We’re back! In a surprise bonus episode, returning guest Brandon Medley drops by the Advent Calendar House for a springtime look at the 1976 Rankin/Bass special, “The First Easter Rabbit,” which despite its name and main theme still relies heavily on Christmas.
Talking points include:
A very obvious and very uncredited Velveteen Rabbit connection.
Easter Valley’s odd location next door to the North Pole, and Rankin/Bass’ habit of giving bad directions.
They named the talking snowball “Br-r-ruce,” a joke I didn’t notice until JUST NOW.
In the season finale, the Advent Calendar is haunted by 3 spirited guests — Joey O., Sue London, and Jonathan MacFarlane — as we each draft our own casts of “A Christmas Carol” from a pool of characters from Christmas past.
Joey O. is back in the Advent Calendar House with one of his favorite Christmas commercials: A Pennsylvania Lottery take on the Twelve Days of Christmas that had a whole commonwealth singing “FIVE CASH FIVES” for decades.
It’s our first annual Hanukkah episode featuring guest Sarah Shay! We follow the Rugrats on their mission to stop the “Meanie of Chanukah” and make him take a nap, counting all the Yiddish words and misspoken “babyisms” along the way.
Happy birthday! In our pilot episode, guest Brandon Medley airs his grievances against the 1969 Rankin/Bass classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Plus, find out how to easily escape a locked greenhouse, and when your trash stops legally belonging to you.