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Saving the Spirit of Christmas!, 22 December 2012
Author: ExplorerDS6789 from United States
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It seems the Christmas spirit is vacant in South Park this year. Nobody
is shopping or celebrating as they once did. What's more, when Kyle
leaves milk and cookies on the toilet for Mr. Hankey, he doesn't come.
So he wakes Stan, Cartman and Kenny out of a sound sleep and drags them
into the sewers to find him. Turns out Hankey has settled down and
started a family, complete with drunk lush wife Autumn, and three kids,
though only one of them serve any purpose in the story. The Hankey kids
go with the boys to try and spread Christmas cheer, but no luck. So the
boys go home and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, or a very twisted
facsimile. They find this classic cartoon to be lame, but then Kyle
hits upon the brilliant idea of making their own animated Christmas
special. They take their idea to the mayor and ask for a $300
budget...construction paper must be pretty expensive now adays. She
thinks the idea is stupid, but is desperate enough to try it, and so
the boys commission Butters to create little paper cut-outs of them,
plus Jesus and Santa, and even a little version of Butters for good
measure. And so, the boys commence on their stop-motion cartoon,
finding it simple and enjoyable, but tedious as all hell. After
berating Cartman for sneezing on their scene, he walks. At this point,
it seems hopeless, but Kyle sings about how even a miracle needs a
hand, so they ship their materials off to Korea to finish, and get the
final film soon after. Oh, and Kenny dies during the song, so they
decide to kill off his character in the special.
Hankey's son Cornwallis is having an existential crisis, so his father sings about how crap isn't a part of life, but that it IS life. Circle of life...I advise you not to eat while watching this part. Then after that, the premiere of the boys' animated Christmas card, "The Spirit of Christmas." They set it up in the old drive-in, despite the fact nobody was driving a car. While the animation was crappy and the voice acting amateur, the special seemed decent enough, but sadly, the projector catches fire, ending the show early. It seemed that Christmas was doomed. But then, Cornwallis reminds Mr. Hankey of the lesson he taught him, and so they somehow repair the projector and the film. The Spirit of Christmas was one weird, but intriguing special: Jesus and Santa fight, then the boys learn the true meaning of the holiday: presents. The folks of South Park take the meaning to heart and begin shopping. So all was well again.
Have to say, this one is my least favorite of the South Park Christmas specials. Maybe it has to do with Mr. Hankey's uninteresting family. Seriously, his wife is horrible to him and only one of his kids serves any purpose, which is ironic because he feels he has no purpose. Or maybe we're familiar with the history of The Spirit of Christmas, so that was nothing new to us. It does give a good insight into how something like that was made. Stop-motion animation is simple and cheap, but it is extremely tedious, especially if you're working solo, not like Rankin/Bass who had a whole team of animators in Japan making their specials. Anyway, it's still an enjoyable episode if you look past Hankey's family. Also, I have seen The Spirit of Christmas in full...both of them. Poorly animated, but the story is decent enough and it's got it where it counts, which is really all that matters.
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Good episode!, 18 May 2009
Author: Dr_Death666 from I Don't Know Where I'm From
This is an episode of South Park from season 4. It's about the 4 boys
wanting to wish Mr Hankey The Christmas Poo a Merry Christmas, so they
make an animated movie, which is basically "The Spirit Of Christmas",
an old animated short Trey Parker and Matt Stone made back in 1995,
which started South Park, which can be seen on the South park Hits DVD.
Anyway, I liked this episode a lot. It's not one of the top 10 best,
but it still is pretty good. Definitely worth watching online or on the
season 4 DVD set (which I own, actually I own every episode of South
9/10 or: A-
1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Gives us glimpses of the "Spirit Of Christmas 1995" short film, 25 December 2008
Author: bunnindatpiff from Canada(Montreal, Quebec)
Before South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone made two animated Christmas short films featuring early versions of the South Park characters.You can find them both on youtube, but this episode gives us some glimpses of the 1995 Spirit of Christmas.The boys see that nobody is buying them presents because they do not want to celebrate with material things.So the mayor asks them to create a Christmas short which should send them into a shopping frenzy.The boys try to make one.They make the spirit of Christmas short and their experiences with it mirror the ones Trey and Matt had when they made it.Meanwhile, Mr Hankey has a family which is why he has been busy this year.This is a funny and good Christmas episode!
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