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How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)

One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.

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Peter Avanzino

Writer:

Mike Reiss
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Alexander ... Doc Holiday (voice)
Sean Hayes ... Edison Elf (voice)
Dennis Haysbert ... Narrator (voice)
Nick Jameson ... Various
Tom Kenny ... Various (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Various
Tress MacNeille ... Various
John Ratzenberger ... Officer Bender (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Santa Claus (voice)
Jerry Stiller ... Murray Weiner (voice)
Billy West ... Various (voice)
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One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.

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English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: Can be heard in the introduction of "News You Can Use", when the biker falls down from the Earth. See more »

Goofs

According to the groundhog when he sees his shadow, that spring will be coming. According the groundhog day tradition, Spring comes if a groundhog cannot see its shadow, not the other way round. See more »

Quotes

Murray Weiner: On, Dumbo and Jumbo, on, Mason and Dixon, on, Cosmo and Kramer and Richard M. Nixon.
Edison Elf: That wasn't even close.
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References Seinfeld (1989) See more »

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This is not Dr. Seuss.
6 December 2014 | by brelandaSee all my reviews

Just watched this travesty of a Christmas Special.

A pointless but clever string of rhyming, singing, and punning.

The constant striving to be clever with the rhyming left me crying(and not with laughter).

The writers were, I guess, trying to make a sort of a Dr. Seuss story, but alas they have neither the wit nor the wisdom to pull this story off. The town name "Stinky Cigars" lets the viewer know from the start that this is going to be a bad trip. This is the town where all the mythical and real characters of all the holidays live and none of them are to a one a character that you would like to run into, even on their holidays. Worst of all Santa is portrayed as a mean, greedy and ignorant boss. The elves, that make the toys, are worked day and night, no breaks and no pay, that they gleefully sing about.

One of the worst things about this travesty was that during the half hour break a commercial ran to tell one and all that in ten days you can own your own copy of this trash and "Make How Murray Saved Christmas a holiday tradition" The show was not even finished being shown and they already expect you to go out and buy a copy.

As far as I can remember there was only one well executed pun in this travesty, when Santa was looking to get some toys, after waking up from his concussion, one of the closed stores is called "Salvador's Dollies" complete with a melting clock on the marque and lamp post.

Unless you revel in the vile, skip this.


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