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Name That Rankin/Bass Holiday Trauma:: Hosted by Mickster!

December 22nd, 2017 by unkle lancifer · 16 Comments

Mickster Sez: Name the Rankin-Bass special, the year it originally aired, and name the specific trauma pictured. I will share my thoughts on each scene once they are all identified.

Tags: Kinder Loves Mickster! · Kindertrauma Funhouse

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caffeinated JoeNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I won’t name them all, let everyone have some fun. But I will do one:

    #12 is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from 1974 and the trauma going on is Albert realizing how wrong he was about Santa and Christmas, with his dad watching him.

  • 2 Dylan Donnie-DukeNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

    1&2) Frosty the Snowman, 1969. 1.) Frosty melts in the greenhouse, 2.) Karen gets hypothermia on the train.
    4.) Nestor the Long Eared Donkey, ummm… ’74ish? Nestor’s mother sacrificing herself to safe him.
    5&6.) Rudolph, 1964, 5.) Hermie goes all Marathon Man on the Bumble, 6.) Rudolph gets nose-shamed. (I did a screening of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” last night, and in reading up on it learned that it beat Rudolph by a mere three weeks in being the first presentation of Mrs. Claus.)
    7.) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. No idea on year, no idea on specific moment, because that entire, creepy thing was traumatic to me. I will assume that it involved that damnable buzzard, though.
    8.) Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 1968ish(?), The Burgermeister Meister Burger arrests St. Nick.
    9.) The Little Drummer Boy, mid-to-late 70s, don’t remember that particular scene, though.
    10.) The Year without a Santa Claus, ’74, the little girl sings “Blue Christmas.”
    12.) ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas! (Joel Grey singing “Even a Miracle Needs a Hand,” is still in my top five Christmas songs of all time.), 72? 73, maybe? Little Albert realizes that he has destroyed all that is good in the world, just before he hangs himself in the clock tower. (Okay, maybe I fantasized that ending.)

    Thanks for doing this, Mickster!!! Always fun when you guest host! Happy Holidays to you, and to all of the Kindertrauma family!!!!

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I got the cheat sheet answers so can’t play along but want to wish everybody a great holiday weekend!

    Mickster, thank you for your annual Christmas funhouse. It wouldn’t be X-mas without it! Was nice seeing your very first traumafession represented!

    P.S. I have banned myself from watching #9 because it’s too traumatic.

  • 4 Michael EditsNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

    #1 and #2 are the worst deus ex machina copout I’ve ever seen.

    #5 has a genuinely interesting character in the photo, for about a minute. The rest of the special was utter crap, as demonstrated in the #6 photo.

    #7 is something I’ve seen, but it was too forgettable for me to remember.

    #8 stuns only because you look at the main character then and now and realize how badly he’s gone to pot.

    So I know three of the films but won’t give them away because they’d be spoilers. I have no idea what years they were released, but I’m probably older than all of them. I was born in 1963 and have never seen a single Christmas special I like, except for the Grinch if we ignore the ending.

  • 5 Caffeinated JoeNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 11:32 am


  • 6 micksterNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I second that sheesh.
    Anyway, for those wanting to enjoy the funhouse, I will give the responses once #3 is guessed.

  • 7 TreecatNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    C’mon–somebody get #3! I have a guess, but only because I cheated so I won’t say. But if it’s what I think it is, then it sounds like the most kinder traumatic of all!

  • 8 Dylan Donnie-DukeNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I was going to guess Jack Frost for #3, but only because his hat kind of reminded me of that one. No idea of year for that one, and the scene is not familiar to me, at all.

  • 9 micksterNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I was just about to post the answers when I noticed that #11 has not been identified. Dylan has dominated so far. Who knows #11?

  • 10 Caffeinated JoeNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    #11 The Year Without a Santa Claus, when the reindeer (Vixen?) was ill from being in South Town?

  • 11 micksterNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    1. Frosty the Snowman (1969) #1-Karen cries over the melted Frosty. This was my first traumafession to Kindertrauma in 2007. (Dylan guessed this one first.)
    2. Frosty the Snowman (1969) #2-Karen hops on a train with Frosty to take him to the North Pole, and the demented magician, who wants his magic hat back, stalks them. (Dylan guessed this one first. I accept his trauma explanation since mine is pretty dark.)
    3. Jack Frost (1979)-Jack comes to earth to be human, so he can be near Elisa. Unfortunately, she falls for a knight instead. Pretty cold, Elisa! This picture is the scene where Elisa’s dad tells Jack that she does not love him…ouch! (Dylan guessed the correct special. Treecat, I hope my trauma explanation matches what you were thinking!)
    4. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)-Nestor’s mother makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her son. This is just one trauma. The special is packed with traumas. (Dylan is exactly right with the special and trauma, but the year was 1977.)
    5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) #2-Hermey subjects the Abominable Snow Monster to certain death by removing his teeth. How will the Abominable Snow Monster be able to eat meat without his teeth? Hermey essentially sentences the monster to death by starvation. (Dylan guesses correctly!)
    6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) #1-Donner Forces his son to cover his “nonconformity” as Santa will not accept him any other way. This is disturbing because a father puts his reputation with his boss above the well being of his son. (Dylan guesses correctly!)
    7. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976)-Happy, the baby New Year, runs away when people make fun of his ears. This happens repeatedly throughout the special. (Dylan guesses the special correctly!)
    8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)-The Burgermeister Meisterburger arrests Santa Claus by holding Topper hostage. Santa could have easily escaped, but when he sees Topper the penguin tied up, he gives up. (Dylan guesses the special correctly!)
    9. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)-After a Roman chariot strikes Baba, Aaron (and the audience) fears the little lamb will die. (Dylan guesses the special correctly!)
    10. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) #1-Santa cries while reading the “Blue Christmas” letter. (Dylan guesses correctly!)
    11. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) #2-Baby Vixen become sick while in South Town. To make matters worse, she is captured and placed at the dog pound. (Caffeinated Joe is correct!)
    12. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)-Stupid Albert almost ruins Christmas for everyone in Junctionville by pissing off Santa, and then he breaks the clock Mr. Trundell makes to fix things with Santa. This scene is when he waits until the last minute to confess all. (Caffeinated Joe guessed this one first, but I do like Dylan’s alternate ending.)

    Thanks for those that played today! I hope y’all have a wonderful, trauma-free holiday! Thanks to Unkle L and Aunt J for allowing me to host the holiday funhouse again!

  • 12 Caffeinated JoeNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Fun playing along. Happy Holidays!

  • 13 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Merry X-mas and Happy everything to everybody- especially Mickster for cooking up this trauma stew!

    Sorry I have not had a post up lately but my brain is on the fritz. If you guys are looking for a new holiday horror flick- I highly recommend BETTER WATCH OUT. I got it from the red box but it’s also on itunes and a bunch of other formats. I was going to write a full review but it looks like I’ll be too busy this weekend. That may be for the best because the less that you know about this movie the better! I will say it’s very suspenseful and the acting is top notch and it has got some serious surprises up its stocking. I was very impressed. Check out the trailer…

  • 14 TreecatNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Sorry, I know this is all wrapped up (pun intended), but this was my guess for #3, simply because I’d never heard of it before: Based on the description, I’m glad I didn’t see it as an impressionable child! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all!

  • 15 Ben SNo Gravatar // Dec 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Mickster–we have a shared trauma! But I might be able to out-trauma you SLIGHTLY. When I was a kid I had a little black and white TV in my room and I was watching Frosty. RIGHT when Frosty and the girl got trapped in the greenhouse, my mom made me turn it off! My protests fell on deaf ears (she was taping it and said I could watch the rest the next day). After she left, I turned on the TV for a minute and saw the scene with the little girl crying over melted Frosty, then I turned it off because I was afraid of being caught. I was DEVASTATED and cried myself to sleep. I was sure that Frosty was dead. The next day I watched the rest of the movie on tape–it was slightly comforting, but somehow not much. I don’t know if deep down inside I thought that the happy ending was a lie and Frosty was really dead forever, or if I was just upset over the trauma that Frosty and Karen had experienced, or if it was just an early confirmation that the world is a bad place filled with bad people who want to destroy the good…Whatever it was, I always get depressed when I hear the song Frosty the Snowman and I can’t watch the movie. I think about it as the horrible movie where Frosty melts and my mother failed to take my emotional well-being into consideration.

  • 16 micksterNo Gravatar // Dec 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Oh my, Ben! You most definitely have me beat on that one! I was notorious for running to my room to cry thinking there was no hope, and my mom would come get me to finish the show. Now, I am clearly older because I come from the generation that had to watch the show when it aired since there was no such thing as taping it. Thank you so much for sharing your trauma!

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