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A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987)

Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay! Special Guest Stars: The California Raisins!

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tim Conner ...
Herb
Johnny Counterfit ...
Rex
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg Black ...
Singer
Bernadette Coughlin ...
Singer
Pat Harryman ...
Singer
Amy Miller ...
Singer
Deborah Miller ...
Singer
Joni Miller ...
Singer
Roxy Ragozzino ...
Singer (as Roxy Regozzino)
Dan Sachs ...
Singer
Jim Steinberger ...
Singer
Reid Stewart ...
Singer
Ron Tinsley ...
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Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay! Special Guest Stars: The California Raisins!

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One of two claymation holiday specials directed by Will Vinton to win the Emmy for best animated short (Claymation Easter in 1992). See more »

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Rex: Thematically speaking, we will be looking at Christmas carols as they relate to specific traditions...
Herb: Yeah! Songs about Christmas trees, and stacks of gifts, reindeer, and jingling bells, holiday ballet, Santa Claus, universal joy, and Christ - mas snacks!
Rex: [gritting his teeth] There is not a carol about snacks.
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Spoofs Siskel & Ebert (1986) See more »

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Angels We Have Heard on High
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Waffle? No. Waddle? No. Well, I know it's not "wassail"....
23 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is, I believe, the greatest TV Christmas special of all time!

Will Vinton's signature stop-motion animation is in peak form here, with astonishingly well-realized characters, seamless frame-by-frame movement, and fantastically designed sets. Also, whoever wrote this obviously knew exactly what they were doing because the jokes are terrific and the songs are presented in an oddly logical order.

And, of course, the dinosaur hosts are amazing, especially the food-minded Herb, who has a constant quest to discover both the ultimate Christmas snack food and the actual lyrics to "Here We Come A-Wassailing."

The best scene is the "Angels We Have Heard on High" sequence, featuring a ballet performed by walruses De Margo Pontoon and Sir Rudolph Nerves-on-Edge. If you go a holiday season without watching this... well, what the heck *are* you watching?!


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