12.14.2009

I'm About to Ruin Your Christmas

There are all kinds of Christmas specials. Sappy ones. Earnest ones. Classic ones.

But I guarantee you'll never see one as creepy as Santa In Animal Land.

Let me back up. Years ago, my good friend Bill used to host a Christmas Film Festival every December...we'd get together and watch a few of the classic animated specials (The Grinch, A Charlie Brown Christmas), but the real fun was always in seeing what obscure nugget Bill had unearthed from the depths of history (or more specifically, from cheap VHS collections of public-domain Christmas cartoons). One memorable year, Bill presented 1948's Santa in Animal Land, which he described as a "Felliniesque nightmare of epic proportions disguised as a puppet show". The film was as bizarre and freakish as advertised, and became a staple of the yearly event.

In later years, I'd host my own version of the Film Festival...and Santa in Animal Land (now on cheap, public-domain DVD) was always a big part of it. So much so, in fact, that I created this illo of the awful, awful characters for the invitation to the 2001 edition.



I'm always a little worried that I'm overselling this thing when I tell people about how weird it is...but time after time, folks are genuinely, fabulously creeped out by it. And thanks to the magic of the internets I can share it with you now, thankfully without having to actually invite you jackals into my home. Enjoy?

9 comments:

Pops Freshenmeyer said...

In the words of the immortal Krusty the Klown: "What the hell was that?! I could pull a better cartoon out of my -- Hey Hey!"

Ben Towle said...

Wow.... good thing I forgot to take mescaline this morning.

Chris Battle said...

WHAT.

THE.

FUCK.

mkb said...

My mother-in-law has this one on VHS. Perhaps you have seen it at hose film festivals.

bill burg said...

It's been a long time since I've seen this. Now that I have children, I find it even more disturbing. Thanks for sharin' the memories!

Shannon Smith said...

Wow. That is horrific. "Let's do something about it." I'm not going to sleep for days.

jPrice said...

Best dialogue ever!!!! lol, and is santa wearing eye liner?

James Anderson said...

Instant classic.

Natalia Muntean said...

very good old video i already see it on vhs