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I haven't seen this special in 20 years and it was a sure delight to
see it again.
The opening with the Yogi gang singing as they travel to the lodge in their 1920's era car passing through a snowbank and a couple of fields full of snow was a really fun and great way to open this cartoon. Plus the antics between Casper and Hairy Scary are hilarious.
This special was way better than "Yogi's First Christmas". If you can find it on VHS or DVD you should check it out, and hopefully a station will re-air this special over the Christmas season, since this should be a special that gets a re-airing every year.
So get ready to have a funny "picnic lunch" with Casper, Yogi and the rest of the gang in this Christmas Classic.
Hanna-Barbera TV special that teams up many of their popular characters. It's Christmas Eve and Casper wants to spend it at home but his friend Hairy Scary makes him go out and search for a new place to haunt. While they're gone, Yogi Bear and friends show up and decide to celebrate Christmas at their house. The ghosts return home to find the group decorating the house for a Christmas party. Casper is excited but Hairy is angry and decides to scare the uninvited guests. There's not much more to this but it should hold a lot of appeal for Hanna-Barbera fans, who will no doubt enjoy seeing all of the characters hanging out together. In addition to Casper, Hairy, Yogi, and Boo Boo, there's Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie, and Doggie Daddy. There's a lame laugh track which is thankfully used sparingly. I'm not the biggest Hanna-Barbera fan so this cartoon didn't do a lot for me. But it is good natured and pleasant with likable characters (except for annoying Hairy Scary). Not a bad way to pass a half-hour if you catch it on television during the holidays.
Casper's First Christmas (1979)
*** (out of 4)
Casper and Hairy Scary leave their old, dark house for a few and while they're gone Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and various others move in. When the ghosts return Hairy wants to scare the group while Casper wants to become friends. CASPER'S FIRST Christmas certainly isn't a masterpiece and it contains a pretty weak story but it's still quite a bit of fun seeing all the Hanna-Barbera gang in one film together. I think the best part of the movie is actually its animation, which is what you'd expect from the company. I really liked how dark the film was early on and when it finally lights up towards the end, you get a great sense of Christmas. I thought the Casper character was put to good use here and I liked how he wanted to experience Christmas for the first time with friends. The entire subplot of why Hairy is so unhappy doesn't really pay off in a big way but it's decent enough. Fans of these characters will certainly enjoy seeing all of them together and with the short running time it's really a no-brainer.
Yogi Bear, Huck Hound, Snaggle Puss, Quickdraw McGraw, Augie Doggy and
Doggy Daddy, Boo Boo Bear, all arrive at the abandoned condemned hotel
lodge that Casper and Hairy Scary haunt.
The gang wants to celebrate Christmas, Hairy wants to scare them away. Casper runs away too.
Only then does Hairy learn what Casper really wanted for Christmas and has a change of heart.
As bad as the Yogi's First Christmas cartoon, in fact, the annoying song shows up here as well, but thankfully, Casper's Christmas is only a half hour long, while Yogi's was a two hour movie! Neither is worth watching, but if you want to forget what is going on around you this holiday season, these cartoons are ideal for checking out.
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