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The GLO Friends Save Christmas (1985)

the wicked witch of the North Pole tries to ruin Christmas by capturing Santa clause. When the glow friends find out about the witch's evil plans, they try and rescue Santa before it's too late.

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Santa Claus (voice)
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Blanche (voice)
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Blanche's Scarf (voice)
Susan Blu ...
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Jill Choder ...
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Glo Worm (voice)
Ellen Gerstell ...
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Renae Jacobs ...
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Glo Scuttlebug (voice)
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the wicked witch of the North Pole tries to ruin Christmas by capturing Santa clause. When the glow friends find out about the witch's evil plans, they try and rescue Santa before it's too late.

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December 1985 (USA)  »

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Keijukaiset pelastavat joulun  »

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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (2016) See more »

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Some fun ideas firmly grounded by being promo for a line of toys
15 September 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ah, the 80s. An age when producers of children's programmes frequently overestimated the appeal of saccharine protagonists and let the antagonists run away with the resulting mess.

In this case, the protagonists are the stock character of Father Christmas and a line of insect-themed night-light toys. I remember the toys as well, and they were pretty naff and a bit creepy. Unsurprising, considering the rather restricted territory, that all the available effort seems to have gone into the design of a couple of original characters. I can't imagine anyone over the age of 5 is going to care about the protagonists at all. In fact, you'll likely want to skip their parts.

The primary antagonist is Blanche, the Wicked Witch of the North Pole. It's very easy to assume this would be another stock witch character with green skin and a tall hat, but Blanche actually has been given a really cool design. She seems to have some Inuit- inspired features to her costume and it looks realistically like what someone who lives in a cold climate would wear. She also has a dead fox scarf of the sort wealthy old ladies are often depicted wearing, only in this case it's a living arctic fox that talks. It doesn't have a name and it doesn't do a great deal, other than argue with her in a falsetto death metal voice, but quite a clever touch. Blanche is shown as competent, powerful, and ambitious, so although the story fails the Bechdel test miserably, it's nice to see a strong female villain.

The other fresh character is the eponymous Moose. Moose has a design that's really very appealing and cute, with daft dewy eyes and a soft-looking nose. He starts off apparently being Blanche's henchman and seems to be a bit of a social pariah who wants to feel accepted, but he turns against her instead of going along with her doing things he considers wrong. That's not a bad character arc at all for a kids' programme, and the ending suggests he makes some friends after all.

In summary there are some strong and original aspects to this little animation, but only very young children are likely to have any appreciation of the characters who are supposed to be the heroes.


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