorts of the whole series. Everything about it made me laugh:

  • Dexter’s explanation of Santa being fake in the form of a (bad) rap song he does (“Dad dresses up in a Santa get up, and then he puts the car up on the rooftop; he makes the car look like a sleigh, dear, and Mom dresses up like a reindeer…”).
  • Dexter’s reaction to Santa flying away in the sleigh (“Dad’s really going all out this year!”).
  • Dee Dee’s reaction to seeing part of the damage from the fight (“those better not be my presents!”).
  • The ending, which was less-than-a-“holly jolly Christmas,” but funny (especially Santa’s final line).

On TV/home video

This short usually airs on Boomerang during December. It’s also seen during the usual “Dexter’s Laboratory” TV airings.

“Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws” is included as an extra on the DVD for the Powerpuff Girls’ “Twas the Fight Before Christmas” special.

The episode’s also available as a digital download on various services (Google Play, Amazon Prime, etc.).

(Updated 12/2/16)

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