Christmas specials: “A Flintstones Christmas Carol”

The Flintstones

Next on the holiday specials list is 1994’s made-for-TV movie, “A Flintstone Christmas Carol.” Yes, it’s the billionth media adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. Or in the Flintstones’ case, still-living Stone Age writer “Charles Brickens,” voiced by John Rhys-Davies of “Sliders” fame. However, this special, unlike some others, managed to be faithful to the original … Read more

Christmas specials: “A Flintstone Family Christmas”

A Flintstone Family Christmas

Here’s the next Flintstone special on the Christmas special hit parade, 1993’s “A Flintstone Family Christmas.” This one might be notable for several (geeky) reasons, but for me it’s easily my least favorite Flintstone Christmas special. Background Back in the early 90s, two made-for-TV movies were made featuring the adult versions of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. … Read more

Christmas specials: “A Flintstone Christmas”

A Flintstone Christmas

Our next Christmas special is the second in the long line of Flintstones holiday specials, a 1977 one-hour special simply titled “A Flintstone Christmas.” As for my opinion of the special, this one ranks in the middle of the Flintstones specials. It’s not as good as the original series’ episode (or “A Flintstone Christmas Carol”). … Read more

Teletoon Retro “five favorite characters poll” closes, winners announced December 13

MacBook, notepad, and iPhone

As I reported previously, Canada’s Teletoon Retro cable channel has been running a poll allowing the (Canadian, though the voting wasn’t region-blocked) public to vote for their favorite classic characters. The poll finally closed as of today, with the five winners (who’ll each get a 24-hour marathon during “Boxing Week”) to be announced on Monday, … Read more

Christmas specials: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Twas the Night Before Christmas

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a 1974 Rankin-Bass Christmas special. It’s based on the 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” which established the first modern conceptions of Santa Claus. Background In the half-hour special, a turn-of-the-20th-century town finds itself off of Santa’s visitation list after an anonymous letter appears in the local paper … Read more

Christmas specials: “Christmas Flintstone”

The Flintstones

Our next Christmas special is the first of the multiple Flintstones Christmas specials. For a show that takes place in the Stone Age, the Flintstones sure seemed to have had quite a few Christmas specials: The original series’ Christmas episode, titled “Christmas Flintstone” The 1977 one-hour “A Flintstone Christmas” The early 90s “A Flintstone Family … Read more

Comic review: Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals #146

Comic books

Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals Double Digest #146 Written by: various Art by: various This month is the last issue of this long-running Archie comic title. Originally, “Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals” began publication as a regular comic in 1952 and ran until 1991. In 1992, the comic was replaced by the current double digest version. I … Read more

Christmas specials: 6Teen’s “Deck the Mall”

Deck the Mall

“6Teen” is an animated series produced by Nelvana Studios about the misadventures of a group of teenaged friends at a Mall of America-like gigantic shopping mall. The series was produced through the mid-to-late 2000s. It aired on Canada’s Teletoon cable network. In the US, it aired on Nickelodeon (very briefly) and Cartoon Network (also briefly, … Read more

Christmas specials: “Casper’s First Christmas”

Casper's First Christmas

The next entry in my series on minor holiday specials is “Casper’s First Christmas,” a 1979 half-hour special animated by Hanna-Barbera. This special crossed over Casper the Friendly Ghost with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and several other classic Hanna-Barbera characters. Background The plot of this special sees Casper and a ghost friend of his, “Hairy … Read more

Christmas specials: “Yogi’s First Christmas”

Yogi's First Christmas

One of my favorite Christmas specials as a kid was “Yogi’s First Christmas,” a 1980 Hanna-Barbera special. Background “Yogi’s First Christmas” tells how Yogi and Boo-Boo (who usually hibernate through the holidays) stay awake long enough to celebrate the holiday for the first time. H-B regulars Huckleberry Hound, Augie Doggie, Doggy Daddy, and Snagglepuss, all … Read more